(Washington DC) April 18th, 2014 between 6 and 7 pm “Cop block” was taking photos of the “SkyCop Major Mobile Surveillance Unit (MSU)” on 16th and W St. in the Southeast section of DC. We proceeded to drive off when 10 undercover cops blocked us in and accused the driver of having an open can of beer in the car.
We asked if we were being detained and if so what for. The under covers reply was we have dark clothes on and this is a “high crime” area. There was a confrontation between a cop and a cop blocker about her recording the incident. As well as the cops trying to say that the driver didn’t have a valid license and that the I.D. didn’t match the car. Which implies that the car was “stolen.”
Not to mention the crazy statements such as “why don’t you record the bad guys up the street killing people” and “you’re wasting our time.” Lets remember that they detained us, it wasn’t the other way around. So on that note we plan to continue watching the watchers.
What is Copblock?
Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability.
They highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact.
CopBlock.org is a resource for the education of individual rights through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics that seek to curtail the all-too-common rights-violations and unaccountability that today exists.
They do not “hate cops.” We believe that no one – not even those with badges – has extra rights. The failure to realize and act on that is to our detriment. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials we safeguard not just our rights but those of future generations.
Those of us who write for and are responsible for CopBlock.org affirm that violence is not condoned except in the defense of self or others – while we recognize the rights of other individuals to use the CopBlock name, we do not recognize those that do not affirm and live by that statement.