Keene PD Employee Fintan Moore Assaults Derrick J Freeman

Derrick J Freeman was assaulted by Fintan Moore.

The video below shows background, the incident and the follow-up, of the exchange. It was completed thanks to the collaboration of many of Derrick’s friends and the editing talents of Beau Davis.

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Have thoughts or questions for Fintan Moore? Talk with him in-person:

12 Orchard Street
Keene, NH 03431
(603) 352-7195 (hm)

Derrick is right now caged at the Cheshire County Jail. Feel free to call and question those who are actively keeping him caged:

825 Marlboro Road
Keene, NH 03431
(603) 903-1600

Derrick’s slated to be “arraigned” on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at Keene District Court. He’s threatened with “resisting” and “violations of bail.”

Ask yourself:

  • Why did Fintan Moore think Derrick needed to be served a second time? Are Keene police department employees so inept, so bureaucratic, that it wasn’t yet in their database and therefore Fintan acted on stale information? There was simply no reason for the contact.
  • Was the amount of force Fintan Moore used necessary? Even if Fintan was “correct” in “serving” Derrick, is there anything justifiable about the escalation of force Fintan employed? Not too long ago similar tactics ended in the death of the bicyclist. What if that would have happened to Derrick? Would Fintan still stand by his actions?
  • What about the integrity (or lack thereof) exhibited by Timothy Peloquin,who “served” Derrick at the high school an hour or so before the incident with Moore, who had this exchange (fast-forward about half-way through clip):

Dispatcher: I don’t know if it matters or not at this point but there was some specific hours of 6:30 to 6:30 Monday through Friday. I don’t know if that makes a difference for you or not.
Peloquin: Doesn’t make a difference anymore. It says all the property all the time.
Dispatcher: Perfect. Thank you.

  • Instead of asking that ‘no trespassing order’ at the station be brought to the location, Peloquin drafted one in his cruiser, but instead of creating an accurate copy he further restrict Derrick’s “legal” rights. And his colleagues thought it was “perfect.” Do those with badges have the “right” to create and enforce “law” at their whim?
  • Even if Derrick had yet to be served, couldn’t Moore have waited for Derrick at his residence? That would still achieve the same ends, but with a safer means.
  • And, to start the argument where it beings, what, you ask, precipitated Moore and Peloquin’s interaction with Derrick in the first place? Derrick engaged in the dastardly act of singing anti-prohibition songs at state-run liquor stores. The consequence – after being “served” he was supposedly banned from such locations. Derrick’s completely peaceful action (singing) caused Moore and others to believe they had the right to initiate force against him. To drove his car toward Derrick’s bicycle. To place his asp in Derrick’s spokes. To punch Derrick. Just who is the aggressor?
  • And Moore (or at least his boss) believe they should have access and the use of an armored personnel vehicle?!

Will Moore do the right thing and apologize? While there be any repercussions for his actions? What might help mitigate such incidents from even occurring?

For another perspective on the incident, read Derrick J Freeman Unlawfully Arrested from Cecelia over at LadiesInKeene.com, who asks “Question of the day: When do you tell them no? How many people do they have to hurt before people stand up and tell them no more?”

The raw content captured by Derrick camera (1-minute)

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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.