MARV’s Dash – See, No “Manipulated” VIN Number!

On July 1st, 2010, after arresting Ademo & myself at the Franklin County House of Corrections, our good friends at the Greenfield Police Department (GPD) broke into my home, damaged and stole my property, and charged me with VIN manipulation (a misdemeanor) and possession of a firearm or ammo without a Firearm Identification Card (a felony).

In a classic “let’s pile on as many charges against those who question our commands” Todd M. Dodge of the GPD sought to enter my RV (MARV, the Mobile Authority Resistance Vehicle), though it was parked blocks from our arrest location and not involved in the incident at all. Dodge claimed that the VIN number on the dash was manipulated (submitting a photo of a vent as proof) so he wasn’t able to discern if the vehicle had been stolen. After first threatening to break the window to gain entry, his colleagues took my keys off my person when being I was booked and entered my home without a warrant or probable cause.

During the illegal search, the VIN number was found on the MARV’s frame near the engine, which confirmed that the vehicle was not stolen (as if they actually thought that was the case – they just wanted in and were going to use any justification, no matter how nefarious). And sometime before that, Dodge’s colleague lieutenant William Gordon (badge #105) claims to have “located a metal ammo box containing boxes of .40 cal ammunition in the rear of the RV on the passenger side clothes cabinet,” hence, the additional felony firearms/ammo charge.

We’re scheduled for trial on July 18th, 2011.

For more:

  • The meta-post about our experiences in Greenfield
  • All the documents, including the reports submitted by Dodge and Gordon, from our incident (also listed on the meta-post)

If you feel like letting these bureaucrats know that they messed up, that’d be much appreciated:

  • David F. Guilbault / Todd M. Dodge – “Chief, Greenfield PD” / “Sgt., Greenfield PD.” – 413.773.5411
  • Jeffrey A. Bengston – “Dist. Atty. Off. (Franklin Co.)” – 413.774.3186
  • William F. Martin – “Mayor, Greenfield” – 413.772.1560
  • The Recorder – Greenfield’s local paper – 413.772.0261
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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.