This will be my first post on OhioCopBlock.org, so allow me to introduce myself. I’m Luke. I became involved with CopBlock in 2013 when I noticed a man standing on a street corner with a sign that said, ‘Checkpoint Ahead Turn Now.’ I decided to pull over and meet the man, and thank him for what he was doing. You may be familiar with this man too, as he recently received national news coverage because of that very sign. It was Deo from Greater Cleveland Cop Block. We both had the same views about checkpoints and the increase of police abuse and their infringements on constitutional rights. We parted ways that night and I did some research about CopBlock. What is it? And what does it stand for?
Knowing nothing about CopBlock, I found the name alone a bit ‘sketchy.’ It sounds like a group that stops cops from upholding their oath and blocks them from doing their job. It isn’t at all; cops fail to uphold their oath all on their own. This is the description of the group taken from CopBlock.org:
“Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability. We highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact.”
It turned out I had been ‘Cop Blocking’ for years! Cop block doesn’t have membership requirements, or fees, or even a list of its members. It doesn’t dictate how much or how little you get involved. Because it’s decentralized, you alone decide your involvement.
For years I’ve been sharing content on my personal social media pages that related to police and their incidents of corruption, abuse of ‘power’, and infringements of constitutional rights. I’ve filmed the police on numerous occasions. I’ve done this to protect my rights and the rights of family, friends, and even strangers. Police lie and it’s important to me to have documented evidence that tells the truth even though I consider myself a law-abiding citizen. I’ve never been arrested. I don’t have felonies, misdemeanors, possession charges, or anything of the sort. I got one speeding ticket in my minor years, and that’s it. So, why do I feel the need to record police interactions? The answer is simple. Some lie. I’ve seen it in person and on video, and I will not allow myself or my family to be a victim. I have dash cams installed in my vehicle. I have cameras ready to record at all times. I will not allow myself to be abused by the police.
That’s enough about me. I’d like to hear from some of you. What brought you to CopBlock? How involved with it are you? What are your main concerns? Have you visited CopBlock.org/Groups and connected with a CopBlock group in your area? What kind of content would you like to see more or less of?
Thanks for reading!