Impact of Keene CopBlockers Covered by Keene State College Newspaper

September 22nd, 2014

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Editors Note: The content below was originally posted to KeeneCopBlock.org on September 21, 2014. It is reposted here to demonstrate the positive impact those active with Keene Cop Block have had in their community – a college town of about 25,000 people.

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Last week the write-up CopBlock works to keep police in check, authored by Alexa Ondreicka, went live at The Keene Equinox, which has the tagline, “The voice of Keen State College.” Below are some experts from the piece

Click here to read the full article, which also gives:

  • more comments from Ian Freeman about his motivations and actions to help create a peaceful community
  • a recount from a student filmed by someone active with Keene Cop Block during his interaction with strangers wearing badges
  • comments by Amanda Guthorn, the director of campus safety at Keene State

By: Alexa Ondreicka

For years, videos have been floating around the internet exposing police officers in every way possible.

While there are many different viewpoints surrounding the actions of the police force, students at Keene State College in particular are being thrust into an entirely separate situation with the implementation of CopBlock every Friday and Saturday night.

CopBlock, according to member Ian Freeman, is a “decentralized organization—meaning nobody’s in charge of anybody else—that exists worldwide.”

Freeman noted that holding police accountable for their actions is their main focus, hoping to expose police officers who target people for “victimless crimes,” such as open container violations or possession of marijuana.

CopBlockers expose these police officers by video-taping their interactions with the people they are targeting and then placing the videos online for the public to see.

Graphic by Sean Crater, webmaster, Keene Equinox

Graphic by Sean Crater, webmaster, Keene Equinox

“A primary sort of weapon we use against the police is the video camera,” Freeman explained, “Police accountability is the focus of CopBlock, and the best way to hold them accountable, we’ve found, is through the public’s eye.”

Freeman said, “A CopBlocker can’t be there every time the police are behaving badly. It’s your responsibility to protect yourself and the best thing you can do is record your interaction. I’ve seen cameras change how a police-encounter goes more times than I can count. And usually changes it for the better.”

He continued, “That’s all it takes—to have a concern for the people around you. And trying to create an environment where the police behave better, hopefully, and that fewer people get hurt, and fewer peaceful people will get arrested.”

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William Grimmich, 25-Year Police Sgt., Arrested for Trafficking Drugs

September 21st, 2014

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The information below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by someone who wished to remain anonymous.

Date of Incident: 09/14/2014
Individual Responsible: William Grimmich
Outfit: Sebastian Police Department
Phone: (772) 589-5233

I saw this story online, and it’s a good story of police arresting one of their own.

Sebastian Police (Florida) Sgt. William Grimmich arrested and charged with Trafficking Oxycodone $100,000 bond, Felony Tamper or Destroy Evidence $50,000 bond. He is still in jail to this date. Below is a link to the arrest affadavit, and the news story.

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According to a post at WPTV.com by Jason Davis:

Sebastian Police Chief Michelle Morris stated that, “routine accounting and auditing procedures earlier this year revealed discrepancies in submission of controlled substances placed into the evidence room.”

The Chief requested an investigation following this discovery by an outside agency.

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September 21st, 2014

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Robert Vester, Marshall County (IL) Deputy Sheriff, Complete Abuse of Power

September 20th, 2014

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The information below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by Allison Griggs, who seeks to inform others in her community about the subpar actions of someone who – at least according to the website of his employer – protect the citizens of Marshall County.

Date of Interaction: 05/01/2014
Individual Responsible: Robert Vester
Outfit: Marshall County Sheriff’s Department
Phone: (309) 246-2115

This deputy sheriff, Robert Vester, from Marshall County, Lacon, IL, is posing here in this picture, pretending to be a disabled person. This is one of the only pictures you can see on his Facebook page.

Robert, not only was pulling multiple cars over at the Summercamp Festival, but he was doing illegal searches and confiscating phones, etc. After he arrested multiple people for no reason, we started investigating him because of the way he treated people (along with his co workers). Compete abuse of power. He is messing with people’s lives and costing then gobs of money.

Nowhere is it ok to imitate a handicapped person, let alone someone in his position to be doing it. He is supposed to be helping the community, not hurting people and making fun of the helpless!

Please, please, post this picture and bring awareness to this horrible situation!

Editors Note: Prior to posting this I checked the Marshall County Sheriff’s website, to confirm that Robert Vester was in fact employed there. Upon finding that the site lacked the employees’ names (save for the head-honcho Robert E. Russell). Thus, I decided to call to confirm. On Saturday, September 20th, I called the Marshall County Sheriff’s Outfit (309.246.2115)and asked the gentleman who answered the phone whether a man by the name of “Robert Vester” was employed there. I was greeted first by silence then was asked my identity. I stated that who I was not important to the information sought, which should be public. I again asked if Robert Vester worked there and was again asked my identity. I then asked the gentleman I was speaking with if he was Robert Vester and was told “No.” I then asked if he had a colleague named Robert Vester and after a silence, was hung-up on. I called back, and someone else answered. I asked that person if a Robert Vester was employed there and was told “Yes.” Why the difficulty

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September 20th, 2014

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