Massive Black Lives Matter Protest in Keene Rivals Manchester’s Turnout

Massive crowd watching speakers at BLM event in Keene.

Massive crowd watching speakers at BLM event in Keene.

Finally, average people are showing concern for police violence! It only took thousands of innocent bodies piled up over many years and countless millions of peaceful people arrested for victimless crimes before enough people got mad enough to do something. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops who brazenly choked him to death for several minutes while being recorded on video as Floyd tried to plead with the gang of killers and alert them that he could not breathe.

Floyd’s death wasn’t the first such death at the hands of police across the United States.

However, what happened to Floyd was the spark that lit a flame – literally, with large numbers of people coming out from their homes to join in protests demanding police accountability and railing against police violence, which is used more often against blacks, but affects all of the human race. The protestors even torched the Minneapolis third precinct station after police abandoned the property after days of protests outside, which was an amazing victory and was refreshing to see the people’s understandable anger targeted where it was actually deserved.

KPD's Cristina Paterno and Cheshire Sheriff Eli Rivera hear you, but will they listen and change?

KPD’s Cristina Paterno and Cheshire Sheriff Eli Rivera hear you, but will they listen and change?

Sadly, some protests have also been sullied by violence committed against people and the destruction of private property in many cities. The destruction of innocent-owned private property has been significant and tragic. However, New Hampshire has thankfully avoided these losses, likely because people here are much more free to defend their property from attackers, with weapons if necessary. The people who are targeting private property are unwelcome among the peaceful protestors and are likely a mix of police acting as agents-provocateur and opportunists who are looking to destroy and/or steal.

Today in Keene, several hundred people gathered in Central Square at 4pm today for a Black Lives Matter protest that rivaled the BLM event from Manchester, NH on Saturday. After nearly fifteen years in Keene, I’ve never seen anything this big in Central Square, ever. Today’s event was probably 4-5 times larger than the biggest 420 rallies in Central Square more than a decade ago.

Large crowd in Keene kneels, fist up.

Large crowd in Keene kneels, fist up.

The honking from drivers was nearly non-stop including multiple large trucks and tractor trailers laying on their horns to cheers from the excited crowd. Keene’s police chief Steven Russo and Cheshire County’s sheriff Eli Rivera were both present in the heart of the park holding signs saying, “We hear you” and taking pictures with people. To their credit, this was a smart move. By physically joining the protestors, the police acting like humans can diffuse anger and deescalate tensions. However, talk is cheap, and “hearing” isn’t the same as “listening”, and it’s certainly not actually changing their behavior.

Will the Keene police stop arresting peaceful people for victimless crimes? It’s the insane war on drugs and other prohibitions that have resulted in people of all shapes and sizes and colors being attacked, imprisoned, and murdered by police nationwide for decades. Keene’s police have made a myriad of drug busts and assisted the DEA in raiding a popular local head shop on Main Street several years ago. A stroll through past posts at Keene Cop Block shows just a fraction of the lives the local police have ruined in the name of their authoritarian prohibitions. Are they going to now see how they harmed their brothers and sisters, issue an apology, change their ways and send back the BEARCAT armored tank to its manufacturer?

I sure hope so, for their sake, but then again, I’m an optimist.

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10 Comments

  1. No, Ian, Mr. Floyd was not “chocked to death” though the effect was the same. This same ‘fuck you very much’ procedure had never resulted in death before though 15 out of hundreds had passed out from this illegal act. I would recommend that every cop that had ever used this would be fired. Every cop that uses disrespect in the course of their ’employment’, however minor, should be fired and those using gratuitous violence should be arrested and imprisoned AND sued. Cop unions, along with ALL public sector unions, should immediately cease to be and their featherbedding members fired. Right now, at SCOTUS, there is sentiment and a chance to do away with “qualified” (in effect UNqualified) immunity for our “servants”. BOTH these changes need to happen to fend off a bloody revolution. Otherwise, refuges like Grafton will be all that’s left.

  2. I’m a little surprised the bearcat hasn’t been used to disperse these crowds who aren’t practicing “social distancing”.
    I mean if we can save “just one life” . But, but “the virus” .

    On second thought, I could be uninformed.

    It is possible that HIS EXCELLENCY, Governor Sununu has had a super secret meeting with “the virus” and it has agreed to temporarily stand down to allow folks to gather to protest one blatant government inequity while still licking the lockdown “must wear a mask” boots etc.

    I mean Sununu DID get the virus to agree to stay the fuck away from State run liquor stores, so we know he’s a powerful man!

  3. The colorful language continues. Why did Mr. Floyd resist the officers. Why was there meth and fentanyl in his system?

    The police were only investigating him as a possible subject in a crime. If he would have cooperated with them, none of this would have happened.

    “Keene’s police have made a myriad of drug busts and assisted the DEA in raiding a popular local head shop on Main Street several years ago. A stroll through past posts at Keene Cop Block shows just a fraction of the lives the local police have ruined in the name of their authoritarian prohibitions. Are they going to now see how they harmed their brothers and sisters, issue an apology, change their ways and send back the BEARCAT armored tank to its manufacturer”?

    What is this? If you do the crime you do the time. If your life is ruined because you were busted with illegal drugs or what ever, that is on you. Too many excuses and not enough taking responsibility for your actions. Don’t blame the police for a person’s stupidity.

  4. “Why did Mr. Floyd resist the officers. Why was there meth and fentanyl in his system?” (sic)

    Who cares, Jacks? Chauvin’s job was to arrest him, put him in the police car, and drive him to the precinct for booking. Pretty simple and straightforward, isn’t it? Instead, Chauvin and his buddies pulled him back out of the police car after he was already in custody and proceeded to administer some street justice. Take special note of the fact that Floyd was already IN CUSTODY when he died. That part’s real important.

    Anyway Jacks, looks like Chauvin and his best buds are going to prison for this. I think they should be held liable for inciting the riots, too. After all, if they had just done what they were paid to do and taken Floyd to the precinct, none of this ever would have happened. If you do the crime, you do the time, right moron?

    “The police were only investigating him as a possible subject in a crime. If he would have cooperated with them, none of this would have happened.”

    “Cooperate or die?” And here I thought the police’s motto was “protect and serve?” You’re not from Clown World or something, are you Jacks?

  5. So another copycat virtue signaling gathering in Keene, NH “protesting” something that happened in Minneapolis, MN. Kinda reminds me of Occupy Keene. Biggest waste of time ever. The people there knew nothing of economics and the only conversation was about where and when the next meeting would be. This is an institutional issue not a racial one. But this is being glossed over with this CIA manipulated excuse for a “protest”. Similar things have happened in other countries to create division and civil unrest just before the take down of a country (think Ukraine, Middle East, Venezuela). Wake up! If the Free State is anything it’s naive. Ian just gets all creamy for anything protest no matter how comical. It was probably a bunch of Haitians funneled in for cheap labor at Jo-Anne Fabrics speaking to the pathetic kneeling grovelers. Again there are major issues with law enforcement throughout the country. Local police departments have been given military equipment pawned off from the DoD. They’re being trained in Israel in krav magog and other MMA tactics, Keene included. The population has been comfortably numb and in a state of hypnosis for decades to allow this to happen. The government has grown to an immense size that infects every aspect of our lives. But this kneeling with your fist up in Keene, NH groveling to the handful of blacks does absolutely nothing. The cities are being looted and burned and the actual people who are perpetrating the tyranny on humanity are being left alone, and even held on a pedestal. Get it together!

  6. Remember less than two weeks ago when these same numbnuts were telling everyone that protests were selfish and would literally kill people? Now suddenly CV isn’t of any concern anymore because #justiceforgeorgefloyd. As if wanting to get back to work to be able to support their families is a selfish pursuit.

    Anyway, wouldn’t it be funny if a rash of ‘rona starts up again and the states try shutting everything down again?

    Even better, what if there isn’t any second outbreak at all and more people start questioning why we were locked down in the first place?

    I know what I’m doing, either way. Paper bags, poop, and a box of matches. I can think of more than a few front doors where those gift packages need to be set on fire and left on.

  7. I want to find a new chromosome that keeps people stupid – “Who cares, Jacks? Chauvin’s job was to arrest him, put him in the police car, and drive him to the precinct for booking. Pretty simple and straightforward, isn’t it? Instead, Chauvin and his buddies pulled him back out of the police car after he was already in custody and proceeded to administer some street justice”

    “Who caress”? Illegal drugs were found in his system. It could explain his irrational behavior. Floyd resisted arrest and fought with the officers. He was taken down. I don’t know why the officer knelt on his neck. I don’t know if it’s police policy. No street justice was handed down. Those are your words.

    I believe Chauvin’s charges are going to be diminished or thrown out especially if he was acting in police policies. If you are truly being choked out, you wouldn’t be saying he can’t breath.

    I don’t care how nice you are, if you fight the police, you just may get hurt. That is your responsibility. Just like Floyd’s ownership of his actions.

  8. Uh huh. So let me get this straight. You believe that Chauvin should be exonerated provided there’s a policy that allows cops to pull individuals who are in custody out of police cars so they can kneel on their necks for eight minutes and kill them. Wow, Jacks. You’ve outdone yourself. That’s pretty much the dumbest thing you’ve ever said here.

    Hey Jacks, just how many chromosomes do you have, anyway? Any trisomies in your genetic makeup you want to tell us about? I’m asking for a friend.

    Anyway, numbnuts, you obviously haven’t been keeping up with current events, because Chauvin’s charges weren’t downgraded at all. They were upgraded to second degree murder. And I doubt Chauvin’s attorneys will have much luck convincing a jury that Floyd was to blame for Chauvin killing him. Mongoloids aren’t allowed to serve on juries.

  9. I want to find a new chromosome that keeps people stupid – You are just a troll who continues to change his name on this forum.

  10. Uh huh. Well gee, Jacks, this hunch you’re having about me is super fascinating. No, really. I’m not just saying that because I feel sorry for you.

    Anyway, did you hear that Chauvin’s three best pals were charged as well? Aiding and abetting second degree murder, if you’re wondering. Wow. Isn’t that something Jacks?

    Personally, I think inciting a riot should be one of the charges as well. After all, those four pricks committed that murder in broad daylight in front of at least a dozen black people with chips on their shoulders. Consequences for their actions, am I right? You’re all about that sort of rhetoric, aren’t you buddy?

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