Cop Block Co-founder Accepts Plea on Wiretapping Charges

Cop Block co-founder Ademo Freeman — whose given name is Adam Mueller — took a plea deal last week in Manchester, New Hampshire in a retrial relating to wiretapping charges [__from a 2011 incident__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2011/12/02/cop-block-founder-charged-with-wiretapping/), where he recorded telephone conversations he had with three public employees regarding an altercation between a student and a school resource officer.

In that altercation, West High School student Frank Harrington was face-planted into a lunchroom table by officer Darren Murphy over a prank the student had played on his sister. The confrontation was captured on video by another student.

After learning that Harrington had been suspended, Freeman called both the Manchester Police Department and the school to see if Murphy had also been disciplined, recording his conversations.

As a result, Freeman was charged, tried and [__convicted in 2012__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2012/08/13/cop-block-founder-guilty-on-three-counts-of-felony-wiretapping/) on three counts of felony wiretapping and served 90 days in jail.

He later appealed on the grounds of improper jury instruction and had the conviction reversed.

But instead of letting it go, Hillsborough County District Attorney Michael Valentine [__decided to prosecute__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/05/06/cop-block-co-founder-prepares-wiretapping-retrial/) Freeman again.

Freeman said  the plea deal reduced his felony charges, which carried a combined maximum sentence of 21 years, to misdemeanors. In turn, he received a 90-day sentence and a year of “good behavior” to stay out of prison.

“Already did the jail time, so one year to go,” he said.

Attorney Brandon Ross helped Freeman with his appeal and the retrial pro bono.

“Brandon was great,” Freeman said. “I’m glad he was willing to do so much for little to no financial compensation.”

Freeman is usually an advocate of not taking the plea.

“I took the plea because it was the best choice for me,” he said. “My goal in any court case isn’t to win, but show how the system doesn’t do what it claims to do, protect people.”

Freeman said this was the third time he’s taken a deal. The first two were over marijuana charges. He said the decision to take this deal wasn’t that hard make.

“I know the state does what it wants and it was going to get a conviction,” he said. “Again, my goal was to show the system is flawed, I did that the first time around.”

He said he thinks people should hold everyone accountable. “Yet, when it comes to government officials I always suggest filming them.,” he said. “You could also try to move to places with less of them as well, another thing I’ve done by moving to the White Mountains of the ‘Shire.’”

Freeman recently moved from Laconia to Tamworth, New Hampshire, with a picturesque view of the mountains from his deck.

He has since taken a break from on-the-street activism and works with [__Suns of Liberty Mint__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/sunsoflibertymint.com), a company that sells melts down and mints silver into quarter-ounce and one ounce pieces.

“I plan to live my life,” he said. “I might not be out on the street Cop Blocking but I’m not going to hide either.”

“My life itself is activism,” he said. “So as long as I’m breathing I’m going to [be] advocating freedom, while living as free as possible.”

*William R. Toler is a journalist with nine years of experience in both traditional and alternative media. In addition to writing for PINAC, he is a contributor to Cop Block and is the managing editor of* [*__IndieRegister.com__*](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/indieregister.com)*.*

Cop Block co-founder Ademo Freeman — whose given name is Adam Mueller — took a plea deal last week in Manchester, New Hampshire in a retrial relating to wiretapping charges [__from a 2011 incident__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2011/12/02/cop-block-founder-charged-with-wiretapping/), where he recorded telephone conversations he had with three public employees regarding an altercation between a student and a school resource officer.

In that altercation, West High School student Frank Harrington was face-planted into a lunchroom table by officer Darren Murphy over a prank the student had played on his sister. The confrontation was captured on video by another student.

After learning that Harrington had been suspended, Freeman called both the Manchester Police Department and the school to see if Murphy had also been disciplined, recording his conversations.

As a result, Freeman was charged, tried and [__convicted in 2012__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2012/08/13/cop-block-founder-guilty-on-three-counts-of-felony-wiretapping/) on three counts of felony wiretapping and served 90 days in jail.

He later appealed on the grounds of improper jury instruction and had the conviction reversed.

But instead of letting it go, Hillsborough County District Attorney Michael Valentine [__decided to prosecute__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/05/06/cop-block-co-founder-prepares-wiretapping-retrial/) Freeman again.

Freeman said  the plea deal reduced his felony charges, which carried a combined maximum sentence of 21 years, to misdemeanors. In turn, he received a 90-day sentence and a year of “good behavior” to stay out of prison.

“Already did the jail time, so one year to go,” he said.

Attorney Brandon Ross helped Freeman with his appeal and the retrial pro bono.

“Brandon was great,” Freeman said. “I’m glad he was willing to do so much for little to no financial compensation.”

Freeman is usually an advocate of not taking the plea.

“I took the plea because it was the best choice for me,” he said. “My goal in any court case isn’t to win, but show how the system doesn’t do what it claims to do, protect people.”

Freeman said this was the third time he’s taken a deal. The first two were over marijuana charges. He said the decision to take this deal wasn’t that hard make.

“I know the state does what it wants and it was going to get a conviction,” he said. “Again, my goal was to show the system is flawed, I did that the first time around.”

He said he thinks people should hold everyone accountable. “Yet, when it comes to government officials I always suggest filming them.,” he said. “You could also try to move to places with less of them as well, another thing I’ve done by moving to the White Mountains of the ‘Shire.’”

Freeman recently moved from Laconia to Tamworth, New Hampshire, with a picturesque view of the mountains from his deck.

He has since taken a break from on-the-street activism and works with [__Suns of Liberty Mint__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/sunsoflibertymint.com), a company that sells melts down and mints silver into quarter-ounce and one ounce pieces.

“I plan to live my life,” he said. “I might not be out on the street Cop Blocking but I’m not going to hide either.”

“My life itself is activism,” he said. “So as long as I’m breathing I’m going to [be] advocating freedom, while living as free as possible.”

*William R. Toler is a journalist with nine years of experience in both traditional and alternative media. In addition to writing for PINAC, he is a contributor to Cop Block and is the managing editor of* [*__IndieRegister.com__*](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/indieregister.com)*.*

Support our Mission

Help us build a database of bad cops

For almost 15 years, PINAC News has remained active despite continuous efforts by the government and Big Tech to shut us down by either arresting us for lawful activity or by restricting access to our readers under the pretense that we write about “social issues.”

Since we are forbidden from discussing social issues on social media, we have created forums on our site to allow us to fulfill our mission with as little restriction as possible. We welcome our readers to join our forums and support our mission by either donating, volunteering or both.

Our plan is to build a national database of bad cops obtained from public records maintained by local prosecutors. The goal is to teach our readers how to obtain these lists to ensure we cover every city, county and state in the country.

After all, the government has made it clear it will not police the police so the role falls upon us.

It will be our most ambitious project yet but it can only be done with your help.

But if we succeed, we will be able to keep innocent people out of prison.

Please make a donation below or click on side tab to learn more about our mission.

Subscribe to PINAC

Bypass Big Tech censorship.

Carlos Millerhttps://pinacnews.com
Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

- Advertisement -

Latest articles