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ANYTOWN (CNS)-- It appears that hundreds of unknown individuals have initiated a relentless "COPWATCH.COM" graffiti/tagging campaign in scores of cities all across North America. Evidently, the words
have been repeatedly inscribed thousands of times on an enormous variety of publicly-owned property, (including buses, bathroom walls, schools, overpasses, bus-stops, taxpayer-financed sports-stadiums, and even cop-cars).
Curiously enough, there are no reports of any damage to privately-owned property (that is, property owned by individuals or non-megacorp businesses).
Reached for comment, a spokesman for COPWATCH.COM cautioned that defacing public or private property with "COPWATCH.COM" graffiti is illegal, and might even be unethical.
"I am forced to say that we are absolutely appalled that anyone would have the temerity to challenge the cops in such a brazen manner.
"The mere fact that an unacceptable number of bad cops are rampaging virtually unchecked through society is, (at least according to a certain uniformed segment of the populace), insufficient justification to publicize the existence of COPWATCH.COM by any other than lawful means.
"Just imagine how the cops must feel when they see such grafitti. They're probably so upset that they cannot completely enjoy a leisurely coffee-and-donut break. Perhaps the awareness of COPWATCH.COM even influences their job performance, causing them to hesitate for a moment before engaging in unethical behavior.
"Such results are unacceptable, are they not? Bearing this in mind,
PLEASE PERPETRATE THIS HEINOUS CRIME IN YOUR AREA.
"After all, such graffiti will only anger bad cops... and who could possibly want that?
"Thank you for your active cooperation."
After interviewing the Copwatch.com spokesman, we were contacted by a participant in the underground graffiti-writing campaign. He gave his name as “X”, and proudly declared that he created Copwatch.com grafitti whenever and wherever the opportunity arose.
“I carry an indelible felt-tip pen with me everywhere I go. When I find a suitable spot, I leave a message for the police: “Copwatch.com”. I must have tagged 15 public bathrooms and 45 bus-stops last month alone. I don’t think this activity is wrong or evil. To the contrary- I think it’s beneficial for society. Me and my friends are like Johnny Appleseed, planting the seeds of anti-authoritarianism wherever we go. Especially in these times, I feel obligated to do anything I can to rein in the excesses of the Police State apparatus. Creating Copwatch.com graffiti is how I fight “the system”.
“When I think of the cops who screwed with me, it makes me smile to realize how angry they’ll be when they see the grafitti I created.”
As of press time, no further statements were forthcoming from either the COPWATCH.COM spokesman or the anonymous grafitti artist, and no additional information concerning this underground campaign was available.
Recent reports indicate that COPWATCH.COM grafitti is becoming increasingly common, despite the efforts of authorities. The law-enforcement community can only hope that this subversive activity doesn't develop into a massive trend that dwarfs the "Pokemon" phenomenon.
COPWATCH.COM has done all that it can to prevent this unfortunate state of affairs, and cannot be held responsible.
Take note of how quickly your local government removes COPWATCH.COM grafitti. A speedy coverup could indicate that leading members of your local power structure are heavily invested in perpetuating a corrupt status quo. Why else would taxpayer funds be made immediately available for the eradication of COPWATCH.COM grafitti, while serious problems, such as the potholes which undoubtedly plague your city or town, remain eternally neglected?
Does your city or town place greater importance on shielding bad cops than on maintaining the public infrastructure?
If so, perhaps your displeasure should be made repeatedly and redundantly apparent. But whatever you do, don’t follow the example of the individual depicted below, because it would violate “the law”.
There is insufficient evidence to evaluate the persistant rumor that people who produce COPWATCH.COM grafitti enjoy more and better sex than those who don't.
Pictures of "COPWATCH.COM" graffiti may be prominently displayed on this website in a well-intentioned (if uncertainly effective) effort to discourage anyone else from creating similarly offensive and illegal works. Submit your digital photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymity guaranteed.
We have no idea who did this, and of course we are shocked (SHOCKED!) by the blatant contempt of authority evinced by such urban decorations.
A recently-published report reveals that 4 out of 5 dentists agree that there is a very strong correlation between the creation of COPWATCH.COM grafitti and a marked increase in both the intensity and the frequency of sexual encounters with remarkably attractive and sensual partners. Dr. Ruth, Dr. Drew, and Dr. Jackson have yet to comment on these findings, despite repeated attempts to reach them.
THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL… (analysis and perspective)
- "COPWATCH.COM" graffiti as defiant political expression
"When a relatively powerless individual or group's ideas come into conflict with the main elements of society, graffiti remains one of the few ways available to express unacceptable commentary. A sociologist from Simon Fraser University (Martin Laba) believes that … graffiti is a reflection of increasing governmental restraint legislation."
- "COPWATCH.COM" graffiti worries the police
"Police monitor the entire graffiti sub-culture, all of the magazines and underground videos, as well as all graffiti discussion on the Internet. They also employ sociologists to study the culture. Police also monitor the political content of graffiti very carefully. Political graffiti is very rare; say police, but they are alarmed by a recent increase..."
- Sending THEM a message...
"As I roll down the street, with the night completely engulfing the city… [t]he adrenaline already starts to flow. Tonight I will strike a blow, I will wage a battle, I will represent the less fortunate and most of all I will out wit my enemy. *** A few non-conspicuous passes of the target area determines whether or not tonight is a good night, or whether I will be risking too much. Tonight the police sit on the street no more than a block away. They are harassing two male and one female youth. Rage emerges from my already exasperated mind state. Although the risk is high I am guided almost entirely by emotion and I park my car in a not too obvious spot. I'm out of the car like a ghost, cans in hand, ready to initiate the battle. "
"I slip into the entrance of the alley, just outside the sight of the police, a quick 360 degree glance to assure my privacy, the lid pops, almost too loudly. Another glance. My heart is now beating with a trip-hammer beat. The spirit of revolution and graffiti take control of my body and the paint leaps from the can. *** There. Finished. The caps come off the cans and the cans hit the trash bin. I attempt to
attain a mellow demeanor to camouflage into the city landscape. I step out onto the street. *** A quick glance around reveals a relatively empty street. Hiding my paint covered hands in my pockets I begin to relax as I meander past the police toward my car. I can't help a chuckle from escaping my lips."
- IBM hires PR company to paint advertising grafitti on city sidewalks
If it's good enough for corporate America, it's good enough for the rest of us!
"In an embarrassing marketing snafu - or a brilliant ploy - hundreds of "Peace Love Linux" logos have been painted on city sidewalks [in Chicago and San Francisco]. *** IBM initially said it had nothing to do with the graffiti but later fessed up, Chicago city officials say. *** Guerrilla marketing is a good way to appeal to... "hippies" who don't associate themselves with Corporate America, says Katharine Paine, president of consulting firm Delahaye Medialink. *** But the street campaign stumbled last week when Ali Morsy, 20, was arrested for painting IBM graffiti at 2 a.m. in Chicago. According to police, Morsy said he was working for Ch'rewd Marketing & Promotions. Ch'rewd admitted it had a contract with Ogilvy & Mather, IBM's ad firm, but said Morsy was not working for it that night. No one at Ch'rewd could be reached. Ogilvy & Mather directed all calls to IBM."
- Political graffiti displayed in Microsoft Art Collection: legitimized and seemingly sanctioned by billionaires. Create your own museum-worthy artwork today!
"The graffiti-covered Berlin Wall section given to Microsoft by Daimler-Benz AG will join nearly 2,000 other works in the Microsoft Art Collection. However, if you customarily think of graffiti as little more than urban vandalism, you may be wondering, 'Is this art?' In the case of the Berlin Wall, the graffiti was often painted on it as an expression of protest against the Stalinist East German regime that built it. The graffiti became a way to symbolically breach the Wall and to challenge its legitimacy."
- "...tag a police car or a justice building..."
"Writers as delinquents, however, are able to 'overt,' rather than subvert, this process by deforming the visible structures that house inside the reforming of bodies; a writer's ability to tag a police car or a justice building exposes the limits of control these structures have in appropriating crime and using it, marks the failed structure of deploying failure."
Countering statist, monolithic corporate media: grafitti as subversive mass communication.
"To begin with, Graffiti has a long history, which could be
stretched to the cave paintings of prehistoric man. Brewers
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable tells us - '(Ital. graffito , a
scratching.) *** A collection of graffiti of Pompeii was
published by Bishop Wordsworth in 1837 and it provides a
useful insight into the life of the ancient Romans. Modern graffiti
*** are usually crude and mostly erotic, but political graffiti
are quite common and were much in evidence in the 1930's.'"
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- WATCH OUT FOR SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS!
"There are 129 cameras in and around Times Square, maintained by either the police or private companies, Brown says. A
member of the troupe distributes to passers-by a hand-made map of the area in which the cameras' locations are indicated.
According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, there are at least 2,500 surveillance cameras in Manhattan alone. *** Standing in a line, the actors raise their panels one after the other. 'You are being watched for your own safety' -- 'Who's watching?' -- 'Who watches the watchers?' -- 'Cops with guns are watching' -- 'Cops will shoot pictures like cops
shoot guns' -- 'No more invasions of privacy.'"
- Interesting ideas to ruminate upon...
"Maybe you walk obediently by the surveillance cameras by day, then return at night to shoot them out or spray-paint their lenses."
Here's a few samples of the countless cases of cops who've committed the crime of rape.
Police officer convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl and sexually accosting a woman during traffic stops. Sentenced to a minimum of 14 years in prison.
Police officer, convicted of raping a woman he met on a domestic violence call, faces up to 15 years in jail.
Police officer sentenced to 3.5 to 15 years in prison: pleaded no contest to charges that he forced prostitutes to have sex with him.
Police officer found guilty of repeatedly raping a girl starting when she was 12 years old.
Police officer charged with 11 counts of rape of six girls under age 13.
Corrections officer convicted of sexual misconduct with underage female inmates: flees to avoid jail.
State trooper accused of groping two women and a 10-year-old girl in a hotel hot tub on New Year's Day: fired from State Patrol.
Police officer indicted for rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Victim was 17-year-old girl who volunteered for a youth police program.
ART IMITATES LIFE
Help copwatch fight police brutality. Bad cops must be prosecuted. Police corruption is a major problem- copwatch will root it out. Dirty cops threaten the criminal justice system. Police misconduct is an epidemic. Police abuse innocent citizens all too often. Police harassment is a frequent occurrence. The blue wall of silence protects bad cops, and police culture must be reformed. Deviant cops must be fired. Police deviance cannot be tolerated. Last year saw a bad cop arrested for rape, a dirty cop charged with extortion, police corruption involving drug distribution, a criminal cop jailed for brutality, a disgraced police chief sentenced for domestic abuse, a convicted sheriff guilty of theft, moonlighting police disciplined for misconduct, convicted cops fired for sexual assault, a guilty cop suspended for harassment, a discredited cop charged with perjury, and a law enforcement officer suspended from duty for being on the take. Police corruption is common across the country. Such activities are a disgrace to the badge, and dishonor the uniform, so the offending cop was forced to turn in his badge. Subsequent reports revealed a state patrol officer investigated for arson, a highway patrol officer indicted for fraud, a state trooper jailed for assault, a top cop ousted for brandishing his weapon, a Police Sgt. fired for bribery, (while another Police Sergeant quit the force), a Police Lt. pressured to resign (the Lieutenant is accused of murder), child-molesting police, and a Police Commander crashed his squad car in a high speed pursuit. The police department engaged in a coverup to hide evidence of misconduct, refusing to release relevant public records and public documents, despite the open records law and the submission of a public disclosure request. Finally, Serpico breaks ranks. As the bad cops close ranks, good police put their lives on the line, while an overzealous county mounty (or mountie) is an embarrassment to the force. An ex-cop turns in his gun. Learn how to prevent police brutality. The Police Benevolent Fund manufactures support for the police department- a department under fire amid accusations of misconduct. The Police Guild negotiates a new contract for its members. The Police Union demands raise in overtime pay. Funds are increased with the seizure of drug money. Forfeiture proceedings are instituted, and the police seize the property of alleged drug dealers, including cars, homes, planes, real estate, guns, and drugs. At the same time, police raise funds for charity and participate in public service programs. Community policing resulted in ride-along programs for local citizens, and increased participation in police Explorer programs. But the broken-window, zero-tolerance program is difficult to evaluate. A gun-buyback program was successful, with cops collecting a variety of firearms, including assault rifles, handguns, Saturday night specials, automatic weapons, shotguns, tec-9, glocks, taurus, S&W, .45 caliber, .44 caliber, .357 caliber, 9mm, all military style. The guns were auctioned off or melted down. BATF agents were investigating the sale of handguns. The FBI conducted a background check, so citizens interested in the militia movement attended gun shows, where they were able to purchase handguns from vendors. Issuance of a concealed weapons permit was allowed, and this gun permit allowed the man to use his handgun for concealed carry in a shoulder holster. The national law enforcement memorial fund is a beautiful tribute to the boys in blue who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To serve and protect is their honorable motto. Duty and honor is another. The LAPD scandal tarnishes public perception of police officers. Police brutality is a major issue in minority neighborhoods. Neighborhood watch programs were quite effective in reducing crime statistics and increasing neighborhood safety. Cops shoot suspect, and then the cops shoot suspect again. The suspect is wounded, and then the suspect dies in police custody. This pattern is called custody death syndrome. Positional asphyxiation is often blamed for the death of prisoners, after the prisoners are pepper-sprayed, maced, beaten, handcuffed, and thrown in the back of a police car. Suicide by cop is another term that is becoming popular, as police seek to blame the victim and excuse their unprofessional behavior. These police cover-ups are ineffective, and police brutality is found to be the cause of death. Cops and robbers is a nice game, but when the cops kill or fatally wound a suspected robber, the circumstances are often suspicious. Many cops are drug abusers, some police are drug addicts, many officers are alcoholics. Cops on steroids often exhibit roid rage. Police brutality and racial profiling are two issues that often arise at major metropolitan police departments. Bill Sheehan created a website revealing the social security numbers, home addresses, and home telephone numbers of Kirkland Police Department (KPD) officers. SPD info was scheduled to go live on April 1st. Civil rights abuses probed. Officer convicted of drunk driving. Man killed in police raid. At the N30 demonstrations, cops without nametags beat nonviolent protestors without provocation. The direct action network, DAN for short, was created in response. During the Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday celebrations in Seattle, a roving gang of black thugs beat Kris Kime to death as he was attempting to assist an injured women, and the police stood by and did nothing. This murder is on the hands of Mayor Paul Schell, who refuses to prosecute the perpetrators for hate crimes. Some people have argued that a database of bad cops should be developed. Many authoritative academic studies examine the psychological profile of police officers. There are many deviant police officers. Some police departments foster a culture of police deviance. Where is a free punk music concert? Kids like to thrash on their skateboard. Snowboarding, or boarding, is enjoyed by straightedge skinheads. RATM is phat. The swat team, equipped with military gear, broke down the door and swarmed into the apartment with guns drawn. Dynamic entry police raids are dangerous to citizens. Police brutality is a growing problem.