Copblocking in Tempe

On February 22nd, 2014 Jordan, Kristoff, Zane (whom you may recognize from the video Donuts and Steroids in Paradise Valley) and I, armed with cameras, spent about six hours on Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona, seeking to deter rights-violations and do outreach.

Overall, it was a very productive night – especially in regard to the extended conversations we, and especially Zane had, with Mike Carleton, an employee of the Tempe police, and some of his colleagues.

TEMPE POLICE OUTFIT

More than a few we encountered were familiar with the efforts of those involved with the decentralized Cop Block and many more were supportive of the concept of Copblocking. One of the most oft-cited things I encouraged those I spoke with to do was to get a streaming app to help preserve any content they may capture – I continue to be surprised that there still exists a sizable minority of people who own smartphones but who have not heard of streaming apps.

If I would have done anything different it would have been to be a bit more thorough in reaching-out to others of like-mind in the area. I’d created a couple related pieces of content to put the word out of my pending arrival (via a video and via Bambuser updates) but I should have tagged in a Tweet or sent emails to the groups.

KNOWN ARIZONA-BASED GROUPS

While at least one who came out was involved with AZCB, the person who admins AZCW asked for a little more heads-up next time around. I completely understand. Before leaving town I did send an email between that person and a few others in the area, in the hope that it’ll help to generate future collaboration.

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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.