Here is a high-res version of the poster that I found online by artist Ben Garrison:
August 15, 2020 – Keene, NH – Over a hundred people gathered in Central Square in downtown Keene, New Hampshire to protest the Mayor’s threats of fines for those who do not mask their faces. Police drove by, but no citations were issued. The gathering began at 11am and ran until 4pm, and it included speeches by a handful of organizations, both political and non-political. Notably, two of the owners of downtown businesses adjacent to the Central Square protest invited attendees to come and dine at their restaurants with or without masks, openly violating the new town ordinance.
Here is the full video with no cuts or edits. This is everything my camera captured at and around the event (1 hour, 45 minutes), including full interviews:
“Huh, that’s odd.” I thought. I kept walking. Then I stopped and said, “I have to get a picture of this.” It made me feel really weird and bad when upon returning, I saw it was only one in an array of what appeared to be anti-white books. Yikes! Not what I would hope to see in a liberal place like Portsmouth.
I am for treating all people as individuals, believing the best in everyone, and following the Golden Rule. This seems like a step backwards, to a pre-Enlightenment era of treating individuals based on their group — in this case, skin color. Um, with great respect, I am a little confused and repulsed by what I (perhaps incorrectly) view at first glance to be blatantly racist material being promoted in my what-I-thought-was-liberal town.
I am for unity, understanding, and respect — not hate, division, and identity politics. May we all be judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.
Eight years after I was released from jail, my record now shows no arrests, no charges, no jail time. Just a regular guy who has had zero problems with the law. All wiped away. I am so relieved. Thanks for following along with this story. It is now officially over. NO CRIMINAL RECORD. The End!
Watch Victimless Crime Spree
The NH State Police called me back today.
The nice woman on the phone was very polite and respectful. She let me know that she looked into my records and found the judge’s order saying they were supposed to expunge my entire record, and they must have made a mistake and missed some.
(An honest mistake, they took care of 5 arrests and 16 charges with a single $100 fee. It’s reasonable to have missed a couple pages in the huge stack of paperwork they had to sift through.)
She took care of it and asked me to re-apply for a criminal history check — with no fee for that — just a note saying the fee had been waived. So I sent that in.
What happens next? Will my record finally be cleared after all these years?