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A Killeen resident is organizing an event next month called “Hold KPD Accountable.”

In the description on the Facebook page of his event, James Everard, a local veteran, said the event is in response to the imprisonment of Marvin Guy, deaths that have occurred because of police no-knock raids and “questionable police practices have left our city unsatisfied with the people sworn to protect us.”

As of Thursday afternoon, 10 people on the Facebook event post had confirmed they will be attending Everard’s event and another 26 people were interested in attending the event, scheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at Killeen Police Department headquarters, 3304 Community Blvd.

Assistant KPD Chief Alex Gearhart said Thursday that the department is aware of Everard’s post, but had no further comment.

Everard said Thursday the event will serve as a way for people to air their grievances towards Killeen Police Department.

“The Killeen police has had multiple incidents with citizens of Killeen, mainly affecting those who are people of color,” Everard said to the Herald, “I’m not the primary protagonist of this event, I’m just the organizer bringing people and groups out to air their grievances with Killeen Police Department.”

Everard said the arrest of Killeen YouTuber “No Question Abaudit” does serve in some ways as a catalyst that sparked the event.

The YouTuber’s name, according to a Killeen Municipal Court docket, is Kevin Duane Butler, although KPD and the videographer have declined to provide the Herald with his name.

Last weekend, Butler was arraigned on a Killeen misdemeanor charge that he “interferred or obstructed an officer” while the YouTuber was taking a video of a KPD traffic stop and said aloud that passengers don’t need to show police their ID.

The videographer said that city law omits a key provision in a similar Texas law, which provides a loophole if the obstruction or interference “alleged consisted of speech only.”

Everard also plans on attending the next Killeen City Council meeting on Jan. 4 to encourage the council to amend the city ordinance that lead to the arrest of “No Question Abaudit”.

Everard did say the Killeen Police Department has been making the right steps in the last few years.

“It’s great that they are actually doing more with crime prevention than just revenue generation. They’re no longer sitting outside of bars or (Highway) 190 looking for people to arrest. They are looking at actual crime prevention,” Everard said.

The event will have people of different groups in attendance, Everard said, including Nick Bezzel, the president of the African-American gun club the Elmer Geromino Pratt Pistol and Rifle Club Central Texas; Open Carry Central Texas; the auditing community (people who film the police and other public officials); and other people who are involved with bringing an end to no-knock warrants.

In April of this year, the Killeen City Council approved a new ordinance that bans the Killeen Police Department from participating in no-knock warrants within city limits.

No-knock warrants — in which police don’t announce themselves before forcefully entering someone’s home in order to arrest the person — have come under fire in Killeen in recent years.

Two people have died in the Killeen raids, which sometimes include broken glass, explosives to blow off doors, and a lot of guns — mostly in the hands of police, but sometimes in the hands of the residents inside. Usually done in pre-dawn hours, the no-knock warrants can catch a criminal when they least expect it. However, sometimes things go horribly wrong.

Guy, 57, is accused of shooting a Killeen Police Department detective, who later died, during a 5 a.m. no-knock raid on Guy’s residence on Circle M Drive in 2014. KPD SWAT Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie and three other officers were shot on May 9, 2014, and Dinwiddie died in a hospital two days later. After seven years in the Bell County Jail, Guy is still awaiting trial.

In another case, 40-year-old James Scott Reed, was killed by a single bullet during a no-knock narcotics raid at his home on Feb. 27, 2019. The family alleged that at least 22 rounds were fired by Killeen Police Department SWAT team members during the early-morning raid and that Reed was armed but did not fire his handgun. Reed’s family eventually sued police in the city over the shooting in a civil case that has dragged on in court for over 18 months. The outcome is still pending.

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stuckinbellcounty

If the public were more accountable, the police would not have to be as involved. All the complaining out our police that are trying to keep our city safe but have to put up with idiots on a daily basis is just silly.. they are humans first, police second. You try to do what they do and see how you react on a day by day basis with all the crime around Killeen. Either go to the police academy, become a cop and help.. or stay the F out of their way.

overseer

@TimetoMove - It is acceptable to recognize a mistake or overstep when it comes to the actions law enforcement takes in handling a situation. Is it true that a We The People was utilizing a "loop-hole" in the law to do what he did? If so, does it not stand to bear that the officers may have believed to have acted accordingly to what they had learned in training. When you look at the nature of a "loop-hole", it is designed to be used to bypass the rules of normality. Many complaints are made about the wealthy and large businesses using tax loop-holes to avoid paying their "fair share' and are criticized nonstop about it. Yet, again, we have an individual utilize the same defined tactic to "agitate" law enforcement officers to a point of being arrested, and then complain about the arrest due to his plan to AVOID a fair and impartial arrest. Do you not know that if he were engage in the type of actions he did with these officers with the average person on the streets that he would have been dealt with in a more harsh manner than he was with the police? Based on this, We the People is not stupid nor ignorant of his actions, he is bigoted and discriminatory in them by TARGETING only one group of individuals. If he had done this to an average civilian and lost his life, would you be willing to protest and stand against the civilian individual who would have ended his life. Even if they were black as well? I will admit, I have to question We the People's mental state as he appears to be, in my humble opinion, an individual who does not mind the possibility of martyrdom to promote his cause. Do not get me wrong, he is free to do what his is free to do, but needs to exercise more caution in what he does. My question to you TTM. Who kills more people in Killeen? Law enforcement or civilians? My request to you, do not just comment when the police are involved, comment and voice your frustrations when the action involves civilian on civilian crime too. If you do not, you are, possibly without realizing it, showing yourself to be discriminating in your thoughts and actions just like him. Nothing is just truly "black or white", it is about what is right or wrong. The problem is, people seem to have so many different definitions of what defines right and wrong.

TimeToMove

Engage or Ignore. The video evidence in the case of “I’m The People” versus Killeen Police Department (KPD) clearly details how a person that was paid to enforce the law can overreact. Especially when they do not like another person trying to help a given situation and using their telephone to film them in open public settings. The First Amendment audit community has used their cell phones for the past ten years to record public officers in the course of their official duty. In this particular case, the video recording clearly shows an overreaching KPD officer that was ready to pounce. The police officer was waiting for the perfect opportunity to show he was the boss. Both officers took advantage of this situation as they failed to implement required training diplomacy. As a result of KPD failed actions, to follow law enforcement protocol, they decided to immediately arrested, charge a Killeen citizen with the misdemeanor act, and lock him away for 12 hours. Point proven who was the person in charge in this encounter and no one should question the KPD when they are in the process of violating the civil rights of two passengers in a car.

In all cases, police officers have two choices. They can either engage a member of the community or ignore them. When dealing with a person that may be attempting to inject themselves into an active investigation, these are the U.S. Constitutional options. (1) Do nothing with the general public and simply ignore them. (2) If busy, call for backup to help out the situation. The KPD officer decided to forget their training and in two minutes physically assault and arrest a member of the community for videotaping them while they were engaging in illegal activities during this traffic stop.

The KPD officers should not be applauded for this arrest. Due to the poor choice by KPD, an innocent person arrested for flexing his first amendment rights. Instead, the two officers on the scene should have used alternative de-escalation tactics. Options could have included (1) Verbal warning to the person video recording them, (2) Once they had concluded the traffic stop, given a written misdemeanor citation to the member of general public, (3) Have backup conduct a separate investigation of “I’m The People,” or (4) Use common sense not to engage with a person who has nothing to do with the traffic stop.

Video recording the police is not a new practice. In today’s society, it is scary that the first impulse of KPD officers was to arrest a person (within the first two minutes of an encounter). Rather than confronting the Killeen citizen, it is recommended that KPD follow your policy and use nonlethal tactics to de-escalate! The end result will be police investigate themselves and ultimately find no misconduct or wrongdoing on the part of two officers who clearly violated the law. This case will conclude with a Federal lawsuit against the City of Killeen, not KPD. In an average of two years, I’m The People will receive a major payout for multiple violations to his U.S. Constitutional rights.

Localsince72

This city is a leading example of crime-ridden and these people want to protest the police.

I say support the cops, and let's start treating these people who destroy our community and those agitators who seek our city's destruction as they need to be treated.

Alvin

If you as a NAP,Libertarian then you have already succumbed to these laws and thus you amount of freedom as you choose to exercise. Don't get me wrong, it's not my place to condemn your beliefs but there are many more laws that fit the bill as your succumbing to the loss of ypur freedom such as a simple jaywalk when it is illegal to jaywalk, speeding over the posted speed limit, breaking and entering, driving while intoxicated, and many, many more. These are laws that inhibit you total freedom.

As far as your being a Libertarian, that in itself makes you vulnerable from the loss of total freedom as you mention your taking responsibility so that no human being is free to kill, harm or injure another human, we also believe 'that no human, or government has any rights to your property or have the right to steal from another human'. In taking this position, haven't you already succumbed to the precept that 'That thou shall not kill, main, steal, etc. from another and that is the precip of what is written in the Bible and then transferred to 'Law' so that now you have just surrendered your beliefs in the total democracy of humans? And by this act, yes you are far from being anachronistic.

As to our form of government, We are a republic, not a Democracy, but a Re[public. Copy: 'A republic (from Latin res publica 'public affair') is a form of government in which "supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives". Therefor you are correct in what you say 'government has no rightful place taking freedom from anyone just to push a political agenda. But if

you look, this government has already succumbed to the overtake of the rights of the citizens. You look at the phraseology of We the People, and the 1907 Roosevelt speech regarding immigration and Iuse the simbalance of his speech which to the effect goes like this:

''In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, that he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate any such man because of creed, birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated on in every facet his becoming an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have but room for one flag, an American flag... We have room but for one language here and that is the English language.. And we room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people.' End of speech.

This is a great loss for all Americans, but ones that we choose to live with for without these laws we would be just 'another form of government that has long since departed only too be replaced by another totalitarian form of government. So with that 'the government has no rightful place taking freedom from anyone just to push a political agenda.' And right you are so how did we allow ourselves to get in that predicament other than 'we allowed ourselves to be 'put in that position' with such as the law that now allows 'dual citizenship' where in the original constitution it states that, and it says that in the 1907 Roosevelt speech 'that

and that the government has no rightful place taking freedom from anyone just to push a political agenda.'But this is predicated on in every facet his becoming an American... There can be no divided allegiance here.' This says that Americans and only American are allowed in this country. And why was it changed after 200 years was because the Liberal arm of this our government had the majority and caused it to be changed. And do you think that it was widely dispersed in the news media? Of course it wasn't, they wanted it to be passed on the QT.

So you as a Libertarian succumb to the belief that 'if you want it to be so then it is so', but many of the wants of the American people just don't materialize.

So the wants of the American people succumb to a wish list,

Many of the American people really do not understand how this present form of government really works so they just plough through day in and day out without really understanding just how this 1776 form of government really works,

Noneofyourbiz

Allow me to help you understand libertarianism as it seems you do not and want to feed a false narrative.

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty: a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.

1.0 PERSONAL LIBERTY

Individuals are inherently free to make choices for themselves and must accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. Our support of an individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices. No individual, group, or government may rightly initiate force against any other individual, group, or government. Libertarians reject the notion that groups have inherent rights. We support the rights of the smallest minority, the individual.

1.1 Self-Ownership

Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.

1.2 Expression and Communication

We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation, or control of communications media and technology. We favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any religious activities that do not violate the rights of others. We oppose government actions that either aid or attack any religion.

1.3 Privacy

Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency. We are committed to ending government’s practice of spying on everyone. We support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, property, and communications. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure should include records held by third parties, such as email, medical, and library records.

1.4 Personal Relationships

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration, or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, promote, license, or restrict personal relationships, regardless of the number of participants. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships. Until such time as the government stops its illegitimate practice of marriage licensing, such licenses must be granted to all consenting adults who apply.

I do hope you understand as individuals we allow each other to take full responsibility.

Big government is what harms communities.

Alvin

@Noneofyourbiz: Well we are going to disagree with you on several points. Point #1: Your point of not liking 'No Knock warrants'. I disagree with the way that they are administered. If you put the officers behind the shield then they are fully covered. Don't use the windows or craw spaces as they leave he officer unprotected. Leave the officers outside of the house and again use the shields as that only leaves the officers unprotedted when aiming.

Point #2: I will not point out our justice system as I feel it was covered sufficiently.

Point #3: My discussion was that everyone looses a certain amount of freedom just by surrendering to the justice system. For if we had total freedom that would leave us in a state of anarchy as everyone could do as he or she pleased thus 'total anarchy/ So by going to a law abiding set of circumstances, you then give up a portion of you independence and freedom. If there was not a set of laws then every one would be free to live their life free of laws. That would mean that if you wanted something that was in the possession of another you could then take that possession If he revolted then you could ultimately kill him or her and take possession of that item. But we have a law that says, 'thou shalt not kill' so you are restricted from doing bodily harm to that individual, thus you have just been dealt your 1st loss of total freedom. So I say to you that in a law abiding society we have laws in which we are obligated to abide by thus we have a loss of some of our freedoms but that loss of greedoms we gladly accept.

Does that make sense?

Noneofyourbiz

@Alvin

I am a Libertarian!

We believe in the NAP the non aggression policy.

We as libertarian take a strong stance against violent crimes and crimes that have victims. We believe that no human being is free to kill, harm or injure another human, we also believe that no human, or government has any rights to your property or have the right to steal from another human.

We are far from anarchism, as we hold value in humans taking responsibility for themselves, and that the government has no rightful place taking freedom from anyone just to push a political agenda.

Our Justice system and government has become a political cookie jar that has been placed so only one tenth of the population will every enjoy the freedoms our forefathers intended for all Americans.

We believe a family is what a person chooses to be their family, we do not force preconceived ideology up on what makes a family unit. Not everyone has picture perfect families, and even mental health professionals will tell you their is no perfect family unit. Just like their is no perfect government.

It is 2021 and the old stereo types of the 1940’s though the 1960s are no longer around. The generation have evolved yet our Justice system, political parties and government have not kept up with the evolution of this great experiment called AMERICA

Today we live in a world that has vast knowledge at our fingertips, from being able to pull up the laws, state constitutions to federal and state laws in just seconds.

In catholic grade school Sister Mary said one thing that stuck with me.

There is a difference between being taught an answer and going out and finding the answers yourself.

Anyone can learn to write down the basic required answer, or will you be the child that will go out and find the answer and give the full answer. Will you be the product or will you make the product.

College teaches you to go out and find the answer for yourself, depending on the quality of the collage.

A dictator wants everyone to have the same answer and same opinion, a leader of the free world values free thought and avoids labeling those that disagree.

As a libertarian we encourage free thought and encourage those that wish to protest to protest in a non aggressive way, in a peaceful manner.

Once again when the duopoly of the two main political parties stop interfering with our Justice system and allow the system to work as it was intended, than and only than can we have actual accountability.

Until than we will more and more chaos and unnecessary lost of life and imprisonment.

Freedom starts with smaller government and less political theater.

Freedom for all, not just for the reigning political party at the time.

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Noneofyourbiz

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Grr this new phone is not great with voice to text yet. Lmao

Siri and I need to talk hahaha

Noneofyourbiz

Alvin, we have always agree and disagree and have always acknowledged each other’s opinions in polite ways.

I agree with you on many points here, and a few I do not.

I do not support no knock warrants because 1. they are unconstitutional under the Texas constitution 2. Many officers get hurt or sadly lose their lives. I lost a childhood friend that wasn’t on the force that long when he lost his life.

Also many innocent citizens get harmed or lose life as well.

Property damage is a big lose, as well to those that own the home or apartment and rent it out.

For judges, I find that the biggest problem in the Justice system is political influence and political parties. This brings in bias and polo motives.

As for your last statement

We the people do not give up freedom to have just laws.

Lost of freedom comes from unjust laws that are politically motivated, and those that seek an authoritarian country.

By stating that we give up freedom an exchange for unjust laws is sad, and when people give up an of their freedoms just leads us one step closer to authoritarian communist socialism.

Freedom belongs to the people, and the freedoms our forefathers gave their lives for so we could be free, no matter where citizens came from.

Human beings have died to be free all over this great big world. Died in hopes that their ancestors could one day be free, free to go after their dreams.

I hope that you have never felt that you had to give up freedom to feel safe, because that makes me sad.

Alvin

I am here to tell you 'I support the police' in their endeavor as a law enforcement agency.

No 'I do not support this agency or any other agency when they do things that I do not support like trying to enter through windows or other avenues where the law enforcement officer is not fully protected'.

The law enforcement officer has got a hard road to hoe as it seems that the criminal has the public's interest at heart so the criminal does have the upper hand so when you tie the law enforcement's hands as in this case, it just shows how the public's interest is for the criminal.

Copy: 'Two people have died in the Killeen raids, which sometimes include broken glass, explosives to blow off doors, and a lot of guns — mostly in the hands of police, but sometimes in the hands of the residents inside. Usually done in pre-dawn hours, the no-knock warrants can catch a criminal when they least expect it. However, sometimes things go horribly wrong.

Guy, 57, is accused of shooting a Killeen Police Department detective, who later died, during a 5 a.m. no-knock raid on Guy’s residence on Circle M Drive in 2014. KPD SWAT Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie and three other officers were shot on May 9, 2014, and Dinwiddie died in a hospital two days later. After seven years in the Bell County Jail, Guy is still awaiting trial.

In another case, 40-year-old James Scott Reed, was killed by a single bullet during a no-knock narcotics raid at his home on Feb. 27, 2019. The family alleged that at least 22 rounds were fired by Killeen Police Department SWAT team members during the early-morning raid and that Reed was armed but did not fire his handgun. Reed’s family eventually sued police in the city over the shooting in a civil case that has dragged on in court for over 18 months. The outcome is still pending.' End of copy.

How many deaths have occurred when the officers gained entrance through the door where they could be shielded by the armor shield verses how many officers were shot trying to ingress through a window where they did not have effective shielding?

I do not have an explanation of 'why KPD SWAT Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie and three other officers were shot on May 9, 2014 nor why after seven years in the Bell County Jail, Guy is still awaiting trial.' In this country, every man and woman is due his day in court, but 'Why blame the police department'? Is it police departments fault that he is still setting in the county jail or is it the criminal court's fault? Why do we have so many court cases that crowd the docket that it is practically impossible to get time to have a court case at all with all of this maneuvering by the lawyers asking for a continuance and that takes valuable court time. So what is the answer? Well it could be that for frivolous cases like these that only require a continuance, why don't the courts send out a flier to both sides asking 'are you going to ask for a continuance and for what reason and if they can succeed in answering in the positive, then the court can give them a new date and if not then tell both parties that the request is denied and to proceed with the case. That way the court calendar will be reduced to just the cases that are going to trial. Look at the case that the mayor had a problem with a citizen, had the police department hold her sentencing and resulted in many submittals for court appearances only to be delayed, and eventually it was dismissed. Now I ask you, 'Is that the form of justice that we want in America'?

I say no to those who frivolously walk around justice, and I say no to those who do not want any form of justice. We must have law and order and it was that purpose that long ago we elected to loose some of our freedoms in order to have a form of law and order instead of anarchy which we will have if we give up on law and order.

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