Who was that masked man?

People concerned about a masked man taking pictures of them in downtown Grand Haven on Monday called police.
Becky Vargo
Aug 26, 2014

But Lt. Joe Boyle of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said the man was not doing anything wrong “and was not confronted.”

The masked man, who would only identify himself as “Anyone,” covered up his face with a Guy Fawkes mask used by members of the global protest group Anonymous.

Dressed in a clean, white T-shirt, black jeans and a red baseball hat worn backward, the youngish-appearing and clean-cut man said he was from the area, but would not provide his real name, hometown or a contact phone number.

He sported a sign that said, “Police the Police” on one side and “Anonymous Muskegon YouTube” on the back.

He carried an older Kodak digital camera and said he was taking scenic pictures in the area, not pictures of people. Among the images on his automatic camera was a video of a female police officer in downtown Grand Haven.

“I was making sure she did her job right,” the masked man said.

The man, who was outside the Ottawa County Courthouse earlier in the day, said his main goal was “to encourage people to support the police … to hold police accountable for their safety.”

Women walking through downtown gave him a wary glance and a wide berth. A group of men stood on the corner, watching his progress.

“We have to protect our police, not go against them,” said Tony Buscemi of West Bloomfield, who was visiting the area Monday. “It’s just a political cause. They are trying to stir things up.”

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

Comments

VanX

One interview? and with an out-of-town tourist? Again, the Tribune trivializes a serious issue. When the police become revenue-sources we have to be vigilant for misuse of power and their bullying of citizens. I don't think there is anything wrong with monitoring on-duty police. If they aren't doing anything wrong they shouldn't be worried.

AnonGHOPS

Though we appreciate your defense & we’d love more interviews (see our latest interview in the MBA Journal out of Muskegon Heights with GHOPS OperaKip The Spirit of Anonymous), we are not the easiest to interview (being “Anonymous” & all). Further more we encourage you to stay informed, read more often, &/or use the GHT search function above, IE:

Anonymous plans protest against NSA surveillance
http://www.grandhaventribune.com...

Anonymous group has a great mission
http://www.grandhaventribune.com...

Why are we so hard to interview?
Read this:
Human Rights Watch & ACLU Report: With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2014/...

Further more, the tribune covered the issue & it’s outcome, & the GHDPS made no arrest. The GHDPS knows we are aware of previous issues in our town involving crooked cops & other issues. As long as they proceed with cleaning up their act there is no need to batter them. But do not forget, we will always be watching. We agree with “Anyone”… Police the Police, but do so peacefully, respectfully & within your rights.

We Are Anonymous. We Are Legion. We Do Not Forgive. We Do Not Forget. Expect Us.

Back to the Wall

"Thank you mask man"

ghjhs

Van you are right about the police in this county have become a huge revenue source but it go's beyond that,it's the suites that controle the money,you want to see something that will set you back and open your eyes,go to the court house and sit in room 1A @ 9 and watch the Judges empty young peoples pockets and the State get's paid also along with taking peoples Lic away with things that nad nothing to do with driving so the State can give then drivers responsibility fee's of $500.00 it's the bigest scam going and it's leagel.
The police in this county under the Republican officals have been given a free rein to do as the pleas as long as they bring in the money and they harass the heck out of the young people,just because you have a badge you don't mean you deserve respect and in the county they shure as heck don;t. I will give you a first hand example,This last Saturdaynight, my son 22 years old with no record got out of work second shif after working 50 Hrs that weak in one of our underpaid sweat shops,drove through Spring lake with his girefriend doing not one thing wrong and was pulled over, now by one of the county thughs, and was asked how much he had to drink,he replyed nothing,the cop assked why his eyes were so red,he replyed he was very tired after workink so much,the cop asked him were he had been,asked him were his girlfriend lived,were they were going,my son replyed am I being detained,as my son has a copey of his rights on his phone,and knowes his rights,the cop said, yes you are and demaned he get out of the car, at that point the cop gave him a bunch of test related to drinking and driving. My son passed all the test and was allowed to go, no ticket was issued for anay thing but was detained for a half hr by this idiot,he and his Girlfriiend were asked questions that were not related to the situation. I an 100% behind theies kids that have had enoughf of this harassment and hope they grow in numbers,I seen one downtown tonight and yelled out the window..good fore you. I hope people wake up and vote all these weaseles out in this county..I am.

AnonGHOPS

We wonder how the "out-of-town tourist" would respond to these News videos:

(More often than not police officers want & request cameras.)

WoodTV8: Body cams, old military equipment at Lowell PD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

CBS Evening News: Wearing cameras could help police officers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

CNN: Dashcams have helped and hurt police
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

USA Today: Chief: St. Louis County cop on leave after video tirade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

gordbzz231

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AnonGHOPS

In response to:

gordbzz231
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:02am

"I think it show,s that people are afraid to talk to each other nowadays,s if they want to know what he was doing, go up to and talk with that person, not at, maybe it,s people skill,s they lack, everyone is shut and locked in their little private world, call the police, call the police, that guy looks suspicous"

Thank you! Sad but true. Fellow Citizens, do not be afraid. We are only here to help our society evolve. We love speaking with you, no matter what you opinions are of us or any issue. This journey of freedom is not ours alone, it belongs to ALL of YOU! Remember we are citizens too. We have family, friends, jobs, etc. We come from every walk of life from fast food employees to teachers, homemakers to politicians, etc. We Are You. You Are Us. We Are ALL Anonymous. FREEDOM FOREVER!

AnonGHOPS

What happens when you try & take things off the internet...? (Ask Tom Cruise & Scientology.) We happen! LULZ

The internet is our home, & no one messes with our home.

We Are Anonymous. We DO NOT FORGET. Expect Us!

watchingyou

Trust me, worry less about the police and more (a lot more) about the City and County workers. It will literally make you sick to watch your money get wasted the way it is. I am expected to work my butt off to earn my wages as I feel it should be. As a manager, I notice when people aren't busy and I see that way too often around the area with the public workers.
As long as the officers are patrolling the area, they are busy enough for me. It is when they are all just BSing at the station or in the lot behind the station that you should be saying something. Other than that, leave them be and don't distract them from their duty.

AnonGHOPS

Though we agree, to an extent, We Do Not Forget Officer Carey who once patrolled a local GH School. A SCHOOL! Where there were underage kids! WTF? Do you want Police Officers like him around your kids? Look what he did to vulnerable citizens!

Search: YouTube/WoodTV8/GrandHaven…
2011
Ex-GH cop sued by woman in fed court
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
2009
Fmr officer gets 60 days in sex case
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
2009
Grand Haven officer identified, charged
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
2009
G. Haven officer resigns, investigated
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
2011
GH public safety director voted out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
2013
Judge Post accepts suspension
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

Shall we go on…? Or do we all understand now that this is a Nation Wide problem? Grand Haven is not exempt. Our beef is not with good Police Officers, only the bad. We will always be watching, helping the good Cops patrol the bad Cops. They can’t do it alone & this is our City… our Country. It’s time for us all to be… Americans. Together we can correct the system failure. FREEDOM FOREVER!

The Corrupt Fear Us. The Honest Support Us. The Courageous Join Us. We Are Anonymous.

Back to the Wall

"Thank you mask man"

VanX

There were two deaths at Ottawa County jail this year. The Ottawa County Sheriff Dept. promised that they would (ahem) investigate the matters. What was the result of those 'investigations'? Does anyone know? I can hear our County Prosecutor laughing to himself and saying, "yeah, right, we're gonna investigate ourselves..... Investigation over."

AnonGHOPS

+1 internets for you. Didn't the Tribune do an article about the Ottawa County Sheriffs Department & it's lack of transparency?

Um... yep. Here it is:
http://www.grandhaventribune.com...

AnonGHOPS

Trust you? "worry less about the police"? Watch these News videos & come again.

TYT: Police State Exposed: Autopsy Report Proves Victim Did NOT Commit Suicide
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

CNN: Ferguson again? Protestors say Utah cops kill unarmed man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

CBS Evening News: Ferguson a painful reminder for victim of police brutality
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

RT America: The illegal weapon Ferguson cops are using on protesters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

RT America: Former Philly police captain slams Ferguson authorities
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

WoodTV8: Calhoun Co. sheriff gets military vehicle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

AnonGHOPS

What about this?

TYT: Officer ‘Go F*ck Yourself’ Threatens To Kill Ferguson Protestor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

NBC25: Saginaw County sheriff says military tank no longer needed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

(WARNING: Video below contains language which may not be suitable for young children.)
Citizen Video: Saginaw M.I. Sheriff War Machine!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

mdowling

The guy just wanted attention.Who knows he might need a mask.

AnonGHOPS

The "mask" is an offline representation of our "anonymous" online persona's... like... mdowling (3 months 19 hours). No idea who you are, so you are masked & anonymous. Feels good, huh? No one can hunt you down & unjustly retaliate for what you say. Complete freedom of speech. It's a beautiful thing! LULZ

AnonGHOPS

Thank you to “Anyone” for making a peaceful stand. Thanks also to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety (GHDPS) for respecting our rights, & to the Tribune for covering this.

Some of our OperaKips here at Anonymous GHOPS (Grand Haven Operations) have had our moments too. It seems that the local Police have a better grasp on our Constitutional Rights than some of our citizens. After a previous debriefing at GHOPS Command, it was reported that one of our OperaKips (along with another Citizen) was out on one of their many “Peace Drives” when questioned by a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer).

LEO Encounter Report #0003: A motorist behind them decided to follow them down US-31, onto Jackson & halfway through Grand Haven before calling the Police on them. Sgt. Adams of GHDPS stated “I’ve got kind of a weird question for you…we got called, and I’m sure there is a perfectly good explanation for this…somebody just called in saying that they were concerned because the two people in the car had ski masks on… I just wanted to touch base and make sure, like, like he saw it that somebody wasn’t out robbing a bank…”

Sgt. Adams was very polite and professional. He was informed that the passenger was wearing a Guy Fawkes/V for Vendetta mask, while holding signs for view by motorists behind them. It was stated that the signs read FEED THE HUNGRY and I LOVE YOU. Encounter ended peacefully & without incident. End of encounter #0003 between GHOPS & GHDPS.

So, though we are saddened to hear that Muskegon is not so welcoming for “Anyone”, at least our hometown is. Most of our citizens are quite cool, but there are always some that like to stir up trouble. We know that most of those calling the cops on us know what Anonymous is, & they don’t like the “idea”. This situation seems to have been handled in the proper manner. Citizens should be allowed to voice their concerns and LEO must respond & investigate. Investigation found nothing. Rights respected for all those involved. Go Grand Haven!

We will continue to work on the issue of the Muskegon Police vs. Our Constitution. They should request Federal Protective Service Info Bulletin: FPS HQ IB-006-2014. This bulletin was given to OperaKips prior to Anonymous’s “Day of Rage” protest last Thursday. In it DHS/FPS/TMD describes the Governments definition of “Anonymous” & “Hacktivist”, who we are, what we do, what to expect (us), & how to deal with us. We will also keep working on our fellow citizens. To those who like to harass us & try & make things difficult, we say this: LULZ. This is not new behavior to us nor are we accustomed to letting it bother us. We know our rights & we respect yours. In the end the truth comes out & the truth will set you free. FREEDOM FOREVER!

P.S.
Fellow Citizens,
Please do not be afraid of our masks. It is just a representation of “Anonymous”. The idea that our skin color, religion, politics, etc. are not important, our humanity is. Give a man a mask & he’ll tell you the truth. Further more, it is to protect us from the very people we spoke of above. If our identities were given freely to the public, there would be fewer calls to LEO & more action towards our persons, property, & those we care for. It’s better to let LEO weed out the instigators, which is what they are paid for.

We Are Anonymous. We Are Legion. We Do Not Forgive. We Do Not Forget. Expect Us.
https://www.youtube.com/user/Ano...

Back to the Wall

"Thank you mask man"

AnonGHOPS

Anonymous Muskegon YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
(The other side of his sign.)

gordbzz231

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ghjhs

Another thing. , I am 100% behing you,but you must be given direction and information. Relize it starts at the head, cut the head off the snake first.that starts in Lancing,vote,get invloved,relize the weasele Govner,and the Lawmakeres in this state have been very craftey in passing laws to take away your rights and your money..and in this Republican ran county use the power of your vote and your brain,cut the head off the snake and it can't bit you anay more,not just stand on the street alone, stand on the street with a thousand people behind you and cary a sighn we are mad as hell and we wont stand for it any more an will vote every one of you werseles out,State,county and city.And then you will get their attion.

gordbzz231

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gordbzz231

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AnonGHOPS

We (Anonymous) also helped deter the rioting from "out of town" citizens by holding protests nationwide. Thus giving our denizens an alternative & more productive means of venting their anger than going to Ferguson & raising hell. We also put out statements on our disgust with the rioters & our pride for the peaceful protesters. We helped spread the word on "Mike Browns Law" which at last glance the White House petition was at over 140,000 signatures (40,000 more than needed for an address of grievance). We also helped support live stream video of the protests & riots, helping insure that our brave Independent Journalists got the truth out. But the powers that be do not want this info out in the public forum now, do they?

For more info on Anonymous please watch one of our documentaries:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

gordbzz231

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gordbzz231

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AnonGHOPS

So... why do comments from "gordbzz231" keep disappearing? Doesn't everyone know what we do when you try & take things off the internet...? Ask Tom Cruise & Scientology. LULZ

Information wants to be free, so shall it be.

gordbzz231
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:20pm

"Anonymous don't exist, but someone or an organization is spending a lot of money convincing us they do, they appear well educated and informed, they seem to appear everywhere, every state, on our street, why ?"

We would say we appreciated the "well educated and informed" part, though we can't... 'cause we "don't exist". LULZ

The internet is our home, & no one messes with our home.
We Are Anonymous. We Are Legion. We Do Not Forgive. We DO NOT FORGET. Expect Us!

LessThanAmused

"So... why do comments from "gordbzz231" keep disappearing"?

Bcause he has a real bad habit of posting something and then as soon as someone responds in a way he doesn't like he either erases it entirely or changes it to something a bit more innocuous.

You're probably more adept than I at retrieving disappearing info from the net, but if I respond to him now I always copy his post first and add it to mine. That way thread continuity isn't compromised.

gordbzz231

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