A petition has been filed on the official whitehouse.gov petition page calling for the United States government to classify the controversial police accountability group Cop Block as domestic terrorists.
Cop Block is a grassroots organization originally founded in 2010 by Ademo Freeman. Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability, the groups website copblock.org says.
Copblock says it wants to make police accountable for their actions. The organization’s members draw attention to police abuses that happen across the country, and work to film police in order to force transparency and accountability within their ranks.
The petition, entitled, “Officially label and classify any variation of “CopBlock.Org” members as Domestic Terrorists with DHS,” accuses the decentralized police accountability organization of promoting violence.
“CopBlock.Org and its affiliates on social media are often applauding and encouraging violence towards law enforcement officers and their families,” the petition page says. “At times, they are even directly causing said violence in their communities, and then supporting each other online or in person for their illegal activities. I believe that many people who are active in this organization are committing terroristic acts by inspiring, inciting, or taking parts in acts that are designed to take human lives in cold blood for political gain.”
The petition, which was filed on September, 19 by an unknown person appears to have stirred up some reactions from other groups around the country.
The National Police Wives Association, along with a group calling themselves Police Blotter have called for a massive Facebook blitz against Cop Block.
“Call to all members. It has came to our attention that there is a petition circulating for the removal of the Facebook page ‘Cop Block,'” a National Police Wives facebook posts says. “We are asking members to report the page during 6-8pm CDT tonight from your personal facebook page. Or goal is to have 30,000+ reports asking for this page to be removed.”
In an ironic move of instant karma, it appears the National Police Wives Association Facebook page has been shut down. It had around 60,000 likes. The Cop Block Facebook page remains up.
Cop Block has remained vigilant throughout the attack.
They have become an easy target for reactionary analysts pushing back against the tide of condemnation of American police tactics in the wake of ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri, where protestors still continue to rally against police brutality.
The group and its members were even openly criticized by Bill O’Reilly recently on an episode of The O’Reilly Factor.
On CopBlock.org their nonviolent stance is clearly defined.
“Those of us who write for and are responsible for CopBlock.org affirm that violence is not condoned except in the defense of self or others,” the website states. “While we recognize the rights of other individuals to use the CopBlock name, we do not recognize those that do not affirm and live by that statement.”
Cop Block has thanked their fans for their support.
The petition has garnered only minimal support and is not on pace to succeed in gaining the appropriate number of signatures to be considered by the United States government.