I can’t speak for Pete, but for me, the outcome of our trial on Monday doesn’t matter – we’ve succeeded at making our point. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go to jail (who does?) but my conscience is clear. I know without a doubt that Pete and I didn’t harm anyone (though one officer claims he was ‘scratched’ when arresting us – yep, a scratch – lock us up now!) nor did we damage anyone’s property.
To me, we’ve already “won” (for lack of a better word) by making an impact. We’ve personally met 100’s of people here and brought the issues of police accountability to the streets of Greenfield without the local media, city officials or any other major information distributor. Instead, we have – with on the ground activism and outreach – distributed thousands of fliers, DVDs, and business cards, while also showing people how effective a camera is when interacting with police, especially when they’re doing (or have done) wrong.
Folks in the downtown area of Greenfield are consistently stopping Pete, Beau and myself to thank us for highlighting these issues here. Several have gotten, or are talking about getting, cameras of their own, with plans to use them in future police encounters of their own. Others have continued the Robin Hooding that we introduced them to on our last visit to the area. Even a current Greenfield Police Officer bought one of our shirts and said, “you’re doing valuable work.”
Everything I’ve done the last year inside of Greenfield has been for education. To show others how hypocritical and unjust the ‘justice’ system is. How the system is stacked against you from the moment they put you in it; the police, the district attorney and the judge are all paid by the state. Not only do they work together, but they’re most likely friends (in some way, shape or form), as are most people who work together. They’re certainly more likely to do favors for one another than for you.
Yet, it’s a whole new game (for them) when the actions are clear as day on video. When the folks harmed (like me and Pete) start asking more questions, take steps to highlight the wrong-doing, and refuse nearly all of their demands or deals. It also doesn’t hurt to have a great group of supporters (people who still believe in personal freedom) that share our stories/videos, send messages to those involved, and even engage in call floods on our behalf. It’s these actions that cause those prosecuting us to worry, which leads me to the video below. A few days ago we posted a video about one tactic we’ve used – making fake fliers (like we did in Mississippi) – and the very next day the chief of police ordered them taken down (he could also have been pissed about the summons to court he got that day, oops). Proving that the camera and public opinion scare the government agent to death, or at least into acting like a total tyrant.
A big thanks to everyone who has spared a few moments to assist us with this task, we’re not alone, and neither are you if you’re the victim of police misconduct. Become a Cop Blocker yourself, say NO to bad laws, say NO to the plea deal and encourage others to do so as well. As someone who’s gone through this all too many times, enough is enough, let’s stop sending money on criminalizing and caging people for victimless crimes.