Harlem’s “Professional Agitators” Copwatch to Protect Community

Christina Gonzalez and Matthew proactively look out for their neighbors in Harlem and greater NYC, and thanks to the Internet, they’re helping peeps across the globe. The duo – labeled “professional agitators” by an employee of New York Police Department’s 30th Precinct – use their cameras and share ideas to mitigate institutionalized thuggery.

The footage of Christina and Matthew used in this video were captured in late August, 2013 when Jacob Crawford and I passed through NYC with the Police Accountability Tour.


Before arriving in town we had contacted Christina and were looking forward to connecting. Once in NYC Christina and I realized that we’d already crossed-paths two years prior during Occupy Wall Street. My bud Tommy and I were nearby to Christina when some folks wearing “NYPD” badges snatched her up (for the egregious act of filming).

It’s great knowing Christina and Matthew are out there. I’m sure their neighbors feel the same.


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.