Juror: Ademo & Pete “Would Be In Jail If It Weren’t For The Video”

GREENFIELD, MA – A war against cameras is being waged everywhere there are unaccountable governments. On one side you have the public “servants” and law enforcers who like to film others but don’t want to be filmed. On the other side you have those who want government to be more transparent, especially in areas of justice where they enjoy monopoly privileges.

At first the jury for the State v. Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman had four people who were ready to vote “GUILTY” for their use of cameras inside a government building to record government employees (law enforcers). The other two jurors were not and, at least in the case of Darcy Merchant, were willing to sit there all day until the Jury declared Pete & Ademo “NOT GUILTY.” We were fortunate that Darcy agreed to speak with us for the following episode of Talley.TV:

Pete & Ademo had a lot of support. From the internet and the hundreds watching the live stream to the over fifty individuals who traveled to Greenfield to witness their trial. Other supporters were from the local community. But the most important supporter had never met Pete or Ademo before the State brought them together. Darcy Merchant essentially “Cop Blocked” from inside the jury room. This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Darcy. The weekend after the trial, Ademo had the random opportunity to meet up with Darcy in Keene, New Hampshire where they played cards.

Thanks to Jason Repsher and Hannah Hoffman helping to solicit jurors and ask questions. Thanks to the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund for paying the “$20 for 5 minutes” we offer the jurors.

You can read a transcript of the interview at Talley.TV but I’ll leave you with the following from Darcy:

Merchant: I didn’t believe that just because I hear a recording that – I didn’t know where it came from – I mean, honestly, I don’t know if you got to the police station and they recorded you because they were pissed at you. Just because you have a badge doesn’t mean I believe what you have to say.

You can learn plenty more about this case at CopBlock.org/Greenfield or Pete’s recent blog post with footage from the trial thanks to Beau Davis of Liberty on Tour.

I hope to speak with more jurors like Darcy Merchant or Juror Jim who spoke to Ian. If you were a juror and would like to discuss your experiences please contact me at [678] TALLEYTV or talleytv@gmail.com.

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41 Comments

  1. Great write-up, Jason! I got chills reading it. 🙂

  2. Anyone who tapes police and government officials is a friend of mine. This is truly the cutting edge of freedom, or what's left of it. The videos on Youtube of cops assaulting camera wielding citizens are numerous and graphic. Stay safe!

  3. If they hadn't videotaped while trying to bail out their criminal there wouldn't have been a case to begin with.

    So what exactly is the point of this entry, other than to give credit to the system for returning the video?

  4. Since I am apparently not the right kind of man to give raven-haired enchantress Hannah Hoffman goosebumps, I may as well take troll-boy "NGDGT" seriously, and answer his question: The point of this "entry", "NGDGT", is to communicate to the General Public, via the internet, *NEWS*…..You know, "news"???….Like newspapers, radio, TV, etc….???….***NEWS*** News, as in what's happening in the world???….(You can tell it's news, because under the date and byline at the top of this "page", there is a line which says: "Filed Under: News"…Some of the other categories include "copblock", "personal freedom", "police", and "politics". You can find these categories listed as active links listed as "categories" under the log-in, and FreeKeene banner…And, Mr. Fuck-face "NGDGT", if the Greenfield piggies hadn't thrown Ademo in a cage, this would never have been "news" in the first place….~tKoK……..

  5. Ademo and Pete deserved and got the support of many liberty activists. It made a huge difference. They are brave men.

    When the day comes and freedom is recognized and protected rather than stolen, the "radical" efforts of brave activists and sensible jurors will be seen as normal. Then everybody will claim they knew the earth wasn't flat.

    Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight. Thank you Adamo and Pete.

  6. And, thank you Bob Marley.

  7. NGDGT on Thu, 28th Jul 2011 5:01 am

    ——————————————————————————–

    If they hadn’t videotaped while trying to bail out their criminal there wouldn’t have been a case to begin with.

    So what exactly is the point of this entry, other than to give credit to the system for returning the video?

    ——————————————————————————–

    I'll see the King and Raise him

    'To report that the juror in the wiretapping trial used activist video as evidence against the lying cops and resultantly refused to convict the innocent activists just because the system wanted him to.'

    Really, Ng, you're losing your touch. Very little insult and no misdirection or deception. Are you coming over to the side of Good? We're over here waiting for you to be tolerant of your neighbors. Don't worry, we'll tolerate you equally in return!

  8. It's gone right over your head, Viper.

    One has to recognize the folly of the title, not surprising, given it was written/reproduced by a fool.

    To say the video is the reason the 2 are free is to completely ignore the fact that the videotaping is what caused the situation to come into existence in the first place.

    In a situation where a drunk driver just ran over children crossing the street and then crashed into a lamp post, it would be similar to saying "thanks to his drunkenness, the driver was unable to flee the scene"

  9. @ ng,

    Pete and Ademo WON because the cops were WRONG.

    Because the cops were on a power trip.

    Because the cops did a false arrest.

    The fact that they WON in court backs this up.

    Pete and Ademo are doing this for YTOU they are doing it so YOU don't get arrested for crap.

    So that YOU don't have to deal with power abusing cops/government.

    you said

    "To say the video is the reason the 2 are free is to completely ignore the fact that the videotaping is what caused the situation to come into existence in the first place "

    Seems like the jury/court decided the reason they were arrested is because the cops were wrong and infringed on their rights,and you were not there ng.

    Your post seems like its blindly against the freestaters to the extent that it hurts your own interests : do you want the police to infringe on people rights with out being challenged?

  10. NG,

    your statement here is right : “To say the video is the reason the 2 are free is to completely ignore the fact that the videotaping is what caused the situation to come into existence in the first place ”

    yea they got arrested for video taping . but that arrest was WRONGFUL.

    And it was proven in court.

    So basically it was PROVEN that he police over stepped their bounds so now maybe they won't over step their bounds WITH YOU.

    You can say thank you now.

  11. Getting arrest for bullshit is the POINT.

    Even the GOAL.

    Till they STOP arresting people for infringing on peoples rights.

    Otherwise they will arrest people for non crimes with impunity.

    Why do you complain about the police being called on their misdeeds?

    Do you,at some point in your life,WANT to be abused by the police?

    You are defending police misdeeds and complaining about a defender of your rights.

  12. HOT-DAMN. With back-up like "david-keene", you guys don't need me. I hereby annoint you, "david-keene", as the new *Resident Troll-slayer* of the FK blog. Now arise, and go forth to do battle with that misanthropic little turd known as "NGDGT"…..~tKoK.

  13. I'm not questioning whether or not the freehippies had justice on their side. I'm questioning the use of this particular title for this particular case. "Would Be In Jail If It Weren’t For The Video".

    But thanks for trying David, this is a much more reasoned reply than I'm used to seeing from you.

  14. There is nothing wrong with the title.

    Maybe one day there will be no need to film the "authorities" because they will behave,and that day will be the result of activism like this.

    Or maybe one day the "authorities" will be able to be filmed without the filmmakers getting crap ; also the result of activism like this.

  15. The title implies that they would be in jail if not for the video. Do you not recognize the illogic of such a statement?

  16. What he was saying is that if the video wasn't taken then the evidence of their innocents wouldn't be there either.

    And it's also true that they wouldn't have been arrested for videoing.

    Courts always trust the polices word hence they'd be in jail.

    I don't see illogic

  17. yea,

    They got arrested because of the video and they got exonerated because of the same video.

  18. And some may argue the reason he was arrested for the video is because it would exonerate him. : the video would show misdeeds so they want to stop it.

  19. I’m not questioning whether or not the freehippies had justice on their side. I’m questioning the use of this particular title for this particular case. “Would Be In Jail If It Weren’t For The Video”.

    NGDGT,

    I got the impression from the juror who was gracious enough to give an interview that his verdict was not so much steeped in "doing the right thing," but based in "look, right there you can tell that Adameo might have not had criminal intent."

    Of course I would like to think that criminal intent or otherwise, there was no crime… he seemed to hang his hat on the fact that there was a lot going on and that Adameo could have forgotten he was taping them.

  20. of course no crime was committed. No victims stepped forward, just bullies. If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    Videotaping, recording, photographing are not crimes, because no one is harmed. Keeping up troll?

  21. 'No victim no crime' is a primitive philosophy. It is a sign that you are unable to recognize behavior that leads to harm, instead you wait till harm is caused before realizing that the behavior should have been stopped. There's a reason why no legal system in the civilized world is governed by this 'no victim no crime' philosophy.

    For the video,

    Brad, the series of events that took place are as follows:

    1) freehippies go to bail out their criminal

    2) freehippies start video taping

    3) freehippies make a fuss about not wanting to put cameras away

    4) freehippies leave the room to talk to the cop outside

    5) freehippie transmits audio

    6) audio gets published

    7) freehippies get charged with wiretapping

    8) freehippies go to trial

    9) jurors see video

    10) freehippies found not guilty.

    We have to follow the series of events from the top, because time moves forward. So if you do that, you'll notice that if event 2 had not taken place, event 3 through 10 would never have had a chance to take place.

    Therein lies the folly of claiming they "Would Be In Jail If It Weren’t For The Video”.

    If it weren't for the video they would have left the facility with their criminal in tow, and that would have been the end of that chapter.

  22. The pinko sadist is developing a nervous tick, since his favorite rape-room-stuffers have lost at their own (court) game. Hahaha

  23. AGAIN (NG),

    If it were not for the video the jury would have had to taken peoples' words and as the juror stated the cops words would have won the day..

    I said this earlier but you seem to have over looked it/ignored it .

    I guess you REALLY want to stick to your story.

    You ignore what shows your position's faults.

    here's mt numbered list

    1: if the cops hadn't made a false arrest none of your number list would be there and this thread wouldn't be there and the tax payers wouldn't have had to pay ?

    Your blind dislike of the freeestaters skews your view ,again, and it goes against your best interest in this case (again).

    I'm not going to waste my time trying to talk to you if you selectively ignore what undermines your arguments

  24. There was a trial.

    They won the trial.

    Winning the trial,especially in the establishments eyes, invalidates,discounts,disqualifies, and any other words you want to use ,the polices' actions.

    You seem to be one of those that won't acknowledge anything that proves your position wrong.

    Hence pretty soon I will decide to stop wasting my breath on you,because you are a unreasonable person.

  25. Go back and read what I've written David. Then learn to accept it when you're wrong.

  26. Ng,

    I read what you wrote the FIRST TIME you wrote it.

    You are the one who is missing thing it seems.

    I read what you wrote and you avoided the response.

    I responded to what you "wrote " 3 times and you avoided it 3 times.

  27. @NG<

    YOU are the one who is selectively reading/avoiding stuff that proves your position wrong.

    anyone with eyes can see that ,except you it seems.

    lol

  28. I believe I told my self I was done talking to you quite a while ago, now I'm remembering why.

    Now I know why.

    What a waste of breath It is. It's worse that a waste of breath.

    later

    Get a 3rd graders reading comprehension and get back to me

  29. Proves which position wrong? Please be clear David. You have a habit of being vague. This will not work.

    State your opinion clearly, use quotes, use reason, use unambiguous language. If you fail to do this, one might conclude that you're being vague on purpose. And there's only one reason to be vague on purpose – to squirm away from accountability.

  30. read what i wrote ..it was clear as day..except to your biased mind i guess..i ADDRESSED your view 7 times…REREAD (IT SEEMS YOU HAVEN'T READ ONCE YET)

  31. You've let yourself down David, even your fellow freehippies have abandoned you on this issue.

    Have the integrity to admit you were wrong when you know you are.

    Or make your case again, make it clear, make it concise. "read my last 7 blatherings" is unacceptable.

  32. ng,

    I tried to explain to your marble head that can't see 7 times

    ,I can't help it if you refused to see what a child could read.

    you are blinded by your biases and im not "with anyone" .

    later…read what i wrote next time ……….it stead of WASTING MY TIME…….stupid me : I thought you could be reasoned with

  33. You're not even fooling yourself David.

    You expect me to scroll up and read all your nonsense and try to piece together your argument for you? That's your job.

    Make your case again if you believe you have one. If you know you can't, then just repeat your " read my previous 7 … blah blah blah…" piece. You'll still look like a fool, but at least I'll know you want to be left alone.

  34. @ng,

    You are waste of time and you haven't any reading comprehension.

    AGAIN (i say AGAIN A LOT with you)

    Stupid me : i thought i was dealing with someone who could be reasoned with and read and could comprehend.

  35. @ng,

    Yes what i said was "nonsence".

    AGAIN(AGAIN).

    stupid me : I thought you were reasonable and had reading comprehension.

    Or at least read.

    I should have learned from engaging with you before, but then one hopes people can see reason.

    later.

    You are like a scientist who refuses to entertain anything that might prove his pet theory wrong.

    You are not reasonable

  36. Got it, David. You shall be left alone until such time as you explicitly state that you wish to be engaged again.

  37. It probably wo't happen seeing as you don't entertain ideas that go against yours ie "unreasonable".

  38. NG SAID "You expect me to scroll up and read all your nonsense and try to piece together your argument for you? That’s your job. "

    I did it ;explanations that were one sentence long.

    Your narrow minded and closed minded.

    I was patient with you.

    As i would be with a child,and simple explanations and repeated,as i would be with a child.

    You don't want to acknowledge anything that proves your position faulty.

    I was going to use the word "argument" instead of "position" but you have no "argument".

    Moving on to reasonable people.

    I guess you are the DEFINITION of a "troll".

    by

  39. "2) freehippies start video taping

    3) freehippies make a fuss about not wanting to put cameras away

    4) freehippies leave the room to talk to the cop outside

    5) freehippie transmits audio

    6) audio gets published

    7) freehippies get charged with wiretapping

    8) freehippies go to trial

    9) jurors see video

    10) freehippies found not guilty.

    We have to follow the series of events from the top, because time moves forward. So if you do that, you’ll notice that if event 2 had not taken place, event 3 through 10 would never have had a chance to take place.

    Therein lies the folly of claiming they “Would Be In Jail If It Weren’t For The Video”."

    It's not actually a folly, it's a pretty effective strategy. First of all, if you can't record in the courtroom, then the move towards secret trials is one step closer. Either way, FK thinks they have a right to be the press there. I sympathize with that, and you don't, which is why I don't respect your opinion (and maybe why you don't respect mine.)

    Opinions aside, you seem to be implying that if they hadn't taped, they wouldn't have been in trouble in the first place, so taping was pointless in the first place. WRONG. The point of taping was to re-establish the freedom to tape, and it ALSO demonstrates that taping CAN HELP if you are charged with something.

    If you can help yourself by taping when you're in trouble FOR taping, you can certain help yourself by taping when you're in trouble for other things. That's a pretty obvious point, which shouldn't have to be explained to anyone with sense, but the point of trolling is usually to pretend you don't know any better, right? You've done a great job there, I was almost convinced you don't know anything at all.

  40. My favorite part of this whole event: Not only did a juror go to bat for our boys and flip the rest of the jurors, but he wanted a t-shirt.

    You know the message resonates when those deciding whether or not you go to jail want to promote what you're doing. Getting the word out and winning hearts and minds is what it's all about.

  41. "You know the message resonates when those deciding whether or not you go to jail want to promote what you’re doing. Getting the word out and winning hearts and minds is what it’s all about."

    It's sad that some of the people here don't HAVE hearts or minds to be won, but it's nice to know that they're the exception, and that some of the people who DO have them are already in a position to change things (or just walk away from the system,) rather than simply fanning a personal grudge ad infinitum. I too am glad that there are guards and other pseudo-authorities willing to admit that yes, the already corrupt system has gone much too far.

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