CopBlock Week In Review: May 20 – May 26
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 OFFSHOOTS ARE UP TO:
Cop Watchers Work With Police to Help Woman Held at Gunpoint
Cop Watcher Kenny Lovett was sitting in his vehicle outside of the Lone Oak city hall prior to a special city council budget meeting when a woman and her boyfriend pulled up and parked along his drivers side window.
Lovett explains that the couple began arguing with each other while the male driver attempted to block Kenny’s view of the situation, he then said that after a couple minutes the male reached under his floorboard for what he was certain was a gun.
After notifying fellow Cop Watcher Kory Watkins who was sitting in a meeting with the police chief, Kory told the Chief what was happening. After several minutes the man was pulled over and subsequently arrested.
When Lovett arrived on the scene, the suspect, who according to police is a convicted murderer and fresh out of prison, was apprehended without incident. The man was allegedly intoxicated and possessed a loaded pistol with 17 additional rounds on his person. Authorities believe that there was a good possibility that the suspect would have killed the woman if not apprehended.
TOP COPBLOCK.ORG STORIES THIS WEEK:
RT’s “War of Words” with Kirby Interviews CopBlocker Ademo Freeman
Our own Ademo Freeman was recently a guest on “War of Words” with Kirby, via RT
The segment was about the trending rise in police brutality. You can see the video below
Cop Attempts to Break Phone, Illegally Arrests Man Filming
One Cop Block supporter sent us in this video from Wake Forest, NC
While videotaping an arrest in Wake Forest, NC; Officer S. Woods tried to intimidate me once he noticed I was recording. He began by telling me to remove my hand from my pocket, (it was in there because of the freezing temperature) which I did willingly. After unsuccessfully attempting to question me, (“I don’t answer questions.”) the officer said he needed my phone for evidence, because I had been recording. The officer then slammed me on my face and left shoulder, even though my right hand was already in a cast. Once the cop had me on the ground others piled on as well. Officer Woods then tried to break the phone by slamming it onto the pavement a couple times before making me show him how to stop it from recording. The WF police took me to their department headquarters, where I was held while in pain for hours, due to my shoulder and the awkward position they had me sat in. After hours of crying out in pain while officers routinely came in and tightening my cuffs instead of loosening them, one finally came in and switched the position of the cuffs to relieve my pain. A few minutes after that I was transported to Wake County Jail. I was charged with RDO and released on an unsecured bond, after spending all night in booking. My cell phone (containing the video) was kept as evidence. Later that day, I went to the ER where I was treated for a left shoulder contusion. Two weeks after the arrest, two Wake Forest police officers brought me a dismissal paper as well as my phone, with the video intact.
Thanks again to all the donors, contributors and supporters of the CopBlock Network who make it such a huge success.