Man Films Own Traffic Stop & is Sued by Trooper for “Defamation”, Now Left with Legal Fees

Nathan Cox  was pulled over by Virginia State Trooper Melanie McKenney in 2012. Nathan — founder of Virginia Cop Block — filmed the stop, filed a FOIA request, and put it all online. Two years later, Nathan received a summons to appear in court — McKenney claimed he had engaged in “defamation.” That suit — for $5,000 — was dismissed.  McKenney then filed a second suit — for $1.35 million. After almost three years of court proceedings, that second suit was tossed as well, but Nathan is now left with about $94,000 in legal fees.

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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.