The War On (Pt. 1) – The Color of Lawlessness

The reasoning behind this title is to show that the laws and policies that are implemented under the oppressive state are geared towards immigrants, people of color and resistance groups.

What was briefly touched on within this short clip was sexual assaults and the absence of documentation. That’s more specifically focusing on women of color and impoverished communities. White washing and colonization within black and Latino communities. Immigrant rights and the Dillingham Commission of 1907-1911. Background history of the fight for Black Mesa, that stems back to at least the 1940’s. Just to name a few things.

What is The Color of Lawlessness?

The Color of Lawlessness is based off of the United States law “Color of Law” (42 U.S.C.A. Section 1983) which is “the appearance of an act being performed based upon legal right or enforcement of statute, when in reality no such right exists.”

Since the advent of the first state-sponsored police forces in the U.S. — slave patrols; radicalized policing has been a feature of the American landscape. It is no surprise that the U.S. government has failed to uphold any type of constitutional laws that pertain to the American public due to so many violations by law enforcement officials.

This documentary (hopefully with your support) will bring to the light the excessive force, sexual assaults, torture and other cruel inhuman and degrading tactics used by law enforcements reckless and unapologetic ways. As an independent journalist and an African-American male I’ve been in multiple situations where the police tried to intimidate, hurt and/or degrade me. My reason behind making this documentary is to first educate the unknowledgeable, unify globally by common interest; the abuse of power and to hopefully help change the thought process of these individuals who are apart of these agencies.

To add this will NOT just be a U.S. based project. I plan on traveling to different parts of the world to be on the front lines of documenting police terror. I plan on covering 5 cities in the United States, focusing on different issues in each one included but not limited to:

New York, NY – Stop and Frisk

Los Angeles, CA – Shootings and Beatings by Law Enforcement Agents

Tuscon, AZ – Racial Profiling of Immigrants & Border Militarization

Chicago, IL – Torture and Harassment. Sexual Assault and the Absence of Documentation or Systemic Review

Ferguson, MO – Lack of Prosecutions & Ineffectiveness of Internal and Civilian Complaint Mechanisms

Flagstaff, AZ – Uranium Mines on Indigenous Nations sacred land. Federal Governments enforcement of Grazing laws

International countries: Istanbul, Turkey | Berlin, Germany | Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza | Madrid, Spain | Caracas, Venezuela

You can donate to the project here: http://www.gofundme.com/kk865s

Pro-Israeli Counter Protest at Farragut Square

(Washington, DC) – July 17th, 2014 – CODEPINK, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other activists counter protested the Pro-Israeli rally at Farragut Square. There were about 600 pro-Israeli’s at this event that was sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and 50 other Jewish organizations. Tensions escalated when a Pro-Israeli protest attacked two Pro-Palestinian women. In a quote from one of the victims of the attack she stated on her website that the Pro-Israeli protestor “hit her so hard that her bracelet was ripped off of her wrist.”

You can read the article here: http://amaniandthecapitol.com/2014/07/i-was-physically-assaulted-at-a-pro-israel-rally-in-dc-and-the-cops-did-nothing/

What is The Color of Lawlessness? (Trailer) | Rough Draft

Thru the eyes of victimized communities this documentary will provide an in-depth view to the misconduct of law enforcement agencies. The Color of Lawlessness is based off of the United States law “Color of Law” (42 U.S.C.A. Section 1983) which is “the appearance of an act being performed based upon legal right or enforcement of statute, when in reality no such right exists.”

Since the advent of the first state-sponsored police forces in the U.S. — slave patrols; radicalized policing has been a feature of the American landscape. It is no surprise that the U.S. government has failed to uphold any type of constitutional laws that pertain to the American public due to so many violations by law enforcement officials.

This documentary (hopefully with your support) will bring to the light the excessive force, sexual assaults, torture and other cruel inhuman and degrading tactics used by law enforcements reckless and unapologetic ways. As an independent journalist and an African-American male I’ve been in multiple situations where the police tried to intimidate, hurt and/or degrade me. My reason behind making this documentary is to first educate the unknowledgeable, unify globally by common interest; the abuse of power and to hopefully help change the thought process of these individuals who are apart of these agencies.

To add this will NOT just be a U.S. based project. I plan on traveling to different parts of the world to be on the front lines of documenting police terror. I plan on covering 5 cities in the United States, focusing on different issues in each one included but not limited to:

New York, NY – Stop and Frisk

Los Angeles, CA – Shootings and Beatings by Law Enforcement Agents

Phoenix, AZ – Racial Profiling of Immigrants & Border Militarization

Chicago, IL – Torture and Harassment

Miami, FL – Lack of Prosecutions & Ineffectiveness of Internal and Civilian Complaint Mechanisms

Fairbanks, AK – Sexual Assault and the Absence of Documentation or Systemic Review

International countries: Istanbul, Turkey | Berlin, Germany | Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza | Madrid, Spain | Caracas, Venezuela

Baltimore & DC Copblock – Police stating “You can’t stop us from harassing people”

(Baltimore, MD) — May 2nd, 2014 — Baltimore and Washington DC’s cop block joined forces to hit the streets of West Baltimore. The first scene that we encountered was the detainment of a “white male” for being in a part of town where it’s mostly Black. My first question that I asked the officer was “is the gentleman being detained” and the officers’ reply was “is he a friend or family of yours?” which I replied again with the same question. The officers’ response was “is he in handcuffs?” which I replied with “you don’t have to be in handcuffs to be detained. Most of the time when that happens you have been arrested.” So I asked the question a third time. The officer then got mad and walked back to her car.

The second scene (which is in this video) was less than a block away from the other incident. In which, some of the same officers that we saw before were there. They stopped a black male; we asked if he knew what he was being stopped for. In which his reply was “No.” This incident lasted about 20 minutes, which most of it cops spent in their vehicles. “The gentleman ended up getting arrested for a “suspend license.”

In the state of Maryland the two most frequently charge types of driving suspended are 16-303(c) and 16-303(h). 16-303(h) carries 60 days and/or a $500 fine and 16-303(c) carries 1 year and/or a $1000 fine. Now, with that being said couldn’t the cops have given this man a fine instead of imprisoning him?

What is Cop block?

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 also those of future generations.

https://www.facebook.com/dccopblock
http://www.copblock.org/
https://tchallmedia.wordpress.com/

DC Copblock – 20 cops for 1 arrest

(Washington DC) April 27th, 2014 — DC Cop Block on patrols in the Southeast part of DC. Apparently there was an altercation (domestic dispute) within the apartment complex, which brought out 20 cops in 10 cars for 1 arrest! We were filming as the cops came out of the apartment complex. A lot of cops looked happy like it was some kind of celebration. Cops went back their vehicles shouting, “They ain’t got nothing else to do” and “world star” referring to the entertainment and hip-hop website worldstarhiphop.com/‎. In truly “Simon says” type fashion they all started to shine their searchlights on us. Which actually was to our benefit so we get all of their car numbers.

What is Cop block?

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 also those of future generations.

https://www.facebook.com/dccopblock
http://www.copblock.org/
https://tchallmedia.wordpress.com/

DC Cop Block being detained and harassed for being in “High Crime” area

(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.

#FTP #ACAB