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Judge Peter Krupp asked my attorney at my hearing on October 26:
“So, your view is that a journalist can bring a dozen other cars, honking horns in front of a witnesses house, and calling out to neighbors to call on their neighbor to do the right thing?”
However, the honking EXCLUSIVELY took place outside of the Canton Police Department, which is located on the busiest road in Canton. The honking also came EXCLUSIVELY from motorists who were not involved in the protest itself, and were merely driving by during it. At the 2:00:30 mark you can hear a big rig driver loudly honk his horn in support of the protesters, which he was not one of:
Likewise there were honks outside of Turtleboy’s arraignment in Stoughton, and even during that hearing itself. Honking is protected speech.
But the answer to Judge Krupp’s question is YES – protests are DESIGNED to make people uncomfortable. There was an incident less than 10 miles from this courtroom, 250 years ago this December, where a bunch of protesters threw tea into a harbor in order to protest against tyranny and oppression.
Martin Luther King Jr’s organization of the Birmingham Campaign focused on ILLEGALLY disrupted restaurants, churches, libraries, and more with sit ins, and was intended to overwhelm local jails. The march from Selma to Montgomery, as well as the March on Washington, relied heavily on blocking traffic while marching.
Civil rights icon John Lewis famously said on the 55th anniversary of the Selma March, which he “illegally” participated in, “never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” He also spoke of the importance of large groups of people getting together and being loud and peaceful in the streets, which he said was a better alternative than watching an injustice play out in a courtroom:
“That is what we believed in, what we were all about — a mass movement, an irresistible movement of the masses. Not a handful of lawyers in a closed courtroom, but hundreds, thousands of everyday people—disciplined, peaceful people — taking their cause and their belief to the streets.”
In the summer of 2020 we heard nationwide cries of “no justice, no peace,” in response to the death of George Floyd. This happened BEFORE Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with killing him. Like Turtleboy, these protesters were speaking out against what they believed was corruption and injustice. Unlike Turtleboy, they used threats and destroyed private property to force the government to do what they wanted them to do. They believed that the most effective way they could petition to the government to address this corruption was through large, disruptive demonstrations in public.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez stated in 2020:
“The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable. Activists take that discomfort w/ the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes. Popular support often starts small & grows. To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable… that’s the point.”
The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable.
Activists take that discomfort w/ the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes. Popular support often starts small & grows.
To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable… that’s the point.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 2, 2020
Congresswoman Ayanna Presley, who is the chosen, elected representative of parts of Norfolk County, and who speaks for the citizens therein, stated in 2020 that “there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
After Sen. Rand Paul was surrounded by the violent left-wing mob in Washington, D.C. last night, recent comments made by prominent Democrats are striking.
Squad member Ayanna Pressley called for targeting GOP officials with “unrest in the streets.”pic.twitter.com/WmHartKDDz
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 28, 2020
Turtleboy was doing EXACTLY what this elected leader of Norfolk County directed her and others to do – making noise in the streets in response to unrest in the lives of Karen Read and other victims of police corruption.
All of these LOUD, disruptive protests had one thing in common – they all led to political change. The Boston Tea Party led to the creation of the greatest nation that ever existed – one where people are SUPPOSED to be able to speak freely without fear of arrest. The Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 led to creation of the POST commission in this state, which ensures that corrupt police officers like those who brought these fraudulent charges into this courtroom, cannot continue to oppress free citizens. The Selma March and Birmingham protest led to enactment of civil and voting rights acts.
What Turtleboy and his followers are doing is no different what any of these people did. In fact, it is the most American thing you can possibly do – come together in large groups to peacefully protest and DEMAND that the government stop oppressing. In response to this exercise of freedom the VERY SAME oppressive government agencies Turtleboy’s supporters were protesting against, sent men with guns to an award winning journalist’s home, criminalized his non-violent activism, raided his house, took his personal property and tools of his trade, violated his right to privacy, and compromised this thousands of confidential sources. They did this to send a message – STOP protesting against government corruption or we will rob you of your freedom.
On October 26 this court asked if a journalist could bring a dozen other cars honking horns, in reference to a July 22, 2023 “rolling rally” through the town of Canton. Although we do not concede that there was any honking of horns from participants in the protest itself, even if there was, it would be protected speech. It’s easy to protect quiet, non-controversial speech in support of the government. But the most important speech in need of protection is speech that is loud, controversial, and critical of the government. That is exactly what Turtleboy attempted to accomplish with the rolling rally.
Additionally, Turtleboy had been publicly stating for weeks prior that he would be organizing this peaceful protest in Canton. At no point did Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty issue any sort of statement that this would be illegal. It was only afterwards that Chief Rafferty and the State Police began to launch an investigation and find a way to criminalize protected speech by weaponizing the witness intimidation statute.
Turtleboy is not hiding what he and his followers did that day. As a matter of fact, he filmed the entire protest on his YouTube channel. As you can see from the highlights of the rolling rally, it was attended by women, small children, elderly, and people of all backgrounds. Here are images and videos of what the government wants you to believe is “witness intimidation.”
The purpose of all peaceful protesting is to attract the attention of the media, so that the message can be amplified and the government is forced to address the corruption. The rolling rally was attended by Boston Magazine reporter Gretchen Voss, as well as local news station who broadcasted highlights of the peaceful family event. To date Turtleboy has been the only person arrested for being there.
Prior to the peaceful protest on July 22 Turtleboy announced, as he has hundreds of times prior, that he wanted the protest to be peaceful and nonviolent. He specifically ordered people NOT to attend if they couldn’t control their tempers and didn’t think they could remain peaceful:
Turtleboy is proud of what he did on July 22. So proud that he still has the 2 hour live stream of the event posted on his YouTube channel, because he is that confident that it was legal, protected speech. At the 41:30 mark Turtleboy arrives at the home of “victim” Jennifer McCabe and points out that she has no trespassing signs on her front lawn, and would not be stepping foot on her property.
Weeks earlier those signs were NOT there when Turtleboy went to her home to question her about her involvement in the murder of a Boston Police Officer, so he rang her doorbell and stood in front of her door, which was wide open.
The ONLY intimidation and violence on the day of the rolling rally came from the alleged victims in this case, and their supporters. Elizabeth Proctor, who has a stay away order on Turtleboy, posted a picture on Facebook of local activist Angela Chan O’Donnell, who like Turtleboy has been a vocal critic of the government and attended the rally with her 3 year old son.
Elizabeth Proctor did this in order to scare her into ever attending the protest. No one stepped foot on her property during the protest, and children had set up a lemonade stand across the street knowing the rally would be going to Wentworth Road. During the protest Elizabeth sent someone to Turtleboy’s house to leave a note vowing to publicly his address, conceding that much like Turtleboy’s actions, such behavior was perfectly legal.
The only illegal action that occurred in Canton on July 22 was when a woman named Diana White, who is a close friend of the same government officials Turtleboy’s supporters were protesting, threw an egg at a 5 year old boy who was with his mother in the protest. To this day Turtleboy has been charged for his actions that day, but she has not:
There is nothing unique, novel, or illegal about Turtleboy’s tactics. So called “ambush journalism,” in which journalists surprise people they are investigating by confronting them on camera in order to ask them questions and make them feel uncomfortable, has been a commonly used, highly effective tactic for reporters for decades. There are too many examples to count, but here are several.
Compilation of Boston reporter Mike Beaudet confronting subjects of HIS investigations, including a judge in public.
Rachael Rollins threatens reporter with arrest outside her house after being confronted about road rage incident FIRST REPORTED BY TURTLEBOY.
Reporters and protesters occupy streets outside of Derek Chauvin’s home on May 27, 2020, BEFORE he was charged or arrested for any crime, in order to persuade the government to charge him with George Floyd’s murder. This tactic turned out to be effective.
Turtleboy is using these exact same tactics to persuade the government to charge Michael Proctor and others with covering up the murder of John O’Keefe.
Protesters protest outside of homes of Supreme Court Justices in order to urge and coerce them into upholding Roe vs. Wade.
Alex Stein confronts Brittney Griner at airport.
Inside Edition confronts fare evaders.
Reporter Bill Melugin confronts real estate imposter scamming people out of security deposits.
Reporter Bill Melugin confronts man selling sick puppies.
Reporter confronts Philadelphia Mayor at his home, and gets assaulted and challenged to a fight.
Compilation of reporters knocking on doors.
Reporter confronts Ilhan Omar in elevator.
Reporters confront Las Vegas elected official Robert Telles at his home BEFORE he was charged with any crime.
Reporter confronts officer Matthew Boynton, not yet charged or accused of crime.
Reporter James O’Keefe confronts subject of his investigation.
New York Times ‘Fed Boi’ Update:
Adam Goldman is a ‘National Security Reporter’ i.e. FBI Stool Pigeon.
He is ‘reporting’ about OMG today i.e. engaging in mendacious hyperbole (thread below).
Flashback: NYT Goldman refuses to condemn FBI battering rams at homes of journalists pic.twitter.com/pAl1ZFO2XS
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) September 23, 2023
Reporter confronts woman involved in fraudulent signatures for congressional candidate in Rhode Island.
Activist confronts Senator Jeff Flake in elevator, preventing him from leaving, in order to persuade him from voting against confirmation of SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh.
Turtleboy has also used these tactics as part of investigations. In September of 2020 Turtleboy began holding loud, disruptive protests outside of a nonprofit in Boston owned by Monica Cannon-Grant. As a result of Turtleboy’s investigations into Cannon-Grant she was investigated by the US Attorney’s Office and has since been indicted. The people Turtleboy is protesting are also under investigation by this same US Attorney’s Office.
On Wednesday at 3 PM we will be having a full hearing in Norfolk Superior Court to make these arguments in front of Judge Krupp. All are welcomed to attend.