JoyCamp: Am I Free to Go?

If you’ve ever been stopped at a DUI checkpoint and harassed by cops, then you’ll want to tune into this installment from your friends at JoyCamp. In this episode a couple of dangerously good looking “officers of the law” get owned by a guy at a DUI checkpoint in Los Angeles. What these cops don’t know is that this guy is aware of his rights, and isn’t giving in no matter how they try to convince him. See kids, knowing your rights IS cool!

Scene is taken from “Operation Paul Revere video contest.” Watch the full JoyCamp episode here.

16 Comments on "JoyCamp: Am I Free to Go?"

  1. Kevin Kostelnik | Jun 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm |

    Hey guys, looks like the link to the video didn’t post. Here it is: “Am I Free to Go?”

  2. Please embed the video here (just copy paste the youtube url) 🙂

    Also what of stating,”I understand?” I’ve heard but never confirmed this can be read as consent by a hardline statist magician’s page.

    We may need to hit up Clint Richardson, Jan Irvin, Richard Grove or Freeman Burt on this one.

    • moremisinformation | Jun 12, 2013 at 12:36 am |

      Also what of stating,”I understand?”

      Sounds like ‘sovereign citizen’ propaganda. I’m pretty skeptical of that magick court talk. ‘Don’t cross the bar’, ‘I am a sovereign of the court’, etc. I’d like to see the video of this working. Someone try this in Keene, NH. where they video court proceedings constantly.

        • moremisinformation | Jun 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm |

          I agree. That’s why I made the comment about not trusting those who say things like, ‘just call yourself a sovereign in court’ and ‘don’t cross the bar, yada yada.’ I’m of the uninitiated opinion that these tactics don’t work…but one can sure buy a lot of advice off the internet telling them how to make it work.

          Both the Barrera interviews were great btw. Though, Jan is getting harder for me to listen to all the time. To speak his own language, his grammar is outstanding, he takes a lot of liberties (so to speak) with his logic and his rhetoric has gotten more off-putting as time goes on – imho, of course.

          • I understand 🙂 Yes we definitely need proof positive before taking such a risk. I’ve seen one or two vids of people standing up to the court by refusing to identify with their strawman identity (corporate personhood) I would appreciate any info you might have on this particular gentlemen or regarding successful and otherwise attempts to extricate oneself from the legalese labyrinths of the system.

          • moremisinformation | Jun 15, 2013 at 1:41 am |

            ‘I would appreciate any info you might have on this particular gentlemen or regarding successful and otherwise attempts to extricate oneself from the legalese labyrinths of the system.’

            Sorry Camron, I don’t know anything about that person – first time I’ve seen that. Regarding ‘extrication’. I’m not sure it’s really possible to do while continuing to participate in aspects of the system. I just try to win my own personal battles as they arrive. As Marc Stevens has said (paraphrasing), ‘Once attacked by a bureaucrat, you’ve already lost.’

    • Kevin Kostelnik | Jun 12, 2013 at 11:59 am |

      Yeah Camron, “I understand” probably does need some further research. So much of the scene was improvised that those words sort of just came out. A friend of ours told us to be weary of using the phrase “I understand” because it translates as: “To stand under.” But damn, those cops are good fun, eh?

  3. Would that actually work, or would they just concoct a reason to arrest you anyway?

  4. Really? I mean really? This advice is probably good for anyone being pulled over in Mayberry, but if you live or drive through somewhere else I wouldn’t try this unless you want to spend the night under trumped up charges. They have 24 hours to hold you without filing charges or stamping “Suspected Terrorist on your file. The next morning the judge lets you go.

    This actually happened to me. I was pulled over years ago in TN, they thought I had pot in my truck. They even tailgated me trying to get me to speed. Instead I calmly drove into my driveway. The lights came on. When the truck was clean they wanted to search the house. When it was clean they made up a speeding ticket that never happened – and was not on my record – and threw me in the can. This was a Friday so I would have had to wait till Monday so I got a Bail Bondsmen to get me out.

    When they wanted to take my license for a year, a month later in court, I squawked. I told the prosecutor the whole story and that no one had shown me anything to prove that I got that ticket. They dropped the charges to driving without a license on my person. Another untrue charge but I kept my new job driving a truck..

    Sometimes you have to ask yourself; Is this the hill I want to die on? And pick your battles.

    Very naive advice from one of the cheesiest videos I have seen in a long time. “Officer” Sanchez’ badge was even on the wrong side of his shirt.

    • Kevin Kostelnik | Jun 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

      “Pick your battles” is good advice. However, you’ve taken this video too seriously. This video doesn’t tell anybody what they should or shouldn’t do in this type of situation. It’s merely a silly concept of a very real situation, meant to enlighten people who wouldn’t otherwise understand how important knowing your rights truly is. There’s tons of videos online that show people successfully doing exactly what this video portrays.

    • They don’t like it when you’re not afraid of them or don’t react to their posturing of authority.

    • Before criticizing it as “naive” advice, I would remember that it is a dramatized example of the common abuse and overreach of the state.

      Also there are numerous examples where people are not subjected to the abuse you mentioned (sorry to hear this) and who have successfully sued police who have acted outside of their authority by violating your god given rights.

      Rather than shoot people down over your own misfortune, why don’t we work to share information from a multitude of sources and see what success stories and guiding logic (if there be any) within the structure of law still protects those aforementioned inalienable rights.

      Constructive criticism is a good thing, but pointing out that the guy’s name is on the wrong side of the shirt just makes you seem extremely butt hurt over the whole thing Ittabena.

      • Uh, I believe I was sharing, wasn’t I? A Will County (Chicago area) Lawyer once told me, inside his Legislative Office in the Illinois Capitol building; “When you go into court you do not want justice, you desire mercy.”

        Everyone thinks that things are suddenly oh so bad, and there is righteous indignation over conditions, but if we hadn’t been robbed of our history by the public education system here in the States, we would know that it has always been bad. That the corruption we see today has always been with us. Things are really not as bad as the fear mongers would have you believe because the fear mongers do not tell you that this is an age old problem that we have not addressed generation after generation.

        So, you tell me how does this silly piece-of-tripe video help anyone to make a wise decision when faced by two real cops? What do you think would happen to someone in Cook County who tried this? …or New York? …or Memphis? …or anywhere in Mississippi? This reminds me of something you would see middle school-ers put on. If these are middle school-ers, or even high school-ers doing this, then I wholly withdraw my criticisms. But beyond that…

        Dramatized? This is the worst load of crap to come down the pike since Benny Hill. All I am doing is making an honest assessment, and while I am at it offering better advice than the video, so to me it seems like I am satisfying all your requests in the original post, except for this;

        “Guys, you should have bought another tape and had another go at it. This one stunk on ice! (Borrowed the last from Mel Brooks) And put the badge (not the name tag) on the right side of the shirt , and put that GD joint down this time.”

        Butt hurt? No, but not a believer in PC whitewash either.

        >”Would that actually work, or would they just concoct a reason to arrest you anyway?”

        See? One person is even trying to give it credibility, but knows, and states the truth before the end of the sentence.

        This video is not only stupid advice but dangerous to the user.

  5. isn’t recording police activity grounds for arrest in several states?

    the result of non compliance with police officers is often fatal, as witnessed when an unarmed and unresisting Oscar Grant was murdered by uniformed police on a subway platform before a large audience with cameras… this is in no way an isolated incident… so I’d advise caution when choosing to challenge officers… when they kill you, the consequence they face is often a few weeks of paid vacation…

    this video was amusing, but if it breeds false confidence that leads to someone being hurt by a thug with a badge, that’d be a damned shame…

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