A Conversation with My Arresting Officer

Last January when at Keene district court I was thrown to the ground then carried to a cage because I wore my hat. Last Thursday over coffee I had a conversation with Jim Cemorelis, the person who did the throwing.

Over three hours we had a freewheeling discussion that touched on the Keene community, activism, rights, the role (if any) of government, the provision of courts and law enforcement, philosophy, books, families, and single-issues like firearms and drug prohibition.

Some people have communicated that such meetings are a waste of time – almost likening the other party to “the enemy.” While I appreciate such feedback I disagree. As I wrote on a previous post:

There is no benefit to write-off an entire group of people based on their place of employment. . . Don’t you think it likely that some of those individuals [cops] might, once exposed to new, better ideas, shed their old, worse ideas? Like anyone else the average cop has been exposed to a lifetime of pro-State, defer-to-authority rhetoric.

When our conversation kicked-off Jim noted that there was probably only a “minutia” of things that separated our perspectives. With the glaring exception of how we each subsist, I found that statement was pretty accurate. We both want to live in a safe, prosperous community, where individual rights are respected – the question is how is that best-achieved?

In the least our chat allowed for personalization, which means ideas shared will likely be given more weight. And while I haven’t heard that Jim has yet moved on from the Keene police department, based on how we parted ways, I’m hopeful our conversation will continue.
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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.