Herb Newton definitely turned some heads when he joined myself and others “CopBlocking the Zanesville Police”. His outspoken, loud and (at times) aggressive – not in the physical sense – approach to CopBlocking even spurred a reaction amongst other CopBlockers. That’s why I decided to sit down with Herb, hoping to help myself (and others), to understand who he is and what his experiences have been with the police. Watch the video below.
MY INTERVIEW WITH HERB:
VIDEO FROM HERB’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
Now before we talk about what a ‘good’ CopBlockers is or what’s best for the ‘police accountability’ movement let me say this, CopBlock is an idea that, “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.” Furthermore, Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability. I don’t think anyone can argue that Herb falls into this category, he clearly is an individual and cares deeply about police accountability. I’d also like to add that even though a post appears on this site, a CopBlock T-shirt is worn by an individual or someone tells the police to “Fuck off” it doesn’t reflect on CopBlock – the idea – or any other CopBlocker – as an individual. It only reflects on that individual.
With all that being said, is this the best form of CopBlocking? Will people learn something from Herb’s videos? Do views, clicks or other statistics equate to productive (or less productive) CopBlocking? Will more people take CopBlock seriously with CopBlockers like this? Will people relate to this style? My honest answer is, I don’t know.
What I do know is that CopBlock.org has many contributors, posts stories submitted to the site and host a varitey of educational material. The question on whether Herb’s style of CopBlocking is best, good or the ‘image’ that should be spread is irrelevant to me. Certainly some people will criticize “CopBlock” for this type of “CopBlocking”, while others will praise it. Truth is, I believe police accountability wins regardless, because even if Herb brings a rush of haters to the site, they most likely will find themselves on another post or page at CopBlock.org. Maybe that’s the Resource page, one of the how to videos, a different post by another CopBlock Contributor and that they’re able to learn from and adapt their own form of CopBlocking from the knowledge they gain here. That’s the beauty of a decentralized organization, being able to host a diversity of CopBlock ideas and tactics. Which, I feel, allows people to learn from the best AND the worse, even if we can’t agree on what that is exactly.
We’re all here to hold police accountable and I though I’ve been doing this for nearly 6 years, I still don’t know what’s “best.” Maybe we just need a little of everything, the good, bad and ugly, to get us out of the darkness of the police state. Whether you love or hate Herb, know that there is more than one way to complete a tasks, if you have a better way, show us. Share it here and let us learn from your experiences, just as we can from Herb’s.
Below I’ve included the video mentioned above by Larry Freeman, which was made the day after we CopBlocked with Herb, and I’ve also added a few other CopBlockers (Adam – of Capital District CopBlock; Deo – of Greater Cleveland CopBlock; Larry – of Ohio Valley CopBlock and one of my own) videos. Feel free to visit the CopBlock YouTube channel which also has a great variety of videos for you to watch too.