Cop Block Week In Review: April 24 – May 3
Keeping up with all the police related stories, events and more can be a difficult tasks. Therefore, with the intention of keeping the readers of CopBlock.org informed about the most recent stories, videos and happenings – not only at CopBlock.org but the extended CopBlock offshoots as well – we’ve decided to start a “CopBlock Week in Review” series. Each week a CopBlock contributor will publish a post that highlights the blogs published at the site throughout the week, short stories about other CopBlocker activities and more. So without further ado, lets get into this week’s review.
WHAT OTHER COPBLOCK OFFSHOOT ARE UP TO:
Larry Freeman is an active Cop Blocker in the Ohio Valley region, on April 24 Larry went to the Federal Building in Wheeling, WV and began a First Amendment Audit by walking around the building filming different things and was not bothered by security at all. But when he went further down the street to do the same at the Courthouse/PD he was almost immediately approached by a US Marshall.
Larry came off kind of lucky as the Marshall was never hostile towards Larry and remained respectful despite refusing to identify himself. When Larry asked if he was being detained the Marshall informed him he was not and Larry simply walked away and told the man to search YouTube later to find out exactly what he was doing.
Larry only asks one thing of people supporting what he did:
Contact US Marshal Gary Gaskins at the Northern District office and ask about their policy of marshals identifying themselves. Ask why they would bother someone videotaping a building when the same footage is readily available from google maps and google street view.
Northern District of West Virginia (N/WV)
U.S. Marshal: Gary M. Gaskins
500 W. Pike Street
P.O. Box 2807
Clarksburg, WV 26302
Capital City CopBlock
Also in this week is CopBlock.org contributor Adam Rupeka of Capital City Copblock in New York
On May 1, Adam went to the DEA office in Latham, NY to also do a 1st Amendment Audit and was approached by two agents who started asking questions and treating Adam as if he was a terrorist threat. But he quickly shot that question down by trying to ask them if the DEA had ever been targeted by terrorists to which they only responded “Drug dealers target us” and also gave the usual “We are worried about the safety of our undercover agents being spotted on video” as if undercover agents are dumb enough to drive right up to the DEA office while they are undercover.
See the full video:
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TOP COPBLOCK.ORG STORIES THIS WEEK:
Video Shows Officer Break Down Door, Release K9 On Seated Man With Hands Raised
One thing police officers love to tell you is that if you just comply with them then you won’t get hurt, they spew the same nonsense anytime a use of force case makes the news and there is public outrage over the case.
Well Lee Hoogveldt of West Jordan, Utah found out that isn’t always the case. When police knocked in his door in March of 2013 they found Lee sitting on his couch and after some commands from the officer he raised his hands in surrender. All should be fine then you would think as he is complying, the one thing they say to do to avoid being hurt by officer. Well it was at this point that an officer released the K9 and the dog began chewing on Lee’s face for the next 15 seconds. While the dog is still chewing on his face another officer drags him into another room and begins handcuffing him face down.
The bodycam video below was released as part of a lawsuit against the PD:
Meet Jon McCoy, Zanesville Ohio Police Officer
Our own Ademo Freeman has been spending quite a bit of time in Zanesville, Ohio lately after his arrest for contempt of court. There has been much action between the police supporters in the city and the CopBlockers while this has been going on but ont thing that shocked Ademo was when we received a submission from someone including a link to Zanesville PD officer Jon McCoy’s personal facebook page that included some pretty shocking pictures he has posted that support domestic violence.
It’s people like Jon that are attracted to the power given to the job of Police Officer and I myself am not shocked at all to find someone like this working for a Police Department. Is this the kind of people you want charged with protecting you and holding all that power?
Click the heading to read the entire article and see more screenshots from this disgusting officer as he shares his viewpoints about violence openly with the public.
WEEKLY CORRUPT COPS STORIES
Each week we gather stories about corrupt cops across the country published weekly by StopTheDrugWar.org. Here are a couple stories from the previous week.
In Texarkana, Texas, a Bowie county jail guard was arrested last Wednesday after getting caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the jail inside a bag of Cheetos Puffs. The unnamed 19-year-old guard went for a break and was searched upon returning to the jail. He has been charged with possession of prohibited substances inside a correctional facility.
An East Texas correctional officer has been arrested for trying to smuggle marijuana into the facility via a bag of Cheetos Puffs.
Bowie County chief deputy Jeff Neal says the 19-year-old officer was searched after returning from a break just after midnight Tuesday. Neal says everyone and items always are searched before entering the facility.
A second officer found inside of the bag a purple object which contained the marijuana and tobacco.
Neal says a sheriff’s deputy was called to the center and arrested the 19-year-old for prohibited substances in a correctional facility. The correctional officer only had been employed for about one month before his arrest.
Neal says an investigation is ongoing.
In Wilburton, Oklahoma, a former Latimer County sheriff’s deputy was arrested last Wednesday for stealing drugs from the evidence room. Bobby Joe Eubanks went down after the sheriff asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into missing drug evidence. Eubanks had been in charge of the evidence room before he was fired earlier this year, and the sheriff said he had found drugs in Eubanks’ official vehicle while cleaning it. Eubanks admitted to twice stealing meth evidence and said he used it to cope with PTSD from his service in Afghanistan.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents have arrested a former Latimer County sheriff’s deputy for stealing drug evidence while working as a county deputy, a news release says.
The Latimer County sheriff requested OSBI to investigate missing drug evidence from the department’s evidence room, OSBI says.
The sheriff said he found drug evidence inside former deputy Bobby Joe Eubanks’ patrol vehicle when the sheriff was cleaning the vehicle.
The sheriff recently had terminated Eubanks, a news release says, and at the time Eubanks was terminated, he was in charge of the department’s drug evidence room.
A release says the OSBI agent assigned the case tracked the drug evidence and determined it had been sent to the OSBI laboratory for testing in 2011. At that time, an OSBI chemist reportedly determined the drugs contained methamphetamine.
OSBI says Eubanks admitted to stealing drug evidence two times when interviewed by agents.
Eubanks claimed he needed meth to help him cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He had been deployed to Afghanistan while in the Army National Guard prior to his employment with the sheriff’s office.
Eubanks was arrested outside the Latimer County Sheriff’s Office in Wilburton on Thursday afternoon.
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