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:


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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