Seattle Coffee Shop that Refused Service to all Cops now Under Blatant Police Surveillance

Cassius Methyl | The Anti Media

 

Activists in Seattle are currently extremely active, doing daily protests for Ferguson, Palestine, against Monsanto for environmental issues, among many other causes. Image credit: jglsongs

It is under-reported how active these people are, and how much work they have put into making people conscious.

Seattle, and more specifically Capitol Hill activists, are in such large numbers and work so peacefully and effectively, that the Seattle Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security are targeting them and doing heavier and heavier surveillance by the day.

On a daily basis, helicopters fly over the protests that take place in Seattle, hovering menacingly over completely peaceful people. Innocent people get maced for no reason who aren’t even involved in protesting, and violence is instigated by the police.

For example, earlier this week the anarchist Co-Op coffee shop ‘Black Coffee’ was put under blatant surveillance and were met with intimidation by an officer. A female officer parked directly in front of the place and pointed her dashcam camera at the activist coffee shop,  videotaping the entire scene for about an hour and a half.

This coffee shop is under investigation in several ways , and the police are doing everything they can to shut it down. It will probably have to move to another location in Seattle in the next few months.

Here’s a video of the incident:

Why?

Likely because the shop hands out free zines about the philosophy of anarchy and countless other topics which challenge the current state of affairs. Bookshelves are filled with conscious material here, and the people who pass through the doors of this place tend to be determined activists, targets of the police and homeland security. These are people of great depth and powerful knowledge, and the police are blatantly targeting them.

Perhaps it’s because the coffee shop owners refused service to the police, exercising their right to refuse service to anyone. That is not illegal, and the police responding to that with surveillance is characteristically criminal behavior.

It is especially important to note that these activists are doing nothing but spreading ideas; ideas that are corrosive to the current paradigm of the violent police state.

This is an blatant indicator that the intensity of provocation from the police is on the rise, and the activist movements in Seattle and across America are becoming so effective that police are focusing on activists more than people who commit real crimes.

Please share this with as many people as possible, and simply be aware of the fact that if you are spreading ideas about opposing the current militarization of the police, or opposing the current paradigm of war for profit, you will be targeted. You must plan for that to continue to be an effective activist. If you are reading this, there is probably nothing that can stop your drive to wake up the fellow members of your community and society. Keep up the good fight, and know that this is a sign of the effectiveness of our activism.

If you would like to learn more about this anarchist coffee shop, you can visit Black Coffee Co-Op’s website here, and their Facebook page is here.

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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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  1. All of of activists. Your just stupid I live in Seattle and know several of the cops. Even went to high school with a few. Here is the thing. Do duck with the cops you are bringing it on yourselfs. I agree things need to change. And fast I am not a stupid liberal. I have nothing but contempt for there stupid way of doing things. And the way they think. And as far as the city of seattle he'll the state of Washington. And the people are all a bunch of idiots and fools. Seattle sucks wa sucks. You people will never see the light of day. I love my country.And am a big fan of the 2 amendment. But that's not the point. Here it is don't duck with the police. No good ever comes from it. You will either get your ass kicked or locked the he'll up. Or the both. Seemsto be the theme lalately. I support the cops. And people standing up for there rights. But both law enforcement and all you tree hugged stupid ass hippys are both guilty. And I would say these activists are just a bit more than the Seattle police department. So this is what I do when I get fucked with by the cops. And it happens on a constant basis. No the law. Study it. And when you make contact with them. Keep your Damn mouth shut. Make it harder for the to screw you. Most seattle cops are laid the he'll back. And don't give a shit. And most will say that. Pull your heads out of your butts and get smarter. I support the spd. And will continue to do so. And if anyone has a problem or a point to bring to my attention. Please by all means do so. Pricks

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  2. To be fair, that place has become a hive for drug and alcohol abiding oogles, who routinely start shit with each other and other people who aren't into their schtick.
    I'm not saying this is the intention of the actual co-op members. Clearly , it is not! However, when you have an open door policy for anyone who claims to be marginalized, you inevitably open the door to the lowest common denominator. And of the proprietors do nothing to curb that shit, then the cops will! And they will, of course, abuse the opportunity to show force. So, really, it is the failing of the Black Coffee Co-op members.
    I mean, seriously, I've watched people shit in the bark right outside the goddamn window of the place! They're not maintaining their own project. And of they end up going down, it won't be exclusively due to police and politicians. They will have had a hand in their own demise. They've set themselves up and allowed the way to be paved for their undoing.
    I certainly hope they can work it out. Perhaps they should talk to some people who've actually been in the game for a while. Left Bank, or something.

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  3. Hopefully when these idiots get robbed at gun point and the robbers take hostages the Police will refuse them service…..

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    • they are obligated public servants….and we pay the cowards to protect us. So they are obligated to protect the lil ol coffee shop , FTP

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  4. Chris Losey Do you know that our police department here in Bellevue, WA has replaced "To Protect and To Serve" on their squad cars with "An Internationally Accredited Agency"? True story! There are so many things wrong with this event. Evidently they no longer consider protecting and serving to be worthy of being on their squad cars, which is disturbing enough on it's own, but what is this SHIT about being an "INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED AGENCY?" WHO exactly are we talking about? The UN? NATO? Interpol? And why are foreign agencies and/or powers now getting involved in the internal affairs of local police agencies inside The United States? Makes the brain REEL!

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  5. David Kulczyk But they aren't anarchists, they are PATRIOTS. At least that's how I see the Tea Party, even though I don't put stock in either the Democ-rats or the Repiglicans.

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  6. Alexander Griffith Yeah, but they won't be able to do much there because by the time they get there the robber will be long gone, they will fill out some paperwork and say that they "will investigate". If they don't have a photo or surveillance video, then the case is shot right from the word "go". My advice? Buy a dog, and/or a GUN.

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  7. cops scare away customers.. bottom line

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  8. Robert J Sebold plus I know the owners and they like to "smoke",hell the whole family likes to smoke :)

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  9. John Srader the whole world likes to smoke :)

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  10. Freddie Knapp i wrote the article and witnessed the surveillance firsthand. yes they do.

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  11. David Kulczyk
    The tea party? You mean the party that is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers?
    Or the people in it that claim they want no government in their lives as they receive federal funding, unemployment, drive on federally funded roads with gas that was fought for by the US Military? You sir, are an ignoramus!

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  12. i did that too, i used to own a small auto shop on aurora ave n in seattle. there was this traffic cop that liked to park in my south driveway and run his speed traps from there. he would pull his patroll car right in front of my gate so that people could not get past him, forcing my customers to make a very difficult right turn into my north gate which was pointed the other way (just the way the fencing was set up, not alot i could have changed about it). aurora is 45 mph in the area and we had a couple real close calls because people would nearly get rearended trying to make the more than 90% turn into my lot. one day i walked out and asked if he would please stop blocking my driveway with his patroll car and the guy went ballistic on me. i ended up calling his superviser at the north precinct, who paid me a personal visit. he listened to what i had to say and politely told me that the cop had every right to park where he was and further told me that it was not a good idea to try to push it any further. well, i may be a fool, but i pushed it all the way straight to the city councils office. the cop never parked there again. as a side note, about 6 years later i saw a news report about that same cop having been arrested for dui.

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  13. i realize you are being sarcastic….. but just in case you aren't, you had best be carefull. in my fair city you are far more likely to get taken down by an observant citizen than you are by a cop. and there are cameras everywhere, watching everything. crimes against property rarely go unpunnished here. we would be very happy to introduce you to a short stay in the "r-units" at shelton, followed by a pretty unpleasent stay at walla walla state prision, which by the way, is out in the desert….. it's really really hot there in the summer, and really really really cold there in the winter. you might get lucky and get sent to monroe, but then you'd have to deal with all the sex offenders. ya, come on up to washington and committ some petty felonies, just hope you get out alive :). we property owners actually have a bad habit of shooting people who committ crimes on our property.

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  14. David Kulczyk You are the power elite's best friend in this thread. They washed your brain to a spit-shine.

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  15. To quote Eric Cartman… "RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH!!!" Am I right? :P Crooked pigs.

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  16. I suppose all of their dreams of oppressive authoritah behind a shiny badge with numbers on it have all been for naught at this point. "Once I get out of high school and become a cop, THEN people will respect me!" I could just about die laughing at their perpetual unpopularity. They bring it on themselves. I have no sympathy for the tough kid that grew up with a thirst for control.

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  17. Legally, they'd need to prove it at that rate. Won't that be a thing to see!

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  18. My guess is that in the near future, we will be replacing the word 'China' with 'North America'.

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  19. You sound like an ignorant pro government loser pussy cop pig but kissing douche bag. Go back to the donut shop and hang out with your fellow piggies Oh wait you can't they don't want you there anymore.

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  20. That is a store not do what you want with place! Under violation of amendment 13

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  21. They're pushing away the book to their own protection. Judging where the store goes doesn't stop what they want. Who knows they can be paying those people Togo there

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  22. Gregory Lewis I don't really think they are fascists either, except accidentally! They are not smart enough. They are nihilists. They don't believe in anything, and their stances, each and every one of them, are easy to puncture, full of contradictions (as we all know and talk about, the cog. dissonance, blah blah). For instance, you have the OP bitching about anarchists, and Republican screwheads like Cliven Bundy claiming sovereign citizenship. That's freaking anarchy! So, which is it, fellas? Which side are you on, the both of you (David Kulczyk and Cliven)? And you couldn't bother to answer my question, which was directly asking you about anarchy: the environment of nation-states is called "Anarchy" in the IR sense, precisely because of the Westphalian/realist definition of sovereignty. So you don't know what you are talking about, David. As Alec Fraser says, you really ARE the power elite's best friend: a little obedient lapdog who hasn't learned enough to recognize his master is a zoophile rapist and to escape his cruel master.

    Now, I do think their OVERLORDS are fascist! And the cult's members are too ignorant to see through it. They apply their phoney revolutionary thought to things echoed to them by Fox. Fox IS A fox, ripping our eggs to pieces. This attitude is useful to the fascists up the line. Bile O'Really and the rest are the megaphones that fascist leaders would use to incite the mobs of wannabe Brownshirts.

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  23. You dont call the police for anything anymore. Kind of defeats the purpose of them coming to help when they make you feel uncomfortable and like your the criminal in question. Fuck the police ! They do more harm then help these days!

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  24. Robert Pryor those are minorities with no state power, they are the targets of state and business power, and they don't murder people with state complicity, you moron

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  25. "Perhaps it’s because the coffee shop owners refused service to the police, exercising their right to refuse service to anyone. That is not illegal, "
    Are you taking the position that a private business can refuse service to Blacks, Jews, Gays, Latinos, etc?

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  26. "exercising their right to refuse service to anyone"? I guess it's cool in this scenario but when it's a couple pillow-biters being refused you libs go crazy and whine like hoes.

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  27. First place I'm going to go when in Seattle visiting my son and daughter in law is this coffee shop , at least I know I'll be safe there!

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  28. Just wanted to point out that in the article you linked to about the dude getting maced when he wasn't even protesting, that was a Westlake security guard, not SPD.

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  29. They should be doing their jobs, not just sit around with cameras being pissed off that people aren't giving away products to bullies.

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  30. its sad that most Americans have more fear from those whom are supposed to serve and protect them more than would be criminals. i never fear that im going to get robbed, attacked or shot by fellow citizens while leaving my house but while driving as soon as i see a police vehicle panic sets because at the minimum i know they can pretty much find any excuse to ticket me if they wanted to.

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  31. the only reason you disgusting hippies aren't getting robbed is because of police presence. and don't forget the WTO riots were caused by 'anarchists' like yourselves. y'all make me laugh.

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  32. There are plenty of Other Coffee Shops and Other Front Businesses Who Cater To Organized Government Criminals, Connected To Homeland Security Agencies, who meet at FRONT BUSINESS LOCATIONS to share information on Targeted Individuals, Who Are Monitored, Stalked, Harassed, Victimized, Burglarized and Conspired Against By The COVERT AND NON-COVERT Organized CriminalsWho Hide Bedhind Badges and Agency Connections In This Country.

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  33. I say keep them under the same survellience. Pigs hate being filmed, so film them and make it obvious that you're doing it.

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  34. If the dumb assed would have let the cops buy coffee maybe they wouldn't be going out of business.

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  35. So you people have a problem with cops viedoing you, trying to catch you messing up. But it's okay when you do it to cops? Get over it.

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  36. I am planning to move to Seattle in the spring, do I have to be fearful of the police, is it as bad there as it is in Florida. I need knowledge and information. I have heard such wonderful things about the area, now I see this. What is the truth about the city. Any and all knowledge is greatly appreciated. Be blessed all!!

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  37. well that was a load of fucking wank couldnt read the artical because all the fuckin adds poppin up above the text literally these sites are a load of shit they care more about advertising than the content on thier page dissapoiting

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  38. I find it odd that extreme right wing protesters that arrive armed and spouting anti government slogans like "kill Obama" to protests are not confronted or bothered in any way while environmental or social activists are maced, beaten, jailed, and otherwise targeted by police, NSA, and HS for demanding that EXISTING laws and regulations such as Civil Rights, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts are enforced. Why are the right wingers like Cliven Bundy are given not only a pass but the cops leave the scene entirely giving the impression that government tacitly supports the extreme right wing.

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  39. Well just wait until the court hearing comes out and all you guys hear the truth at what really happened, The Witness/ buddy of M Brown just came out and said the officer story is true. I swear people are freaking idiots and the so called MEDIA is leading you sheeple on. So to this coffee shop go right ahead and lose more business from COPS. LOL idiots I swear.

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  40. Jesus. You know your country is in trouble when your law enforcement agencies are boycotted by the population. It says a lot too about those law enforcers that they think they can bully the population in this manner. Truly, these are the end days for western society.

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  41. Expounding the concept of 'anarchy' may be as cool(?) as it was in the late 70's, when the punks did it… would you really WANT to live in an anarchist state?

    If everyone wants less 'oppression' by the police – Hmmm… i dunno… all sign up?
    As long as only neo-nazis and assholes want to 'serve and protect', all cops will be neo-nazis and assholes.

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  42. interesting. I bet these same people were the types of people outraged that a cake maker wanted to not make a cake for a gay wedding.

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  43. May I ask why this coffee shop is concerned with a police car parked in front of their store? Seems like it would make most store owners feel pretty safe. Unless of course the store owner had something to hide. Frankly I think any grown adult who passes out pamphlets on anarchy is fairly batshit crazy and probably SHOULD be monitored, but whatever lol

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  44. Well if you start shit with the police you gotta expect a reaction. Plus ppl think about this all this Anti-Cop crap is only going to lead to one thing–And its not freedom from oppression like a lot of you think it will.. No it will lead to the activation of Department of Homeland Security which will come in impose curfew, lockdowns, encampments and so forth due to the "Level of Civil unrest"… Keep it up ppl and your gonna send us all right into their hands., but don't get me wrong if a cop does something wrong then he like anyone else should be held accountable–But Mass protest-rioting-looting this shit doesn't help.

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  45. Activists in Seattle are currently extremely active. What would the rest of the uncool world do without their help?

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  46. Seattle, it's time to start carrying guns and shooting cops for initiating violence against peaceful citizens.

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  47. The thing that confused me about this whole situation is that the coffee shop is using its right to refuse service to someone. now that someone happens to be police officers. what if a shop decided to refuse service to blacks, whites, gays, etc. would that also be considered be legal?

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  48. You cannot actually refuse service to ANYONE. Particular groups are protected under the private action doctrines of the 14th amendment (and similar state constitutions). Essentially you cannot refuse service based on someones race, national origin, gender, age, religion, handicap, and in some states marital status and sexual orientation. So you can refuse service to a black person, but not BECAUSE they are black. If you do, that is civil discrimination. However, they can refuse service for any reason that is not included in those, for instance, if you are a cop.

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  49. Why would you call the police? The police do not enforce private no gun rules of stores… Perhaps this is less your want of people to follow their rules and clearly more just you not liking cops…

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  50. Cool story. Its your right to say all those things… its their right to refuse service to police officers. Carry on. Btw, its also your right to use your/you're and their/they're/there correctly… cmon, its not difficult stuff.

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  51. * All of of activists. (senseless babble)
    * Your (You're) just stupid(.) I live in Seattle and know several of the cops.
    * Do duck (what?) with the cops (and) you are bringing it on yourselfs (no such word).
    * And fast I am not a stupid liberal. (incoherent sentence)
    * I have nothing but contempt for there (their) stupid way of doing things.

    I give up. That whole post is babble and nonsense.

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  52. If a Muslim or gay person had been refused service, the feds would already have taken steps to destroy the business.

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  53. Should this discriminatory business get robbed, the cops should refuse their 911 call.

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