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Homeless “Defender of Constitutional Rights” Unable to Pay $100 for Pot Charge, Dies in Jail


Manchester, NH — Last week, police, in their efforts to keep the world safe from a dangerous plant, arrested Jeffrey Pendleton for possessing a small amount of cannabis.

He was then locked in a cage last Wednesday after a Nashua District Court judge had set his bail at $100 cash. Unable to pay his extortion fee for possessing a plant that is legal in some form in 23 states, Pendleton, 26, was found dead in his cell five days later at 2:45 on Sunday.

“There appeared no indication that Mr. Pendleton was in any form of distress,” said Superintendent David Dionne. The Manchester police are now investigating his death.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. However, the results have yet to be released publicly, leaving some questioning the circumstances of his untimely death — especially considering his outstanding history of activism against police abuse of the homeless.

Pendleton is no stranger to police in the area as he had won settlements for civil rights violations from both the Hudson and Nashua police departments last year. Pendleton won a settlement of $7,640 from Hudson after he was unlawfully arrested for standing on public property holding a sign that read, “Homeless and Struggling.”

After that debacle, Nashua paid Pendleton $10,315 after he spent 33 days in jail for walking in a park adjacent to the Nashua library after police forbade him to do so.

His death comes exactly one year to the date after Nashua signed the papers agreeing to settle the claims and avoid a suit.

“We will deeply miss Jeff,” said Gilles Bissonnette, legal director of the ACLU of New Hampshire who represented Pendleton in his two cases.

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“He knew there were people like him out there having similar interactions with law enforcement,” Bissonnette said. “He wanted change, whether if for a black person or simply a poor person out of work.”

In a statement on Monday, the ACLU referred to Pendleton as a “defender of constitutional rights.”

According to the Union Leader, Pendleton was discovered inside his cell during a head count that takes place during change of shift. Jail officials are reviewing video and speaking to inmates to piece together a timeline of Pendleton’s last hours. He said the door to his jail cell was closed when he was discovered.

This tragic case highlights the immoral nature of the state’s war on drugs. Pendleton had harmed no one, yet he was kidnapped, locked in a cage, and subsequently died without freedom because agents of the state, whose job it is to enforce unjust laws, put him there. Meanwhile, actual crimes continue to go unpursued, uninvestigated, and unsolved — after all, arresting poor people for a plant is far easier and profitable.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.
  • Thugs with Pepper Spray

    Cowards and killers for profit.

  • Cam Alft

    we all know it was the cops,this happens way too often,the corrupt cops get a pot smoker in custody and go ape shit on them.these people get abuse and brutilized while in a cell,these cops love it when the arrestee can’t run,or get away from them,it’s a shame what has happened,and i hope the ME has the balls to call it for what it is…when the cops hide their reports from us,you know it’s due somewhat to them,right now they are scrambling looking for everything on this guy to put the blame on him for what ever happened in that cell……

    • Zackery-lee Blaylock

      exactly they love slight of hand and tampering with cameras what i dont get is how the higher ups arnt concerned i try and get ignored and mentally abused as i try to find individual intentions while the authorities like to play ignorant when it should be there job to serve the people. i get words like im fasisius how ever its spelt and we dont know names or specifics on cases that involve there vary department

      • Cam Alft

        most people don’t know or want to know,but the cops follow a seperate set of law[s]….same as courts,and it’s a corrupted system,one that LEO’s knowingly and willingly follow…it does involve impunity,to a degree,if there is a way to drop anything from involved officers,they will,without question…but if there is no way to do so,as in cover up or sweeping under the rug or getting away with destroying evidence and such,then it will either get settled quietly or in court,but they start withe the minimum sentence on the guilty party and so on….it is corrupted beyond corrupt and it just goes on,they will stonewall and lie to get you to go away without one answer..

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