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Richmond Police to Hold Farce Public Forum

20150131_231254-1 Written By: Nathan Cox

Richmond’s NBC12 recently published

A date is now set for Richmond police to have a public forum with local protesters. The community meeting, planned for February 10th, comes after more than two months of rallies across the city concerning police conduct, and a slew of other issues.

Protests sprung up nationally since the officer-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters say they want to ask Richmond police about officer conduct and protocol.

No topic is off the table, according to demonstrators. They say they’ll be asking questions like “If an officer asks me to take my hands out of my pockets, do I have to?”

Both demonstrators and police say they want an open dialogue. The public forum will be held at the Police Training Academy on February 10th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.. Citizens will write in questions, which will be read by local radio personality Clovia Lawrence, who is acting as the moderator. Organizers are using the social media hashtag #PeepsAndPolice.

The goal is to create understanding and transparency among police and the people they serve, according to demonstrators. It’s something that local protesters say is lacking. Add to that a more serious, national concern of police profiling, harassment or brutality….

My problems, questions and concerns with this are: Read more

(VIDEO) Justice for John Geer Demonstration A Success

Organizers and Activists self-affiliated with Northern Virginia Cop Block are on a mission to find Justice for John Geer, a father of 2 who was shot and killed Fairfax Police Employee Adam Torres on August 29th 2013 and only since recently has the general public been getting more insight and questions answered by the police about who killed him, still no reasoning as to why. It was reported that Geer had his hands up for 50 minutes per the request of the police while he stood outside on his front porch talking to the police. As you can only imagine his arms naturally got fatigued. According to an eye witness named Jeff Stewart a neighbor who is a witness in the civil suit, the palms of his hands were still up yet lowered to around his face when he was shot, unarmed.

Geer standing in his doorway with hands up (photo taken by Michael Lieberman)

Geer standing in his doorway with hands up (photo taken by Michael Lieberman)

Mike Curtis a Fairfax resident who affiliates himself with Northern Virginia Cop Block took the lead on organizing the demonstration on which was located outside the Fairfax Police which is adjacent to several court house buildings and he had a had the support of a small team of help! Throughout the demonstration a few individuals were handing out civil rights informational packets referred to as “Liberty Empowerment Packets” and the rest were being as visible as possible even separating into two groups with the other standing on the sidewalk along the main road in front of the courthouse complex.

Tom Jackman a journalist with the Washington Post has been following the John Geer story since the death of Geer. I highly recommend reading his latest article about the recently released information that has been long-awaited concerning the death of Geer, that confirmed Geer’s hands were still in fact raised when shot – and died as the result of single shot and no rendered medical aid.

Below are some pictures video and links to all the press that came out that day and their stories on the demonstration.

To get involved and stay up to date with the John Geer case to to help hold these public officials accountable get involved with the Justice for John Geer Group. Maybe you’re in Virginia, but not northern Virginia and want to get involved, check out the various Virginia Cop Block Chapters.

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PRESS with interviews from some of the organizers and participants:
NBC Washington Coverage
MyFox DC Coverage
WJLA Coverage
WUSA9 Coverage
WUSA9 Coverage (2)
Hola Ciudad
Tom Jackman Washington Post
Connection Newspaper Coverage

Northern Virginia Cop Block Presses for Accountability & Changes in Shooting Death of John Geer

By: Lorelei McFly

Christmas came a few days early for the many people seeking answers in the death of 46-year-old John Geer. On Monday, the Fairfax County Police Department was ordered to release information about why the unarmed man was shot and killed by one of its officers on August 29, 2013.

What is already known is that police officers were dispatched to Geer’s townhouse in Springfield, Virginia, after his partner, Maura Harrington, called 911 reporting that he was throwing her belongings out of their residence. After 24 years and two daughters, Harrington was moving out, and Geer was understandably upset at the prospect. Harrington says, “He needed help. He didn’t need the situation worse by having guns pointed at him.” She also denies reports that he had been drinking that day.

After the police arrived, Geer stood behind the storm door of his house, speaking with the officers for 50 minutes. Geer’s father and best friend, Jeff Stewart, were both on the scene during the incident. According to Stewart, Geer spoke calmly with the officers, saying ‘I’m not coming out, you’re not coming in.’ Harrington added, “He told them he didn’t have to come out. He has every right to stay in his own house, and they’re not welcome to come in.”

What is not known is why four police officers continued to keep their guns drawn and trained on an unarmed man who was alone in his house and had no history of violence, for the entire 50 minutes that they chatted with him, and why one of them shot him without provocation. Stewart recounts what he saw happen that day, “He’s got his hands on the top of the storm door, and it’s open about six inches. All of a sudden he starts lowering his hands. His hands move down the door, level with his face, and the cops shot him once in the chest.”

Geer standing in his doorway (photo taken by Michael Lieberman)

Geer standing in his doorway (photo taken by Michael Lieberman)

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National Jury Rights Day: September 5th Local Outreach

Written by: Nathan Cox

Virginia Cop Block is supporting and will be involved with Fully Informed Jury Association‘s “Jury Right’s Day” this coming Friday, September 5th.

Virginia Cop Block’s involvement will include making posts on our Facebook page concerning recent examples of Jury Nullification as well as individuals volunteering their time to hand out Jury Rights information outside of local court houses in the Richmond area.

The Fully Informed Jury Association’s National Press Release about this can be found here.

As many of you readers already know and understand, Virginia Cop Block is more than just a (decentralized) organization that aims to help hold Law Enforcement and the “Justice” System accountable; we also have a very heavy focus on educating individuals on their civil rights, which is why we created and launched the “Liberty Empowerment Project” a couple of years ago and raised money to print 10,000 “Liberty Empowerment Packets” which included information on the project itself, Virginia Cop Block, Individual Rights, Your rights when dealing with the police, Jury Rights and Helpful information when having to deal with going to court and handling various charges. Volunteers went person to person and door to door in local Richmond Communities handing out this information. The Project was a great success and we just so happen to currently be raising more funds to reprint all of that material. In addition to that project, we also leased out (short lease) two digital billboards in the RVA area that promoted the message of Police Accountability and Jury Nullification.

If you are interested in joining in on the outreach or for more information on the September 5th outreach see the Facebook Event.
There will be a major push this coming legislative session to get a Jury Nullification Bill passed, like New Hampshire recently did.
Fore more information on Jury Rights and Jury Nullification I recommend watching the following videos / reading the following articles:



NY Times Article about Jury Nullification.
FlexYourRights.org article on Jury Nullification.
The Tenth Amendment Center Article on Jury Rights.
Truth-Out Article about Jury Nullification.
TheNation.com article on Jury Nullification.

Case Dismissed In Trooper Melanie McKenney vs VACB Founder Nathan Cox (Update: Saga Continues)

Written By: Nathan Cox

I was due in Hanover Court on Monday June 23rd at 9:30 in regards to a Civil Lawsuit where Virginia State Trooper Melanie McKenney was/ is trying to sue me for “Defamation”. The small claims court room was in the basement of the General District Court. Virginia State Police Employee, Melanie McKenney failed to show up. My case was the first called, we told the Judge we would wait around for 15 minutes. After waiting with no appearance by McKenney, the Judge dismissed the case.

Now Today, June 26th, 2015 I receive mail from McKenney, that was a copy of a letter she sent to the Judge the day after our Court Date, apologizing for her absence and requesting/ submitting a motion to reopen the case. See pictures below. Read more

The Demand for Accountability Results in FOUR NEW Virginia Chapters

Written By: Nathan Cox

Billboard campaign

Billboard campaign (Laburnum Avenue)

As the Police State continues to spiral out of control (nationwide of course but specifically here in Virginia), with little accountability, the rising militarization of the police along with continued police brutality towards individuals who simply utilize their First Amendment right to record the police, NEW, local, Virginia Cop Block Chapters are rising up! The demand for Public Servant accountability isn’t just within Law Enforcement Agencies, it’s public-sector wide, but most especially and concernedly in the “Justice System”. If you haven’t realized there is something wrong with our “Justice System” yet, you’re probably watching to much American Idol.

Whether it’s corrupt Judges (list goes on), corrupt cops (list goes on), or corrupt Prosecuting Attorneys (list goes on and on) the corruption is clearly rampant in the American “Legal”/ “Justice System”. With little accountability, due to farce “internal investigations” and “immunity”, the double standards and severe lack of accountability are rampant individuals nation-wide are seeing the genuine need for true accountability within the Law Enforcement and Justice System realm. Welcome the brand new Virginia Cop Block local chapters!  Read more

Virginia Cop Block’s Newest Twitter Account to Report Speed Traps and Check Points

Virginia Cop Block has created a sister Twitter account for the purpose of reporting through tweets and retweets, Police activity such as Speed Traps and Check Points.
The new Twitter Account is @VASpeedTraps. Of course, this is largely user-based, meaning, the more followers AND the more individuals tweeting speed traps they see to this new account, the more we can retweet and spread the word and let other folks know who are attempting to travel unmolested from point A to point B.

VA Speed Traps

Try and be as descriptive & effective as possible within the 140 characters you have in your tweet.
Remember, the more followers and the more folks tweeting the speed traps they say at @VASpeedTraps, the more we can raise awareness and warn people of these revenue collections schemes so consider sharing this or the new account directly with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately “RVASpeedTraps” had already been created a couple years ago, which seems to be not used anymore. So when you’re posting your tweet, be specific to your City, County, Town, then Road/ Intersection/ Mile-Marker/ exit number, etc.

Don’t forget to follow Virginia Cop Block’s PRIMARY Twitter account @VACopBlock

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Virginia Cop Block Founder Nathan Cox Sued by VSP Trooper Melanie McKenney

Warrant in Debt
On March 17, 2014 I was served a “Warrant in Debt”. As you will see in the attached image, I’m being sued for $5,000 by Virginia State Police Trooper Melanie McKenney. Some of you readers may recall that two years ago I was pulled over by Trooper Melanie McKenney during Memorial Day Weekend when the Virginia State Police had many of their Revenue Generating Officers out on the interstates. I had described it as the second most aggressive traffic stop I had ever been involved in. She violated my rights and denied my right to record her by claiming my cell phone could be a gun – however the information and videos given to me through the FOIA Request showed that she knew it wasn’t a gun, in her words, “I don’t want myself on any type of YouTube or whatever.” If you are not aware of this incident and would like to see the article and videos of that incident click here.

So almost two years later VSP Trooper Melanie McKenney is suing me for “Defamation”. Read more

The Injunction is about Punishing Journalism

Written and edited by Chris Staples

 

By now, most readers of Virginia CopBlock have heard the story about the injunction against Nate Cox, ‘Mo Karnage’, the RVA Wingnut Collective, and filebin.net.  Yes, the Richmond Police Department actually issued an injunction against an internet domain.  Yes, internet domains are inanimate objects incapable of uploading or transmitting data without human action.  Filebin.net is a tool of the digital age, no different from a phone, computer word processor, or blog.

 

RPD’s injunction demonstrates the lengths that governments will go to prevent transparency.  With their injunction, RPD is frantically trying to hold back the free flow of information made possible by the digital age.  This injunction demonstrates how governments fear the loss of the mainstream media’s monopoly on the news.  New media venues like YouTube and podcasts, online news sources like examiner.com and American Daily Herald, and blogging tools like WordPress and BlogSpot destroy the status quo by allowing anyone, anywhere to become reporters.

 

Reporters need access to write their stories.  Finding sources and doing real research takes time.  Attending press conferences and going to lunch with government officials is quicker and easier than developing sources and running actual investigations.  In the past, local police could control their public image by cozying up to the five or size news outlets in an area.  Activist blogs like CopBlock and CopWatch break the stranglehold on investigative journalism.

 

The injunction represents a deliberate act to suppress a free press.  RPD officials understand that independent journalists don’t have the funds to pay for a drawn-out court battle.  RPD leaders hope to create enough pain for Virginia CopBlock and the RVA Wingnut Collective to prevent these groups from continuing in their activism.  Suppressing these groups would make it harder for future independent journalists to work.

 

The injunction is a gauntlet thrown in the path of independent journalists.  The injunction has a chilling effect, deterring other activists and journalists from demanding government transparency.  The injunction is not a matter of the specific files released, nor is it a matter of confidentiality.  Ultimately, the injunction is about the need for governments to maintain their status quo of secrecy.

 

CopBlock.org: Individuals Wearing “Richmond PD” Badges Threaten Nate Cox, Free Speech

This is a guest post from CopBlock.org Co-Founder, Pete Eyre. It’s a fantastic overview of what’s going on with the Court Orders/ Litigation situation that happened on Friday.

Two days ago we posted to copblock.org Anonymous LEAK: Richmond PD Internal Information Published Online, a repost from Virginia Cop Block founder Nate Cox, which itself was a repost of links posted by RVA Wingnut, to download 2,000 documents leaked from a criminal outfit known as “Richmond Police Department.” It was unknown at that time the content of all those documents but in an effort to bring-about accountability through transparency, readers were encouraged to download and help sift through the information.

Cox described RVA Wingnut as:

primarily is a Anarchist Collective in Southern Barton Heights whom are affiliated with and to Cop Watch outreach & activism – as well as Virginia Cop Block

Cox had communicated to me that the RVA Wingnut folks had been visited by individuals who sought to intimidate them into censoring the information. Today they posted that “It looks like the RPD files that we linked to were taken offline at some point today.” And later added, “It appears that the police have now taken all the files down.” The early afternoon of Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012 the same individuals, or some of their comrades, visited the house where Cox’s mom lives. They videotaped the property. This information came from a concerned neighbor. Then the house owned by Cox’s Grandmother was paid a visit. A tenant there explained that she didn’t feel comfortable taking their paperwork. Then this group of suspicious characters visited Cox at his work. That interaction happened around 4pm on Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012. It was streamed live by Cox to his qik.com/natecox [to download http://copblock.org/apps]. The paperwork Cox was given was an “Order” [viewable in-full below]

prohibiting (1) Defendants from continuing to make the Confidential Information available to the public; and (2) requiring that the Defendants return to the Court any copies of any portion of the Confidential Information.

Let the folks who work at Richmond PD know censorship and intimidation isn’t cool

Richmond Police Department http://www.richmondgov.com/police/ 301 South Meadow Street Richmond, VA (804) 646-1412 Those who signed the “Order” Travis A. Sabelwski and Justin M. Sizemore (804) 344-3400 Illegible “circuit court judge” B.M. Dean

Related media

Nate Cox Targeted for Free Speech 2012.11.16 episode of Free Talk Live which is on over 100 radio stations and XM. Today RVA Wingnut posted:

Today Mo Karnage and Nathan Cox were served with injunctions from the Richmond Police Department. The injunction documents were very vague, and seemed to be about the files recently linked to by Mo and Nathan on 2 websites-  Copblock and Wingnut. The defendents are listed as Moriah Kahn (they can’t spell), The Richmond Wingnut Collective, Nathan Cox, Filebin.net, and Does 1-10 . . . Important to note, is that typically injunctions are served by a process server. To have multiple cops hunting you down (they went to Nathan’s work, home, and mother’s home as well as Mo’s home, mother’s home, and friend’s home), some wearing tactical gear, is a pretty obvious intimidation tactic. We are working on getting scans of the injunctions to post online for your viewing pleasure. The City of Richmond Police Department is labeled as the plaintiff. The injunction doesn’t say which files are the ones in question, just all of them. It appears that the police have now taken all the files down.

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Order Issued to Nate Cox