About

Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability.

Cop Block is committed to highlighting the double standard often granted to those in uniforms and badges. We do this by raising awareness and providing support to victims of police abuse and other related institutional injustice. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral, or just a waste of time and resources, then agitating against the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together towards transparency and a real impact on issues of police accountability.

CopBlock.org serves as a resource for education and awareness on individual and civil rights. We encourage constructive discourse and knowledge through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics in order to combat both the frequent violations of civil rights and the lack of accountability in modern policing.

We do not “hate cops.” We simply believe that all human beings have equal rights; no one class or group of people has any more rights simply by the nature of his or her position or uniform. *The failure and inability of to realize and act on this philosophy is to the detriment of all individuals. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials, we safeguard not only our rights but those of future generations.

Those of us volunteering at CopBlock.org do not condone violence, though we recognize it is morally acceptable when used in self-defense of self or others. As a general practice, we do not enforce intellectual property claims of any sort, and encourage everyone to use Cop Block information, logos, graphics, etc. to join the fight and contribute to activism in their preferred manner. However, we dissociate ourselves from those who encourage initiatory violence to further their ends, or otherwise do not adhere to the non-aggression principle. [Click here for more on the non-aggression principle]

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  • Mad HaTTer

    an interesting thought just occurred to me, you should consider writing a “copblock” app which when opened and a button is hit it uploads a/v+local police channels to a cloud storage account owned by copblock and provides a link (similar to how imgur does) then you could get the news first and it would help people get it out there even if the cops take or break their phone. You could also use something like a ddns and zoneminder instead of cloud storage so it is streamed directly and saved continually. Of course you’d have to monitor it and cut off nonsense streams and pocket activations or you could just write a recognition algorythm to do that…

  • Mad HaTTer

    btw your contact link on this about page is formatted incorrectly consider using a
    mailto:[email protected]

    instead of the crap you got going on there as its adding a http://www.copblock.org/about/[email protected] for the email address which of course is bringing up a 404 because the browser is trying to open it instead of opening a mail app

  • williampenn

    What percentage of copblock.org’s funding comes from Communist Party front groups?

  • Keepitreal!

    You guys and girls here at cop block are all about truth, accountability and responsibility. Why then in your mission statement do you lie? I mean you say that you do not hate cops. That is totally untrue! If you hate cops it doesn’t matter, but why do you lie about it? Anyone who watches your videos you can hear the anger in your voices and all of the disrespectful thing you say to police. There are numerous videos when people call cops cowards and assholes when they aren’t doing anything to them. That shows the hate you all have for police. So why do you lie in your mission statement? That takes credibility away from you all and the point that you think all cops are liars and criminals!

  • AbbyK

    Has cop block decided to shift it’s focus from systemic police brutality to whether consent laws are unfair to men?

    Ex: https://www.facebook.com/CopBlock/posts/10153227964718189

    This post was so far outside of what you guys normally share on Facebook I couldn’t help but wonder what was up.

  • SeeBee1961

    Does CopBlock.org have a document developed to pass along to legislators so voters can demand better police accountability? If not, please develop. I created this one here just as my own personal wish list, but I recognize it could be improved and shortened by people with actual legal, legislative and budgetary experience; I am just a layman who is frustrated with excessive force violations. FYI:

    My recommendations to cut down on police brutality:

    1. More extensive police training to help them develop better judgment in uses of force and gain a reasonable level of knowledge about the public’s rights (including the right to film and audiotape police). They should be required to sign a legal document stating they know these basics before they are allowed to work in law enforcement.

    2. Higher educational and intelligence standards for police recruits.

    3. Better police pay to retain the smarter and better officers and increase their satisfaction on the job.

    4. All law enforcement “use of force” cases should be investigated by an independent body not affliated with local law enforcement agencies or the DA’s office. That independent body should determine which cases go to a grand jury.

    5. There should be a national database of law enforcement employment records to enable easier background checks and identification of “problematic” officers before hiring. The records should include: Notation of all complaints against them and the resolution of such complaints, as well as notations of violence and other crimes in their personal lives. There should be mandatory counseling or training sessions for officers that reach excessive levels of complaints, and this should be in the records too. Officers found guilty of significant offenses should be blacklisted in this database and banned from working in law enforcement, security, prison work, or any job in which they are armed and have authority to control vulnerable people.

    6. Find a solution to the weaknesses in using grand juries (only has the prosecutor’s side presenting information, for example), which notoriously do not indict cops.

    7.Develop and require the use of police body cams that cannot be turned off, that have un-deletable videos, that are archived in the cloud daily, have a clear warning when the battery needs to be recharged, and are worn at all times by officers. I think the cams are more important than privacy considerations, such as officer bathroom breaks — after all, the videocam faces forward, not down.

    8. officers who break the law or use excessive force should be required to bear some or all of the costs of their legal defense and penalties. People who don’t have to take responsibility for their actions are unlikely to change their actions.

    What else?

  • Human

    It would be helpful if the regional Cop Block Groups FB pages were open to the public, meaning no FB account required to view the page. Some are available but for example the KansasCityMetroCopBlock groups FB page is not. I do not have a FB account nor will I ever create one. However, I would like to review the FB pages in my area as I am considering contributing to the cause. Thanks

  • cbgeorge

    They wont reply anyway. I sent couple emails, NO REPLY

  • starchild

    Probably the same as the percentage of YOUR funding that comes from Communist Party or Ku Klux Klan front groups.

  • starchild

    Speaking for myself as a CopBlock supporter, I don’t hate all cops. There have been good cops who speak out against the abuses of their colleagues, and act to uphold civil liberties and human rights instead of violating them.

    If you care about the good cops, the best thing you can do is to speak out against the abuses, because when those abuses go uncorrected and unpunished, it does tend to cast all police officers in a bad light. What are you doing to speak out against abuses?

  • starchild

    I don’t think better police pay is going to help. Here in San Francisco where I live, police officer starting pay is around $80,000 a year. That’s *starting* pay!

    Yet, police abuse, corruption, and unjustified shootings by cops remain a huge problem here. Do a web search for “Ian Furminger” or “Alex Nieto” or “Idriss Stelley” or “SFPD officers stealing” or “Fajitagate”, et cetera, etc.

    The rest of your suggestions sound on point. Particularly appreciate your well-worded point on body cameras which recognizes that just having the cameras is not enough — many safeguards are needed to ensure they do more good than harm to civil liberties.

  • starchild

    Probably because it’s a grassroots, largely user-powered site without much in the way of resources or staff. But hopefully someone will get back to you eventually (I’m not officially affiliated with the site, just a supporter).

  • Joseph Mcmanus

    i like to know some thing if any one mind telling me. i was at the airport in new orleans on 1/9/2014 this women tell me she going to kill me with thing thing in her hand cop know about and did not want to let me press any charge and would net get me her name. i have been told as of 9/11 any thrithing remark you can go to jaill any one know the law code i all so got a video of the cop saying she can say that as long she dont leave a mark.

  • laughing tyger

    Why no mention of YOUR Flounder?

    http://www.policeone.com/corrections/articles/5911046-Founder-of-CopBlock-org-gets-jail-for-wiretapping/

    Voyeurs . . . GOTTA watch – then edit OF COURSE!

  • laughing tyger

    GOOOD GOD! That no-go is creepy.

  • Guest

    THIS right here, is how to deal with the BAMMER horde:

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=massive+attack+angel

  • laughing tyger

    THIS is how to cope with the BAMMER followers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbe3CQamF8k

  • Carter

    I am fan and support this initiative. Can we please make a training video for the people posting videos? Having people in their thirties on here that completely understand their rights, yet insist on being rude is counter productive. If you plan, organize and/or film a confrontation with the police, it would help our cause for you to be civil. We are dealing with subject matter that needs to connect three generations of Americans. The older among us grew up in a very different world. We need all walks of life discussing this material. In turn, we need to eliminate rude behavior, stand strong and calmly speak the truth. Most people will take any chance to ignore or discredit you when dealing with sensitive issues. Be calm, ask the right questions and explain your actions for the public. Give no reason to be ignored or discredited. In order for Cop Block to reach its full potential we must be professional in our reporting.

  • Eyesonyou

    Why wouldn’t you be angry at corrupt cops? They’re the ones not doing their jobs,being corrupt assholes and wasting taxpayer money.

  • SeeBee1961

    You are right — I had no idea salaries were at that level. Just checked a local city’s police salaries — mid 50s for detectives, low 60s for lieutenants and low 70s for captains. Tennessee has a lower cost of living, so that’s not bad at all. Sheriff’s office is about $125K, almost $70K for captains, etc. I am revising my thoughts on this.

  • Oldad Norseman

    What “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was to the 19th, and “The Jungle” was to the 20th, Cop Block will be to the 21st.

  • Chris Thrash

    you guys need a tv show

  • Ultra Maroon

    I know little about this site or its readers, so far, but it seems to me that they are more of the libertarian-anarchist brand than the Communist. Libertarians want to shrink and decentralize government, coercion, and authority over peoples; Communists want to enlarge government, especially central government, and they want to control every aspect of individuals’ lives.

    In the 1960s, people who were cynical about the police did tend to be Communists; they took instruction from terrorists like Bill Ayers. Today, the left uses the policing apparatus to intimidate good citizens whenever they can.

    “By any means necessary…”

  • GaMomof5

    Brilliant! Central server to store videos, which is what all LE should be doing with body cams if they weren’t afraid of the consequences.

  • Larry Kiddey

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Carter.

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