Saturday, December 16, 2017
Search
Search

WACC Newsletter
Email Address:
Subscribe

 

TruthAlliance.net News

Visit The WACCTV Channel on YouTube for some of the latest 'Truth in Journalism' videos!

“You must be the change you wish to see in this world”

"Let us become the change we seek"

- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind”

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable"

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy  

 

  "A Truth, Love, and Freedom movement... working to change our 
political and economic systems through restoring OUR Country to The
Founding Principles, highlighted in the Bill of Rights. Regardless of  
propaganda levied against us, we are a NON-violent group, simply 
engaged in protected First Amendment Free Speech and Media. 
Freedom of Speech is NOT terrorism, as many mainstream news 
channels may imply on a continual basis.  Our UNALIENABLE 
Rights like Assembling and Bearing Arms are fueled by just existing on 
this planet. These Rights were fought for by the Sacred Blood of our 
Ancestors and the war continues to this day.  Presently, we 
are being heavily attacked in the Spiritual realm, yet we know we must 
be as gentle as a dove and as strong as a lion.  If you want to change 
something just look in the mirror and the world will start changing 
around you. We Respect and Honor Individuals who uphold their 
Oaths to the Constitution.  For the rest of you, may history forget 
you were Our Countrymen. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds 
you. The one who worships the Old World Order through false mental 
constructs by means of chaos, money and authority ought to be 
ashamed. We will NOT submit to this tyranny! Stand with us, while we 
build a commUnity that will make you proud, on the Right side of 
history!!"
 

 

12

Rob Weiland

WeAreChangeColorado.org

November 12, 2013

 

 

Two members of Colorado’s We Are Change chapter have recently settled separate civil rights lawsuits against the City and County of Denver and the Federal Reserve of Kansas City, Denver Branch.

 

“Its pretty extraordinary what these two young men have accomplished,” said their lawyer Gary Fielder. “Who said you can’t beat city hall, or the Fed.”

 

In September, the Denver City Council approved a $25,000 settlement to pay for damages associated with the towing and sale of a van belonging to Doug “Turtle” Evans, a long time member of We Are Change.

 

“Ironically, I was going home from an Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth presentation,” said Evans. “And I ran out of gas right in front of one of Denver’s finest.”

 

“Instead of helping, he falsely accused me of drinking and driving, towed my van and confiscated my pistol, that I had a concealed weapons permit to carry.”

 

Fortunately, Evans had conducted and video taped several interviews at the seminar.

 

“No slurred speech, no bloodshot eyes, no bad balance,” remembers Fielder, who also represented Evans in the criminal matter. “It was a little surreal showing 911 Truth videos in the middle of a DUI jury trial.” Evans was found not guilty of all charges.

 

Before trial, however, the Denver City Attorney’s Office filed a Nuisance Abatement case against the van and, after obtaining a temporary restraining order, refused to release the vehicle back to Evans. Fielder got that case dismissed, too, only to then be told that his client owed thousands in storage fees and costs. Ultimately, the van was sold at public auction, without Evans’ knowledge or consent.

 

Two years later, after suing the City for violating his constitution right to due process, Evans agreed to resolve his case for damages, attorney’s fees and a change in Denver policy. For years, the City Attorney had convinced the local judges that they did not have the authority to waive the storage fees—despite the fact the city car pound is owned and operated by the Denver Sheriff’s Department.

 

“It’s satisfying to know that we actually changed an injustice, “ said Evans. “The city is literally making millions selling people’s cars and, even if you’re in the right, the judge says she can’t help. Now, you can ask the court to waive the impound fees and, if you’re innocent, go pick-up your vehicle.”

 

We Are Change member, Bruce Baumann, also agreed to dismiss his civil rights case against the Federal Reserve branch in Denver, for an undisclosed amount. In a classic case of false arrest, Baumann was charged with Interference with Police and Resisting for taping the arrest of his friend on a public sidewalk.

 

“The actual event was four months before Occupy,” remarked Fielder, who also represented Baumann through the criminal case and federal civil suit. “Before that, the only people who ever protested in front of the bank were members of We Are Change and the local End The Fed guys.”

 

On this occasion, police reports indicate that two people entered the Money Museum in the Federal Reserve building on the 16th Street Mall, in downtown Denver. One of the men was associated with the End the Fed group, and was not allowed on the property. By all accounts, Baumann was welcomed to stay, but decided to leave after his friend was escorted out.

 

“As they all got close to the sidewalk, one of the Federal Reserve cops flopped like an NFL punter and started screaming that he had been punched,” said Baumann, “So I started filming with my phone.”

 

According to the testimony of one of the officers, Baumann posed a threat to the officers and was asked, three times, to get against the wall. After he allegedly refused, Baumann was taken into custody, handcuffed and handed over to the Denver Police.

 

The cell phone video did not support the officer’s testimony.

 

At first, Fielder wasn’t concerned with the phone.

 

“Its not my burden of proof,” recalls Fielder. “Honestly, I thought the city prosecutor was going to dismiss the case because these private security guards are not statutorily defined ‘peace officers.’”

 

“Instead, we’re in middle of the trial and it was the judge who ultimately wanted to see the cell phone video. You’ve got to give him credit. It was like out of a movie.”

 

The problem was no one knew where it was. The trial transcript indicates that the city prosecutor didn’t have it in her file, and thought the Federal Reserve had retained it.

 

“To his credit, the judge recessed the case so the government could find the phone,” remembers Fielder.

 

“A week later, we come back, and the city had found the cell phone in evidence. I’ll never forget it. We powered it up in a conference room, connected it to a laptop and everybody circled around and watched it together. The officer’s testimony was completely contradicted, the city attorney stormed out and her assistant dismissed the case.”

 

After the trial, Baumann filed a civil rights case in federal district court. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the court file is public. In its pleadings, the Federal Reserve admits to being a private entity, not connected to the Federal Government, and thus not a federal agency or state actor.

 

Nonetheless, Judge Christine Arguello refused to dismiss the case, and denied the Federal Reserve’s motion for summary judgment. In a 19 page opinion, Judge Arguello found the Federal Reserve Officers not only looked and acted like police officers, but their connection with the Denver Police Department established that they were state actors—not to mention that Baumann had been charged with interfering with and resisting police officers.

 

After successfully defending against summary judgment, and as he had done in the Evans matter, Fielder then elicited the services of preeminent constitutional attorney, Dave Lane. Perhaps best known for his representation of University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, Lane is a long time veteran of constitutional battles.

 

“Even Dave didn’t know the Federal Reserve was private,” says Fielder. “Nonetheless, its still hard for a little guy like me to get any attention. Once you bring in Lane, though, everybody salutes.”

 

Noting the importance of these two big victories for freedom, We Are Change Colorado is in the process of compiling the evidence for public release. Detailed and separate articles, with documents and videos embedded, will be ready for release, within the week.
 

Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2013