Meeting at Manchester, NH PD

I sat down with Manchester, NH Police Department employees Robert Cunha and Michael Hurley for an hour last Friday and discussed:

  • the ticket levied upon MARV
  • the “red tag” tow warnings left on MARV
  • 19 questions I submitted about departmental policies and content sought related to the Chalking 8 incident

The end result: the ticket is voided, MARV was removed from the “tow list,” and the 19 questions will be treated as a 91A request (NH’s equivalent to a Freedom of Information Act Request). Due to the amount of information sought Cuhna noted he’d need up-to an additional 30 days (outside the 91A’s normal five-day stipulation).

A few of the more-interesting points of the conversation:

  • MARV was likened to a “FREE STATE VEH” – ostensibly by Kenneth Brunini (#32 at Manchester PD)
  • neither Cuhna or Hurley know of anyone ever arrested for chalking public property or filming police by Manchester PD
  • no policy exists to issue receipts for property taken from those arrested
  • free speech as it relates to chalking near police memorial

We’ll see where this goes. I’m under no illusion that the same institution tasked with enforcing laws (really arbitrary man-made legislation) can ever hold itself accountable. But the police state that now exists – where peaceful individuals are threatened with years in a cage and thousands in fines for using children’s chalk on public property – only emerged because of the idea that a rights-violating action suddenly becomes “legitimate” when done by someone wearing a badge. Hopefully documenting this process will help others question the Statist Quo, thereby making competition for this vital good/service more palatable.

More:
Manchester’s Chalking 8 – [VIDEO] all content related to the mass arrests outside Manchester PD on June 4th and subsequent activity for accountability
Manchester PD Tickets MARV
[VIDEO]- Sept. 9th
Manchester PD & Bureaucrat Outreach
[VIDEO]- Sept. 8th
Manch PD Violate Court Ruling
[VIDEO] – Sept. 6th
Supporters Help CopBlock.org Bloggers -Sept. 4th
Chalk the Police 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
– June 7th update about going-ons since arrests on LibertyOnTour.com
Eight Arrested at Manchester, NH Pro-Police Accountability Rally [VIDEO] – June 5th post about incident on CopBlock.org
Eight arrested in protest of Manchester police – June 5th coverage of incident by The Union Leader
Demonstration at the Manchester Police Station
– June 4th event on Facebook
LOT Watches The Watchmen – press release sent to Manchester PD (and others) about pending patrol on LibertyOnTour.com
Calling All Manchester Activists
– May 31st post outlining week-long activities in Manchester on LibertyOnTour.com
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


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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.