Union Leader Reports on Robin Hooders Being Sued by “City of Keene”

robinThe Union Leader’s Megan Pierce covers the news about Robin Hooders being sued by the people calling themselves the “City of Keene”. Naturally, the commenters support the Robin Hooders.

KEENE – The city has filed a lawsuit against six citizens, part of a group dubbed Robin Hood of Keene that patrols downtown armed with video cameras and pockets full of change to fill expired parking meters.

Also known as Robin Hooders, the six are associated with the Free Keene group.

“They say video recording or talking to them is harassing them, but I don’t agree with that,” “Robin Hooder” James Cleaveland said of parking enforcement officers. “So they want to establish a safety zone of fifty feet.”

Members of the group place cards under windshield wipers that read, “Your meter expired; however, we saved you from the king’s tariffs, Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward,” and includes an address where donations can be sent.

The group says the suit was filed because the city is losing revenue from parking tickets. The city says the activists are harassing its employees.

In the case filed May 2, the city asks the court to prohibit residents Kate Ager, Ian Bernard aka Ian Freeman, James Cleaveland, Graham Colson, Garrett Ean and Peter Eyre from coming within 50 feet of the city’s three parking enforcement officers “during the performance of their employment duties for the city.”

According to the suit, the residents “regularly, repeatedly and intentionally taunted, interfered with, harassed, and intimidated” the officers starting last December, “surrounding, touching or nearly touching, and otherwise taunting and harassing” the officers.

Cleaveland said the group has prevented the officers from issuing about 4,000 tickets.

In the filing, parking enforcement officer Linda Desruisseaux said, “Besides following me, crowding around me, making video recordings of my activities, and placing coins in expired meters to prevent me from writing tickets, these individuals repeatedly taunt and harass me, asking why I am stealing peoples’ money and telling me to get another job … In particular, Graham Colson likes to taunt me by saying, ‘Linda, guess what you’re not going to do today – write tickets.’ … The taunting and harassment tends to get worse when there is a group, as they try to one-up each other at my expense.”

The lawsuit does not deny group members’ right to videotape and takes no issue with them filling expired parking meters, but said there is a concern that the three parking enforcement officers will quit. The suit states the city would suffer financially from having to hire and train new employees, and might have difficulty filling the positions.

According to parking enforcement officer Alan E. Givetz in the suit, the “constant harassment” has made him “feel very stressed and anxious.”

“In addition, I have begun to suffer physical effects due to the stress, including coming home from work with a red face, feeling heart palpitations, and having dreams related to this activity.”

Cleaveland and Garrett said they were served with the suit Thursday and have 30 days to answer the complaint.

“I basically feel like it’s slander. I did not harass or intimidate anyone,” Garrett said.

Cleaveland said he speaks to the officers less than 90 percent of the time, and when he does, he is not harassing or intimidating.

He said the Robin Hooders try to be about 20 feet ahead of the officer, but the officers cross the street, zigzag, or hide behind buildings if they see a Robin Hooder.

“If they see us in front of them, they will try to alter their path,” Cleaveland said.

The two said the video recordings of their “Robin Hooding” will vindicate them in court.

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13 Comments

  1. Just how tax money should be used. To sue the citizens from protecting us from the government. Shouldnt we get to vote if we want these ciizens sued?

  2. “So they want to establish a safety zone of fifty feet.”

    You can not concede to the government their choice of words, especially not when the media put their megaphone up to your mouth. It’s not a “safety zone.” They want to restrict your freedom of movement inside of Keene without any actionable cause. Something like that.

    “Safety zone” is adeptly-chosen government propaganda and for you to repeat it to the media is to implicitly concede the government claim in front of the public that Robin Hooders present a threat to the safety of the parking enforcement people, and that’s simply false. You did yourself a disservice there.

    From afar I have noticed that the forces arrayed against you guys often convict people by association. Robin Hood is associated with Free Keene even according to this UL article and so, bam, all the people who have been put off by Free Keene now know to be equally put off by Robin Hood. You might want to look at putting more digital, if not real, space between these projects in the future so as to avoid this. One way to do that is to not host the project’s website at something.freekeene.com.

    You might want to post those videos that vindicate you together with this article because what the parking people say in the article is going to make readers feel sorry for them.

  3. 4000 tickets prevented.

    Thats what Robin Hoods are REALLY doing.

  4. Yet you have to be really careful because that did not come through at all in the UL article.

  5. You say that until your roads go into disrepair and then your taxes have t increase to make up for the revenue loss.

  6. Remember underage sex, drugs at the Keene Activist Center, you had really much fun the last time George

  7. Then donate you free fuck cheapskate

  8. How young was the youngest you banged at the Keen Activist Center George?

  9. Yes, We need more momey there stupid

  10. No one wants to take any freedom from you. You are all just whiny bitches who were made fun of in high school and like to make other people’s days miserable. You think the constitution is this horrible thing yet you have no problem “using your freedom of speech” get a job losers and do something productive

  11. did you guys not have friends in high school? you just love ruining peoples’ days huh? cause us normally functioning citizens are making substantial money and I have never felt infringed upon, or even spoken to a police officer in my lifetime, either the “big bad government” hasn’t found me yet or I just know how to be a productive member of this great country that allows you pricks to bitch and complain about what? parking tickets? get a job and shut the fuck up

  12. you fucking freekeene jabronies

  13. did you guys not have friends in high school cause it seems you just looove ruining peoples’ days huh? cause us normally functioning citizens are out there making substantial money and loving all the opportunity America has to offer. And yet I have never felt infringed upon, or even spoken to a police officer in my lifetime for that matter, so either “big bad government” hasn’t found me yet or I just know how to be a productive member of this great fucking country that allows you pricks to bitch and complain about what? parking tickets? get a job and shut the fuck up. America motherfuckers

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