First things first. Everyone deserves a big pat on the back for making Chalk the Police Day a huge success. Approximately 16 cities, and who knows how many individuals, took to local parks and police stations this past Saturday with one thing on their minds, Chalking the Police. There were reports of police supervision at events but I’m unaware of any arrests for participating in Chalk the Police Day. In fact, the Arizona CopBlock group, in conjunction with Freedom’s Phoenix, even got some news coverage (or see video below). Sadly though, ‘sheriff’ Joe failed to make an appearance contrary to last weeks press release.
Again, we’d like to thank everyone who par took in the chalking activities. Feel free to add your pics to CopBlock.org’s Facebookpage or send them to us via the contact tab. We’d be happy to post them for you.
Columbus, OH overview from Valerie:
Due to scheduling conflicts with other chalkers I was the lone chalking ranger on October first. I hung around the statehouse for about an hour to be sure others weren’t going to show up late (and schmoozed with the local homeless discussing their struggles). Eleven a.m. rolled around and I didn’t see anyone with that “I’m about to protest” look so I moved on to safer locations, chalking alone at the statehouse didn’t really seem like the best, safest idea. I headed east from downtown and from the Linwood area all the way out to Reynoldsburg I stopped at about 20 locations to chalk various police accountability and freedom messages. All on public property (mostly busstops and sidewalks with heavy foot traffic) except one, the employees at a local “paraphanelia” store let me utilize their parking lot :). I took no videa as it seemed silly to try and video myself. There were no police confrontations, twice police passed me while I chalked at busstops but they didn’t stop. I had a few cars honk and cheer at me, no arrests or police confrontations in Columbus, OH.
Las Vegas, NV overview from Kelly:
We had been informed beforehand that the UNLV police were preparing for a “massive graffiti attack.” During the time we were there, we observed one cop in a marked car parked a block away watching (he also circled around in front of us when we first arrived and then a couple times during the festivities), two undercover cops parked across the street filming with video cameras, and another cop who walked by in regular clothes and pretended to be a passerby in order to ask us what we were doing and what our intentions were in doing it. There was also another unconfirmed report of a potential undercover cop. It would all seem to be a waste of resources for four friends drawing in chalk on a sidewalk, but at least they were tied up for over an hour and therefore unable to harass and/or arrest any other peaceful people for victimless or non-existent crimes that morning. Fun was had by all
Anyone interested in being involved again next year should feel free to contact CopBlock.org, we have a FB group set up to handle such request. But there is not time to rest for us CopBlockers. October 22nd is National Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation Day and has been going on for years. I’ll be blogging about this later in the week but I’m hoping CopBlock.org supporters can make an impact at these events around the country this year. Chances are there is an event near you, so stay tuned.
I’ll end with this, “When chalk is outlawed, only outlaws will have chalk!”
Keene, NH Chalking Video: