Talley.TV and Weeda Claus were on the scene but the people who were harassed by the City of Keene’s Police Department feared retribution if they agreed to speak with us on camera.
From OTN’s Sam Dodson in the comments:
I spoke with the with Corner News owners this morning. Apparently one of the cops lost his cool, was throwing things around on the table and at one point pushed Roberta in front of the kids.
I discussed various aspects of property rights, “the brotherhood”, and how tyranny grows if left unchecked. I found complete agreement on all of these issues, and most of the time I was listening to them make the points.
Unfortunately they were too afraid of retaliation to speak on camera. Hopefully they will change their mind at some point.
People need to see what the police are doing. This was a private corporation controlling police to violate the law in order to gain benefit, and the idiots in KPD are too indoctrinated to realize what they are even doing.
If nobody speaks out, how will this ever change?
From Talley.TV producer Bob Constantine also via Free Keene’s comments:
I was present when the bake sale volunteers for the homeless shelter were being harassed by the woman from Center Stage productions for selling on “her” street. She seemed oblivious to the fact that she and Center Stage productions, nor the town officials own anybody. She seemed intent on using force and followed through on her threat to call the cops to make them stop helping people.
After awhile the cops arrived (they probably had just been shaking down some cub scouts for selling cotton candy without paying the extortion money) they at least showed signs of being embarrassed for hassling people trying to help a homeless shelter. Naturally they sheepishly offered their standard excuse for their presence…Just doing their job? Why is that an excuse of any kind, that’s the one the Nazi used during the Nuremberg trials.
I offered to mediate a solution and asked the 7 or 8 cops to join me in donating $5 apiece to buy the remaining bake sale goods so that the “illegal table” would then be empty of its wares, could close down and the situation could be diffused. After an obligatory joke at their expense about the donuts they got serious and threatened to arrest people for not having paid the extortion fee for vending.
I guess after their threat of violence finally got them the desired result and the lady from Center Stage productions was “protected” they went back to more dangerous work like bothering disobedient Cub Scouts.
Don’t worry fellas, I didn’t eat all the donuts, but not one of you anted up the $5 for the homeless either did you?