Corruption Rises to the Top

On April 14th 2009, I was filming in the second floor lobby of Keene City hall. According to an unsigned document on the wall filming is prohibited. I was arrested and cuffed over a silver bracelet seen in the background of the video.

I dropped to the floor and as they dragged me around the bracelet was cutting into my wrist causing excruciating pain. Eli Rivera, now running for sheriff, found this rather amusing. This video depicts the events that happened before my camera was turned off.

A few months later Activist Kurt Hoffman was taken to the same back room where according to Rivera, he fell while trying to escape. No felony escape charges were ever filed, and according to Hoffman and a witness, Rivera tackled him, putting Hoffman in a wheelchair for several weeks.

Please share this video, include it in your videos, and use it to show people the kinds of sociopaths attracted to power.

Credits:

Produced by – OTN Productions

Edited by – Sam Dodson

Narration – Zeus Legion

Update: I posted a question to the Eli Rivera for Sheriff’s discussion page, and something interesting happened. “Silent Nation” one of the trolls identified himself as Matt Sorenson. Here are a couple of his comments:

Then later he changed his comment. This all happened around 2am, so I’m guessing Matt came back from a bar wasted.

Eli has since deleted his facebook discussion page. I guess he wasn’t all that interested in talking over issues with his constituents.


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316 Comments

  1. "A few accidents over time doesn’t an abusive relationship make."

    That is an *extremely* disturbing sentiment, Ian.

    "Just because he hit her a few times doesn't mean he abused her…she probably deserved it"

    " Meg and Sam agreed to remove their post-relationship back-and-forth from this site, and you keep bringing it up."

    Because if people like Sam are trying to override the way our town works, I want to know what type of behaviors they believe are acceptable.

  2. Now you're just making things up and quoting things he never said. That seems a bit disingenous, perhaps even delusional. That you have made these claims without any evidence to support them also seems a bit odd. In that light, I have to doubt the veracity of your claims and question the purpose of making them now, in a post that clearly provides evidence of inappropriate,violent behavior on the part of an Officer of The Law. With two solid claims and video/audio evidence, I'm not sure how these rumors you cling to are anywhere in the same ballpark.

    In the past, I have encouraged Meg to take up video podcasting. If she had anything to say about your accusations, she has multiple forums for doing so. If the alleged victim has made no such clams, to me or publicly, and all I have is your word, I think I'd prefer to rely on the side of caution.

    Because if people like Sam are trying to override the way our town works, I want to know what type of behaviors they believe are acceptable.

    Well, considering "your" town tends to work via the threat of violence and coercion, I think you'd be all for someone like Eli Rivera. Maybe you're making these accusations because you want Sam to be as violent as you claim? Then he'd be right up your alley.

    Zeus,
    Do you accept sam’s excuse or are you defending it? That would raise questions for me about your credibility.

    I accept whatever Meg has to say to me on the subject. Not wild claims with zero evidence to back them up, particularly claims coming from supporters of a maniac like Rivera.

  3. "Now you’re just making things up and quoting things he never said."

    Nope, he definitely said "you know you bumped my elbow with your eye."

    "In the past, I have encouraged Meg to take up video podcasting. If she had anything to say about your accusations, she has multiple forums for doing so. If the alleged victim has made no such clams, to me or publicly, and all I have is your word, I think I’d prefer to rely on the side of caution."

    She *did* make them publicly, on this blog, and they were removed. Many people saw them. Maybe she's scared to bring them up again. Dealing with physical and emotional abuse is usually something people don't want to talk about too much…but that doesn't mean Sam's true nature shouldn't be exposed.

  4. I'm not defending sam, and neither is zeus. I don't know what happened. Perhaps whatever happened was truly an accident, as he says it was, perhaps not. There's no evidence one way or another, so it's irresponsible to speculate. If there is in fact a problem here, I encourage meg to come forward, and seek restitution. If sam was in any way abusive, he needs to be held accountable. If he wasn't, he needs to stop being harassed.

    Again, Kurt Hoffman was tackled by rivera while handcuffed to a chair, in his custody, causing neck injuries, and confining him to a wheelchair for weeks. This is not speculation, this is fact. There are a number of other well documented cases of abuse.

    And the lot of you bootlickers would rather divert attention than hold this thug accountable for his actions. Apparently when you put on a funny blue outfit with a hunk of metal standards for decent human behavior no longer apply. It's really sickening.

  5. "And the lot of you bootlickers would rather divert attention than hold this thug accountable for his actions. Apparently when you put on a funny blue outfit with a hunk of metal standards for decent behavior no longer apply."

    I have neither defended nor condemned Rivera's behavior when it comes to Kurt…but if we apply *Ian's* logic when dealing with Sam, “A few accidents over time doesn’t an abusive relationship make.”

  6. good point ian. i think we should focus on how a grown-man felt it necessary to fling himself to the floor crying when handcuffed. then another felt like laughing at him. it actually really relates to a lot of real world news right now about bullying. and i know this is not popular opinion here, i think it was unnecessary for sam to have reacted the way he did.

  7. And, yes, I would rather focus on Sam's abusive behavior than on this silly video he posted where he acts like a toddler.

  8. Exactly, Max

  9. No Susan, it's not. When you are in close proximity to another human being, accidents are bound to happen.

    I hate it when they do, and I always feel like a klutz and am sorry I can't feel the pain that I accidentally caused my partner, because I'm the one who deserved it.

    Once I accidentally pinched my former girlfriend's fingers when I rolled up a car window without paying attention to where her hands were. I also hurt her when we were laying down – I think that one might have been an elbow to the head.

    She also accidentally hurt me a few times. That doesn't mean I was abused by her or she me. Abuse is intentional.

  10. I cannot *believe* you are defending Sam's excuse, Ian…I know you read the blog where Meg made the accusations and saw, as plain as I did, how much of a BS excuse that was.

    The next time you 'accidently elbow' someone when you just *happen* to be fighting with them so hard that they get a black eye, you let me know.

  11. I bet your girlfriend wouldn't accuse you of rolling the window up on her fingers on purpose, Meg *did* accuse Sam of hitting her.

    And we haven't even started talking about the emotional abuse…

  12. Where again is your outcry for the abuse that Kurt Hoffmann was subjected to by Eli Rivera? Or is that something you prefer to avoid discussing because you support him and his behavior?

  13. ian, i'm giving you a chance to not get sucked into the sam the abuser debate. let's step away together 🙂

  14. "Where again is your outcry for the abuse that Kurt Hoffmann was subjected to by Eli Rivera? Or is that something you prefer to avoid discussing because you support him and his behavior?"

    Where again is your outcry for the abuse that Meg was subjected to by Sam Dodson? Or is that something you prefer to avoid discussing because you support him and his behavior?

  15. zeus, i don't know enough about that incident to have outcry.

  16. I can't believe you won't just post under your real name, "Susan".

    I won't claim their relationship didn't have problems, but unlike you, I LIVE WITH MEG. So please don't act like I'm one-sided and biased toward Sam.

  17. I don't know what you mean by the name accusation, Ian. Even if this weren't my real name, why does it matter who is calling Sam out on these things?

    Exactly, you live with Meg, which is why I can't believe you are defending Sam's behavior.

  18. Paul, I am not bootlicker.

    Ian, your defense of Sam is quite disturbing indeed.

    Zeus, no one is making anything up, they read what was on this blog.

    The cream rises to the top, but so does the scum. I think Rivera is probably a scumbag, but you guys are proving to be as well.

  19. Well put, Sarah.

  20. sarah, i have to agree wholeheartedly.

  21. Susan,

    I won't defend Sam for getting angry. I would not defend Sam if I believed he did harm to Meg on purpose.

    Meg has given me no reason to not have Sam as my friend. I think she still cares about him and knows they both made mistakes toward the end of their relationship.

    She and he both decided to remove their spat from public view – too bad you won't respect her choice, "Susan".

    I suppose "Susan" could be your middle name…

  22. I have neither defended nor condemned Rivera’s behavior when it comes to Kurt

    Yet you are quite ready to condemn sam based on no evidence, and no statement from the victim that abuse occurred — both of which exist in Rivera's case. Hmmmm….

    but if we apply *Ian’s* logic when dealing with Sam, “A few accidents over time doesn’t an abusive relationship make.”

    Does Eli claim his treatment of Kurt was an accident? I haven't heard that. What, he accidentally knocked his chair over? That's not Kurt's account of the matter — but even if it were so, Eli would owe Kurt restitution for damages.

    i think we should focus on how a grown-man felt it necessary to fling himself to the floor crying when handcuffed.

    Going limp during an immoral/illegal arrest is standard for civil disobedience.

    My question is why Eli felt a need to kidnap, abuse, and cage a person for filming in public on public property as is his right.

    i think it was unnecessary for sam to have reacted the way he did.

    What was unnecessary was for Eli to kidnap and cage a man for filming in public. The further physical abuse is just an added bonus when it comes to this sicko's behavior.

  23. Zeus, no one is making anything up, they read what was on this blog.

    I have only your word for that and you're a complete stranger. Why should I believe you over Sam or Meg?

    Where again is your outcry for the abuse that Meg was subjected to by Sam Dodson? Or is that something you prefer to avoid discussing because you support him and his behavior?

    I'll have my outcry when the alleged victim emails me and tells me such a thing is true, not when a bunch of Rivera's supporters — seeking to negate the impact of hard evidence against his inappropriate behavior — rattle off a bunch of stuff with nothing to back it up.

    Just as Rivera claimed Kurt "tripped and fell while escaping", I'm more inclined to believe Kurt's recounting of the incident and his claim of "Rivera threw me into the wall".

  24. Sorry, Ian, I'm not going to let someone I believe is a bad person go unnoticed….just as you and Sam don't want to go Rivera go unnoticed.

    It's pretty ironic how willing you guys are to totally attack Rivera's character, but when one of your own's character is brought in to question, you immediately blindly defend it.

    Sounds pretty much what you are accusing me and others of doing when it comes to Rivera.

    And I don't know why you are clinging to this name thing….I don't know who you think I am. It seems like some sort of desperate attempt to divert the attention from what I'm saying.

  25. but you guys are proving to be as well.

    Why so? I'm quite willing to hold sam accountable. I'd already lost some respect for him based on his anger and aggressive attitude during the cup incident. If meg says sam abused her I would lose a huge amount of respect for him, and demand that he make restitution to her for damages caused.

    There's just nothing to go on at this time. If meg wants to make a statement on this, that's her decision. As it is, there's no evidence, and she seems to want to let it go, so I've got to respect her wishes.

  26. paul, going limp is a form of civil disobedience. crying on the ground in an overreaction is not, it is a spectacle.

  27. "If meg says sam abused her I would lose a huge amount of respect for him, and demand that he make restitution to her for damages caused."

    You obviously didn't read her do just that on this blog as I, and many others did.

  28. "paul, going limp is a form of civil disobedience. crying on the ground in an overreaction is not, it is a spectacle."

    Agreed.

  29. paul, "restitution for damages caused"

    how exactly would that happen?

  30. paul, going limp is a form of civil disobedience. crying on the ground in an overreaction is not, it is a spectacle.

    Oh, so you were there? What role did you play in the incident? AFAIK, only Rivera and maybe a few other court personnel were back there with him.

    And if he was crying, that and the SCREAMING IN PAIN should have been Rivera's first clues that maybe something wasn't quite right with the health and care of the person in his custody and should have investigated further instead of taunting and laughing at him?

    Maybe a little "Oh, hey there Sam. It appears I've locked these cuffs over a bracelet that has punctured your flesh and is causing excruciating pain. Let me loosen that up for you."?

    That'd be a far cry better than laughing, jerking his wrist and saying "Louder! Louder!" like some kind of sadist.

  31. zeus, we're you there?

  32. If Sam was in so much pain, he could have stood up, like a big boy, and made the pain go away.

    It's called reaction to stimuli…even single celled organisms do it.

  33. "Susan",

    Considering I let Meg stay in my home, that should speak volumes about the level of respect I have for her. I have talked with Sam about his anger.

    You claim I blindly defend Sam, but you clearly aren't reading what I write.

    Both Meg and Sam are my friends, but if Meg were to make accusations against Sam, I would take those very seriously. She has the power to turn many people against Sam. That she does not exercise that option and instead chose to retract her post from a couple of months ago should be a clue to let this issue alone, yet you continue to harp on it. Sometimes people overreact and exaggerate when they are going through a messy breakup.

  34. Obscured Truth Network. Why is it people always name things so obviously about themselves? Hide something out in plain sight, I guess.

  35. "Ian"

    "Both Meg and Sam are my friends, but if Meg were to make accusations against Sam, I would take those very seriously. She has the power to turn many people against Sam. That she does not exercise that option and instead chose to retract her post from a couple of months ago should be a clue to let this issue alone, yet you continue to harp on it. Sometimes people overreact and exaggerate when they are going through a messy breakup."

    She *did* make accusations. Just because she chose to have them removed from a public forum doesn't mean she retracted them….so until Meg comes on here and says that Sam never abused her in any way, I will continue to believe the only evidence she has ever provided.

    And hitting someone, or emotionally abusing them is not an appropriate way to 'overreact when going through a messy break up.'

  36. so ian, you're saying meg overreacted and exagerated? that's a pretty heavy statement, are you sure you want to go there?

  37. It should be called The Tangled Web Network.

  38. You guys are too much really. Susan, how's school down in Mass?

    There are a few things worth noting.

    1)Anonymous Cowards – I've posted these things publicly with my name attached. Susan, sarah, lolly and others are making accusations somewhat anonymously from the internet without a single fact backing up their claims. They all lack the courage to stand behind their accusations.

    2) They have to distort the truth in order to justify their viewpoint.

    i think we should focus on how a grown-man felt it necessary to fling himself to the floor crying when handcuffed.

    This is a misrepresentation of the truth. I was handcuffed after I dropped to the floor. I didn't make a sound until they handcuffed me over the braclet and started dragging me around causing immense pain.

    Look back through the comments. One of the says the lie, and then they all jump on it and expand it. Sad how unable these people are to think for themselves.

    3) They Deny Reality – I quoted "Susan's" own post above, where she says she "I’m less inclined to be nice to someone who I know abused their girlfriend " in post #51, I called her on it in post #68, and she denys saying it in post #69.

    These people are dishonest, and unable to back up any of their claims.

    4) Make shit up – In Post #101 Susan quotes Ian on something he never said:

    That is an *extremely* disturbing sentiment, Ian.

    “Just because he hit her a few times doesn’t mean he abused her…she probably deserved it”

    This is a shallow attempt to put out lies in order to put the idea in peoples head and skew the argument. It's dishonest and lacks integrity.

    4) Avoid Addressing the Issue – Not one of them has addressed any of the facts (how can you when you have to twist them to justify one's position), related to Rivera's behavior. They have no interest in the truth.

    They simply fear our ideas and message, so the only option for them is to attack the messenger. There's no debating someone who engages in self defeating arguments.

    Good news – The viewers of Cheshire TV will get to decide for themselves over the next several days as they watch the video for themselves.

  39. And hitting someone, or emotionally abusing them is not an appropriate way to 'overreact when going through a messy break up.'

    You mean like when an Officer of The Law says "He tripped and fell while escaping." when his prisoner's neck is nearly broken, he suffers nerve damage and is put in a wheelchair for a number of weeks?

  40. This all sounds to me like circling the wagons and damage control.

  41. I agree. michael. The above video is very damaging to Rivera's attempt at gaining more abusive power and so his supporters have come to try and turn the tables in an attempt at damage control. Only they lack any evidence to back up their claims whereas Rivera's behavior is a part of the public record.

  42. sam. i'm sorry. i shouldn't have said that about you flinging yourself to the floor "after" you were handcuffed. i still think you overreacted. a lot. and i am using my real name after lolly, so does that make you more comfortable?

  43. You obviously didn’t read her do just that on this blog as I, and many others did.

    I read the conversation you're speaking of, and she didn't accuse sam of abuse, or hitting her intentionally.

    She apparently wants to let whatever occurred go, and I'm going to respect her wishes. My respect for sam has taken a bit of a ding over this as well … but I'm not going to accuse him of abuse, because that would be irresponsible based on meg's statements, and the lack of evidence.

    If Sam was in so much pain, he could have stood up, like a big boy, and made the pain go away.

    Now that's blatently defending abuse.

    I think Rivera is probably a scumbag

    The fact that you're willing to recognize this Sarah, increases your credibility as far as I'm concerned greatly … unlike Susan, who apparently defends blatant abuse as long as the perpetrator is wearing blue.

  44. No Max, I'm suggesting they both overreacted and exaggerated during their breakup. I suspect the both did things they regret, from what I've heard. I'll not mention details, as it's none of your business.

  45. "You guys are too much really. Susan, how’s school down in Mass?"

    What on earth are you talking about? I live in New Hampshire, thank you….?

    "1)Anonymous Cowards – I’ve posted these things publicly with my name attached. Susan, sarah, lolly and others are making accusations somewhat anonymously from the internet without a single fact backing up their claims. They all lack the courage to stand behind their accusations."

    I don't get how anonymity makes our claims any less valid. We have all stated that we do not know if any of this is fact, but that we are making up our minds based on what we have read in the past.

    "3) They Deny Reality – I quoted “Susan’s” own post above, where she says she “I’m less inclined to be nice to someone who I know abused their girlfriend ” in post #51, I called her on it in post #68, and she denys saying it in post #69."

    Called me on what exactly?

    "4) Make shit up – In Post #101 Susan quotes Ian on something he never said:"

    I was interpreting it….he could have corrected me on it, he didn't. It's not my fault if his intentions are unclear.

    "4) Avoid Addressing the Issue – Not one of them has addressed any of the facts (how can you when you have to twist them to justify one’s position), related to Rivera’s behavior. They have no interest in the truth."

    I have interest in finding out the truth about this domestic abuse case you are involved in, but you don't seem interested in talking about it.

  46. zeus, i do not support rivera. i do not have a dual purpose with my words.

  47. Oh, and Zeus – I did have trouble breathing. I almost passed out 2 times when the bracelet got twisted and I was unable to adjust. I started involuntarily gasping for air and I could feel myself on the edge of passing out.

    When the cops took the cuffs off in the booking room floor a couple of them were a bit shocked at seeing the hamburger meat they had made of my wrist. (the one without the bracelet was fine) One of them said "is that blood?"

    There was also a laceration on my back from the bracelet catching my skin and cutting into my back. KPD and the Jail refused to take photos, and the only ones I have are from 3 weeks later which still show the injuries.

    You can make jokes all you want. It shows the callousness of your character.

  48. And I haven't made a judgement one way or another as to Rivera's actions, only Sam's…so I don't see what you're accusing me of, either.

  49. I have been to the OTN website and see the rates Sam charges for his production services. They seem very reasonable. I would like to hire your company for some video work. Can I have your NH Business ID and/or Federal Tax ID to verify you can legally work in the State of New Hampshire? Thank you.

  50. sam. i’m sorry. i shouldn’t have said that about you flinging yourself to the floor “after” you were handcuffed.

    That increases your credibility as well.

    i still think you overreacted. a lot.

    Don't you think that depends on how much pain he was really in?

    and i am using my real name after lolly, so does that make you more comfortable?

    It never was a big deal to me whether people use their real names or not … but it seems to matter to some folks.

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