ifoughtthelaw.info Podcast Episode 4, Out Now: Andrew Henderson, Cop Block Minnesota and Cop Watch, On How To Film Police…And Why

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In This Episode we talk with seasoned cop watcher Andrew Henderson, President of Minnesota cop block and Cop Watch Coordinator for Communities United Against Police Brutality. He will take through why filming cops is so important and debunk some reasons given for not doing it, along with going over his methods for filming safely and effectively. We end it with a short discussion on knowing your rights in a police encounter, a necessary tool when cop watching. Learn more about Andrew and find ways to contact him at thedrewks.com

Statement: New Episodes Will Be Delayed Due To Injury

For a short time to come, ifoughtthelaw.info will be on hiatus as I recover from a training injury that left my triceps in both arms torn. I have been trying to negotiate with my condition but I’ve only made it worse and a complete shutdown for awhile is now necessary. Even time on my laptop is damaging my arms further.

I apologize for making people wait, the feedback on the show has been great so far and I know some people are looking forward to more episodes. I’ll get this going as soon as I can…hopefully a month or two.

Thanks for your patience. #FightTheLaw


ifoughtthelaw.info Podcast ep. 3, out now; Former LEO’s Speak Out; Part One Featuring Alex Salazar-LAPD

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In this episode, we interview Alex Salazar, a former officer with the LAPD who went into law enforcement with all the right intentions but wound up becoming a violent and corrupt cop after experiencing a traumatic incident. He sheds a lot of insight on the psychological stressors officers can face and the lack of support in law enforcement culture for them if they are struggling psychologically. Horrifying and insightful, this is going to be the first of several interviews with former LEO’s.

ifoughtthelaw.info Podcast ep. 2, out now; Featuring Michelle Gross of Communities United Against Police Brutality, part 2

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In this, the second episode, we continue our discussion with Michelle Gross of Communities United Against Police Brutality about several of the root causes of police misconduct, along with our thoughts and insights on the developing situation at Standing Rock. Specifically, we discuss Bill Lewinksky and how his “Force Science Institute” is enabling police misconduct with pseudoscience, along with the public relations smoke and mirrors used by law enforcement agencies to avoid making any actual reforms.

The ifoughtthelaw.info Podcast debut, out now.

Listen to “IFoughtTheLaw.info Podcast Episode 1 with Michelle Gross” on Spreaker.

Episode 1: Michelle Gross-President, Communities United Against Police Brutality-Aired 1/9/16
For this introductory episode we will be joined by Michelle Gross, The President of Communities United Against Police Brutality in Minneapolis, MN. Michelle has been a protester since the eighties. Behind the scenes and on the street, CUAPB has been confronting police shenanigans in The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, unquestionably one of the most corrupt areas for policing in the nation, with a very slick PR machine that hides much of that corruption well. She has taken a good look into the seedy underbelly of law enforcement and some of the things she has seen advocating for victims of police brutality will make your stomach turn. She will also be providing insights into many of the better known and lesser known factors that contribute to a culture of brutality within law enforcement. Continue reading

ifoughtthelaw.info: A Manifesto


The manifesto of ifoughtthelaw.info, by founder and senior correspondent Steve Shagwell

First things first: Let me be perfectly clear about the fact that I do not hate cops. That is not what this site is about.

I am a survivor of pretty extreme police brutality followed by what can best be described as psychological terror at the hands of the court system in an effort to keep me silent about it and believe me, those who know what I’ve been through would conclude that it’s perfectly reasonable for me to hate cops. But the fact of the matter is, hating cops is unproductive, unbecoming, and only hurts me. To that end, I have spent several years now purging myself of what I admit to be some pretty intense hatred. Search online and I promise that you will find some pretty mean and hateful statements compliments of yours truly. But I have left that in the past, thankfully. Today is a new day, as they say.

In spite of that, I recognize that there is a serious problem. I recognize that as the current legal system exists, you cannot expect to be left alone just because you mind your own business, do your part to be a productive member of society, and obey the laws of the land. It didn’t work for me, and you may soon find it not working for you.  Continue reading