Emerson’s Towing & Repairs driver threatens Robin Hooder Graham Colson

On February 6th, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Emerson Lyons Jr., a tow truck driver employed by Emerson’s Towing And Repair, which can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EmersonsTowing, arrived on Gilbo Avenue to tow a vehicle that Parking Enforcement Officer Jane Vigneau had called in for what is assumed to be unpaid extortion fees, more commonly referred to as parking tickets. The moment the tow truck driver stepped out of his door, he threatened to knock my teeth out for filiming him in public, from twenty feet away. He can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emerson.lyons

While I generally try to refrain from resorting to name calling, I did refer to this individual as a “fucking loser” towards the end of the interaction, which given the circumstances was certainly justified but still not entirely appropriate or intelligent of me.

In some positive news, this interaction occurred due to the fact that I’m Robin Hooding again, and will be nearly every day of the week for the foreseeable future!

To the officer of the Keene Police Department that’s been assigned to reading this article, I don’t want charges of any kind filed against Emerson Lyons Jr., and I will not be cooperating with your criminal organization in any capacity on this matter.

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145 comments
BobTheRecordGuy
BobTheRecordGuy

Obviously the first officer was derelict in not intervening after the threats.. clearly disturbing the peace if not harassment and assault (it's just a bit of violence short of assault and battery). Officer needs to be sanctioned.

BobTheRecordGuy
BobTheRecordGuy

Doing this work for a government agency, he is acting as a government agent; he one no longer has any expectation of privacy (people should have little expectation of privacy for things they do in public, anyway). But on top of that, this whole system (seizing one's car for unpaid parking tickets! when did property become subject to the whims of government agents - especially when the amount of fines do is a fraction of the value of the property seized?). Any idea of how someone's life can be disrupted by something like this- maybe lose a job... not be able to pick up kids from school.. bit be able to pick up groceries or medicine.. All in the name of revenue for the State. And this guy is the parasite who benefits from his crony relationship with politicians. A lot of the time these contracts are obtained by money changing hands.

Elizabeth Pane
Elizabeth Pane

Is this normal for Keene? I was considering relocating to either Manchester, Concord or Keene. Im nervous about the area as a libertarian. I was looking for positive activism and a solid job. Can anyone give input?

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

This is not typical to activism that happens in Keene. This is the first time I've ever been talked to like that by a Free Keene hater (who happened to be contracted through the City Of Keene) while Robin Hooding, and although Robin Hooding doesn't tend to involve that kind of drama the majority of the time, there's still plenty of other activism going on that doesn't involve being in the public spotlight like Robin Hooding is.

bill
bill

Lorrah your father should be ashamed and i hope he teaches you to respect our constitution a little better the his dad taught him.been driving recovery awhile and he would never allow his employees to do this to a PAYING CUSTOMER.willing or not he is a customer and these so called Robin Hooders???wtf lol are also protected by our beloved constitution.A call and an email to AAA would probably end your dads affiliation with AAA which i know first hand is a huge chunk of a tow companies buisness not to mention access to AAA banks for financing new trucks so if I were you Lorrah i would start trying to save your dads buisness and aopologize for his criminal behavior,

bill
bill

report to AAA they will drop him and 89% of his buisness will dissappear

Oldest Man In The World
Oldest Man In The World

All this guy did was film an individual twoing a truck. No matter what previous interactions he may or did have is irrelevant. What is relevant is what happens to come from this interaction. If he acts like this just by someone filming him can you imagine how he acts when someone isn't. And why won't you help police with their investigation Graham?

Kurtis Dickens
Kurtis Dickens

Nice threats, directed at someone of smaller stature I presume? So this man takes his anger out on the weak? Surely he's beaten his children and pets. May our hearts and prayers go out to Lorah Margaret and Desiree Lyons as they've had to endure childhoods of repeated physical and mental abuse at the hands of this lunatic. Also let's hope the proper institution can provide angry little Emerson with the help he needs.

Kurtis Dickens
Kurtis Dickens

From the way this man explodes at a presumably smaller man it's easy for us to see that he directs his rage at weaker organisms. Surely has beaten his children and pets to get that anger out.

Kurtis Dickens
Kurtis Dickens

Our hearts and prayers go out to Lorah Margaret and Desiree as they were forced to endure childhoods of repeated physical and mental abuse at the hands of this manic psychopath. Perhaps one day they can know peace and happiness.

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

I was just contacted by an individual from http://www.liveleak.com, this video will be available there for a far broader audience in the very near future :) Your ridiculous actions are being seen by a lot of people, Emerson.

Maxhardcore
Maxhardcore

Press charges. Laugh at him in court. If he did that down here he would have been shot as soon as he charged up the first time.

davidinkeene
davidinkeene

wow grahams debut fk post is waking up the commenting public

Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy

You aren't doing anything worthwhile apart from pissing off people who are just trying to support their families. Get out of Keene you douche canoe.

Tammy
Tammy

Lets get the facts straight. No one goes around and deliberately video tapes a tow truck driver. The fact that they had a camera ready to go means they were looking to start trouble. This group deliberately manipulates the truth. Kirk you make the point that not all tow companies act this way, and that you go where the police tell you. Well that's what Emerson did and what you don't know is that regardless of previous run in with this group he still responded, I have all my work done by Emerson. When I was in a car accident it was his tow company that picked up my vehicle, and I have been with them ever since. Emerson personally has come to help when locked out of a vehicle and has saved me money on numerous occasions. He is professional as well as his staff, and while I know this video doesn't portray that, you should do some more research about Robin Hood and Free Keene, and take a look at more then just their web page that they design to manipulate people into believing the worse about our government, and now apparently innocent people and their businesses. I WILL NOT take my vehicle anywhere else.

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

To clarify, this is the first time I've ever encountered this individual or had any communication with anyone employed by ET&R, and the first time I've chosen to film a vehicle being towed. And as I said in a previous comment, I don't need a reason to be filming. I don't. Like it or not, but I don't have to justify filming anyone in public for any reason, especially a tow truck driver contracted through the City Of Keene.

slappy
slappy

Thank you, Tammy, for offering us your input. I have never used the services of Emerson, and until your testimony just now, all I had to go by, was that video. When I get to NH, I will be able to make up my own mind about him and his company, and about the activists in Keene. Of them I know only that their videos do not "portray" anyone in any other way than they are acting already (excepting stuff like Black Sheep Rising, which is explicitly published as a commentary, so personal views do flow into those). Their videos and webpage do not manipulate anyone into believing anything about government. If you watch a few of them (and some on copblock too), then you can clearly see that government can take care of that belief all on their own. I'm looking forward to meeting the people and businesses in NH, and with a little luck Emerson will have recovered from this fiasco with better customer service, and might even claim me as a loyal customer some day.

kdiemond
kdiemond

the freekeene/robinhooders/shirefreechurch/et al are all frauds and act out of childishness and self serving agendas - why you would want to move here to be a part of their bogus group does not make sense. Hopefully you will realize that before you waste your time traveling here to discover it on your own.

slappy
slappy

I am moving precisely because I don NOT want to be part of any group. GroupThink is currently disowning and killing people on my home continent (and in an only apparently more polite way in my home country, but they are slipping...) What most people don't realize is that when they willingly attach themselves to the dominant "group" every four years or so, they are legitimizing its' actions (like bombing brown people -or as with my home country: supporting your country and producing weapons to bomb brown people). Traditionally people will blame the inconsistencies within a "group" on a subset group (aka "the other party"). Which gives the group carte-Blanche to perform horrendous crimes on humanity. I want no part of any of it. So I'm coming to NH to live with people who reject GroupThink, who judge people by their actions -not by promises or words on paper. The Freestateproject is not a group, it is a form of advertising. Once the 20.000 individuals they are attracting are in NH, the organization will be disbanded. I chose the self-serving actions of millions of individuals over the self-serving actions of "leaders" backed by the coerced masses of people blinded by ritualistic pomp & circumstance. Men in black dresses, with hats and badges, waving pieces of paper, while threatening violence, have no authority in a land of individuals. There, if you want something done, you convince others to help you. You act exemplary, and others will join (but not follow) you. That is the world I am working on, and the actions of freekeene/robinhooders/shiresociety/et al have shown me that it is possible to get there in NH (for starters). Please note that I do not force my world-view onto you or anyone, but your support of the crimes of government by whitewashing them and blaming the "other" part of it (left/right... did you know there are over 73 parties to chose from in the U.S.?) ends up forcing the "majority" world-view onto everyone. All I ask is to remove that force from our interactions, so we can voluntarily agree and settle things like adults.

kdiemond
kdiemond

Slappy, Free Keene IS group think

slappy
slappy

Care to describe how it IS? Making an assertion without backing it up with facts and/or reasoning is not an effective way to argue.

William Kostric
William Kostric

A few more minutes without the cop showing up and this business may have ended up being called Colson towing and auto repair.

slappy
slappy

Your protectiveness of your dad (you mentioned, somewhere on here) shows me he is usually a honest man. I sincerely hope he recovers, and we all learn from this.

Ted Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE
Ted Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE

"without the cop showing up" That's about the only thing the cop could do. It seems Keene does not require any physical fitness standards, in the employment of their police officers.

GeoPuss
GeoPuss

Lorah, it is commendable that you would defend your father no matter what. I will give you this.... But all your other points you are making about the young man who was filming have no relevance to how you father conducted himself. If you and your father are, as you imply, above this, then I would recommend you prove it with your actions. Part of being a good human being is accepting and embracing mistakes made and learning from them. I see a video of a immature 20 yr old that kept his cool for the most part and an older gentleman that lost his shit and threatened someone unprovoked.....please tell me how this is acceptable.

Mike
Mike

Why was anyone there videotaping this anyway all I see are two people doing what they are getting paid to do And one person just looking for a confrontation. because those hard working people have obviously been harassed By the video taper before. I say camera man ,get a job ,a life and leave working people alone. All you doing is HARASSING people. and are serving no real purpose.

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

You left out the part where he followed that statement with "or I'll knock your teeth out." You threaten to knock my teeth out while I'm filming, you better believe I'll keep filming.

Mike Walker
Mike Walker

Omg ... let me know when you see a mobster here in Keene Your history lesson is not needed and is getting off subject

Marie
Marie

Its not illegal to film in public. He does not have to stop filming if he doesnt want to. What Emerson should have done was ignore Graham and gone ahead with his job in a professional manner. Threatening the life and safety of another while representing a business will only end in disaster for that business.

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

I have a job and I don't need a reason to film someone in public. I'm good about not filming people (not bureaucrats) that don't want to be filmed, but if I'm threatened like that I'm going to keep filming. Like it or don't, but it's completely legal to film anyone at any point in time in public without their consent.

slappy
slappy

Mobsters get paid to rough up the neighborhood, that doesn't justify their violence. Videotaping police and their hirelings to protect yourself, family, friends, or others is not "looking for a confrontation", it's smart in that it protects all parties of the interaction (provided they keep cool and stay peaceful). Witnessing and making a record of something are not HARASSMENT, whereas threatening and attacking someone definitely is.

Lorah Margaret
Lorah Margaret

How can you people honestly think you have the legal grounds to do anything? Your organization should be disbanded simply on the principle that you hate the constitution and the government and then hide behind it. "It's completely legal to film anyone" but you don't believe in the constitution or paying fines, so these laws shouldn't apply to you?

slappy
slappy

My organization? I'm not a member of any, and I have yet to found my organization "Cute Puppies Against Wars" (We will be providing cute puppies to veterans and victims of wars, foreign & domestic, for therapy purposes -I'm still working on the details)

slappy
slappy

You are mistaken when you think these people hate the Constitutions and the governments. They hate the fact that the governments apply their rule over everyone on an involuntary basis, while failing to uphold their own Constitutions (ignoring/re-interpreting whatever seems inconvenient at the time), and hiding behind blurry concepts like "collective will", "the social contract", etc. while advancing corruption and mismanagement. At the end of it all none of the various bureaucrats, officers, and politicians are ever accountable for any of it. If you want to successfully argue with the people frequenting pages like freekeene, I recommend this cheat-sheet (replace DOTnet with .net): URL: v.i4031DOTnet/StatistFallacies Check it out and see which misconceptions you might have on the matter, and maybe you'll figure out a way to argue your point better. I wish you luck!

Mike Walker
Mike Walker

That's funny because in the video the very first thing he said to you was to get the camera out of my face .. Meaning DON'T FILM ME. So what you just said about not filming people who don't want to be is a lie.

Mike Walker
Mike Walker

Mobsters don't enforce the LAW hence your statement is invalid. And when you get mugged by a mobster ... don't call a cop.

slappy
slappy

Mobsters enforce their rules, even if they come up with them on the spot -not unlike many interactions with "the law" which are only settled years later, incurring many expenses, at the bench in front of a judge -paid by the same organization as the cop, so "settled" might not be the right term. The main difference between the embodiments of "the mob" and "the law" is that the mob has no resource-wasting bureaucracies and coerces you directly. When you get mugged by a cop ...who you gonna call?

slappy
slappy

Care to elaborate which history lesson you are referring to?

jack walker
jack walker

Graham(aka skateboard boy). Does the IRS know you are being paid as as a robin hood. As someone who takes such a moral high ground, I'm sure you have reported earnings? How about youtube?

hang3xc
hang3xc

Potty mouth. Raised well. Apple/tree etc

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

I do what I want, and that's all I have to say on that subject.

MaineShark
MaineShark

How would that be the "moral high ground," exactly? Going out of your way to fund the Warmonger-In-Chief's murderous attacks isn't exactly a moral high ground. Oh, and as a point of law, there's no requirement to report income until it goes above a certain threshold (which varies depending upon a variety of factors related to your personal life).

Lorah Margaret
Lorah Margaret

Of course you do, I did some digging on you fine sir, you certainly are a do-gooder aren't you? A 21 one year old delinquent who hangs around with the likes of thieves and wanna-be drug lords. Who has a child they don't support but "makes an income" of harassing people on the street and getting a rise out of them by video taping them. What a fine example you set for your child. What a wonderful reputation you are giving to the young-adults of Keene. You disgust me, you pretentious swine.

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

"A 21 one year old delinquent who hangs around with the likes of thieves and wanna-be drug lords." 1. I'm 20, not 21. 2. I don't associate with thieves, stealing is immoral whether you work for the government or you're just some punk on the streets. 3. Wanna-be drug lords? Nope, but I smoke cannabis, and I suppose that means I have to purchase it somewhere, now doesn't it?

Destinee Lyons
Destinee Lyons

Notice you didn't mention anything about that child you don't support. Please, continue to talk badly about our father who holds a legitimate job and supports his young children.

Lorah Margaret
Lorah Margaret

That's funny, because one of your high school buddies was arrested for robbing a convenience store, was he not? Also, since Marijuana is not yet legal in the state of New Hampshire, you are purchasing it from somewhere.. And those people would be drug dealers, would they not? And I'm sorry about getting your age wrong, kiddo, but it makes you look all the sillier with what you're doing with your life. Sorry to hear about your job as the Liberty Tax jockey! Hope nobody tries to murder you on your new position as resident ass clown.

Graham Colson
Graham Colson

High school buddies? Are you talking about that moron that commented on my Facebook status yesterday? lol, I don't associate with people like that. And yes, that is correct, I purchase cannabis on an infrequent basis from people you would refer to as "drug dealers". You go right ahead and repeat that, I guarantee more than half of the people you know do the same exact thing. Your "investigative" skills aren't very good, are they? I stopped working at "Liberty" Tax after one day, I'm better than that.

Lorah Margaret
Lorah Margaret

The way you quote your words ironically is enough to tell me you're a fucking idiot. You're not better than anyone or anything, Graham Colson. I don't associate with people who do drugs because I'm a decent human being. Crazy, right? The people I engage with are relatively intelligent and do better things with their time and money than smoke dope and stalk people around the city. I also haven't been to your facebook because frankly, I don't give a shit about a low life creep like you. However, you just stated that a thief, who you know is a thief, commented on your facebook status, but you have no affiliation with said person. Wouldn't being facebook friends be an affiliation? Also, we've been conversing for a quite a while now. Still wondering when you're going to address the issue of your child, oh moral one.

Dominic
Dominic

Lorah, can I just say on behalf of the people of the United Kingdom, your acting like a ****! Your father, or whoever he is, acted disgracefully. You should be ashamed rather than indignant.

Marie
Marie

I'm friends with lots of people on fb. Am I affiliate with them or aware of their actions? Nope. I don't know anything about quite a few people on my fb. I added them for games or they requested me, whatever. A lot of people I went to high school with didn't turn out so great. They're not my buddies. I just happened to share school with thwm. All this makes your points invalid. As for his kid? Not that it's your business...but his kid is well cared for. Yet another invalid point. At the age of 20, he is not a child. Also, there's no such thing as a "real" job. A job is a job is a job. Period. What you're doing now is validating their point that Emerson Towing is not a place the public wants to deal with. You're acting like a child, and Emerson acted like a thug. All around, neither of your are acting with any sort of professionalism. A public apology, some sort of disciplinary measure, and having a better public appearance will help you out. This childish "how dare you pick on my daddy" behavior is not appropriate. Your daddy misbehaved. Now he, and the company he represents, must pay the consequences. Graham didn't do anything illegal, harmful, or threatening to provoke that behavior. Just standing there with a camera did not warrant those verbal attacks and threats.

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