Tag Archive for Cop Block

Guest Post: Attorney Tom Roberts “Constitutional Liberties Matter!”

“Constitutional Liberties Matter!

I didn’t think a police officer would silence criticism using a lawsuit – but that didn’t seem to stop one from filing a $1.35 Million lawsuit. If not for a Virginia civil rights law firm standing up and protecting the liberties guaranteed by the 1st Amendment, the suit would have silenced one citizen’s criticism, chilled the speech and rights of others and made all our lives more dangerous.

Nathan Cox, an Army veteran of the Iraq War and law enforcement accountability advocate, attempted to exercise his First Amendment right to video tape a simple traffic-stop. He was pulled over and then charged for not displaying a license plate on the front of his vehicle in addition to another non-moving vehicle violation.

What followed rises to the level of absurd.  The Virginia State Trooper did not want to be in the news or subject to public scrutiny.  After Nathan Cox posted video of the stop on the internet with comments, the trooper filed a lawsuit against him for defamation.  But she didn’t even show up for court, so the case was dismissed.  The harassment from the Trooper didn’t stop there. She appealed the dismissal and then dropped the action— only to file another suit in the Circuit Court, and instead of suing for $5,000 as she did the first time, she sued for $1.35 Million. This was an almost 27,000% increase in alleged damages.

Nathan Cox, without any ability to pay for a defense, asked the Virginia civil rights law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. to defend him and the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.  This is the same law firm that recently won in the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals the case protecting police officers’ rights to criticize policies of police departments on Facebook which they believed endangered officers’ and citizens’ safety–Liverman v. City of Petersburg.  This is the third time that the law firm has successfully defended Nathan Cox’s 1st Amendment rights.

In evidence obtained by Nathan through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Trooper’s own equipment recorded her admitting that she “didn’t want to be on YouTube or whatever.” This belied her claims in her lawsuit that she thought Nathan’s recording cell phone was a gun—it was obvious Nathan Cox was video-recording the interaction with his cell phone.  The law firm defended Nathan on grounds the Trooper’s suit was procedurally deficient and the statements were not defamatory and were protected speech under the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution.

After hours and hours of legal work, multiple motions, discovery and multiple court hearings the court rejected all the Trooper’s claims against Nathan Cox and dismissed the lawsuit.  The case is McKenney v. Cox, in Hanover County Circuit Court, Virginia.

Nathan Cox now lives in Brevard County Florida with his newlywed wife.  He is doing his best to pay for the legal fees from his job providing local pet care services.

Freedom Works Foundation has created this Go Fund Me page to give this newlywed a chance to start his new life with his beautiful wife without the staggering weight of the legal bill over his head and to give you a chance to stand with Nathan to defend liberty.

A simple act can help secure freedom, protect free speech guaranteed under the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution – and would be an amazing gift to these newlyweds.

Any funds received in excess of the legal bill will be used by Freedom Works Foundation, a Virginia non-profit organization, to defend liberties in similar cases, liberties for which our brave men and women have given so much to protect–liberties officers are sworn to protect!  Your gift will be used to fight on the front lines the battle to defend liberty from enemies within who would destroy liberties like Free Speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.

Thank you for being willing to touch a life, to stand with Nathan Cox and Freedom Works Foundation, to make a difference, to give freedom a chance, to make Freedom Work!

Deputy Involved in Natasha McKenna Tasing Death Kills Again

Sheriff Stacey Kincaid

Fairfax County has taken its status as a sanctuary county for killer cops to the next level. One of the six sheriff’s deputies cleared in the brutal tasing death of Natasha McKenna has killed a second person with mental illness.

Deputy Patrick McPartlin has killed someone the last two years in a row.

LEOs always aim to please

LEOs always aim to please

On August 15, Jovany Martinez (listed as Giovanny Martinez in some reports) “had been walking along Little River Turnpike and, feeling desperate, approached a [Fairfax County Police Department] squad car and rapped on the window. Martinez told the officer that he wanted to take pills and die.”

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Denied Noodles, Alexandria Cop Gets Taste of Department’s Own Medicine

Alexandria Police Chief Earl "Noodlehead" Cook

In an incident previously covered by Josh Hotchkin, a Noodles & Company employee allegedly refused to provide service to a uniformed officer with the Alexandria Police Department of Virginia on Monday, July 25.

As reported by Fox5DC:

At around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening, a female officer in full uniform walked into the Noodles & Company on Duke St. in Alexandria when she was refused service while waiting in line, according to officials. The cook at the restaurant came out of the kitchen, walked to the cashier and said something in the lines of “you are going to have to take me off the line, because I am not serving that.” The cashier and the cook then exchanged a few words and started laughing at the officer. The officer decided to leave the restaurant when she realized what was happening, called her supervisor.

Instead of going to another restaurant (might I suggest Chick-fil-A?) to get her lunch, the offended cop called her supervisor. Why? To discuss their options for arresting the chef and cashier on bogus contempt of cop charges? To make arrangements for an impromptu regulatory raid? To get talked down from going back in and shooting the place up because she feared for her ego?

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Killer Cop Adam Torres Gets Time Served for Murder of John Geer

Adam Torres smirks in court

A Fairfax County judge accepted a plea deal for Adam Torres today, meaning the killer cop will be released from jail on June 29th, after serving only 10 months for the murder of unarmed John Geer on August 29, 2013.

Torres, a former officer with the Fairfax County Police Department, shot and killed John Geer without provocation as Geer stood with his empty hands up above his head in the doorway of his own home. Police had been called to the house by Geer’s girlfriend, who had reported he was throwing her belongings out on the front lawn after she had announced she was leaving him and taking their teenage daughters with her.

When Torres was arrested last August and held without bond pending his second degree murder trial for killing John Geer, many speculated that this would likely be the only jail time Torres would serve for his crime.  A sweetheart deal offered by Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh ensured that would be the case.

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Virginia Cop Block T-shirt/ Hoodie Pre-Sale June 27 – July 15

Fellow Police Accountability supporters! After MUCH delay, we are finally releasing TWO designs for shirts/ hoodies.
This is a PRE-SALE only, similar to music artists who Pre-Sale albums. You MUST Pay for for gear upfront.
Pre-Sale Ordering begins today, June 27 and will END at the end of the day on July 15.
I’m told by the Shirt/Sign/ Decal business that products will be ready no more than 2 weeks after order is submitted to them – so you can potentially have your gear by the end of the month of July.

Shirts:
1 for $20 (+ $5.50 shipping)
Or 2 for $33 (+ $5.50 shipping)

Hoodies:
1 for $35 (+ $12 shipping)
2 for $60 (+ $12 shipping)



 

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Vigil for Jimmy Higgins & Upcoming Funeral

Jimmy Collage2

Written by: Nathan Cox

 

As published on March 20th, James “Jimmy” Higgins, a good buddy of mine and an outstanding activist and volunteer with Virginia Cop Block who was helping spearhead Colonial Heights Cop Block and Petersburg Cop Block lost his life along with three others in a tragic car accident.

This past Monday a vigil took place at White Bank Park in Colonial Heights that included the planting of a Dogwood Tree in memory of Jimmy that was donated by the Colonial Heights Home Depot.
Many folks wrote on the event wall and shared memories and pictures of Jimmy.

I wanted to share some of the pictures from the vigil and update everyone with the funeral arrangements for people who may be interested in going. You can also find videos of some of the various individuals that spoke and shared memories about Jimmy here.

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As for the funeral, I’ve gotten word that it’s tentatively set for this coming Wednesday, April 1 at 11am at St Ann Catholic Church in Colonial Heights.

We are raising money to help the family of James “Jimmy” Higgins with any and all costs associated with his funeral and memorial services. This is an extreme hardship for the family and we really want to show them how much Jimmy was loved and appreciated by helping remove this financial worry during their time of mourning. We sincerely appreciate your generous donation.

Jimmy’s life was tragically ended on the morning of March 20th, 2015 along with 3 others when the vehicle he was in collided, head on, with a tractor trailer. Jimmy was a life long supporter of liberty and the second amendment and was at the time traveling to participate in a second amendment event. Jimmy was also very involved in the cause for police and judicial system accountability and transparency.

Over the last 3 years he has helped educate literally more than 9 thousand people including his local friends in Colonial Heights and was very involved and active in his community. Jimmy was a well loved and respected member of the liberty community and society as a whole. Jimmy will be missed.

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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A Cop Harrassed a Man Walking His Dog – Until This Cop Blocker Showed Up & Owned Him

THIS is why you record other people’s interactions with the cops.
THIS is why you KNOW YOUR RIGHTS so you can Flex Your Rights.
THIS is why you should always be Filming Cops!!!!
THIS is an EXCELLENT example right here!!!

According to this recent article on Activist Post, “A man was hassled by a cop for walking his dog at night. A cop-blocking pedestrian came to offer some accountability by simply walking up with his camera. What happens next would be truly funny if it weren’t for the fact that the bullying tactic often works to harm many Americans.


This infuriated the cop who demanded to know the man’s name. “Am I being detained?” was all the man repeated in a respectful manner, also emphasizing that he does not consent to answer questions.

But this citizen knew his rights. That he doesn’t have to answer questions unless he is being detained or suspected of a crime.”

Read the rest of the article here.

FOIA Request Concerning Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Stop with Trooper McKenney – PUBLISHED

Written by: Nathan Cox
Edited by Meg McLain & Chris Staples

On Memorial Day weekend,May 26th, I was coming home from a side-job I had picked up. Quickly noticed that Interstate 295 was being HEAVILY Policed by State Troopers. Here is my initial CELL PHONE Video):

“I passed 3 state troopers just 50 meters from the Pole Green Road Exit on 295. They were conducting a traffic stop, funny thing was, 2 of them were conducting the stop, while a third was on the opposite shoulder. As I drove by one of the cops stared me, or my vehicle down. The next thing I knew one of those cops came up fast behind me while I was still on the phone. She moved over the adjacent lane and proceeded to pass me, just enough to see my State Inspection sticker which expired March 1. Then she pulled behind me and blue lighted me. She came up to my door, opened the door and aggressively asked to get out of the car. After I complied and stepped out of my car, she had her hands all over me trying to prevent me from recording her. After I signed the tickets she claimed my muffler sounded loud (it’s a stock muffler on a 08 civic Si). As I tried to capture some video of all the cruisers that came to the scene, she threatened me with a citation for being a “pedestrian on the highway” you can see that in the next video. 3 more cops came to the scene. The entire stop was not caught on MY phone because one of the male cops turned my phone upside down when they noticed it filming. I’m hoping to get the dashboard cam via FOIA after the criminal charges are dealt with.”

After going to court about this, I was able to get the inspection sticker citation dismissed but was found “guilty” on the charge “Failure to Display Front License Plate”. Following these court proceedings over these charges, I filed an official complaint with the Virginia State Police concerning the aggressive nature of State Trooper McKenney. I also filed a Freedom Of Information Act Request in hopes to obtain Trooper McKenney’s Dashboard Camera, as well as any other communication about me via, phone, text, email and radio. Also, I tried to recover previous complaints Trooper McKenney may have received, but was denied that request.

Approximately August 22nd I received the FOIA Request Package from the Virginia State Police. After reviewing the information we received, being the Dashboard Camera and text messages that was sent to/received from McKenney validated my account of what happened and provides enough evidence that could make a case for a 4th Amendment Rights Violation. If you have not yet seen MY video of the traffic stop yet, you can watch the video here and you will notice at the 7:27 mark someone violates my 4th Amendment Rights by trespassing against my property (My Phone). As well as a short clip here of trying to get footage of the cop cars after recovering my phone, she then threatened to cite me for “being a pedestrian on a highway”.
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Cop Block and Fully Informed Jury Association Billboards in Richmond, VA

Thanks to generous supporters of police accountability and jury nullification, TWO billboards are up and running for 8 days in the Richmond area of Virginia. One is located on Laburnum Ave next to the bridge where Laburnum intersects with Carolina Ave. You will see the Richmond International Raceway in the background. The other billboard is located on Brook Rd, near Hilliard Ave – but right in front of the furniture store called, The Dump. The ads will be running until January 26th. We have 7 different graphics rotating (10 second spots at a time). You can see/ download the graphics we are using on the press release that was sent out a couple days before the Ads went live.

I took the initiative on this because I am a staunch advocate for Police (and other public servants) accountability and transparency; as well as Jury Nullification which FIJApromotes. If you are looking to get involved in either of these organizations go visit theCop Block and Fully Informed Jury Association‘s websites (respectively)! These reasons are a LARGE part of why I took the initiative on this. The only other reason I wanted to do this, was sort of as a gift for Ademo Freeman. Ademo is the co-founder of Copblock and is facing several a couple years in a cage over CHALKING and wiretapping. I have much respect and admiration for what Ademo does greatly appreciate all the hard work he had done and put into the cause of Liberty.

Virginia Cop Block is on the constant prowl of finding more Virginians who believe in police accountability. So if YOU are one of them, join us on Facebook! As for Jury Nullification, It’s our only way, and our last hope to put an end to Federal or STATE tyranny I want to highly encourage anyone who gets Jury Duty to look into Jury Nullification and check out Fully Informed Jury Association, it’s the people’s way to keep our freedoms and the “Justice System” in CHECK.

Below are pictures of the billboards! Don’t forget, if you want the actual graphics, check out the press release!

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CopBlock/FIJA Billboards