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    Ian doesn't touch on this here, but I can tell you what happened to CopBlock.

    Black Lives Matter happened, and their support of, not so much of ending cop and police abuse, but racial identity politics and political Marxism.

    Killed the slowly growing effort to finally push back against the police state faster and more completely than any government crackdown could have.

    h/t Angelatc for the link


    What Happened to Cop Block?

    https://www.copblock.org/173454/what...-to-cop-block/

    October 25, 2017 by Ian Freeman

    Hi, I’m Ian Freeman. I’m one of the original Cop Blockers, which is why I possess badge number five. I’ve been a longtime Cop Blocker, financial supporter and occasional blogger here. Both of Cop Block’s founders, Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman have lived with me in my home and they are great friends with whom I’ve had some amazing times.

    I was alarmed this Summer when Ademo announced that he was putting CopBlock.org up for sale. I wasn’t surprised that he wanted out. Ademo has seen his share of burnout and has suffered greatly in his quest to hold police accountable. Ademo was a trailblazer in police accountability activism and deserves as much of a break as he wants. He’s currently describing himself as a “happily retired activist” and he should be. Our world is better off because Cop Block is in it.

    What surprised me about his request to sell the site was the fact that Ademo felt he had to resort to a sale at all. Where were all the Cop Blockers who should have stepped up to take the reins? Ademo had asked the primary contributors to the site about taking over lead roles. Apparently no one stepped up, so Ademo decided to auction the site. When I found this out, I asked around and sure enough, while some people were willing to help, no one wanted to lead.

    Ultimately someone made an offer on the site and Ademo accepted. He said the buyer did not want to be known and that the buyer was going to continue the site.
    Utah Nurse Wubbles

    This is the only content posted here in three months.

    We’re now approximately a quarter-year from that purchase and you can see the posts on the site have dropped off a cliff. Regular posting halted at the end of July and nothing was posted until September 1st when an account with username “COPBLOCK” posted about the most-reported-on police abuse story of the year, the Utah nurse who was violently arrested by a hothead cop (who now thinks he should have his job back, by the way). The post has one sentence and video of the arrest. That’s it.

    Gone are the obscure, outrageous stories of police abuse from around the US and globe.

    Gone is the incisive libertarian commentary on the police state.

    Gone are new videos from Cop Blockers in the streets.

    I have no idea who the new owner is and while I am grateful for still being able to post here, I’ve lost my admin privileges and so I can’t look to see who else remains as a blogger. The site also needs some basic maintenance that appears to have been neglected thus far.
    The Mobile Authority Resistance Vehicle (MARV)

    The Mobile Authority Resistance Vehicle (MARV)

    So what happened? How did Cop Block, the world’s most popular and effective police-accountability website and group of activists end up on life-support?

    As someone who has been around Cop Block from before it began and who lives in the city where Cop Block was incubated, Keene, NH, I think I’m qualified to speak on the matter, so let’s start at the beginning.

    Cop Block started after Pete and Ademo’s previous project, Motorhome Diaries. They were traveling the country, looking for freedom in America. Like many of us seeking freedom, it was ironically taken from them by men with uniforms and badges in a place called Jones County, Mississippi. Cop Block began as a result of Ademo and Pete’s desire to encourage people to use cameras to hold police accountable, to know and exercise their rights, and help our neighbors under police threat.

    The same year as Cop Block’s founding the again set out on the road for Liberty on Tour and subsequent Cop Block tours. They’d travel from city to city, meeting with police accountability activists across the United States and hitting the streets in classic Cop Block style, inevitably getting charged and threatened by police in countless ridiculous circumstances.
    Detroit Cop Blockers Meet with Pete Eyre in 2013.

    Detroit Cop Blockers Meet with Pete Eyre in 2013.

    Cop Block grew dramatically as a result. People were emboldened by the excellent examples set by the original Cop Blockers. Local chapters were formed around the globe. Many submitted their video and blog content to the site, and the number of contributors increased. It was with this growth that things started to go wrong.

    Even among people who share similar views, groups that grow to a certain size have a tendency to schism. Cop Block was no exception. While the site started from a principled libertarian viewpoint as the contributors expanded people became involved who just hated police and didn’t necessarily share the pro-freedom views of the site’s founders. It’s good that the message of police accountability reaches a wider audience than just libertarians – that’s why Cop Block was far more successful than other libertarian efforts in its time. However, it was a major error to allow non-libertarians blogging ability on this site and Cop Block’s social media. It’s understandable why one would do it – to get more content from people willing to provide it. Unfortunately it ultimately undermined what was the principled pro-liberty message of the original Cop Blockers.

    We all make mistakes in life and learn from them. It’s a constant growing process. Ademo realized his error a few years ago and came out of then-semi-retirement to once again take the reigns of control of the decentralized organization he’d created. I can hear some people reading this saying to themselves, “so much for decentralized, he kicked active contributors out!” To clarify, Cop Block was decentralized in that anyone could cop block or form a local group somewhere and the main organization wouldn’t say “you can’t do that”. It’s always been that way. However, running the main website always has to be centralized to some extent. Someone’s gotta be the administrator and make administrative decisions. In this case, Ademo removed a bunch of bloggers and brought it back to a solid core of principled Cop Blockers running things.

    Ademo and Pete with some Cop Block gear

    Activism is expensive and there’s not much money to be made. Cop Block has sold some killer gear in the website’s store and on their real-life tours. They were able to use the site’s immense popularity to pay their web hosting bills, but the amount coming in each month was paltry. Running Cop Block was a labor of love.

    With subsequent arrests, an aborted Cop Block tour, very low revenue for the Cop Block network (an interesting idea that with enough support could have helped people providing pro-level police accountability services to get paid for their efforts) and other parts of life calling out to him, Ademo finally threw in the towel after a final arrest for cannabis possession earlier this year.

    What he created with Cop Block has done so much to educate and embolden people across the planet. I hope he enjoys his retirement. Being in the spotlight can be tiresome and I don’t blame anyone for wanting to move on to other things.

    However, Ademo’s personal story and the rise and fall of CopBlock.org aren’t necessarily the reason why other Cop Block groups have died out. According to one NH Cop Blocker who audited the CopBlock.org list of local groups, most were completely dead and those that remained were only one or two people strong. Every group surely has its own story, but I’d be willing to bet personality conflicts played a role as well as activist burnout.

    Burnout is a real thing. It’s common among all activists. It happens when people don’t get the results they imagined as quickly as they imagined. Being aware that burnout exists won’t necessarily save you from it. We see it all the time here in the libertarian activist center of the world, New Hampshire. Despite having the largest concentration of libertarian activists you can find anywhere, people still get burned out by the slow pace of change that we are successfully fomenting here. Some of them think they can come up here, do some activism and that the police state is just going to disappear.
    Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree

    The best Cop Block documentary, featuring both founders.

    It’s a big police state out there and they aren’t going to let go of power easily. I can relate to the burned out activists. Like Ademo, I’ve also been arrested more than half-a-dozen times for various civil disobedience. As “Victimless Crime Spree” star Derrick J Freeman and I discussed in our recent Q&A, civil disobedience, while personally empowering, is not a sustainable form of activism. I don’t regret my arrests, but with all of my other responsibilities I’ve had to mellow out over the years and make room for new activists to take the reigns. Unfortunately, the new activists coming to New Hampshire willing to take such risks has slowed to a trickle, and they were never that many to begin with. In the Victimless Crime Spree days five years ago, we truly had the perfect storm of activists in the same place.

    Police accountability activism has died down here in New Hampshire, the place where some of the most epic cop blocking has happened, including dozens attending DUI checkpoints in Manchester, chalking arrests outside the Manch police station, smoking pot inside the Keene police department, and awesome civil disobedience in Keene. I could go on-and on. Sadly, a longtime Cop Blocker in Manchester told me today the turnout at a recent DUI checkpoint was dismal, despite dozens being made aware of the event just hours beforehand during a speaking event by Adam Kokesh.

    Is your Cop Block group still alive? If so, tell us in the comments. If not, please post your comments about what happened and what went wrong.
    Large Group Copblocks DUI Checkpoint in Manchester, NH

    Large Group Copblocks DUI Checkpoint in Manchester, NH

    One thing that definitely helps activists keep going and avoid burnout is for new blood and therefore new ideas to come into a group. Cop Block groups in most places were very small. Not many people have the courage to confront police in any way, so of course the pool of potential volunteers is quite thin. Of those who do step up, because they are frequently alone or only with a small group, arrests inevitably come, and then the burnout. It’s hard to make an impact with a small group, though you can certainly still help many individuals in the process of Cop Blocking, so it is rewarding. That said, social interaction with other activists helps stave off burnout, and many groups just didn’t have the numbers.

    As we’ve learned here from some of the epic disobedience and police accountability work performed by the activists in Keene, NH – numbers matter. To anyone out there who feels alone in your police accountability activism: If you’re a libertarian-minded cop blocker, you really need to consider a move to New Hampshire. Here are 101 reasons why you’ll love it here.

    Divided we will surely fall to the evil forces of the state. Staying where you are and standing alone or nearly alone is a recipe for failure. Joining together in the same geographic area with people who share your values and interest in police accountability is the solution to the problems this organization has been suffering.

    Unfortunately, Pete and Ademo are both gone from New Hampshire, and we’re all worse off because of it. Pete’s somewhere out West and Ademo’s facing a trial in Ohio. Leaving New Hampshire made them both less-effective activists because they lacked their support network they had here. Their leaving made the movement in New Hampshire weaker, too. Nonetheless, some of us here in Keene are still pushing ahead without them including continued yearly know-your-rights outreach in the college neighborhood, DUI checkpoint interdiction, and old-school cop blocking.
    Jury Nullification Activists Outside Cheshire Superior Court

    Jury Nullification Activists Outside Cheshire Superior Court in Keene, NH

    Still, our numbers are small. We need more people to move here who care about actually being successful and increasing liberty in our lifetime as well as holding police accountable on video. You’re not going to end the police state by yourself. They’re just going to cut your head off if you pop it up. Come to New Hampshire and stand with others, peacefully, and use your cameras to shine light on the corruption and violence of the state.

    Whatever becomes of CopBlock.org, know that your brothers and sisters are here in the Shire and we could use your help. Should you wish to connect with some of us online, please drop into our brand new NH Copblock forum here.

    If you’d like to follow some of the other cool activism happening in NH, please subscribe to or bookmark my main blog site, Free Keene (where you’ll see that Cop Block founders Pete and Ademo are both bloggers – though not really active anymore).

    Thanks for taking the time to read this. I’ll continue to share my police accountability blogs here at CopBlock.org as long as the site stays online. If it doesn’t, you can find my posts over at Keene Cop Block, Steemit, and Free Keene.
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 10-29-2017 at 12:56 PM.



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    I hear Tee-Vee watchers discussing "cops-vs-blacks" all the time, trying to pigeonhole people into one camp or the other.

    MSM seems to be very effective in influencing those who subject themselves to it.

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    I have been saying since 2015, that BLM is the most successful police advocay group in history.
    All of my education efforts and local activisim, all the inroads I had made with people I know, had basically dissapeared overnight when BLM stepped on the scene

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    None of those guys were mentally stable to begin with even thought they sometimes hit the nail on the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapmo View Post
    I have been saying since 2015, that BLM is the most successful police advocay group in history.
    All of my education efforts and local activisim, all the inroads I had made with people I know, had basically dissapeared overnight when BLM stepped on the scene
    I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing this...I thought I was the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    I hear Tee-Vee watchers discussing "cops-vs-blacks" all the time, trying to pigeonhole people into one camp or the other.

    MSM seems to be very effective in influencing those who subject themselves to it.
    Heaven forbid any anti-cop sentiment you have should ever require you to side with blacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfluous Man View Post
    Heaven forbid any anti-cop sentiment you have should ever require you to side with blacks.
    BLM are Marxists.

    Do you side with Marxists politically?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfluous Man View Post
    Heaven forbid any anti-cop sentiment you have should ever require you to side with blacks.
    The impression I get from Mr. Evans is that he sides with people, specifically useful people and color has little to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    BLM are Marxists.

    Do you side with Marxists politically?
    I believe that black lives really do matter, and I am not a Marxist. So that does not compute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfluous Man View Post
    Heaven forbid any anti-cop sentiment you have should ever require you to side with blacks.
    Dafuq? It's more like: Heaven forbid any anti-cop sentiment they have should ever require them to side with everybody else.
    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfluous Man View Post
    Heaven forbid any anti-cop sentiment you have should ever require you to side with blacks.
    Require?

    Obviously you've confused me with someone whom you believe you can steer into a position you'd like to address..........Wrong guy.

    I'm not going to side with either group, far as I'm concerned they can both go to hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfluous Man View Post
    I believe that black lives really do matter, and I am not a Marxist. So that does not compute.
    Good for you.

    I'm sure BLM is always anxious for new members.
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 11-03-2017 at 03:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    BLM are Marxists.

    Do you side with Marxists politically?
    Ron Paul does. Even said he would vote for one.



    Coalitions aren't a problem. That was another thing Ron stood, and stands, for- working with others to bring about the most good possible.

    "Being pragmatic is about forming coalitions. I probably work with coalitions better than the other candidates. I don't think I've said anything negative here about the president."

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...in-his-cabinet
    Which is probably why he has a Marxist in a leadership position at the Ron Paul Institute of Peace and Prosperity.

    You side with people where you agree so that through your combined efforts you can bring about the most good. Isn't this the same reasoning so many have excused Rand Paul's support of multiple authoritarians like Romney and Trump, that you sometimes ally with the enemy to achieve what good you can?


    On a larger level, the very existence of a group like BLM is a sign of the failure of libertarians to understand and promote libertarianism. Black people shouldn't feel like they have to ally with Leftists and Marxists in order to gain some measure, any measure, of protection from police oppression, abuse, and being outright murdered by cops. Libertarianism has the strongest, most powerful message of liberty and self-empowerment possible. They should be flocking to libertarian movements. yet, here we are. And I can't help but think it is because so many of us are all to willing to play the political division game -Left vs. Right, Republican vs. Democrat, Conservative vs. Progressive, etc.- instead of recognizing that Liberty transcends such petty divisions. I can't help but think that it is our fault for being fooled by politicians, divided into camps, and having such a poor understanding of our own message that we allow division to happen which in turn prevents us from spreading it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Good for you.

    I'm sure BLM is always anxious fro new members.
    I don't think it has actual members any more than "The R3VOLution" has members. "Black lives matter," is just a slogan, and a true statement.

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    Good.

    Then you guys can scan the news daily, weed through the thousands of stories of police abuse, and post them here to raise awareness.

    Get depressed and infuriated, while being called a cop basher by one side and racist white devil by the other.

    Have fun.

    I'm done, myself.

    I look forward to reading and commenting on your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Good.

    Then you guys can scan the news daily, weed through the thousands of stories of police abuse, and post them here to raise awareness.

    Get depressed and infuriated, while being called a cop basher by one side and racist white devil by the other.

    Have fun.

    I'm done, myself.

    I look forward to reading and commenting on your work.
    Oh stop it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Oh stop it!
    Did I sound like I was kidding or $#@!ing off?

    You see many new posts from me in this forum over the last few weeks?
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 11-03-2017 at 03:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Get depressed and infuriated, while being called a cop basher by one side and racist white devil by the other.
    Here is something to make you smile. I got pulled over by the cops the other day because I had my kid in the frontseat (airbag off). By law here you have to be 8 to be in the frontseat/out of childseat and my kid ain't. So the cop tells me he has to be in a booster seat or childseat and in the back. I tell him that the kid is 8. He tells me the kid doesn't look 8. I said, "well he looks young for his age, but he is 8. go ahead and ask him."

    So the cop looks at him and says, "hey big guy, how old are you?"
    the kid responds, "I can't talk to you without my daddys permission." --well trained he is
    I looked at him and said, "its ok, tell him how old you are."
    he looks at the cop and says "8, my birthday is September 11, 2009" -- we have practiced this many times and I remind him of it every time he gets the treat of riding in the front seat.

    he let us go, with a suggestion that I put him in a booster seat in the backseat for his safety.

    score one for training your kid to lie to the cops...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Did I sound like I was kidding or $#@!ing off?

    You see many new posts from me in this forum over the last few weeks?
    You're supposed to be the one consistent here man...

    $#@! the whiners and the race-baiters right in the neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    You're supposed to be the one consistent here man...

    $#@! the whiners and the race-baiters right in the neck.
    I'm supposed to be.

    But I'm pretty sick and tired of it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    Here is something to make you smile. I got pulled over by the cops the other day because I had my kid in the frontseat (airbag off). By law here you have to be 8 to be in the frontseat and my kid ain't. So the cop tells me he has to be in a booster seat or childseat and in the back. I tell him that the kid is 8. He tells me the kid doesn't look 8. I said, "well he looks young for his age, but he is 8. go ahead and ask him."

    So the cop looks at him and says, "hey big guy, how old are you?"
    the kid responds, "I can't talk to you without my daddys permission." --well trained he is
    I looked at him and said, "its ok, tell him how old you are."
    he looks at the cop and says "8, my birthday is September 11, 2009" -- we have practiced this many times and I remind him of it every time he gets the treat of riding in the front seat.

    he let us go, with a suggestion that I put him in a booster seat in the backseat for his safety.

    score one for training your kid to lie to the cops...
    +rep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    I'm supposed to be.

    But I'm pretty sick and tired of it all.
    Well yeah............. My pussy hurts too..

    Everybody's leaving, conversations, if they start at all, degrade quickly...

    It's getting chilly out at night and it'd be wonderful to just be totally irresponsible and jump on a scooter, grab a fat-sack and a bimbo and ride off for a while............But I ain't gonna and you can bet your fat ol' ass I'll give you a ration if-n you try....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Well yeah............. My pussy hurts too..

    Everybody's leaving, conversations, if they start at all, degrade quickly...

    It's getting chilly out at night and it'd be wonderful to just be totally irresponsible and jump on a scooter, grab a fat-sack and a bimbo and ride off for a while............But I ain't gonna and you can bet your fat ol' ass I'll give you a ration if-n you try....
    Tired of my own voice man, tired of my own voice...maybe next time we'll get it right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Tired of my own voice man, tired of my own voice...maybe next time we'll get it right.
    Hell, man, sadly that is the way of history, whether it's a simple Great Depression where some estimates have millions perishing in the United States to the outright genocide of the Greeks and Armenians from Asia Minor, foolishness has never brought forgiveness. Bad times come. Best thing to do is have a stocked pantry, an arsenal for self defense and live to be old enough to warn the next generation, who will probably ignore you.

    Otherwise, find the best way to be at peace with this knowledge. This is the way of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Tired of my own voice man, tired of my own voice...maybe next time we'll get it right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    Hell, man, sadly that is the way of history, whether it's a simple Great Depression where some estimates have millions perishing in the United States to the outright genocide of the Greeks and Armenians from Asia Minor, foolishness has never brought forgiveness. Bad times come. Best thing to do is have a stocked pantry, an arsenal for self defense and live to be old enough to warn the next generation, who will probably ignore you.

    Otherwise, find the best way to be at peace with this knowledge. This is the way of the world.
    Sage advice.


    Ecclesiastes 1:8-9 (KJV)

    8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

    9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    And one more;



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