An Eyewitness Reports on Keene Sentinel’s “Lazy Reporting” of KPD’s Assault on Derrick

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.
  • Also, Moore shoved his nightstick in Derrick’s moving rear wheel, breaking and bending his spokes and causing Derrick to fall off.
  • The Sentinel doesn’t mention the way Moore treated Derrick once he was on the ground, or even Moore and others officers refusal to answer questions regrading Derrick’s arrest.

There you go Sentinel, I fixed it.

What I want to know is: where did the reporters over at the Sentinel get their information from – the police reports? What about the coverage this story has gotten on at least 3 websites, including LadiesInKeene,CopBlock, and FreeKeene? All the information above has been on one, or all of these sites.

Was it just simple laziness on the part of the Sentinel reporters, or is the Sentinel, like the rest of the Main Stream Media, just another mouthpiece for the State?

Cecelia’s eyewitness video is featured in multiangle report edited by Beau for Fr33Agents.TV below. In the video you can hear Cecelia ask Officer Moore: “Why are you using violence, sir.”

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26 Comments

  1. What motive does the Sentinel have to misrepresent this? Why would they go into detail about the warrant absent that being true?

    If anyone's lying here, I assume it's the same people who lie about police brutality and use fake names.

  2. Did it ever occur to you the story was a "blurb" because neither the folks at the Sentinel give a shit about anyone with FreeKeene….knowing their readership feels the same way? What is that called again in the Shire Forum….B-Roll? lol

    This isn't the story of the year; there are other more important matters in which for them to report on. They have a job to do; something you wouldn't know anything about.

    Lastly, the police don't have to answer any of the cackling hyena's questions. Unfortunately, one of them had a momentary lapse of judgement and tried to answer Adam O's questions, until he was promptly told to shut up by Adam O, to which he obliged. So there you have it. Why didn't you report on this Talley TV? I thought you were big on facts?

    You just let the Sentinel report however they like, and they'll let you report however you like. I'm glad it drives you all nuts enough though to have to write your own story about someone else's story. LOL. Losers!

  3. x(

  4. And besides that ,,,,,,It happened on a SUNDAY!

  5. FreeKeeners need to quit with the silliness that Derrick didn't escalate this situation. Derrick chose to evade the police. As others have pointed out, he was simply be served with a redundant no trespass order. Derrick didn't know why he was being stopped, but made a conscious decision to make a spectacle of it and get put in a cage. Accomplishing nothing, but making the Free Keene movement look juvenile.

  6. I like the fact that, in adam's video, as the cop is pulling away, just before he yells 'fuck you!' at the cop, you can hear adam spit at the cop car. How come no one got THAT on video? But you can certainly hear it.

    What a total bunch of losers.

  7. I believe the witness in question is some dude that was there after the fact of the chase. He had rollerblades on being pulled by a dog.

    Anyway bottomline after all the muckedy muck is that;

    Police behind you with beacons flashing and sirens ringing, so you just pull over. There is no law of 1780 or whatever saying you may choose not to stop for a police officer because you "dont feel like it"..

    But thats only a bottomline, dont let that stop you freaks from arguing that you only have to stop if you feel it's legitament.

    Thats law… Up, down, sideways and diagnol. No ifs ands or buts!!!!!!!

  8. enslave,

    I don't find it surprising at all what happened to Derrick. If anyone does find it surprising, they're ignoring reality. If the police try to stop you and you don't stop, the police WILL stop you. That is how it goes. You just stop, or else.

    I'm going to be co-hosting Free Talk Live tonight and I look forward to hopefully debating this with Ian.

    I think Keene PD may be on shaky legal ground for using so much force to detain someone they had already served earlier in the day with the same paperwork. Also, I do not believe Terry v. Ohio allows for detaining someone to hand them paperwork in the first place.

    That said, I've pulled people over before (in their vehicles) to serve them with subpoenas or things like Officer Moore did. If they had failed to stop, I probably would have reacted the same way he did. Doesn't make it right or legal….. it is just a result of the training that police officers receive. Police are trained to escalate.

    Don't like the way Officer Moore reacted? Change police training. Until then, with all respect for my Keene based activist friends, I simply cannot support the notion or assertion that Officer Moore is a "meance to society." If he IS, then I surely WAS… and I would never have been turned on to the ideas of libertarianism if I was labeled like that.

    What upsets me the most about this is that it is distracting from things that really can be accomplished.

    Also, a good guy (who uses activism tactics I respectfully disagree with) is in jail.

  9. I said a falsehood…he didn't spit, my bad..

  10. "What upsets me the most about this is that it is distracting from things that really can be accomplished."

    pretty much how I feel about everything Free Keene does these days….

  11. Thats Tenney..he should be in jail …he's a corrupt motherfucker..

  12. pretty much how I feel about everything Free Keene does these days….

    This "activism" just handed Judge Burke a political win in the community where he presides.

    Judge Burke is no dummy, I think the man is quite intelligent. He is also a skilled politician.

  13. name on Mon, 2nd Apr 2012 10:43 am

    I said a falsehood…he didn’t spit, my bad..

    That was some other 'name' saying that I said a falsehood. I didn't. He did spit, just before he said 'fuck you' to the cop as the cop was leaving. Quite Rosa Parks/MLK/Gandhi/Aung San Suu Kyi like, IMHO.

    And by the way, othername, I never day 'my bad'. Dead giveaway

  14. And the plot thickens!

  15. Put him in prison where he belongs. Getting tired of the double standards and the lies that come out of their mouths with these clowns that claim to fight for freedom nonsense. Just admit it of being for the money because you certainly have proven it beyond a reasonable doubt. They don't give a spit for anyone but themselves.

  16. My take?

    Derrick J.= another ver nice guy trying hard to do what is right inthe world.

    Moore= another violent cop… nothing special. Just another system taking advantage of violent thug and his neighbors didlike him to an extreme degree because of his obviious little man with power issues syndrome, all too common with the police these days… and they wonder why so few have any genuine "respect" for them anymore..,. and they are the ones making it worse for everyone else… the beatings will continue until morale improves.

    Sentinel= does anyone still read that rag????

    I'm sure I'm far from alone.

  17. Brad

    In my earlier comment I stand by it, I feel your position is a little tilted. You are right about escalation and training. But the most important part of training of LEO’s, is lacking their oath of office. They (LEO’s) put their hand on a Bible swear to uphold the document (Constitutions) and most have not read the document nor understand them. That said. Derrick was traveling not driving. A world of difference, you and I know the difference. Traveling is an absolute right. Driving is a privilege. Officer Moore attempted to stop Derrick to hand him an illegal document or order. Derrick did not violate any law, he as anyone else has a right to travel unmolested by any government agent.

    I’ll posted part of the Miranda decision again to established no trespass orders are illegal and stopping Derrick is a blatant violation of the 4th. And Article 19.

    "Where rights secured by the Federal Constitution are involved, there can be no rule-making or legislation which would abrogate them." Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436 (1966) Understand????

    I watch many videos of Derrick, he has never shown any disrespect for anybody in the law enforcement community. He may have been assertive and a burr under the saddle. That’s activism and we all benefit.

    One of my pet peeves in life has been, police don’t know the difference between brutality and a reasonable amount of force to secure an arrest. Officer Moore used a reasonable amount of force. He was in control of himself, he had his nightstick in his hand and put away before going after Derrick.. These details are important.

  18. Harry on Mon, 2nd Apr 2012 4:01 pm

    “Where rights secured by the Federal Constitution are involved, there can be no rule-making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436 (1966) Understand????"

    —————————

    Where in the Constitution is the right to travel?

  19. Harry said:

    Brad

    In my earlier comment I stand by it, I feel your position is a little tilted. You are right about escalation and training. But the most important part of training of LEO’s, is lacking their oath of office. They (LEO’s) put their hand on a Bible swear to uphold the document (Constitutions) and most have not read the document nor understand them.

    That is ABSOLUTELY correct (minus the bible part, every time I've been sworn-in it has been in front of a town clerk)!

    I completely agree.

    The problem is, police officers are NOT taught the entire Constitution (either State or federal) at the police academy. This is not the individual officers fault.

    How can someone be expected to uphold a document that they know close to nothing about? The Academy teaches only basic Part I, Article 19, 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment jurisprudence.

    Before I left law enforcement back in 2010 I was very frustrated with individual officers for not knowing what either Constitution says. I feel like I was wrong for blaming the individual officer for this because this is the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council's fault.

    Having attended both New Hampshire police academies (full and part-time) I can assure you, they do NOT teach the entire document.

    Were I ever appointed to the Council in the future, my first proposal of a rule change would be to require the teaching of the entire document, including Part I, Article 10 and what obligations it puts on individual police officers who assert it, to each individual officer as a prerequisite of certification.

    How could I be appointed to the Council? Well, I believe quite a few people know I'm going to be announcing I'm running for High Sheriff somewhere in New Hampshire quite soon, and two Sheriffs serve on the Council. Maybe a Governor some day would support someone like me (who would advocate for the Constitution) actually be put in a position to get it taught to all new police officers.

    The People are supposed to make the rules, not politically popular police administrators/ attorneys who become judges.

    The government isn't supposed to operate this way.

    That said. Derrick was traveling not driving. A world of difference, you and I know the difference. Traveling is an absolute right. Driving is a privilege. Officer Moore attempted to stop Derrick to hand him an illegal document or order. Derrick did not violate any law, he as anyone else has a right to travel unmolested by any government agent.

    I understand your argument, I really do. The problem with it is that the main-legal-stream considers those arguments frivolous.

    I’ll posted part of the Miranda decision again to established no trespass orders are illegal and stopping Derrick is a blatant violation of the 4th. And Article 19.

    I think I agree with you there.

    I'm not sure a seizure can be considered reasonable under Terry v. Ohio if its purpose is to serve paperwork. That said, I've done it too… and I think I would have reacted as Officer Moore did. The problem isn't me or Officer Moore individually, it is how police are trained.

    We need to fix that.

    One of my pet peeves in life has been, police don’t know the difference between brutality and a reasonable amount of force to secure an arrest. Officer Moore used a reasonable amount of force. He was in control of himself, he had his nightstick in his hand and put away before going after Derrick.. These details are important.

    I agree, I don't believe it will be considered excessive force… For the aforementioned reasons.

  20. anonymous,

    The constitution doesn't list "our" rights. It restrains "their" delegated power. Therefore "the right to travel" need not be enumerated, it is inherent.

  21. Brad you might have been permanently turned off to the message of liberty had you been called a menace to society, but in every instance you committed aggression, you were in fact acting in a menacing manner. Your comment seems to imply that it doesn't follow that one is a menace because one would rather not consider it in that light. That is fallacious. Calling a spade a spade may be counter-effective and impractical, but the object is no less a spade. Also I consider "menace to society" charged language but it is no less true in this context.

  22. Hey Ryan,

    I need to pick someone up at the Manchester Airport. Do you know if there are any free parking places around there?

  23. Anonymous, Bob and Brad and others.

    When you repeat ’swear’ it is reference the Bible or other deity. If a person is an Atheist or doesn’t believe in a supreme being, person will not swear. In NH people are mistaken about Oath of Office. Uphold etc. are not used. ‘I will bear faith and true allegiance to United States of America and the state of New Hampshire, and will support the constitution thereof. ‘So help me God‘. This is an oath upon a Bible or deity. A military oath is to defend the constitution, the new emperor wanted to change it to ‘defend the president’. Bottom line, if a cop takes this oath and doesn’t know or understand our state and federal constitutions. Is that cop a liar? Is that cop disrespectful to deity? Did the cop commit perjury? Bill of Rights were written for people without an education to understand. This is the reason intellectuals can’t understand the Bill of Rights. Enough

    Stated ‘I’ve done the same myself’. We all make mistakes in life. To correct one self actions is O.K. I try to put myself in Moore’s shoes. First I must ask, are my actions legal? If Derrick didn’t stop so what. If I got to knocking him/off the bicycle, I’d picked him up hand him the paper work, gone on my way. That’s the old days.

    Bob, I most always agree with you. People have to start waking up, you make some good contributions. Maybe help me out with explanations to Anonymous. Anonymous and others, stop and think where does your right to travel come from, like from one state to another. This God given right to travel by any means, same as other God given Rights, freedom, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom to defend one’s self, family and property. The list goes on and on. The right to travel is enumerated in Article 4, Section 2. Privileges ‘to’ citizens (pay attention to “to”) Privileges and Immunities Clause. The 14th. Amendment. This is very controversial law regarding sovereign versus citizen. The 14th. Section 1 ‘No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States‘. Pay attention again, Article 4 Sec. 2 uses ’and’ the !4th. Uses ’or’ this is monstrous differences and meaning. To interpret these clauses in short you can’t be require to have a license to travel, earn a livelihood. These clauses prohibit the Bar from licensing their profession. Yes, if you are traveling you can’t be require to have a drivers license. Only a commercial endeavor can require a license. Anonymous and others I’m not capable of explaining it all, lengthy. Search privileges AND immunities and privileges OR immunities. Also note ’United States’, is referring to US INC.

    http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/DLbrief.shtml I have other links, can’t find them. This good for starters

    Bob if I left out important material, help[ me out. Anonymous I hope I satisfy your query.

    Brad keep up the good work.

  24. Harry, TL;TI;DR.

  25. Greetings; I made a misstatement regarding the Bar. The Bar card cannot be a license, for only governments can issue a license. The Bar is an alien, foreign entity (union) owned and operated by the Crown.

  26. Harry is an alien.

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