WAR ON COPS
On June 2nd, 2018, Brian was arrested by the Royal Oak Police while attempting to protest and bring awareness to the recent killings by ROPD Officers.
About The Initiative
In 1965, President Johnson declared a "war on crime". The following decade, President Nixon declared a "war on drugs". Both of these wars have been a fantastic success in their underlying purpose; to wage a continuous war on poor and minority Americans.
Countless families have suffered under the federal government's heavy handed approach to tax collection and enslavement. Although it was the federal government that declared and has perpetuated this war on the people, it is the enforcement class that has benefited most and had the biggest impact on the eroding freedoms of Americans.
It's time to stop living in fear of the violent thugs in blue. It's time to recognize the danger that a militarized domestic force poses to our freedoms. It's time to take back those freedoms! We know that the only protection that police forces offer is protection of the GOVERNMENT they are paid to serve. As of this moment, I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Too many lives have been ruined due to attempts by the establishment class to maintain control over society. It's time to turn the tables and start our own campaign against the enforcers who trample rights with impunity. As of this moment, I am declaring a war on cops!
We are taking concrete steps to restore the freedom and prosperity that has been stolen from us under the guise of protection. Our plan includes a three prong approach to increase police accountability, reduce violent crime and threatening behavior by armed gangs, and eliminate the police state. We will accomplish this by:
Separating (or attempting to separate) the good cops from the bad cops.
Following and recording
Filing complaints, requests, appeals, and lawsuits to ensure full disclosure.
SEPARATING THE GOOD FROM THE BAD
Too often we hear, "not all cops are bad" or "most cops are good". We will give them a chance to prove it. We have launched a new website called professionalbully.org which will give anyone (police or civilians) an opportunity to make anonymous reports about abusive behavior of police officers. There will be a searchable database that will allow anyone to look up an officer by name and see if he/she has any complaints against him/her. Many people report that they are afraid of repercussions for filing complaints, so we've eliminated that obstacle. There is no registration required to make a report, so it is able to be done completely anonymously.
This database will not only provide an outlet for reporting, but will also provide a means for the public to search by various categories to identify potential trends and problems that cause a danger to their community. Police discipline records are tightly controlled by departments, and we can never know the actual history of a given officer. We can certainly never rely on the agency to report this fairly, as it is in their interest to suppress negative information and deny the existence of ongoing problems.
Many times we see officers standing by while other officers abuse citizens. This abuse comes in many forms, none of which are acceptable from public servants. These "bystanders" are accomplices and should be treated as such. There should be no free pass for an officer that observes violent assaults by other officers and chooses to ignore it. If these officer's are too afraid to intervene, they should be shamed and ridiculed for their cowardice. We will hold these monsters accountable too.
For far too long, the "Thin Blue Line" has created a divide between peaceful civilians and the violent enforcers that abuse with impunity. This should not be allowed to continue. By allowing officers and civilians to report encounters and incidents anonymously, we can help tear down this wall of silence that threatens the safety and freedom of all civilians.
Following and Recording
Various activists have proven over time that a great way to increase accountability is by video recording public officials and sharing the content. Although this has often led to public outrage, it has rarely led to police accountability. What this means is that despite increased attention and public demand, the executive and judicial branches of government still do not seek appropriate justice. Being in the right place at the right time with a camera is simply not enough to protect the public. If we wait to record an incident that has already started, it is often too late to save a life.
As citizens, we have a unique opportunity to protect and serve members of our communities. I have been openly following, observing, engaging, and recording police officers in my community. I make it clear that I'm following them and that I will be there to see and record anything they do. I never interfere with an investigation or obstruct an officer, but I never try to hide my actions. I want them to know I'm there and that I'm not going to be intimidated by them. By openly following these officers, they are forced to act out of character and obey the law, or face the consequences.
This actually works and has proven to be a great tool for accountability. In my first day of following and observing, I witnessed officers committing various traffic infractions, misdemeanors and a felony. The investigations are "ongoing", but the impact can already be seen. The more people that engage in this type of direct oversight, the more likely officers will be to respect our rights.
There are a few key pieces of equipment that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to Follow & Record:
Dash cam - Get a decent quality dash camera that records good videos and audio. You will want this running at all times while you are out on the road.
A mobile phone/camera - Ensure you have plenty of battery and memory for videos. The ability to live stream is also a great tool to protect yourself.
A dependable car - Make sure the gas tank is full before you get started.
Optional: Go-Pro style body camera
Remember to pay close attention that you are obeying all laws while following the police. Do not give them a valid reason to conduct a traffic stop. Know your rights, and don't let the police threaten or intimidate you. They will try! File complaints with the agency immediately after uploading and sharing all of the relevant content.
This can be a very rewarding experience and will certainly have an immediate, direct, and positive impact on other citizens in the area.
The National Freedom of Information Coalition provides resources to help find the laws governing open meetings and open records in various states. Click on the link above for additional information.
Complaining, Requesting, and Appealing
Following any incident that you record with police, you should immediately release the footage to the public. After releasing to the public, you can share the link to the police department when filing your formal complaint. Ensure that your complaint includes relevant facts, and is not embellished. After filing a complaint, follow-up with the department to make sure it is being investigated. It is also helpful to copy local elected officials on correspondence with the police department, for additional transparency.
Another valuable tool for seeking transparency and accountability is the Freedom of Information Act request. Depending on your state, the law will be different. Research how FOIA is handled in your state and follow the procedure to request relevant documentation. You can use this tool to request various records including dash-cam videos, dispatch recordings, written report, payroll records, training records, and much more.
Again, depending on state laws there may be a charge for copies of the information you request. However, if a request is denied, it costs nothing. My recommendation is to request as often as you can afford to. The more information that is made public, the more accountability we can expect. You can share your results through various online resources, including on ProfessionalBully.org.
If your request under the FOIA is denied, you should appeal it. IF your appeal is denied, you can file a law suit against the agency to force them to produce the requested documents. Lawsuits cost money and time, but if the municipality is intentionally withholding information, the court can force them to pay attorney's fees and punitive damages in some cases.
Use Social Media to Spread the Message
Share your experiences with those that will listen. It is important to get out of our echo chambers and share our personal experiences with those that don't know how corrupt and unjust the system truly is.
By spreading the message and working together, we can have a tremendous impact on the curbing the current violent trends in American policing.
Now, let's make this go viral!