Keene Sends Message to Thugs: “Keep it Up!”

The following is Rich Paul’s letter to the Keene City Council, as recorded and transcribed by Derrick J Freeman:

When two groups of bullies attacked artists on consecutive days on The Common this month, the Keene City Government sent them a firm message: “Keep it up! We have your back.” How else can we interpret the facts?

In the first attack, four men, all of whom are employed by the Pour House or Pedraza’s, attacked my friend Andy from behind. I dropped my camera and phone, picked up the camera monopod, and drove three of them off. One Pour House employee was able to steal my camera and phone but serious violence was averted.

The City’s response was swift and sure: they arrested me two days later for being a felon in possession of a stick. They have not taken any action against the rioters and thieves. The video of this incident can be found on YouTube, and the thief, first name Terry, bragged of his theft (of the camera) on Twitter.

In the second incident, nobody was fast enough to protect the artist from serious harm, and therefore no arrests have been made. However, City Councilor Filiault is still willing to take the bold step of protecting violent thugs against offensive smiley faces and peace signs by outlawing sidewalk art. His message to bullies: “Hurt people, and we’ll give people what they want.” Perhaps a better solution would be to hold Dorrie O’Meara, who employs all 5 of the attackers, accountable for what her employees do while on the clock.

But then who would protect the bullies?

Richard Paul
C/O Cheshire County D.O.C.
825 Marlboro Road
Keene, NH 03431

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  1. You people must realize that the Keene City Council could care less what a convicted criminal and current inmate thinks about anything, right? The next stop for this guy is state prison.

  2. The bullies remind me of Venezuela’s motorcycle gang “collectivos.” They use violence to support the state too. Brandishing firearms, threats and public gang beatings are typical “collectivo” tactics. Don’t stop recording.

  3. This is an excellent example of selective law enforcement, and how the state is always going to be biased in favor of its own expansion.

  4. Big talk from the inside of a jail cell. I wonder how big he’s going to talk once the state sends his ass to prison? He will have lots of new friends to play with there.

  5. no one cares what a convict thinks.

  6. Every prosecution is an example of selective law enforcement.

  7. And every post of yours is an example of textbook douchebaggery.

  8. I guess I was wrong in thinking you had never read a textbook.

  9. And every violation of the law is an example of mental illness, juvenile behavior, recklessness, alcohol/drug abuse … or all of the above.

  10. If that’s true, then I’m sure you’ll be happy to share with us the evidence you have that supports that remarkable assertion.

  11. Do you always cry like a bitch… better man up if ur in jail… that bitch act will only get you a date…. aaaaaahahahhahahaaaaa

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