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Schools As Prisons – An article by Pete Eyre for CopBlock.org

Pete Eyre, co-founder of CopBlock.org, recaps various abuses by school resource officers that are placed in your children’s schools for their “protection”.  What is more apparent, is that the children are being trained to behave in a reactionary way to authority with no questions asked.

Schools As Prisons

Published On January 6, 2014 | By Pete Eyre | Videos

To entrust the government with the power of determining the education which our children receive is entrusting our servant with the power to be our master.
– David Nasaw

Police In Schools

In recent years, the number of so-called school resource officers has ballooned.

Schools are supposed to be a place for kids to learn. To be challenged and to grow. Yet if one looks closer at the roots of the school system, it becomes clear that that institution puts a higher premium on conformity, on a student who consumes and regurgitates what they’re told, based more and more often on criteria set by bureaucrats in DC.

It’s costly and difficult to control a population physically, through use of arms.

Key to the perpetuation and consolidation of political power is to control the mind.

For more background on how this situation was arrived at, see the excellent video “The American Way” and check into the writings of John Taylor Gatto

Today there are over 10,000 school liaison employees. Some say this development has transitioned schools into correctional facilities.

And while the stated intention of creating a safe environment is admirable – as is true for cops outside of school walls, the incentive for those within the school walls is not to serve and protect, but to target those who disobey.

When the only tool had is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Such are the incentives of a coercive monopoly.

Introduce that mindset into an environment with ridiculous zero tolerance policies, and you have a bad combination.

In Texas, where school liaison employees annually write over 100,000 citations, the head of the supreme court Wallace Jefferson, noted, “We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses.”

Police are trained to escalate situations until compliance is gained.

In Stockton, California, school liaison employee Frank Gordo sat down to have a conversation with a 5yr old boy. After Gordo put his hand on the boy’s hand, the boy pushed Gordo’s hand away and kicked him in the knee. Gordo responded by zip-tying the boy for over an hour and charging him with battery.

If you did that to a 5yo child would that be permissible?

In Washington DC, police liaison employee Bailey, upset at a verbal response from a 10-year-old, grabbed the student by the back of his head and slammed it off the table. The student reported the incident to his teacher, but was told she couldn’t act as it involved a police employee. Later that day, when the boy was brought to the hospital by his mom after complaining of a a headache and sleepiness, it was discovered that he had had a concussion.

In Manchester NH, school liaison employee Darren Murphy slammed a students head off a cafeteria table for swearing. There too – school administrators sided with the aggressor – Murphy faced no repercussions and was back to ‘keeping the school safe’ the very next day.

In Mississippi, a girl with sleep apnea feel asleep when reading a book in class. She was eventually asked to leave. When in the hall on the phone with her mom someone swiped at her backpack. The girl didn’t turn around, but said “leave me alone.” The person behind her was school liaison employee Chris Bryant, who shoved her face-first into a filing cabinet then handcuffed her. After the girl threw up from the trauma, she was brought to a children’s hospital and had her arm immobilized.

Police are actively targeting parents who’s kids are said to be truant. After all, time spent in government schools is crucial to the indoctrination of the next generation.

In Palm Beach, FL parents of such students may be caged up to two months and face ransoms of thousands of dollars.

In Orange County, California, parents of students who weren’t present as dictated face up to a year in a cage. A recent “truancy sweep” involved at least seven agencies, including a gang reduction intervention team.

But hey – it’s for their own good right?

The men and women still pretending that the disastrous war on some substances is feasible, have subjected students to their erroneous ways.

In Goose Creek, South Carolina police conducted a raid under the pretense of seizing drugs. They had coordinated with school administers ahead of time. Over a hundred students in the hall were ordered on the floor. Over a dozen were handcuffed. Some had guns pointed at their heads. No drugs were found. And no apologies were issued.

In Indiana an 11year old boy who had cannabis on his person was bitten by a police dog. The cannabis was placed there by the dogs handler, as part of a simulated raid. is that the kind of thing you want your kid to be desensitized about? A raid? Is a world where that is commonplace ideal?

Would you let me come around your kid with a dog trained to be aggressive and think it alright if I planted drugs on them and them your child to be chill while I led the dog around them?

The act is no different if the handler happens to wear a badge.

And, the LAPD, the same outfit that introduced SWAT units started the practice of placing undercover police employees are in schools posing as students. Their goal? To bust kids selling substances deemed illicit.

This includes one Florida student who, though he didn’t use cannabis himself, procured some and gave it for free to a female he fell in love with. Turns out, she was a cop. In the end, he, and 30 others, were arrested.

In the post-9/11 security theater, school resource officers like to see themselves as being on the front lines.

Organizations now exist to capitalize on this sector of the police state. One – the National Association of School Resource Officers, offers training, and lists as the first presentation item – “Preparation for International and Domestic Terrorism”

It should be clear – at least to those who haven’t just been exposed to government education – just who are the real terrorists.

As if taking a cue from our friends at fusion centers, a database called inBloom is being implemented in school districts.

The software tracks over 400 metrics about each student. But don’t worry, they promise that the information won’t be shared.

And administrators one school – which distributed laptops to students – spied on over 40 students through the built-in camera.

So what are some solutions?

I know some will say, “but it’s important that these kids be in school!” but who’s kids are these? The states? A faceless entity answerable to no one? Are all proclamations made by such folks legitimate?

What if parents were told that their children had to be present in school for 9 hours a day? or 11 hours a day?

What if parents were told that, to mitigate distractions during the schoolyear, their children would be taken and placed in government-run boarding houses?

What if parents were told that their kids had to participate in a Youth Service program to show their allegiance?

If you have kids and you are a firearm owners, consider this question:

If asked, would you turn over your guns to a government agent for a third of the day? I’d guess not, yet are you current willing to hand-off something even more important – your kids, and their minds – to the same people?

Education doesn’t just happen in a building called a school. And in fact, the information pushed there is patently full of omissions and misinformation to fit the statist quo.

As John Holt said, compulsory schooling, compulsory learning – is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can.

If you have kids, consider homeschooling, or better yet, unschooling.

And if you’re not a fan of the police state and the incursion of police employees into schools, learn about peaceful parenting.

http://copblock.org/filmthepolice

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Boston Police Continue Their War On Journalism (Update)

Police are put on check by individuals who decided to make a simple phone call to ask for accountability. Charges against Carlos Miller and Taylor Hardy have been dropped. Below is the article written by Carlos Miller from his blog Photography Is Not A Crime.

Boston PD Folds After Doubling-Down; Withdraws Felony Complaint Against PINAC

By Carlos Miller

 Boston_Police_patch

The Boston Police Department agreed to withdraw the felony complaints against myself and PINAC associate Taylor Hardy on the condition that readers stop flooding their phone lines with calls demanding that they withdraw the complaints.

As if I would have any say in that.

But to paraphrase my attorney: Please. Stop. Calling. They get the message.

In other words, we did it. We won. We took their intimidation tactics and threw them right back in their face. Multiple times on multiple lines despite the threat of multiple crimes they threatened to charge us with.

We showed them the power of the people. The force of the First Amendment. The clout that can be created after a quick call to action that enabled us to raise $4,200 in 36 hours to retain one of the most experienced attorneys in Boston.

This is what attorney David Duncan had to say:

“I am happy we were able to resolve this to Carlos’ and Taylor’s satisfaction, with criminal charge applications dropped by BPD, so that Carlos and Taylor can continue their work fighting for lawfulness, openness and transparency in police work across the country. Going forward they will not let up on their vigorous defense of citizen freedom.  They understand that the law in Massachusetts is that they have to tell people if they are recording a conversation, and they have assured BPD that they will always announce that they are recording when asking for recorded comments, which has always been their practice.”

Read the official statement from police at the bottom of this article.

Besides their pleas that we stop calling, they also requested that Hardy remove the video from Youtube that led to the felony complaints against us; a 30-second recorded conversation between himself and spokeswoman Angelene Richardson where he was seeking comment on another video that was going viral.

But Hardy had already removed the video because it contained absolutely no journalistic substance.

Police also asked that Hardy and anybody else associated with PINAC to inform police if they are recording them during a telephone conversation, but that is something we’ve always done.

The only reason Hardy did not do so this time was because of a technical mishap. He was using his iPad to record, but in the seconds before he informed her, he had clicked on the Safari app to bring up my story, which caused the recorder to turn off.

They also asked that I remove the phone number to Detective Nick Moore from the article in which I cut and pasted his email to me, posted below, because he was also getting slammed with phone calls.

So I agreed to remove it, even though I left his email in the article, because it reveals just how disingenuous police officers can be.

Mr. Miller,
Can you please contact me at your convenience at my office, xxx-xxx-xxxx. I realize that you do not trust the police and that is fine but I assure you I am not trying to jam you up. I just wish to have a cordial conversation with you and clear the air about a few things. Please do not post my office number or email to your website as I have numerous victims of serious crimes who contact me on a daily basis and It would not be fair to them or me if my voicemail box is full and they cannot get ahold of me.
My supervisors and the District Attorney’s office are aware of this request but I assure you that the conversation will just be me and you, not recorded, and again, Im not trying trap you into anything incriminating. As I relayed to Mr. Hardy I try to give everyone involved in my investigations the benefit of the doubt and speaking with you about this hopefully will accomplish that. Thank you.
Detective Moore
Boston Police Department

Perhaps it was naive of me, but when I received the email, I called him immediately because I wanted to do what I could to help resolve the situation with Hardy, who had received a complaint of felony wiretapping.

It wasn’t until several minutes into our conversation after I had apparently admitted to posting the statement below, that he informed me I would be facing a complaint of witness intimidation.

I have no regrets because I always stand by what I write, but it did put me into an inconvenient situation where I was suddenly facing ten years in prison.

During that conversation, Moore acknowledged that the call floods to Richardson were getting annoying, so he was hoping to put a stop to them by not only filing a complaint against me for witness intimidation, but threatening to do the same to anybody else if they continued to call her.

But that plan backfired on him.

PINAC readers not only continued to call Richardson’s line, but Moore’s line as well. Day in and day out. Hour after hour. Minute after minute.

And that was only part of their problem.

The other problem were the editorials, articles and statements from news sites, journalism organizations and law blogs that not only criticized the Boston Police Department for its intimidating tactics, but further spread the phone numbers to new readers, who wasted no time in calling.

It got to the point that as soon as you mentioned the word, “blogger,” you were immediately told to email them, then hung up on, as you can see on the comment below from Popehat.

Popehat Comment

And further increasing their problems was the introduction of a high-profile lawyer from one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms, who gave us a discounted rate because of our connection to the Digital Media Law Project.

But that still meant shelling $2,000 up front, which was more than three times the amount of what other attorneys were charging.

But it was money well spent.

Only hours after we had retained Duncan, he received a call from a police attorney asking to mediate, which is why Thursday’s hearing was postponed.

And as the attorneys mediated, the call floods continued, and the media exposure increased.

And there was pretty much nothing left for them to do but to lay their fiddle down because they knew they had been beat.

It’s been a stressful two weeks to say the least. They came at us strong and stupid, but we came back at them stronger and smarter, building up several fronts, thanks to the vast network of supporters we have.

We were prepared to go the distance. And we had several strategies in place depending on their next move. It didn’t take long for them to realize they had seriously underestimated us.

I can’t thank you guys enough for donating as much as you did on such a short notice. And for making those calls. And for spreading the stories. And for launching and signing that petition. And for calling the media.

And a big thanks to our network up in Boston, including the Digital Media Law Project for hooking us up with Duncan as well as Paul Weiskel and Antonio Buehler who were ready to photograph and live stream the hearing on Friday if the complaint did not get withdrawn as well as those of you who offered us a place to stay if we ended up flying up there as well as those of you who were ready to begin making public records requests within the police department if the case proceeded to trial.

This was, without a doubt, a community effort. But it had to be done because they were trying to create a chilling effect on free speech towards government accountability, which would have affected us all.

I plan to reinvest the remaining $2,200 in PINAC, perhaps in technical and design upgrades, merchandising, Jeff Gray’s still pending case against the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office or maybe just hold on to it until the next legal issue considering we are now prime targets for police agencies throughout the country.

But hopefully they will think twice before picking a fight because we not only get smarter after each victory, we get more organized.

PINAC may have started out as a scrappy one-man blog from Miami on a mission to beat a single court case, but there are now several of us onboard, each of us unafraid to step into the ring if we must. And we have a huge support network that expands all corners of this country and beyond willing to go the distance with us.

Hardy, a 25-year-old journalism student, who has learned more from this experience than he has in any of his classes, had the following to say:

The possibility of facing  15 combined years in prison, in another  state that you have never been to, and have no idea how the system works, was the most alarming factor in this case. I want to thank ALL of you, because If not for your support, calls, emails(petitioning the government) and donations, we would not have been able to beat them at their own game. I also want to thank our attorney, David Duncan, who worked as our point of contact in Boston mediating the case and working with Carlos (which we know is hard :) ). It may not be a win in court of law, but at least it’s a win in our eyes.  As I step deeper into the world of government transparency, I know I have to take measures to ensure these types of tactics can’t be used against us again.  #PINACSTRONG

Letter to Attorney Duncan


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Boston Police Continue Their War On Journalism

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and across America you have the right to record video and audio of public officials in a public place. Yet, when exercising that right you can be victimized verbally or physically by police. This is not a new trend, many individuals have been kidnapped and caged for simply recording.

But what can be said about bringing charges on individuals who want to bring transparency to government? Are journalists really a threat? Perhaps when the control of information is in the hands of the public rather than the central scrutinizer, it is.

What can only be conceived of as an effort to discourage individuals from facilitating police accountability, the Boston Police Department has brought charges on Carlos Miller (Photography Is Not A Crime) and Taylor Hardy.

Maybe we can call or email Richardson
to persuade her to drop the charges against Hardy considering she
should assume all her conversations with reporters are on the record
unless otherwise stated. Her listed number is (617) 343-4520.

So because of a suggested call flood to a public servant to weigh in on Taylors wiretapping charge, Carlos has been charged with Witness Intimidation. And here is a threat against anyone else who decided to call Richardson;

Detective Nick Moore also assured me he would do the same to any PINAC readers if they continue to contact departmental spokeswoman Angelene Richardson as they have been doing since yesterday.

“I can go and get warrants for every person who called her,” he said during a telephone conversation earlier this evening. “It’s an annoyance. It’s an act of intimidation.”

The scheduled hearing for Nov. 14, 2013 will be rescheduled to the 22nd of November; That gives the internet one more week to expose what the kings men are all about.

Encourage People To Contact the Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Public Information?  That’s A Jailin’.

Boston Police Charge Two Journalists With Felonies For Doing Their Jobs

Guild to Boston Cops: Drop Charges Against Student, Blogger

Boston Police Backlash Against Recorded Phone Call To Face Test

Boston Police Department Claims Contacting Its Public Affairs Number Is A Criminal Act

*If you want to help Carlos and Taylor you can donate to their legal fund.

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