Cop Block of Western New York Hits the Ground Running

On April 26th an email was sent from the founders of Cop Block of Western New York to us that said:

Cop Block of WNY (Western New York) is a new local group started up on Saturday, April 26th after videos of police brutality in Buffalo, NY had surfaced. Our goal is to raise awareness to incidents of police brutality and hopes of helping victims find some justice.

That same day – the 26th – a video was uploaded to the Cop Block of Western New York YouTube channel with the description:

On 24 April 2014, this video was uploaded in 2 parts on Facebook showing Buffalo Police using excessive force while apprehending 23 year old John Willet of Buffalo outside a store in the area of Ontario and Philadelphia Streets. It all started on the night of April 19th, when Willet was driving, he noticed a car was following him. Fearing that it may be someone meaning to do him harm, he sped away. The car following him turned out to be undercover police car, which pursued Willet to Ontario and Philadelphia Streets. Willet parked his vehicle, got out and ran across the street where he willingly surrendered. Willet reported that he stood there with his hands in the air when an officer punched him and threw him down to the ground. Shortly after that is where the video begins, you can see that officers kneed and punched Willet while trying to apprehend him. Towards the end, you can see an officer kicking and punching Willet while he was handcuffed and laying face down, pleading for them to stop. Willet was charged with resisting arrest and minor drug possession charges. This video has been sent to Buffalo Police and Mayor Byron Brown. Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda ordered an internal affairs investigation into the incident and all the police officers involved have been suspended for the duration of the investigation. Commissioner Derenda and Mayor Brown both said that they will not tolerate any misconduct or criminal activities involving police officers. We are currently waiting for the result of the internal investigation. Thank you to everyone who shared and spread this video around, it has received the attention of both the local media and some national attention.

A day later, the video was posted to blogs.buffalonews.com:

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That video – four days after being uploaded – now has 101,595 views.

Quit an impact that ultimately will help others see through the illusion and realize that justice can never come from coercion.

I look forward to see folks in the western NY area connect and create networks to support and share skills – such as the importance in filming all police interactions – your own and those who you don’t know. Capture the truth of the situation.

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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.

  • t

    Where is part 2?

  • wakeupfromyourslumber

    fucking fag police. Gay ass pig cops and their faggot orgies. Where’s John Q. Public on this one? Probably to busy taking it in the ass right now. HA! Fucking faggot cops! Time to “use whatever means necessary” to stop these fucking murder pigs! Dexter style ;)

  • John Q Public

    Since you asked, here I am. The video, as usual, doesn’t show what happened in the first place. It just shows the guy after he is already on the ground. Hardly groundbreaking. As for the rest of your diatribe: do you kiss your mother with that dirty mouth? I hope not. Where’s Mike the Vet to wash your mouth out with soap? You really won’t get anywhere in life spewing that kind of stupidity and ignorance.

  • John Q Public

    It seems that young Mr. Willet was no angel:

    BUFFALO, NY – John Willet was in Buffalo City Court for vehicle and traffic violations.

    Last year he was stopped twice for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. He had appearances before two judges on one day. Both Buffalo City Court Judges Kevin Keane and Betty Calvo-Torres advised Willet to take care of fines in the Town of Amherst that led to his suspended license.

    The aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle charges are the least of Willet’s concerns. His arrest in Buffalo on April 19 for possessing drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana are serious offenses. He was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Those charges relate to what was captured on video. Willet was seen on the ground in handcuffs and he says he was the victim of police brutality.

    Attorney Phillip Dabney represents Willet. When asked about his client’s background, he says “this would be the first time in fact he’s been charged with criminal possession of drugs or any drug related offense.”

    Dabney says Willet does not have criminal convictions on his record, but he was given youthful offender status for a case when he was a teenager.

    http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/local/buffalo/2014/04/30/police-brutality-buffalo-john-willet-phillip-dabney/8531651/

  • Jeremy

    So just because hes done wrong before they’re allowed ot beat the hell out of him whens he’s in handcuffs?

  • t

    Interesting concept of “beat the hell out of him” you have there. The end of it did look unnecessary. It’d be interesting to read the report about it.

  • Rudy Bizzell

    He handcuffed and on the ground with officers on top of him. There is no need to beat him. PERIOD.

  • wakeupfromyourslumber

    That’s like your opinion. Free country pig ;)

  • sir xavier horsechode the 3rd

    Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often
    unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy
    to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it
    is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on
    the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is
    regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.

  • John Q Public

    Whatever, internet tough guy.

  • marcy

    It doesn’t matter what a person did in the past or the current charge when some one is in the prone position handcuffed it is over!!!! You do not strike or kick them that just makes you a bully and a coward. PERIOD.