Here is the relevant police scanner audio from this afternoon’s situation with Derrick. Note that it has been edited for time. It begins in the 2pm hour when the police get a call regarding liberty activists handing out literature at Keene High School. Tim Peloquin (called 129 or 29 in the audio) knows there is a trespass order for Derrick and writes one up and delivers it to him. After Peloquin says he’s serving Derrick with the no trespass notice, “121” or “21” aka Fintan Moore is off due to serving a different no trespass to someone at the Keene Inn. Later, Moore is investigating a car accident when Peloquin reports that he served Derrick.
It seems likely that Moore never heard the confirmation that Derrick was served. Later he calls in pursuit of Derrick for not pulling over, but never asks whether he was served. You see, being in the government means never having to say you’re sorry. Why do any due diligence and inquire prior to hassling someone? All Moore had to do was call dispatch and ask if Derrick had been served yet and he never would have had to pull him over, but instead he just uses his aggressive power and tries to stop him. There’s no penalty for Moore jumping to a conclusion – he doesn’t have to sit in a cage for making that mistake. He easily could have followed Derrick while inquiring with KPD regarding his status of being served, but instead decided to pull Derrick over – because he can.
It’s a shame too, because Fintan always seemed like one of the better KPD officers. I’ve seen him do the right thing when he didn’t have to (and thanked him for it), but I’ve also seen his temper flare up. Today was not his best day and as a result of his impatience and failure to do even a little investigation, (like Peloquin did – by ASKING prior to contacting Derrick), my friend is in a cage until further notice, while Fintan is sleeping in his home.
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.
Before anyone jumps on me, yes, I know that ANY job comes with perks. Things like free cheeseburgers for the McDonald’s staff, the use of the company car for a CEO or whatever one’s trade might be, it most likely comes with some perk. When employed by the government though the perks get really good.
While a large number of those accused of a crime face questioning, time in jail and hefty legal expenses those employed by the government rarely face their own wrath. I could go on and on about public officials that commit cold blood murder, rape and theft but I’d like to point to a closer incident.
Last June I was arrested while asking Edward Burke – who’s employed as a district court judge in Keene, NH – three questions about him enforcing contempt charges on people wearing hats in a public courtroom (and here)? Edward first stated that I had threatened him, which was completely false (as seen in the video), and tried to get out of it the only way he knew how – lie. Which is why I asked “the system” (aka Keene Police) to investigate Edward for filing a false report with law enforcement (or lying to them effect an arrest). After being passed around from the Keene Police to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, the file finally landed on Marc Hathaway’s desk – who’s employed as a NH county attorney. It took Marc over six months to write his review.
Local Keene-native liberty activist Kate Ager has written a blog post on her facebook regarding this morning’s kidnapping of Ademo Freeman and Derrick Horton:
I woke up this morning (Tuesday June 28, 2011) to a Keene 411 text message alerting me that, “Ademo Freeman just got arrested at city hall,” so I went down there. When I arrived, I passed Jason Repsher downstairs who was doing Don’t Take the Plea outreach and proceeded to the second floor where the first thing I saw upon opening the door was a Keene Police officer grabbing Derrick Horton’s arm; he was ordered to put his camera on the counter, placed under arrest and taken into a back room. Ademo, who was being held in the conference room, was taken to a room off to the side where I could see him through the window and spoken to by multiple police officers. After their encounter, Ademo was taken to the Keene Police Department. Jason Repsher stayed at the Keene District Court to watch Derrick’s proceedings while Rich Paul and I went to the police department to gain further information about Ademo. At the police department, the woman at the front desk said that she did not know any information and would speak with the arresting officer when he was free for a moment. We checked in with her multiple times, but she did not follow through. About forty-five minutes after arriving, I was standing outside with Rich and Jason, when Officer Short drove into the parking lot and informed us that Derrick had been transported to the police department and would be released shortly, and Ademo was being charged with a Class B Felony, Improper Influence [*]. (more…)