Official Cop Block Press Passes: Take Your Activism to the Next Level

This post was written by Kelly Patterson and originally posted to Nevada Cop Block:

Whether you are a regular contributor to Cop Block, an activist; who knows the value of keeping a camera handy when dealing with police and other government officials, or simply a fan who wants to demonstrate your support for what Cop Block does and spread the word to others, there is a new tool available to make it easier for you to do so.

Visit Nevada Cop Block to Claim Your Press Pass

Official Cop Block press passes are designed as a multifunctional option for anyone involved with Cop Block, as well as a convenient and attractive way to support Cop Block’s goals of holding law enforcement accountable for their actions. They act as both a visual indicator that you value your rights and a prominent warning to anyone that might want to infringe upon them.

Over the years, Cop Block has expanded from a small “DIY” style project into a fully functioning independent media outlet with a prominent national online presence and over thirty (and counting) satellite organizations located in cities throughout the United States and even beyond those imaginary borders. The establishment of official Cop Block press passes represents the next step in that evolution in which we serve notice to the world that we won’t be marginalized or overlooked, but are asserting ourselves as a legitimate member of the media.

Plus, they look really cool!

Keep reading below for more detailed reasons why you need and/or want to get your hands on a press pass (and additional pictures) or just order one right now and keep it within reach, along with your camera.

Keep reading below for more detailed reasons why you need and/or want to get your hands on a press pass (and additional pictures) or just order one right now and keep it within reach, along with your camera.

Visit Nevada Cop Block to Claim Your Press Pass
[This post was shortened and the PayPal links removed and replaced with the above link to Nevada Cop Block, which includes the full post and facilitates press pass requests]

Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of 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.

  • Crystal

    Please get Idaho added to the list and we will purchase ASAP! We need this more then ever! Thank You!

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  • John Q Public

    I hate to be the one to tell you, but most events have their own credentials. Those won’t work. I like how you have to say its a souvenir so you won’t get busted. If you want to be a legitimate journalist, go to school and learn the proper way. Not the Copblock School of Getting Arrested but a good college class or two.

  • 420warrior

    Went to skool.? The events that have their own passes usually give me media passes because i have press passes from several events.never been turned down although i haven’t been published for a decade or so.
    With my limited study of law, i could do the case that penalizes refusal of any media pass while honoring another….skill is an obstacle …

  • BTW, you can’t be “busted” for carrying a press pass. Press passes are simply a form of ID issued by media organizations to people working for them. In essence, they are similar to a company issuing an employee ID card. On the face of it, there isn’t anything legally significant or potentially illegal to them. They’re simply a convenient way of identifying who someone is and who they work for.

    And while private events often do issue their own generic passes to identify who has been granted press access, press passes from a media outlet are often required to apply for them. Even when that isn’t the case, having a press pass can make the process quicker and easier.

  • Hey

    John Q, please get out more. Anyone can be a journalist and any org trying to impose “credentials” is just trying to muffle rights. ;)

  • Common Sense

    10.00 bucks huh? Freedom of the press…pay as you go.

  • John Q Public

    Hey, then buy a ticket like everyone else. For most events, to get legit press creds you have to be vetted and have a background check done. For security purposes they are not going to just let any joe have creds. Go work for a real news organization and you would know how it works. And yes, I worked for a local TV station for a year so I have knowledge.

  • 1605

    Mopping floors at the TV station does not make you an expert at anything other than mopping floors at the TV station.

    Film everything. We are the press.

  • John Q Public

    If you say so. None of the videos the copblockers recorded so far show that you know anything about journalism. All they seem to do is screw you at trial. Try using those bs “credentials” at most venues and see how far that gets you. Just because this site has “.org” doesn’t make it legitamate.

  • Hey

    lol @ john Q’tips trolling

  • pete malloy

    This is clearly a money making scam. Copblock is decentralized with no one individual holding exclusive rights. Everyone is free to create their own credentials at cost without fear of repercussions. I don’t support Ademo or his clown antics, but I certainly respect that he stands by his convictions. Since he stepped back this cite has become even more laughable, even going so far now as to scam people out of their money. It is truly pathetic, and I hope people see the hypocrisy here.

  • pete malloy

    The freedom to record under the guise of copblock is free per the founder himself. These credentials are no more than a badge to be worn by those who paid your light bill. I sincerely hope people aren’t so blinded by their hatred of the state to see what a fraudulent sale this is.

  • Sammy316

    Include Utah!!!!

  • 1605

    I was born with my credentials. Unfortunately the sheep in blue costumes think I need a laminated bathroom pass to take pictures. Thanks to CopBlock for providing that pass.

    Journalism is a term used to give arbitrary value to press. If you are not a journalist or a member of the press you have as much rights and access to public information and employees as anyone else.

  • Common Sense

    Please buy some, Pete needs gas money.

  • American Environmentalist

    These “press passes” probably cost about $10 to produce and mail out with Shipping and Handling. So it is a fair price. If you want to go with the more traditional pass you can go to any number of traditional online news associations and get an official “press Pass”

    While negative commentators while being accurate that the event you attend usually gives press passes (after vetting), they fail to realize that most of the “events” that copblockers report on are their own events.

    In my experience having a “press pass” even one made by yourself gives you credibility and makes people more comfortable speaking to you if you have “press”. Sort of like when a minimum wage security guard or police officer gets a nice silver/gold badge, people have the tendency to give them extra rights and leeway.

    Cops are a little less likely to harass someone that has press credentials, just like people are likely to leave people with badges alone.

  • shawn


    You do realize the government doesn’t get to decide what is and isn’t ligitimate jornalism? That flies in the face of the First Amendment.
    Credentials only matter for employment. Much like you don’t need credentials to be a mechanic, but good luck getting a decent job without them.

  • John Q Public

    Shawn, take those creds to the White House and see if they get you in.

  • 1605

    So the system justifies itself by calling itself the system. Brilliant. And that’s how you know you’re in the freedom capital of the world.



    I going to get one of these and one from Carlos Miller/PINAC!

  • John Q Public

    You know, I guess I will make my own “press” creds so I can get into places free.If I get in trouble I’ll get 420warrior to defend me since he knows all the answers.

  • BigPoppaAZ

    JQP, do you make this up, as you go along, or do you truly believe the hype you type?

    Let’s get to the nitty gritty on Press Passes. What is a Press Pass? A Press Pass by definition, is a Pass for the Press (Citizen Press as well), created by either the Organization they represent, i.e, in this matter Cop Block, Law Enforcement (Local, County, State, etc…), or Event, i.e, The Consumer Electronic Show (CES).

    In order to ascertain said Press Pass Credentials, a person could create said credentials themselves, i.e., JQP’s Blog, or file with their local media (AZ High Times), or national media, say NBC, ABC, CNN, Mother Jones, Cop Block, etc… (Yes, due to the web presence, and satellite affiliates, Cop Block can be considered national media).

    For a Law Enforcement Press Pass, acknowledgement by said LE, and a possible background check, fingerprints, fee, etc… a LE Press Pass for access to Crime Scenes, LE events, etc… could be applied for, and would be considered an additional pass to an existing “Press Pass”.

    As for “Event Press Passes”, let’s look to event websites for needed credentials to ascertain said pass. Most likely access would be granted to an Event related entity, or blog post, or you happen to know someone in the event planning group. Usually a bit of background, and a fee, could provide access to this type of additional “one off” press pass.

    As to your post from the 10th “take those creds to the White House and see if they get you in.” As someone with stated Media experience, I’m sure you’re aware of the background checks, and investigative aspects which are needed to allow said access to such a prominent event. However, many bloggers, and internet reporters do gain access to such events. Recall recently the access granted to Neil Munro, the Irish-born reporter from the Daily Caller. (Google: idiot yells at obama during press conference). Anything is possible.

    I like the Cop Block Press Pass concept, and the fact that continuity and further access to Cop Block followers, will offer further credence to this site, and affiliates.

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