Police-Backed Cyberterrorists Fail to Shut Down Cop Block

September 23, 2014   |   Justin King

Justin King (TheAntiMedia)
September 22, 2014

Cop Block is an organization that fights for police accountability. In a perfect example of why the organization is needed, two law enforcement-backed groups attempted to force Cop Block’s Facebook page offline because of its drive to provide police accountability. Cop Block’s main page has over 1,000,000 subscribers.

Credit: Facebook

Screen shot of the anti-Cop Block conspiracy. Credit: Facebook

The pages for the National Police Wives Association (currently down) and Police Blotter (now also shut down) were behind the cyber attack.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines cyberterrorism as:

“The premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs, and data which result in violence against noncombatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents.”

Given that Cop Block’s sole purpose is to guard against violence directed against the civilian population, this action by the police groups falls within the FBI’s definition of cyberterrorism. The groups engaged in a politically motivated attack against information so that noncombatants could be freely injured by their law enforcement counterparts.

The attack was due to the failure of a petition that sought to have Cop Block and those associated with the group classified as domestic terrorists. The petition obtained just a little over 2,600 signatures. That is far short of the 100,000 needed to even gain a response from the White House. To put that into perspective, the now defunct petition, which jokingly requested that Russia Today  journalist Abby Martin and I produce a child, gained signatures at a faster rate.

copblockbannedWhen legal means failed, the groups sought to impose their will the way the police know best: force.

This attack shows exactly why Cop Block is so desperately needed. The people behind these police pages are supposed to be the protectors of the rights of the average person. It is clear they are not. They intend to use their gang-like mentality to intimidate an organization that only seeks to make them accountable for their actions. The First Amendment apparently means nothing to those that are breaking the oath to uphold the Constitution that they took when they joined the force.

This is the exact type of bullying behavior by law enforcement that makes Cop Block so important. This action is the cyber version of the police brutality that Cop Block seeks to stop. This attack should result in a full FBI probe into the organizations behind it. While it is highly unlikely that any probe of the thin blue line would yield anything beyond the standard

“We’ve investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong,”

It should make American citizens realize that the police will stop at nothing to silence dissent. If they can’t do it within the law, they know there are other ways to do it. I invite every American to subscribe to Cop Block’s page to see exactly what the boys in blue do to people with pepper spray, clubs, and tasers when they aren’t engaging in a federally prohibited activity. If the cops are willing to go to this extreme to silence the organization, and the men and women of Cop Block are willing to quite literally put their lives and freedom on the line to bring the information to the public, the least the American citizens can do is take a few moments to click the like button and read the information that is so controversial. Maybe the officers themselves could take a look objectively and wake up to the insanity that some of the “thin blue line” believe is normal. Successful police reform hinges on officers with a conscience stepping forward and exposing the brutality and corruption that exists.

We will be covering this on The Anti-Media radio show tonight with a representative from Cop Block at 8pm PST/ 11pm EST. You can tune in live online here.

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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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63 Comments

  1. Abby Martin is not a Russian journalist. She is an American journalist working for RT.

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  2. too bad they'll investigate themselves on this

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  3. Abby Martin is kind of hot, if you don't want to have kids with her, let me know. I'll definitely throw myself on that grenade.

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  4. Cops are in on the type of organized bullying called gangstalking. Why do they let so many people get away with breaking laws and then only pick on certain people who do the same thing? It's like the laws are only there so they can pick on the victims they want to pick on. Half the vehicles in California do not have a front license plate and and they get away with it. They also cover up the rear plate with all kinds of stuff like bike racks and other things, like trailer hitches and some plates are purposely left so filthy and dirty that you can't real the numbers on them, they only clean off the little spots where the tags go, and i see a lot of plates with no tags at all on them.

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  5. The cops, and their supporters will never succeed with their criminal activities, and agenda.

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  6. I tried to post the other day and a box came up saying this site may not safe ,I posted anyway, I figured something like this was going on. Rock On Cop Block!

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  7. So, The National Police Wives page tried to shutdown Copblock, but instead they were taken down for some reason….that seems to reinforce that the tide has turned, and public opinion is against police.

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  8. I'm pretty sure Cop Block's page has a little more than "1,00,000 subscribers". Edit needed.

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  9. That is just amazing if you think about it. Instead of reform and admit there is problem. Filtering out the bad weeds. They want to block and protect abusive psychopath behavior.

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  10. I'm sure they'll do a internal investigation and find this is well within police policy ….nothing to see here move along

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  11. Kill cops

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  12. Too bad they don't investigate themselves vigorously when they commit wrongdoings and crime on a regular basis. Abuse of power comes to mind, first. Murder. Planting evidence. You name it.

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  13. Psyber brown shirt maggots

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  14. William Ritchie With 47% of Americans, saying they have little or no faith in law enforcement, in a national poll, I think it is really happening, not "just on the internet".

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  15. Don't forget….we too up here in Canada support you 1000%

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  16. I commented on this a couple hours ago when their Facebook pages went offline.
    Facebook has a long standing policy against threats of violence.

    Am I in the twilight zone? Has Facebook has now become the protector of American citizens against two law enforcement affiliated organizations or am I in Egypt????

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  17. You have to admit though it was clever stuff. Them trying to have Cop Block declared domestic terrorist, a freaking stroke of genus. They didnt have the numbers to pull it off but man what an idea.
    Think about this. Cop Block has over a million people. Surely with the reach that Cop Block has they could easily get 100k people sign a petition to have the police declared a domestic terrorist group. I would surely love to see the White House response to that one.

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  18. Copblock should use their numbers to influence petitions and fight fire with fire.

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  19. Craig Hale I know I did. whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

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  20. What really crisps my bacon is the cops' whining about their dangerous job, when it's their own behavior that makes them continually growing in unpopularity. Every pet killed, every innocent person brutalized or murdered is broadcast across the nation for everyone to see. We know about the murderers and coverup in Ferguson, the schizophrenic homeless man murdered in Fullerton, the butt pirates of Albuquerque PD in collusion with a local hospital.

    Every day we read about people beaten or killed by police. We see SWAT forces kick in doors to serve warrants with tragic results. We see police departments given armored assault vehicles filled with teddy bears.

    And these people have the gall to suggest that they are the victims here! Incredible! Moreover, this attempt to shut down exposure of police malfeasance suggests there is a serious ethical and moral problem in our nation's police forces and their families.

    The issue of abusive cops is gaining momentum as the word spreads. Apparently, the people trying to shut down Cop Block are the types who will be unemployed when the departments are reorganized from the ground up. It could happen.

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  21. So the pro-cop pages tried to get Cop Block shut down but got shut down themselves. Hilarious! Karma's a bitch.

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  22. NOT ALL COPS ARE BAD

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  23. As soon as I see a "good cop" rise up against his fellow corrupted pigs, I'll believe they exist.

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  24. I've seen quite a few posts by copblock admins post links of "instruction" on when people should "defend" themselves from cops. They have a thing with always referring to any law they don't agree with and enforcement of those laws as "tyranny" and that people should "do their part to stop the police state". With their delusions they can make almost any situation of when a cop attempts an arrrest on a law they don't agree with as unlawful, therefore they "have the right to resist" it. The members of Copblock are more direct with their "fuck the police" and "kill all cops" but if you had any kind of intelligence, you should be able to see what the Copblock admins are doing. First, 95% of their content comes from Freethoughtproject, which is run by Copblock minded individuals. All stories on there are falsified, leaving out any details that justify officers actions. That, along with what I have already said, EASILY proves that they are trying to instigate a rebellion against cops, which will lead to people killing cops. You can't contest this because all the evidence is there. Don't be a Copblock sheep. Open your fucking mind

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  25. To the cyberterrorists and the police:

    Cops are perfectly free (aren't all you overly policed americans ever so very free?) to not commit police brutality, abuse of authority, sexual misconduct, shoot-first-ask-questions-later, harass or harm the innocent, shoot-to-kill because "center mass" is more important than proportionate response to a non-deadly threat, and violate the rights of civilians because lawyers need to know the laws and cops are rarely recruited among academics – which is way too obvious.

    They can totally just not do these things, and then there would be no need to disclose them. But you cannot exactly blame people for exposing cops for being abusive. Cop Block has not been publishing and slandering good officers and good deeds, they publish cases of abuse. What's wrong with that? Think long and hard.

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  26. DHS doesn't need any petition to add CopBlockers to the list. I am sure they are already on the list. DHS doesn't give a shit what groups the public wants to see on the list. They have their own agenda.

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  27. The page wasn't taken down…they "unpublished" the page because they were getting a lot of posts from those against their attempts to silence the watchdog, and they couldn't handle the heat. Bullies are always cowards.

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  28. Allen Ryther When you have the internet protecting you that 47% is powerful. In the real world we don't trust each other enough to risk our lives to do anything.

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  29. I wish I had known when it was happening :(

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  30. Puma Cabra there are good cops that have….but they get bullied and such to the point where they are no longer cops. Hence why you don't see good cops anymore. I have seen the stories where good cops dimed out the bad ones…only to be intimidated by other cops and brass at their precinct.

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  31. We have 1,000,000 members on cop block. We should have the all american ploice declared a domestic terrorist group.

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  32. William Ritchie The internet is the world.

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  33. They do. And their findings are all "appropriate police force was used." And then somebody gets a paid vacation.

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  34. Except those few "good Cops" are strangely silent far too often when they see bad cops abusing people and breaking the law. My experience from the good cops I know is that the good, honest cops don't last more then 5 years. They are either harassed from the force, or resign in disgust. It is from knowing good cops that I don't trust ANY person with a badge and a gun.

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  35. I was just thinking that. We'd have 100,000 signatures in just a few days!

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  36. Domphero Deidoa I'm not sure what point you are trying to make, but that poll was not an internet poll. I'd be skeptical of the results of any internet poll.

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  37. Allen Ryther Internet, piece of paper, both are masks to hide behind. I am speaking of actually doing something. Like using the fact that you can legally bribe government officials into office. It wouldn't be to difficult with enough money or crowed sourcing to make sure laws are placed to help prevent police from abusing there badges. Taking to the streets is another issue. It may seem like allot of people walking those demonstrations but percentage wise it is under 1% I'm sure.

    I'm just saying a poll is a poll. Action is something else entirely.

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  38. Matt Shanley that would mean cop block itself supporting it and I doubt that would happen. They dont so much as like government or "the system" and Im not sure if the thought of playing within the bounds of that system has ever crossed their mind.

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  39. It does not need to be a cop block deal. Anyone that knows how to do it can start a petition

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  40. What I want to know is how the other sites were taken down? There is no details as to how exactly they tried to take down cop block or how the tables were turned? Lack of details can be detrimental to any cause.

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  41. Zlatko Skuljan this is true but to reach the numbers within the time allowed to get a response from the White House you would need something with the reach of Cop Block backing it, sharing the link and such.

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  42. Domphero Deidoa OK, I absolutely agree with that.

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  43. ima member of cop block! theres nothing malicious bout the group. it just shows all the fucked up cops abusing their power, the cops think theyre god… n clearly theyre not!

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  44. Fuck cops the I knew a good cop and he knew what was going on and hmm he was killed while sitting in his car investigating dirty cops hmmmm

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  45. cops and cop apologists are no longer seen as legitimate by decent Americans. Americans have learned the truth about their criminal cops

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  46. PoLice are domestic terrorists. politicians,judges and prosecutors are as well. just look up the story of tulia Texas. It's pathetic how deep racism goes.

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  47. No….NO….NO….public opinion is against the police hatemungers like YOU!!

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  48. Cyerterrorism? Don't you think that's a bit of a over reaction? It was just a petition. And it's not like the groups behind it didn't have their reassions. Cop block is an anti police site that fuels anger twards the police and indirectly inspires others to be violent twards police. At any rate hacking security systems is Cyerterrorism a petition is a Constitutional right.

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  49. I could sum up that responce for you. "Stay in mommy basement kiddo your not ready for the real world"

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  50. So when Anonymous hacks a Government or corporate site it's freedom fighting but when police wives petition to have a site taken down that fuels hatred twards cops and endangers their husbands lives via a petition it's Cyberterrorism? My god you people are babies.

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