Twenty-six-year-old Jonas Carrera was outside Tully O’Reilly’s, a bar in Northampton, a college town in western Massachusetts. Using his cellphone, Carrera filmed the actions of Northampton police employees who were at the bar to remove someone for allegedly hitting a bartender in the throat. Carrera wasn’t interfering. He was filming. Yet he was was aggressively approached – at least two wearing “Northampton PD” badged barked explicative-laden threats, then less than five-seconds later, Carrera was maced by Alan Borowski, tackled, handcuffed, caged, and is now threatened with the catch-alls of disorderly and resisting.
Fortunately the incident was captured by a Rachel Rothman, who happens to be a lawyer. Despite that objective evidence, double-standards have been afforded and the thin blue line maintained.
We’re heading to Northampton to do some Copblocking.
Facebook Event: Stand with Jonas Carrera: Join Us in Copblocking Northampton
Friday, April 12th
6:00 – 7:00pm - we’ll meet at a TBA Northampton location (does anyone have input on meeting at Chapin Lawn?) to go over a plan of action, know-your-rights info, how to handle potential police interactions, outreach tactics, and will exchange contact info
7:00 – ? – we’ll hit the streets to Copblocking in Northampton