At one point an officer assaulted me with pepper spray, well after I was handcuffed. It was a brutal experience, and that’s just what he was willing to do on camera.
Keene, New Hampshire (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
Derrick J. Freeman, former co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, released a highly anticipated documentary today detailing the ‘victimless crime spree’ he embarked upon earlier this year – including the surprising way police responded to peaceful protesters. The film, entitled Derrick J.’s Victimless Crime Spree, was made available to the public free of charge this morning at VictimlessCrimeSpree.com.
The documentary follows six months of purposeful civil disobedience, from September 2011 through March 2012, and the subsequent interactions with public officials, police and the New Hampshire judicial system. According to court records, Freeman faced 12 charges and more than 10 years in jail by the time the “victimless crime spree” was finished.
“At one point an officer assaulted me with pepper spray, well after I was handcuffed. It was a brutal experience, and that’s just what he was willing to do on camera,” says Freeman. “I was fortunate enough to have other activists filming the situation, but many others in similar positions aren’t as lucky. People will be outraged when they see the video.”
Court documents detail that in the end, Freeman pled guilty to nine of the 12 charges he originally faced: one count of obstructing government administration, two counts of criminal contempt, 3 counts of resisting arrest, one count of criminal trespass (on public property), one count of disobeying an officer and one count of possession of marijuana (Cheshire County District Court Docket #11-CR-2535). The plea deal resulted in 540 days in jail plus $2,280 in fines, all but 90 days and $1,240 of which were “stayed,” meaning that with two years of “good behavior” he won’t be penalized with the rest.
As a result of the same case, once released from jail Freeman decided to leave the state and take his civil disobedience show on the road. On August 18, he’ll begin touring the country to interview other activists about their methods and experiences with protesting and civil disobedience. Freeman will be taking video and blogging about his journey at LibertyOnTour.com. His first stop: Lemonade Freedom Day in Washington, D.C., where he’ll be speaking to a group of civilly disobedient mothers, fathers and children who illegally vend lemonade and raw milk without the permission of government bureaucrats.
“People will be surprised at what the real face of civil disobedience looks like, because it looks like the folks next door,” Freeman said. “In addition to Michael Phelps, the last three presidents have admitted to smoking marijuana, which says something about how harmful the drug can be for a person’s future. It’s time people start openly fighting these bad laws that are tearing apart families, costing taxpayers billions and punishing people for crimes that have no victims.”
Derrick J. Freeman is a journalist and freelance writer. Prior to his self-imposed exile he was the Tuesday night co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show FreeTalkLive. Freeman will be touring the country interviewing activists for two years, taking video and blogging about it all at LibertyOnTour.com.