Friday, June 5, 2015

Beware of the Police Stalker

     When I began the 59th class of the Greensboro Police Department's Police Basic Introductory Course one of the first items for our instructors to cover was a group of "regulars" that were known to officers.  These regulars were people that hated officers, loved officers, tried to love on officers, were ones who hung around downtown at all hours of the day and night and usually not having our best interests at heart.  Pictures of these folks were posted on our classroom wall and descriptions of each individual person's behavior was covered with the warning that they could pick up on who the newer or younger officers were and that we would, not could be preyed upon.  Many of those folks have disappeared in the past 30 years and the "new" ones don't congregate around the PD anymore as we have become more spread throughout the city instead of being in one building together as when I started.
     The "regulars" have changed some as well.  Technology has enabled these folks with agendas not favoring police officers to take advantage of officers while attempting to perform duties of their office and record one sided interpretations of events with little or no regard for telling the truth.  Just as sensationalized journalism is influencing citizens with no energy or desire to investigate for themselves, these video presentations are being posted on social media and even sold to TV stations who then sells it to the public as demonstrations of actual events.  What they are in reality are attempts to slander and attack officers by sneaking up and initiating confrontations.  They prey on younger patrol officers who they catch off guard and verbally assail while that officer is handling another call or traffic stop so that they can get the upper hand while that officer is preoccupied.  They never depict what the aggressor does prior to the officer reacting.  Every one I have seen involves "jail house" law interpretations where they adamantly insist that the law says one thing when in fact it does not.  Their actions are loud and intimidating and designed to catch the officer in a moment of confusion as he tries to deal with the suspect he has initiated contact with as well as the sneak attack from behind him.  These encounters have become increasingly popular as the fad of police bashing has recently increased coupled with weak city government officials and their fear of not getting re-elected if they do not appease these despicable people.
     I do not know if our PBIC instructors still issue these warnings or if someone has convinced the city that we somehow are violating these pieces of feces civil rights by identifying them and should therefore violate our officer's rights by compromising officer safety in the name of city official's political survival.  As a citizen with his own set of civil rights and the guarantee of free speech through the United States Constitution, I consider it my duty to inform my fellow retirees, my colleagues still serving at the Greensboro Police Department and the good citizens of Greensboro that are tired of being subjected to the crap that these antagonistic opportunists seem to hold the city hostage with.  These folks have absolutely no problem publishing and disseminating their opinions and actions publicly so they have opened themselves up for critiquing.  Most politicians are afraid to do so because they do not want to become a target.  By practicing appeasement they empower and enable these people giving them far more credibility than they deserve.  They have a right to express their opinions; but the rest of us have the right to dismiss those opinions and not legitimize efforts to destroy the criminal justice system simply because they as an extremely small segment of the population don't like it.
     Which brings me to the local "Cop Block" guy, Brian Watkins.  Mr. Watkins is a "police stalker" that records and posts videos on You Tube under the name "Preview".  His shtick is to approach officers that are conducting vehicle stops or circle a location repeatedly while officers are engaged on calls with other citizens.  On stops he will start videoing an officer while aggressively approaching him and asking him questions.  On one video he assails a NC Highway Patrolman with another male subject accusing the Trooper of making an unlawful stop because the gas station parking lot the car pulled into was private property; as stupid as the old "you can't write me a ticket because you're not wearing your hat" adage.  It obviously catches the young Trooper off guard as only an idiot would rush an officer while he was conducting a stop or investigation.  The Trooper conducts himself in my opinion in a professional manner but the aggressiveness of the encounter causes a moment of confusion making the Trooper hesitate in a way that suggests he is making sure he hasn't done anything wrong.  This is repeated on several videos he has posted.  On one where he was apparently circling an officer in a suspicious manner he successfully peaked the officer's awareness to the point that the officer correctly decided that he should attempt to identify this person.  Mr. Watkins drove slowly enough for the officer to see where he was stopping and when the officer approached he was aggressively assailed verbally by Mr. Watkins and another male.  You can find these videos on You Tube and decide his intentions for yourself by titles that include "False Arrest by Guilford Deputy", "Lying Cop" (SHP story) or "Police Interview by JR Vail".
     The incident that prompted this article was one where two female Greensboro Police Officers were conducting a traffic stop of a careless and reckless driver that turned out to be an impaired driver as well.  Mr. Watkins aggressively began to video the stop and was told in a professional and appropriate manner to move back from the officer's investigative space.  He refused and was charged with Interfering with an Officer during Performance of his/her Duties, NCGS 14-223.  He complained about being charged resulting in discipline for the two officers and his charges dropped.  No apparent misconduct by the officers was recorded.  Are you kidding me?  This guy has a documented and published history of assailing and attacking officers and we are legitimizing him by appeasing and sacrificing the work record of two officers and letting him off the hook?  No wonder he feels empowered.  Appeasement achieves NOTHING!!
     Mr. Watkins apparently feels so empowered that he even has a podcast (also on You Tube) where he is being interviewed by someone that calls himself "Doc Sinn" and is portrayed as some sort of expert in Police Brutality.  The podcast is Mr. Watkins describing how to complain on officers and encouraging people to resist and verbally question authority.  He gives wrong interpretations of laws and criminal procedures and basically seems to be rallying citizens to not obey officers.  At the end of the podcast he gives instructions on what to do if you want to complain on police officers in Greensboro.  His advice and I quote is to call "the Beloved Community Center and ask for Nelson Johnson"; recognize that name and agenda?
     Why is Mr. Watkins so angry with the Police?  A good place to find that answer would be this website; sexoffender.ncdoj.gov.  Type in Brian Watkins' name and the city Greensboro and decide for yourself.  My opinion is that we should charge him every time he disobeys a warning to remove himself from a crime or investigative scene.  We should familiarize our officers with his face and address which can be done through the aforementioned public record website and instruct them to immediately call for assistance when he shows up.  Our city leaders need to stand up to him, discredit him and not allow he and other opportunistic antagonists to hold the city hostage any longer.  It has been going on far too long.  City leaders need to stop being accommodating to this individual; and if they can't find the guts to stand up to him and put an end to his constant abuse of city employees and officers, we should find someone else that will. 

21 comments:

  1. Nice one Marc. Too many idiots like Watkins out there these days. I guess in America you do have so much freedom that you are also entitled to be a DUMBASS! Watkins fits the bill.

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    1. what kind of retard thinks the country with the worlds largest prison population and death buy cop rate is free in any way???

      Your pussy friend ridgill keeps deleting comments unflattering to his bias and hate he is a total piece of shit.

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  2. Our city leaders are cowards and especially our new city manager. Agree wholeheartedly with your rant.

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    1. I agree we need city leaders not afraid to stand up to police unions

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  3. One need to ask their lawyer about a few terms like "retrograde extrapolation", "Hinz chart", "gas chromatograph" and "Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus". If they don't know them, they probably do not have enough experience with defending your case. My neighbor works with a DUI lawyer and let me know if I can help you.

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    1. If you had ANY proof of what you claim you and your ilk would be in civil court. You have provided zero proof of your claims. Your screen name here says it all. I dont need to address your views because I dont agree eith them nor ghe confrontational and bullying way you try to present them. You have zero direct evidence. Your hearsay evidence is so weak it wouldnt even make a weak civil case. Yelling and screaming and making clown videos lend nothing to solving any of the problems you embellish and make up. Your days of the city manager bailing you out are over too. Call all the names you want. Thats what insecure, uneducated and felonious convicted people do when they have no proof of what they claim. You even claim to know domething about ghe communist/ klan shootout though you were all of what, 5 years old? Youre just clueless and dont like police officers. Everybody sees you for what you are. And no one takes you seriously.

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  5. There is no name you can hide behind. I know who you are and what your agenda is. It took zero time to find these details. If I spent time I could find ALL the details. Everything in this article is public record. Nothing on your website is accurate. No more standing in silence. No more sneak attacks on officers. If you were legit you wouldnt hide. Or have to poorly read from cue cards.

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    1. look at this moron, deletes the original comment, leaves behind his asinine response. Fuck ridgill and all of his KKK supporting cop buddies.

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  6. Police reform? This guy is a registered sex offender. What reform does he want?

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    1. Name calling and threatening anyone that challenges you is cowardly. I wont ban you. You cannot deny statistics. Less than one percent of ALL calls end in resistance. You are way overstating this issue but you know that. Your last video exposed you for who you are. I will also continue to expose you every time you try this. You are not funny. You are also in the vast minority. Use legitimate examples of personal experiences instead of third and fourth hand accounts. Im not going to allow you to go unchallenged anymore.

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    2. yup, another move for idiocy by racist ridgill, deletes comments, leaves behind his mindless dribble You show a desire to "expose me" are you related to JW way, he likes to expose himself, to citizens he swore to protect and serve.

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  7. What I see is a guy who, more than likely, made a bad judgement call in his life. We're all allowed to have one. He did his judgement error over 10 years ago but yet the guy did his number too. Isn't that the old saying "do the crime, do the time"? Well he's done his and I think it makes him qualified to critique you or your former employers. Just like any resident should.

    I've also seen this video you mention. This has somehow got stuck in your craw. If you cannot see the obvious parody factor to it, then you can't say you're a fan of Airplane. It was so poorly edited, so poorly acted that to take this Officer Blackbeater character completely serious is a laugh. It's called a "stereotype". The thing is that after I looked the stories up mentioned in the video, to me, does not paint your police force in a positive light. Not ANYWHERE near it.

    There needs to be a country wide overhaul to the police. For Christ's sake if you see an officer not doing his job right or downright being a criminal, report them. Quit covering up for them. You wanna get rid of the resentment a whole lot of people in this country have for the police then clean up the crap from inside your own forces. If you have the resources to bust some guy smoking a joint on his couch then you have enough to rid yourselves of the vermin criminal scum who just happens to have a badge. You wanna be the good guys then act like ones.

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  8. Look at all that selected censorship from ridgill, gets his ass handed to him in a debate and instead of licking his wounds and crawling away like it should he has to rely on censorship to protect the sitty reputaion of the GPD and racist scum like ridgill.

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  9. What heck are you talking about. You miss me so much you have to make stuff up on a year old article? Just be patient. My FOI request on your payment claim is on ghe way.

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  10. Good then you'll quit defending the illegal arrest and call for them to pay the city back for violating civil rights

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  11. Your arrest was absolutely legsl and should have been prosecuted. You would have been convicted as would the Scales. The gutless, incompetant city manager should be fired.

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  12. People with actual law degrees strongly disagree with you but keep proving you're a moron.

    As always death to the clan

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  13. There are lots of people with law degrees that know nothing about legal application. As for being a moron, I lag way behind your ass. By the way, your shared GPD post about child abuse awareness with your critique may be the most hypocritical POS post I have ever seen. Yet you gutlessly block or disallow any dissenting posts. You serve zero purpose on this earth. Im going to check the date on your interfering case. If the statute of limitations is still intact I just make take a warrant out and prosecute you myself. And yes I can since a judge didnt dismiss your case.

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  14. You've been handing me that lie for a year. Charges were dismissed in the interest of justice also known as with prejudice but not the kind of prejudice your kkk buddies peddle in. File the charges or shut up. More ridgill bluffs and lies. Can't wait to get to court on those charges. Talk about a slam dunk case of illegal retaliation on behalf of the police. Do you get paid to target me or are you that pathetic that you have nothing better to do?

    Take up a hobby like venomous snake handling or a new profession like commercial logger or fisherman or any other of the top 10 most dangerous jobs (police does not make that list yet you cowards whine about how dangerous police work is)


    Tazing children is child abuse which you approve of but you don't see me defending child abuse in any way. You are the hypocrite.

    Gutless is Tim Bloch and his state sponsored murder of an elderly mentally ill 90 lb woman. The poor widdle wimp "felt threatened" says "the public wouldn't understand" if they released the camera footage. We care supposed to trust police to investigate themselves

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  15. The Greensboro police and the lying coward Susan Danielson delete comments from their Facebook page that express dissent and debunk the many lies they tell. the only difference is they are a public entity that is prohibited by the First Amendment from this kind of censorship. they deleted any references to the bogus study they just released which falsely showed the Greensboro police are not biased
    The "study" lists two races of people African Americans and white people. it considers Asians and Hispanics to be white not only eliminating their culture and Heritage but skewing the numbers to make it look like more white people are arrested therefore falsely making them look less biased

    The San Diego Sheriff's Department just lost a case where they illegally censored their Facebook page too. Maybe that'll be my next lawsuit use the proceeds for a trip to Hawaii or maybe I could donate the money in your name to black lives matter and the Black Panthers.

    In order to buy that Cadillac I'll have to wait to the next time they illegally arrest me. I think I'll go retro and buy a fully restored 75 Eldorado convertible. I'll have a bumper sticker made up that says "I sued the Greensboro police for civil rights violations and all I got was this lousy Cadillac"

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