Cecelia reports on the brutal arrest of FreeKeene blogger Derrick J. Freeman on her website, LadiesinKeene.com:
Today, The Sentinel released a small blurb about Derrick J’s arrest:
A Keene man faces charges of resisting arrest and disobeying an officer after police say he led them on a chase while riding his bicycle Friday afternoon.
Derrick Joseph Horton, 22, was held at the Cheshire County jail in Keene for lack of $2,000 bail, Keene police Sgt. Jason Short said.
Police had attempted to stop Horton in connection with a warrant for criminal trespass and resisting arrest issued by the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office, but Horton allegedly refused to stop, forcing police to chase him on his bicycle for several streets, Short said.
Horton will be arraigned Monday morning in Keene’s 8th Circuit Court District Division.
Now, I just can’t help but to fix a few errors in their report:
- According to the conversation I had with Derrick once he was taken to the Keene Police Department on Friday March 30, 2012 following his arrest. His charges are resisting detainment and violation of bail.
- Derrick is still being held at the Cheshire County House of Corrections, until at least Monday when he will be arraigned.
- The ‘no trespassing order’ which this incident was in connection with had already been served earlier Friday outside of Keene High School by Officer Timothy Peloquin. It should be mentioned that according to KPD radio transmissions, Peloquin wrote a ‘no trespassing order’ in his cruiser which actually extended the hours of the ban from 6:30am-6:30pm, Monday-Friday to “all the property, all the time.”
- Forcing the police to chase him for several streets? Derrick didn’t force the police to do anything. The only force used was on Derrick by Officer Moore. Moore didn’t have any valid reason to even try to detain him since Derrick had already received the ‘no trespassing order’ from Officer Peloquin earlier that day.
- The Sentinel “forgets” to mention Moore using his cruiser door as a weapon against Derrick.
Various individuals on Facebook are encouraging people to call the Keene PD (603) 357-9815 and demand the release of Derrick J. Freeman “who was just violently arrested and assaulted by Officer Finton Moore outside the KAC for no reason.” according to Clyde Voluntaryist.
Cecelia Freechild reports from LadiesinKeene.com:
Today, my dear friend Derrick J. Freeman was attacked and beaten by Officer Moore of KPD. Derrick was riding his bike when Moore came up behind him in a cruiser. Moore flipped his lights on, then proceeded to remove Derrick from his bike by hitting Derrick with the cruiser door. Moore then got out of the cruiser & stuck his night stick in between Derrick’s spokes. Flipping Derrick and his bike over, breaking several of the spokes on his tire.
Moore then tackled Derrick, and from the video being uploaded is seen hitting Derrick. Myself, and at least 10 other activists, came to the scene to see Moore on top of Derrick, pushing him into the ground. I witnessed Moore shove Derrick’s head into the ground when Derrick tried to adjust his sunglasses.
Moore was apparently trying to serve Derrick with no trespass papers for all of Keene School District, which he was already served with this morning, about 2-3 hours before this incident. Moore refused to answer activists as to why he was kidnapping Derrick.
I’ll be following this story along with other concerned members of the community. Expect more about officer Moore.
Meghan Pierce of The Union Leader covers the growing resistance to the militarization of Keene’s streets with the article in today’s paper:
KEENE — Thanks, but no tanks. That’s what some residents are saying in opposition to a city plan to purchase an armored vehicle for emergency response.
An outcry resulted after the City Council accepted a $285,933 Homeland Security grant in December — without a public hearing — to buy a LENCO BearCat Special Missions armored vehicle. Now the BearCat’s fate awaits the City Council’s final decision, expected at its March 1,7 p.m., meeting at Keene City Hall.
The city’s reconsideration of the grant got national media attention, including an article in the Huffington Post, sparking thousands of comments online about the role of the federal government.
Mike Clark, a 27-year-old handyman currently facing a criminal mischief charge in Keene — and the son of the sole Keene council member to vote against accepting the Homeland Security money — told the Huffington Post he has had encounters with Keene police and was “roughed up” both times.
“The police are already pretty brutal,” Clark said. “The last thing they need is this big piece of military equipment to make them think they’re soldiers.” Read more
Former City Councilor Cynthia Georgina offers some tips on where and when to contact Keene elected officials(PDF). It’s been on the City of Keene’s website for a while but with the ongoing “Thanks but no Tanks” campaign to convince the city councilors not to put an armored attack truck on the streets of our community, now is a good time to take Cynthia up on her tips:
A Councilor can expect to get input from constituents. This may happen in the Councilor’s home, via a phone call, or it may happen in a public place when a constituent recognizes the Councilor and wants to discuss a pending matter. It can also come in the form of a letter to the editor of the local paper or a phone call to a local radio talk show.
Now is the time to make your voice heard in opposition to the BEARCAT, armored attack truck. To get you started, here is a list of councilors and their phone numbers:
(603) 352-4822 Ruth R. Venezia [at large] (603) 352-1105 Kris Roberts [at large] (603) 352-6736 Philip Dale Pregent [at large] (603) 352-0421 Carl B. Jacobs [at large] (603) 357-1340 David R. Meader [at large] (603) 352-7185 Janis O. Manwaring [ward 1] (603) 352-5483 Mitchell H. Greenwald [ward 2] (603) 357-2601 Bettina A. Chadbourne [ward 2] (603) 352-1084 David C. Richards [ward 3] (603) 358-5016 Philip M. Jones [ward 4] (603) 357-8761 James P. Duffy [ward 4] (603) 357-3827 June M. Donegan [ward 5] (603) 357-3738 Thomas F. Powers [ward 5]
After the over-capacity BEARCAT meeting last Thursday at Keene City Hall, the community has been organizing to stop the city from accepting what current Keene Mayor Kendall Lane called a tank. Weapons manufacturer LENCO tells us that BEARCAT stands for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck which doesn’t sound any less terrifying than “Tank.” Especially in the hands of a police department that has proven it’s willingness to initiate violence against our peaceful friends and neighbors.
Please join us to oppose the further militarization of the local police department. The website thanksbutnotanks.com has been launched in addition to the comprehensive overview of Keene’s unprecedented Anti-BEARCAT campaign here on FreeKeene.com. Former Keeniac Sam A. Robrin even penned the following song after being inspired by the local resistance. It’s to to the tune of ”Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night. It’s called, what else, but… Read more
Filed under: Free Keene TV, New Hampshire, News, Update, Video
The Associated Press reports:
New Hampshire’s highest court has upheld a woman’s marijuana-growing conviction, ruling she had no reasonable expectation to privacy in a wooded area of her property from which police observed her house and detected the smell of marijuana coming from a vent.
Patricia Smith of Haverhill was charged in 2009 after police raided her house and found a pot-growing operation and 120 plants. During court proceedings, a superior court denied Smith’s motion to suppress evidence.
In appealing to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Smith’s attorney argued that police violated Smith’s constitutional right to privacy and protection from unreasonable searches when they essentially conducted a stakeout in the woods behind her home.
Watch the following videos produced by myself and Garret Ean of Free Concord. When watching, ask yourself if you want to see Patricia Smith caged for growing her own medicine, in her own home. If you’re a citizen of New Hampshire or the United States this is being done in your name, with your money.
The current (January 2012) edition of New Hampshire Magazine prominently features Bob “Weeda Claus” Constantine in the cover story, “Up In Smoke: Is the Live Free or Die State Ready for Legal Weed?” In addition to being Weeda Claus, Bob is an advocate for jury awareness at NHJury.com and will launch the “Just Say Know” campaign with other Fr33 Agents in 2012. Along with Bob, Kirk McNeil of the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy, John Tommasi of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), State Senator Jim Forsythe and State Representative Evalyn Merrick - someone who personally benefitted from medical marijuana – all represent the view that the prohibition of cannabis should end.
The following is the “Waging War” section from NH Magazine’s “Up in Smoke” article:
If asked to name the longest war on record that was declared and fought by the U.S. government, what would you answer? The Revolution? World War II? Vietnam? Iraq and Afghanistan? Not even close. This is the 40th year of the “War on Drugs,” first declared by President Nixon in 1971. The Obama administration declared it was dropping the term “war” in 2009 but, linguistic quibbles aside, the same basic battle strategy continues.In most discussions about crime and its consequences, everyone involved is usually careful to first cite the plight of the victims of the crime: the beaten child, the grieving mother. Alongside the victims are the law enforcement officers who have performed their duty in pursuit of justice. But here’s where it gets sticky. Read more
From Nemi via Facebook:
Derrick J. fights Keene Police Department‘s illegal denial of his conceal-carry licence application (8:29A), Mitt Romney makes an appearance (with the Shire Choir) at The Stage Restaurant & Cafe in Keene (8:30A), Beau goes to Cheshire County Superior Court (9A), then Ian‘s hearing re: the footage of Tom Ball’s self-immolation at Keene District (2P) or another Shire Choir performance at Newt Gingrich’s appearance at the Radisson in Manchester (also at 2P).
Catch Nemi on Free Talk Live with Ian Freman and Mark Edge at 7PM EST to get a wrap up of the days events. Nemi will be reporting on Beau’s trial for the Shire Free Press and I’ll be covering Derrick’s case against the city of Keene.
If you attend court or sing in the Shire Choir, and can verify it, you may be able to receive points towards gear like cameras, tees and hoodies if you qualify as a Fr33 Agent. Tag your activism with #Fr33 and #OccupyCourts at Fr33Agents.com.
CONCORD – After a spirited rally in front of the New Hampshire State House, liberty activists opposed to the ongoing prohibition and prosecution of peaceful people marched to a nearby State-owned liquor store to point out the hypocrisy of a State that sells one type of drug while caging people for selling another. Ironically this state’s motto is “Live Free or Die,” though it is surrounded by other states that have more lenient drug laws, many having enacted some form of decriminalization for the possession of cannabis.
The first song that the Shire Choir sang at State Liquor Store #1 was “A Lay of Anslinger.” The words of both songs are by Richard Only. This song is to the tune of “Away in a Manger”:
Shire Choir sings “Violent Blight” at State Liquor Store #1 to the tune of Silent Night:
The opening song is Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire and is dedicated to the men and women employed by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. These workers should find common cause with the message of the Shire Choir. Our main concern this holiday season is that all peaceful people should be released from N.H. and U.S. cages. 80 years ago, people selling liquor were killed or caged for doing the very same activity the employees of the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets do today.
Here are the lyrics to the opening of the song:
They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
These days my life, I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface
I hope these State employees find purpose along with the Shire Choir and support having the freedom to trade drugs like liquor, coffee, cannabis or whatever else an individual decides to put into his or her body. I’m not much of a drinker but if someone wants to drink responsibly then I have no problem with their choice. The same goes for cannabis consumption which has been found to be far less harmful than alcohol consumption.
The puzzle is why does the State lock up one type of drug dealer, as they allege Beau Davis to be, while the New Hampshire Liquor Commission employs others? Some tell me it’s because the State brings in over 1/2 a billion dollars. But if this money is spent to lock up peaceful people, like cannabis merchants and consumers, then what is the point?