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Tuesday
Jul212015

FreeKeeneNews - VIDEO - State Rep to Activist: You Have No Right to Record Me! 

In a video recorded on Keene’s Main St. Sunday evening, State Rep Gladys Johnsen calls Keene Cop Block‘s JP Freeman “dumb” and tells him that he has no right to record video of her! This, after being pulled over by KPD’s officer Leslie Ainsworth – kudos to KPD for not giving the state rep special treatment. Here’s the video of Johnsen’s shocking behavior. Here's the video of Johnsen's shocking behavior:

Johnsen  (contact info here) doesn’t appear to understand the NH Constitution’s Bill of Rights‘ Article 22 which protects the freedom of the press or Article 8 which says government agents will be open and accountable.

This is certainly not how a state representative should behave, especially in front of a camera. You’d think she’d know something about the freedom to record, considering she co-sponsored the bill to mandate police body cameras (currently retained in committee). However, her bill does not allow the public access to the police footage, which is a huge issue and goes to show that Johnsen is just an arch-statist to the core. Her NH Liberty Alliance report card for 2014 ranks her as a “D-“. In the yet-to-be released 2015 rankings, Johnsen scored as “Dereliction of Duty”, meaning she missed 70% or more of the NHLA’s scored votes.
 

For the raw footage of the encounter, click here.

Thursday
Jul092015

FreeKeeneNews - Keene State Student, Wrongfully Arrested During Pumpkin Fest, Takes Plea Deal 

Keene State Student, Wrongfully Arrested During Pumpkin Fest, Takes Plea Deal


Ryan McLellan and his friends never hurt anyone or destroyed any property on the night of Pumpkin Fest 2014. However, that didn’t stop dozens of state police from swarming and attacking the three young men as they attempted to go to the Campus Convenience store on the corner of the block where their dorm was located.  Earlier in the day and night there were riots in the neighborhood, but by the early morning hours when Ryan and his friends were attacked, there was nothing happening.

Well, I shouldn’t say nothing.  Their neighborhood was being occupied by a very large group of armed men who were in a mood to order around and kidnap anyone they darn well wanted.  Here’s the original video I released at the time, which shows the arrests and surrounding scene in full.  Just minutes prior to their attack, but before the huge throng of state police had been brought in, I had been in the exact same place as the young men.  Though the cops who were there at the time prohibited me from crossing into Winchester St., (for no apparent reason other than arbitrary control), they did not tackle and arrest me, like was done to Ryan and his friends.

Sadly, despite his being a clear case of police abuse and having an attorney willing to take the case to trial and beyond, Ryan took the plea deal, having a nonsense “resisting arrest” charge conditionally nolle-prossed in return for his guilty plea to “disorderly conduct”.  These are two of the police’s favorite charges to throw at someone who they don’t like, but has otherwise done nothing wrong.

They were going to the convenience store.  It was past midnight and they were hungry.  When told to “GO HOME!”, they seemed confused – after all, they had committed no crimes, and further, there were other normal people walking down Winchester St, so why were they allowed to walk somewhere but not Ryan and friends?

When they didn’t turn immediately and high-tail it out of there, the thronging mass of state police officers pounced and violently took the young men to the pavement.  A parent of one of Ryan’s friends said:

“My son has had 2 MRIs bad concussion lives with headaches everyday, dislocated his shoulder, sprained ankle and bruised the inside of his mouth from kneeling on his face.”

During sentencing, judge Edward J Burke fined him $1,000 suspended for two years on condition of good behavior, gave him 50 hours of community service, and lectured him as though he were somehow as bad as the people who had committed violence or property destruction, despite him never being accused of doing any such thing!

Here’s the full video of the sentencing hearing, with a brief recap at the beginning.

Tuesday
Jun162015

FreeKeeneNews - Manchester Activists Burn US Flags for Flag Day 

Manchester liberty activists celebrated Flag Day yesterday by releasing a video showing them setting more than one United States flag ablaze.  Anticipating the inevitable backlash of anger, media personality Shire Dude (aka Andrew Vermiglio) made this statement via his blog post at Free Keene:

To The Offended Viewer:
Some of the folks in Manchester, New Hampshire have been burning tiny flags on holidays, but what does it mean?

Just like any icon, the flag symbolizes different things as it is interpreted by different people.  You may look at the flag and see a symbol of hope and freedom.  I do not share this view.  In my eyes, the flag is the banner of an oppressive, monolithic federal government.

This freedom to burn flags was not given to me; we are all born free. Isn’t that fantastic?

Shire Dude is available for interview.  Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview him,

Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com

Wednesday
Jun102015

FreeKeeneNews - Supreme Court Vindicates Keene's Robin Hooders 

NH Supreme Court Vindicates Keene's Robin Hooders!


Robin Hood of KeeneIn a nearly complete victory for Robin Hood of Keene, the NH supreme court has affirmed nearly all of the superior court's decisions against the people calling themselves the "City of Keene" in the city's libelous assault on the heroic activists who have rescued thousands of motorists from parking tickets in downtown Keene in the last couple of years.

The victory is nearly complete, with one exception.  The supremes ruled that the lower court needed to consider the city's request for injunction separately from the claims of "tortuous interference" and "conspiracy".  Therefore, the supremes remanded only that detail back to superior court judge John C Kissinger to decide.  If you've been reading Free Keene for a while, you may recall that the city's original suit in 2013 asked for a in injunction of a 50ft radius "buffer zone" around each parking enforcer that would preclude the named Robin Hooders from being in that zone.  Eventually, they reduced their request to 30ft, then 10-15ft.  The buffer zone concept has previously been ruled unconstitutional in other courts and likely will be again when it goes back to Cheshire superior court.

The rest of the court's twelve-page opinion backs up the lower court's dismissal of the city's outrageous case.  The claims of "tortuous interference" with the city's "business" of screwing over people shopping downtown and the claim of "conspiracy" were shut down on a free-speech basis:

However, we need not decide whether a viable tortious interference claim can exist under the circumstances present in this case because we agree with the trial court that holding the respondents liable for tortious interference based upon their alleged activities would infringe upon the respondents’ right to free speech under the First Amendment...we also conclude that the First Amendment bars the City from pursuing its claim that the respondents are liable for conspiring to commit the very same tort.

The city's lies about the behavior of Robin Hooders (they claimed, without evidence, we were "harassing, threatening, and intimidating" the parking enforcers) had no effect on the court's decision to dismiss.  The court's judges know that telling government bureaucrats how you feel their job is wrong is fully within free speech protections, even if the bureaucrats don't want to hear it.  Further, the court opinion backed up the Robin Hooders' non-verbal actions as protected free speech:

The City nonetheless asserts that specific aspects of the respondents’ conduct — “following closely, chasing, running after, approaching quickly from behind, lurking outside bathrooms, yelling loudly, and filming from close proximity” — is not protected by the First Amendment... The respondents counter that “[e]ven those activities that did not involve speech [are] expressive conduct entitled to First Amendment protection,” and, therefore, are insulated from tort liability. They assert that, “absent acts of significant violence,” the First Amendment protects their non-verbal acts from tort liability. We agree with the respondents.

Free speech attorney Jon Meyer, who took this case pro-bono says he'll be filing a motion to reconsider the remanded portion of the case and is ultimately prepared to go back to superior court and crush this frivolous, harassing case for good.  Of course the city people don't have to spend their own personal money to go to court - they get to spend taxpayer dollars on this nonsense.  So, the only thing that might stop them appealing this further up to federal courts is that the longer they drag it out, the longer taxpayers in Keene will be angry at them about it.  Time will tell.  Meanwhile, Robin Hooders continue to rescue innocent motorists in the streets of Keene. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for any developments.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com

Wednesday
Jun032015

FreeKeeneNews - Gov Hassan Signs Free Stater's Bill, Ending Prohibition of Narcan 

Free Stater's Bill Signed By Hassan, Ends Prohibition on Possession of Heroin Overdose-Countering Drug

Free State Project early mover Amanda Bouldin was elected in Manchester in 2014 as a state representative and one of the first things she did was file a bill, HB 271, that ends prohibition on possession of Narcan.  Narcan is a trade name for Naloxone which can be administered to counter the effects of an opioid overdose – saving lives.  Until now, Narcan could only be possessed legally by EMS and police.  Now anyone who acts with “good faith and reasonable care” may store or administer the life-saving drug to a person in overdose with no criminal or civil liability.  It’s a major change that will likely result in saving the lives of multiple heroin and other opiate addicts in New Hampshire.

Bouldin is also known for her Shire Sharing organization that feeds poor families on Thanksgiving each year across the state.

Not only is the ending of Narcan prohibition a major success for a freshman legislator, it’s a big win for the Free State Project, and more proof that the 1500 early movers continue to have a significant impact.  

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com

 

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