Full Video of James Cleaveland Trial for Recording Police

James “Robin Hood” Cleaveland, local businessman, activist, and independent journalist refused the plea deal and took to trial two misdemeanor “class a” charges of “disorderly conduct” and “resisting arrest” for recording video of the police. Here’s the full, nearly four hour trial video.

During the lengthy trial, the state called several police witnesses to testify that in order to keep James safe from a gunman who was threatening to take his own life, that they needed to arrest James and put him in a cage for two years. Of course, the police really wanted to keep themselves safe from James’ camera and were willing to crush the supposed freedom of the press to do so.

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58 comments
Avr Works
Avr Works

"I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."~Harriet Tubman

Avr Works
Avr Works

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge-even to ourselves-that we've been so credulous."~Carl Sagan

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

Fucking voyeuristic vultures masquerading as some kind of truth-squad, what shallow, insensitive and selfish people. How are you shocked that people hate you when you act in such a callous manner?

davidinkeene
davidinkeene

Most people know that just because you're behind one quote doesn't mean you endorse the person hook line and sinker

justintempler
justintempler

Jason can you explain why members of Free Keene seem to thrive off of provoking anger and hatred?

justintempler
justintempler

I,m going to decline chasing you down the rabbit holes. The topic has changed from James "matermind" Cleaveland's trial, and then trying to rationalize a quotation from a lifelong statist, and now you want to add Ron Paul to the mix.

Avr Works
Avr Works

"The hardest thing in life is to face reality when you grow up being educated by myths."~Ralph Nader

justintempler
justintempler

Avr are you promoting statism? You do realize Nader has spent his entire life promoting the passing of laws and regulations. You can't get more liberal statist than Nader.

Alan Jones
Alan Jones

Nader was what douches like you would call a "statist". He crusaded for years for more regulations and laws involving automobiles and other consumer-related issues. He was the antithesis of the liberty movement. Moron.

Jason Free 123
Jason Free 123

Ralph Nader applauds libertarians.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QVAUFnckTU "The longtime consumer activist, recidivist presidential candidate, and several-time host of Saturday Night Live talks with Nick Gillespie about what he sees as a new libertarian-progressive attack on crony capitalism, "

justintempler
justintempler

Jason you didn't answer my question and you completely ignored the fact that I did provide specifics and real arguments of substance above. It's telling that instead of addressing the specifics and arguments of substance that I did provide you have decided to link to a video that has nothing to do with the topic. Also notice that the video you linked to has zero haters, ad hominems, or personal petty attacks.

justintempler
justintempler

The problem is of course that left-libertarian cheerleaders for Nader while attacking cronyism turn around and advocate for government control of healthcare, education, banks, mortgages, interest rates, and pander to environmentalists and unions. So Jason your defense of Nader seems to indicate you must be a closeted statist here to sabotage the liberty movement.

justintempler
justintempler

Jason did you actually listen to the broadcast before linking to it, or did you just read the title? #moron

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

I listened to the broadcast. What's wrong with it? Ron Paul agrees with a liberal-libertarian alliance as well. Now go ahead and tell us he is promoting statism too, in case there is anyone who still thinks you're worth reading. Also, calling someone else a moron using a hashtag in a forum where hashtags do nothing... brilliant.

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

Well, Jason isn't alone. Ron Paul must also be a closet statist... ;(

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

What specifics? What arguments of substance? What I read was your interpretation of the vid. and your opinions about it. Nothing about why you came to your conclusion... *yawn*

justintempler
justintempler

Correct David, you could just as easily find some enlightened quotes from Karl Marx to go along with your Ralph Nader but I don't think quoting people that are directly opposed to the goals of your freedom movement is a good idea.

justintempler
justintempler

I already answered your questions, but then you don't want an honest discussion, you just want to troll.

justintempler
justintempler

I think you'll find when dealing in police encounters with an armed robber holed up in an apartment complex and complying with police orders Ron Paul is very much the statist.

VotersRZombieLosers
VotersRZombieLosers

I'm incline to support Justin here. I don't like it when liberty supporters quote from state worshipers.

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

Please don't confuse an unwillingness to engage you or other Free Keene people in logical, rational discussion as an inability to do so. I'm just entirely uninterested in having said discussion with rude, obnoxious children who burned bridges long ago. None of you have shown any inclination to listen, only to preach, berate and insult.

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

I was chasing you down a rabbit hole by replying to your question on whether Jason actually listened to the audio in the link he provided. What has that question got to do with Cleveland's trial? Talk about hypocrisy...

justintempler
justintempler

No you were chasing Jason down the rabbit hole, I want to know if he listened to the audio so I can ask him what relevance it has to the topic.

Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson

That's a good question. My guess is that because Free Keene are lefties at heart, their indoctrination has taught them to adopt a victim mentality rather than to rely on evidence-based reasoning. Since they are mostly while males, the lefty-cards they have available is limited. They seem to have latched onto the "you're a hater" card, and provoking anger and hatred is the necessary precondition to being able to use that.

justintempler
justintempler

I waited to comment until after I watched the video. You can save yourself over 3 hours and skip to James' testimony that starts at about 3h 11m where he incriminates himself by admitting he misjudged the situation and didn't even know the location of the suspect, he was unaware of the presence of the police dog, and on more than one occasion admits he did not hear what the police officers were saying to him, on top of that he admits to refusing to comply with the police officers until after his arrest had taken place. James "mastermind" Cleaveland found himself arrested and charged as a result of actions caused by his own ignorance.

justintempler
justintempler

You really are displaying your ignorance. I guess that's what happens when you don't watch the video and troll the comment section. The police did not arrest him for taping the police.

justintempler
justintempler

Boy have you gone off the deep end, They were excuses that came straight out of Cleavland's mouth as the reasons he willfully disobeyed the police and got himself arrested. If you're too ignorant to understand that, I can't help you.

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

Perfect synopsis for both Cleveland and the entire band of cult misfits. The oddest thing is that this group of halfwits consider themselves smart, but I guess honest assessment and introspections isn't their thing. I predict one of the idiots will do real time this year, hopefully Cleveland. Caging them will be money well-spent!

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

So deep, man! Are you, like, a philosopher or something?

justintempler
justintempler

Jason is the resident concern troll whose job it is to label people who naturally react negatively to the provocations of the Free Keene gang as haters so they can play their victim card.

Jason Free 123
Jason Free 123

Are you part of the Stop Freedom in Keene movement?

justintempler
justintempler

Notice how Jason tries to be clever and changes the name of Stop Free Keene to Stop Freedom in Keene. Jason I spent some time earlier tonight to review your comment history and I notice you spend a great deal of your time trying to discredit people and accuse them of being trolls and sock puppets and being haters instead of addressing the content of their posts. Instead of trolling and trying to discredit people Jason why don't you try and comment on my original comment concerning the video from the trial which is the subject of the post.

Jason Free 123
Jason Free 123

Most of the trolls on this site are one person from Youtube named Jammer Man. (Bane, Mike, Alan Jones etc are all Jammer Man.) I guess he's here to "Jam" the site with his spam from his 12 screen names.

justintempler
justintempler

Jason I guess if you spend all your time accusing people of being trolls, sock puppets and haters you never have to spend any time addressing their arguments. I actually dealt with the specifics of the 3hr 45min video that is the subject of this FreeKeene blogpost. If you are too lazy to deal with the topic then it appears you're just as bad as the trolls you're complaining about. #hypocrisy

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

"The specifics?" Let's see, you said James incriminated himself by admitting: 1. he misjudged the situation and didn't even know the location of the suspect 2. he was unaware of the presence of the police dog 3. on more than one occasion admits he did not hear what the police officers were saying to him 4. refusing to comply with the police officers until after his arrest had taken place. Okay. The charges are "disorderly conduct" and "resisting arrest." If he incriminated himself, please tell us how each of those four qualify as "disorderly conduct" or "resisting arrest."

justintempler
justintempler

Nice non sequitur, The specifics were James "mastermind" Cleaveland's excuses which he attempted use to justify his willful refusal to comply with police orders. It's that willful refusal to comply that qualifies as disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

That's different from what you wrote originally, but okay. How did Cleavland's "excuses" show you that he had "willful refusal to comply with police orders," specifically? Here are your listed excuses again for your convenience: 1. he misjudged the situation and didn't even know the location of the suspect 2. he was unaware of the presence of the police dog 3. on more than one occasion admits he did not hear what the police officers were saying to him 4. refusing to comply with the police officers until after his arrest had taken place.

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

All you had to say was that you think people should go to jail for not doing whatever the police tell them to do, regardless of whether it violates rights. At which point I could direct you to learn about the non-aggression principle. For now, we can see why no one else bothered to respond to your so-called "arguments." Because we all know your style of debate goes like this: 1. Make unfounded claims 2. Someone challenges claims 3. Say the challenger has gone off the deep end, is ignorant, and can't be helped.

justintempler
justintempler

Nice straw man. Do you always make it a habit of dishonestly representing your opponents position? Cleaveland's rights were not violated, and what police told him to do was guided by something we call LAWS, which tells people in a society what constitutes aggression. Without those laws to guide police, your non aggression principle is nothing but a floating abstraction. Your NAP is meaningless without laws that define what constitutes aggression. If you don't like those laws then it's your responsibility to convince enough people to join you in getting those laws changed.

Agent Kris
Agent Kris

I'm glad you brought up laws, because it's the supreme law of the land, the US Constitution, that protects the press from being told by police officers to not record police activity. Now if only your courts would uphold the Constitution, we wouldn't have innocent people going to jail all the time like they do today.

davidinkeene
davidinkeene

anyone who sites "stopfreekeene" as some kind of source for anything other than lies...can only be a liar hisself "mike".. you phoney

davidinkeene
davidinkeene

your critiques of how i write... are a joke ...it just means you lack arguments lol... please dont mistake that for me wanting to HEAR your idiotic "arguments" (they are NOT arguments,hence the quotes) lol

Avr Works
Avr Works

Ummm,David, I'm certain everyone knows exactly what they are. Sad but true. I hope they can overcome their shame.

Alan Jones
Alan Jones

"sites" ? "hisself" ? LMHO. You're an under-educated moron, Crawford.

Jason Free 123
Jason Free 123

Its cute how Mike logs out and switches to his Alan Jones account. (or one of his other 12 accounts) I guess he wants people to think there are 12 more people who talk as idiotic as him.

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