The post below was originally posted at FreeKeene.com by Rob Mathias. Make sure to check out the full playlist, the folks in New Hampshire have been CopBlocking Police Checkpoints for years – here’s one I attended a few years ago – and they’re very effective. Rob mentions in one of the videos that they had 24 people out CopBlocking, not many locations can pull off those numbers.
On May 22nd, 2015 the Manchester police department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Bridge street. In New Hampshire, the police are required by law to announce when a checkpoint will take place. This gives activists in the Shire time to plan and organize for such an event. On this night dozens of activists came out to copblock the checkpoint. There was coverage at both the actual checkpoint and at the last intersection before entering the checkpoint. A majority of the effort was to divert drivers from entering the checkpoint. Activists used large signs, hand signals, dance moves, and a laser light to project warnings on the side of a building. Fellow FreeKeene blogger Shire Dude was also on the scene livestreaming the event via bambuser. The Manchester police department conducts these sobriety check points every few weeks. It is a guarantee that each one of these events will have a strong copblock presence. Shire Dude and I will be there each time to document the activism.