Coverage of Southern Oklahoma Cop Block & Checkpoint Contest via OKC News9

Dustin McCaskill, founder of Southern Oklahoma Cop Block

Thousands of individuals in and around Oklahoma City are now aware of Southern Oklahoma Cop Block and the Checkpoint Contest is co-sponsoring with and LRN.FM thanks to coverage by KWTV.

Checkpoint Contest: (deadline April 8th, 2013)

Much love to Dustin McCaskill who’s been instrumental in growing Southern Oklahoma CB from zero people in November 2012 to 2,400 people today. This story is indicative of the impact had on the ground when people connect.


Anti-Police Checkpoint Group Offers Prize For Evidence Of Corruption
by Dana Hertneky on March 28th, 2013 at – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Police checkpoints are often controversial, but now they may be getting even more so after an anti-checkpoint group has offered a prize for video or other proof that the police are violating citizens’ rights.

The site is looking for content that “demystifies” police checkpoints and they’re offering an HD video camera to the winner.

“My advice is always [to] pretend you’re being recorded. Somebody is always watching in this day and age,” said Fraternal Order of Police president John George.

George says police realize they may end up on camera at some point, but antagonizing an officer into losing his cool so you could win a prize may be dangerous.

“You don’t want to bait the officer into something and you don’t want to do things with your movements or your actions that make officers think you’re doing something illegal,” said George.

Even defense attorney David Slane advises against it. He says participants could be the winners of a night in jail.

“When they may be well-intentioned on sort of checking the police and not letting them get out of hand, they may be giving people bad advice and they may be [themselves] arrested for obstructing an officer in the performance of their job,” said Slane.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department does conduct checkpoints. The OKCPD does not.  News 9 is told it’s because it is too manpower intensive.


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Since the story ran McCaskill noted that two other media outlets have contacted him about the activities Southern Oklahoma Cop Block. Excellent!

It’s excellent to hear that George is so matter-of-fact that police employees act as if they’re being recorded. The more such a mindset permeates those wearing badges the less-likely they are to be hostile when they realize that is in fact happening. And more-importantly, hopefully that mitigates the chance the police employee to act aggressively toward those with whom they’re interacting.

Yet why did George feel the need to warn potential-videographers that they not act in such a way as to antagonize a police employee. No where in the video contest is such a tactic advocated. In fact, taking a calm, cool and collected approach has long been pointed-to as ideal when in such situations.

Similarly Slane couched his comments on fear – the threat of a cage. For what?! For filming a public employee in the course of their “duties”?

True, police employees often operate very arbitrarily, knowing that they can cage someone with little fear of reprisal themselves, but if we, who work to watch the self-proclaimed watchmen are cowered into not working to make transparent their actions, where will that lead? Most-likely to a scenario where the double-standards now claimed grow.

That is why it is crucial to document (and disseminate when needed), and why I’m so glad McCaskill and those active with the growing Southern Oklahoma Cop Block and other groups are out there getting folks to think and act to change things for the better.


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.