Manchester’s Chalking 8

First, watch the 2min video above,
then check out the following:

Synopsis of Saturday, June 4th 2011 incident
More-exhaustive overview from August 31st, 2011
How you can help
Related links
Continue your education

Synopsis of Saturday, June 4th 2011 incident

A pro-police accountability rally held outside the Manchester Police Department to draw attention to the dubious killing of resident James Breton and clearing of officers who savagely beat Christopher Micklovich resulted in the unjust arrest of eight and the seizure of nine cameras and phones (without the issuance of receipts).

The rationale cited for the heavy police response? That some of those present had used children’s chalk to write on the sidewalk and building’s exterior walls, resulting in graffiti and criminal mischief charges, and that some were part of a group that didn’t move fast enough when pictures were being taken of “evidence” (chalked statements), resulting in disorderly and resisting charges.

The reality? Those wearing badges didn’t like their authority questioned and reacted using the only tool they know: force. There was no victim or damage to property in the offenses alleged. The arrests, charges and pending court dates are nothing more than harassment intended to chill dissent.

More-exhaustive overview from August 31st, 2011

My colleague (Ademo Freeman) and I (Pete Eyre) were two of those arrested outside the Manchester PD now facing charges, which has forced us to delay our next tour (see: & We yesterday relocated from Keene to Manchester, where, working with others on the ground, we’ll be better-able to get our names cleared. The sooner that happens the sooner we can move on with our life and projects, hold accountable the real criminals and embolden others to stand up for their rights.

We know we’re not in the wrong and that we don’t need to go to law school for three years to know how to tell the truth. Instead, believing the light of truth a potent disinfectant, we seek to bring as much attention to the situation using diverse tactics aligned with our principles (non-aggression and consensual interactions). And we’ll film our activities to be transparent and share ideas with those elsewhere.

As I stated in the video at the top of this post, we’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of people and thus far the only folks who have threatened or used force against us were wearing badges. On June 4th it was those wearing “Manchester Police Department” badges that aggressed upon our rights and who continue to waste taxpayer money to pursue these ridiculous charges (money that was, remind yourself, first stolen from you).

We never seek to get arrested. The actions of John Patti and his colleagues at the Manchester PD on June 4th demonstrate the hollowness of their claim to “serve and protect.” Police brutality, corruption and double-standards won’t stop with the creation of a civilian review board or another internal investigation; they will cease only when we each conclude that no one has the right to initiate force.

Our intention is always to educate. To share the novel idea of self-ownership – that we each own ourselves and thus are free to act so long as we don’t initiate force against another. That means that no one has extra rights, even those who wear a badge.

Thus far we’ve been “successful” confronting threats of force pro se (as successful as you can be defending yourself against people who interpret the same “law” they create). We’ve had charges dropped or were found not-guilty in Greenfield, MA, Keene (Ademo), Keene (Pete), Las Vegas (Ademo) and Jones Co. MS (*Ademo hung jury). We’ve also stood for our rights in hairy situations we thought we must (see: Edgewater, NJ, Sante Fe, NM, west Texas, and Detroit/Windsor). And we have been transparent with previous donations (see: donations in Jones Co., MS and donations in Greenfield, MA).

Also, the recent Glik ruling in the First Circuit Court of Appeals bodes well for seeking transparency and accountability of those who wear badges.

How you can help

Donate using the Chipin below to help cover the costs we’ll incur while being on the ground here in Manchester – food, gas, printing, events and outreach, etc. If you have specific ideas on the “.etc” – on tactics we should consider, please do share your idea as a comment to this post or via our submission form. We’ll leverage each dollar donated to get the greatest return on your investment.

Another option is to help us while getting yourself something like a t-shirt, intro/outro to a video, or a Power-a-Post by myself or Ademo (we’ll give you a shout-out on the post and include a link to your own site or we’ll give some love to your favorite thinker, organization or piece of content). See:

Also, we’re hoping to replace and step-up some of our tech gear before our next tour, so if you want to donate for specific items that’d be cool.

Thanks in advance! We’re serious when we advocate for “liberty in our lifetime!”

Related links

Caged for Four Days in Manchester – January 27th
Ademo’s Sentencing and Overview of Chalking Incident
– [VIDEO] Jan 5th
Hey Manch: I’d Rather Sit the Time Than Fund the Violence [VIDEO] – Dec 30
State vs. Garret Ean Momentarily Concludes
[VIDEO] – Nov 19th
Judge Overrules Press Block by Chalking 8 Prosecutor
[VIDEO] – Nov 17th
Manchester City Clerk Bureaucracy
[VIDEO] – Nov 12th
The “State” of NH v. Peter Eyre [VIDEO] – Nov 10th
Documents from Manchester’s Chalking 8 – Nov 9th
Patti and Freeman [VIDEO] – Oct 20th
Dude, Where’s My Phone? [VIDEO] – Oct 10th
Patrolling Manchester [VIDEO] – Oct 6th
Chalk the Police Day – A HUGE SUCCESS!
[VIDEO] – Oct 3
Video Overview of National Chalk the Police Day
– Oct 1st
Copblocking-Lite: Public Safety Tradeshow [VIDEO] – Sept 28th
Dinner Invite: John Patti of Manch PD [VIDEO] – Sept 27th
Do You Have Your Chalk Ready?
[VIDEO] – Sept 24th
CopBlocking Police Checkpoint – Manchester, NH
[VIDEO] – Sept 16th
Manchester PD Inconsistant Enforcing Laws
[VIDEO] – Sept 15th
National Chalk The Police press release
– Sept 13th
Manchester PD Tickets MARV
[VIDEO]- Sept. 13th
Meeting at Manchester, NH PD
[VIDEO] – Sept 7th
Manchester PD & Bureaucrat Outreach
[VIDEO]- Sept. 8th
Manch PD Violate Court Ruling
[VIDEO] – Sept. 6th
Supporters Help Bloggers -Sept. 4th
Copblockers Return to Manchester, Seek Justice press release
– Aug. 31st
Court to police: Let the public videotape
– Aug. 31st by The Union Leader
Appeals court says there’s a clearly established right to openly record police
– Aug. 29th
Manch Arraignment & PD Follow-up
[VIDEO] – June 7th
Eight Arrested at Manchester, NH Pro-Police Accountability Rally [VIDEO] – June 5th
Eight arrested in protest of Manchester police – June 5th by The Union Leader
Cops bust cop-brutality protest
[VIDEO] – June 4th by RidleyReport
Demonstration at the Manchester Police Station
– June 4th event on Facebook
LOT Watches The Watchmen – June 3rd press release
Calling All Manchester Activists
– May 31st
Attorney General clears officers involved in Strange Brew incident – May 27th by The Union Leader
SWAT team had relieved city force – May 10th by The Union Leader

Continue your education

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of 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.