This increased activity prompted me to visit a Facebook page called Florida Cop Watch. While surfing around I noticed a misleading video they pushed in a blatant attempt to slander a police officer. They claim they didn’t edit the video, but it’s clear the video was highly edited. So either they did it themselves, or they were incompetent enough to believe that the 31 second video they posted depicted the entire situation.
Either way, their motive was clear: Make the police officer look like he tasered a man for no reason.
Though they left out the 10-15 minutes where the officer repeatedly, and respectfully, tries to get the man to exit his vehicle so that he could be taken into custody. Oh, all while the gentleman in the vehicle is cussing and berating the officer.
Again, they clearly had an agenda with this story.
Then I took a few minutes to scroll through their page and I saw nothing more than one anti-cop story after another. That’s when I headed over to Cop Block, a much larger “police watch dog” page. And I saw pretty much the same thing I saw on Florida Cop Watch. Just one anti-cop story after another.
This seemed more like people who were anti-cop rather than people who were advocating for police accountability.
So I decided I’d look a little deeper. I headed to Cop Block’s website and just scrolled around a bit. That’s when I noticed a “recommended reading” section that encourages people to read several Libertarian/anti-government books such as For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto.
Curious, I decided I’d do a little more research. I found out that Cop Block was founded by a man named Ademo Freeman. I also found out that Cop Block was a proud sponsor of a radio show called Free Talk Live. And when I looked into Free Talk Live, I found out that one of their primary sponsors is a site called Free State Project.
What is Free State Project, you ask? Well, it’s essentially a “movement” that aims to encourage around 20,000 (or more) Libertarians to move to New Hampshire so that they can try to create a state run by Libertarians.
So I started to piece together what I had seen so far. Cop Block is a key sponsor of a radio show that’s highly backed by a far right-wing Libertarian group trying to get thousands of Libertarians to move to New Hampshire to form some kind of a “Libertarian paradise.”
But that’s not all. While looking into Cop Block I also ran across this video on their YouTube channel that’s absolutely reprehensible. It’s basically nothing more than an eleven minute long anti-establishment/anti-government propaganda video. At one point, the narrator of the video says, “The history of the human race would have been a lot less gruesome if there had been a lot more cop ki**ers around to deal with the state mercenaries of those regimes.” [my edit]
Heck, I even noticed one of Cop Block’s sponsors on the right hand side of their page is a site selling universal keys that allow people to escape from handcuffs.
But I also saw another thing on their website that I’ve seen on quite a few anti-government, far-right conspiracy websites – the option to donate to these sites using Bitcoins.
For those of you who might not know, Bitcoins are non-federal government regulated digital “currency.” Which, of course, plays right into the anti-government, conspiracy wackos like Alex Jones of Infowars. A site that also allows for Bitcoin donations and payments.
So after establishing, at least in my opinion, that Cop Block is clearly nothing more than a far right-wing leaning Libertarian site out to try to slander police officers to build support for their anti-government movement, I headed back to Florida Cop Watch to see if they too followed this right-wing, Libertarian kind of nonsense.
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