Note that the videos below are all raw (shot with my HTC Evo 5 via Cop Block’s Bambuser channel, my chest-mounted GoPro, and/or my Canon Vixia HF R10. At the conclusion of The Cop Block Tour I’ll make time to put-together some solid, over-arching videos using content from this stop. In the meantime, if you are so-compelled, you’re welcomed and encouraged to utilize this content and all other content at CopBlock.org.
On Monday, Jan. 28th I rolled through Crossville, TN and the following day, was in Nashville, TN.
What’s up with Crossville you ask? Well, initially I’d planned to stop in Knoxville as I rolled west from Asheville, NC, but I didn’t hear from many folks in the area and a week or two before hitting the road we received to Cop Block’s email a message from an individual who stated that the year prior, his place was entered, without a warrant, by a couple of individuals wearing “Crossville PD” badges, and he wanted to follow-up by donning a camera and asking questions, so I decided to switch the stop from Knoxville to Crossville to be able to join and support him on the ground.
Unfortunately, I never did hear back from that individual who had emailed (we did speak on the phone for a bit after his initial email was received, and I thought we had a good plan) so the stop wasn’t too busy.
Really the only thing worth mentioning was that, while working from a McDonald’s in town (one of the more-reliable places for WiFi when on the road) an employee came in and noted that a couple of guys had just been attempting to enter vehicles parked in their lot. I quickly packed up my things and ventured around the area in my truck, hoping to spot the pair who apparently didn’t have much respect for property rights.
After a bit, I found myself parked outside the Crossville Police Department, but, as I was not intimately familiar with the incident that caused me to be in Crossville, I didn’t think it worthwhile to question those folks with badge. I decided to roll on.
Nashville was an excellent stop, as I thought would be the case per my previous jaunts through that town. A great group of folks coupled with a cool vibe made for a good dynamic. Much thanks especially go to Matt Gulliver and Joe Fuller, who helped me on the ground.
If you’re in Tennessee I encourage you to get-connected with some good folks!
- Tennessee Police Officer Accountability https://www.facebook.com/TennesseePeaceOfficerAccountability
- CopBlock Nashville https://www.facebook.com/copblocker
- TN Sons of Liberty http://www.youtube.com/user/TNSONSOFLIBERTY
Thanks to Kenny, Tom and crew involved with Vanderbilt’s chapter of the Young American’s for Liberty, I was able to have a conversation about police accountability with those on campus and from around the area:
[this playlist was made from the videos captured/shared by Joe Fuller of FullofLiberty.com – much thanks bro!]
Later that night my bud and I were stopped when bicycling/on foot in Nashville. The rationale? That someone in the area may have been breaking into cars. As soon as I indicated that I was filming it seemed the police employee didn’t have interest in talking with us any further.
My other visits to Nashville already mentioned included a brief stop last fall when heading east, after making it out to Austin, TX for the Peaceful Streets conference.
And back in 2009, as part of the Motorhome Diaries, we captured these videos: