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Martin County, KY — A Kentucky man learned the hard way this week that speaking your mind to those in a position of power can and will get you assaulted by police. A Martin County resident wanted to know why he was paying for water and not getting it, so a police officer grabbed him by the throat to keep him in his place.

The residents of Martin County held a public meeting this week to address the fact that they are paying for water and it’s not going into their homes. Although tempers were high, no one got violent and people only seemed to want answers as to when the Martin County Water District would turn the water back on.

According to LEX18, the water company explained what they were doing to attempt to remedy the outages which started during cold temperatures last week. They were faced with two options, they said. The first would be cutting off water to the entire county while they attempted to fill the tank reservoir. The other would be to strategically cut water to different areas of the county. Unfortunately, even after doing the latter, the company admitted that they were still having difficulty.

The water company is blaming the fact that they can’t supply Martin County residents with the water they pay for on faulty meters and higher usage. Naturally, residents were upset that the company is failing at getting them water and wanted their voices to be heard.

During the meeting, however, instead of telling the residents that the problem would be solved, the company released a statement saying they were seeking an increase in rates to supply them with water.

Although the water company is attempting to blame the shortage on the weather, resident Gary Hunt explained to WSAZ that he has outages year round.

“You turn the water on, right here is what you get. No water,” he demonstrated from the local news.

“Summertime, wintertime, fall,” Hunt said of when the shortages happen.

During Wednesday night’s meeting, Hunt had enough and decided to speak his mind. He tried to explain to officials that he was willing to pay the company extra just to come out to his home and fill up his tank, but they declined, leaving him waterless.

As he addressed the water company, Hunt used a swear word which prompted the officer in the building to grab him by the neck and begin choking him. The use of force by the cop was entirely uncalled for and would be considered assault had it been done by someone who wasn’t wearing a badge.

Even if Hunt was out of line for swearing during the meeting, the officer had no right to grab him by the neck and choke him out. Still, however, Hunt was issued a citation for “menacing.”

Hunt told WSAZ that the citation was worth it because he is fighting to get his water back on as his family is unable to even take showers.

“When you are a grown man, you do grown-up things,” he said. “You pay for what you do.”

Since the meeting, Martin County has declared a state of emergency because of the lack of water and are now seeking federal funding.

“In the big picture, if the state declares an emergency for our area and then if the federal does, we could possibly get some federal money,” Martin County Judge-Executive Kelley Callaham said.

Below is an example of what can happen when you try to tell the government you simply want what you are already paying for.

Sadly, this is the second time this week we’ve seen citizens assaulted by police for attempting to stand up for what’s right during town hall meetings.

This week, TFTP reported the incident involving an innocent English teacher who was assaulted and arrested for merely asking why the superintendent was getting a raise when the rest of the school system is suffering. The entire infuriating interaction was captured on film and that video, along with the one above serve to make a powerful statement about who police protect—their bosses.


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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. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.

48 COMMENTS

    • What to a cop? Cops are not gods–they are supposed to have control of their emotions. That’s what their job is–to deescalate the situation, not make it worse. Ridiculous.

  1. Somebody knows where that pig lives and runs his errands. Simply get the drop and let him know who’s boss.

  2. How is this even legal? I didn’t know companies (who aren’t airlines) are allowed to take money and then offer shrugs and excuses in lieu of product and service.

    • It’s not ! But like in Flint Michigan, what are you going to do, but complain to a bunch of spineless bureaucrats, who just sit on their hands and quote chapter and verse about policy’s, that are pulled out of a monkey’s butt ! They have your money and the water, providing service is not part of the requirement, plus having ass hatted guy’s in uniforms that protect these sorry ass’d bureaucrats, helps too.

    • Try flying Air America, they hand you a parachute, open up the back door of the C-130 and kick you out at over your destination at 3,000 feet.

  3. The reality of governance in our police state… Grabbing someone by the throat in that manner is a blatantly amateur move – you leave yourself open to a wide range of painful, crippling counterattacks. Lucky for that jackboot that the law-abiding American citizen he assaulted had some self control! In fact, not long ago, I knew a guy who grabbed another grown man (who had been smacking his wife and young kid around for years, and had it coming, big time) just like that. No harm was done, nary a bruise. He was arrested for aggravated assault, a very serious felony here in Georgia. Cost him half a year in jail, and 5 more of felony probation on a first offense. The wife-beater walked away, free!

    • Says the man with no picture. I’m willing to bet you not a Chippendale dancer. And wtf does his body type have to do with this situation? What you think because he a larger shape he don’t deserve water? Sit down and STFU, go look at something shiny.

  4. John that Cop should be arrested tried and convicted and fired. This is totally unprofessional and this cop should be serving jail time among the general population and see how long he lasts there.

  5. Stupidly “showing off”, their incompetent malevolence….(can’t even handle, the perfectly justified anger, one would expect, considering)….

  6. “This is a public place! That’s disorderly conduct.”
    Um, no bacon, that’s not disorderly conduct. It is a public place, and swearing is a right afforded protection by the Constitution. The one being disorderly is bacon, making up rules.

  7. This is the same reaction the fat fuck, no neck Donut Nazi© gives to his children when they ask for a drink of water.

    Regardless of the outcome … If a Donut Nazi© choked me, I would crush his wide open larynx and stand back and watch him choke to death.

  8. Maybe it’s a “Kentucky thing,” but I didn’t see anyone else in that room coming to the man’s defense. All I saw was brave hilly-billies standing around the wall just watching. Of course the cop can do what he wants. What’s there to fear?

  9. Don’t you people get out of line…you do exactly as we tell you and don’t ever step out of line again. Just keep paying us our money and don’t complain no matter how incompetent and ignorant we are.

  10. CRIMINAL ACTS DONE BY A CRIMINAL COP!! THE FOUNDING FATHERS FOUGHT AND DIED AND OVER THE YEARS MANY MORE OF US HAVE FOUGHT AND MANY HAVE DIED SO WE THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE UNDER THE BOOTHEEL OF THE CORRUPT ELITES AND THEIR STORMTROOPERS!! BUT NOW WE THE PEOPLE HAVE LET IT HAPPEN ALL OVER AGAIN!! DAY AFTER DAY WE THE PEOPLE ARE BEATEN, RAPED AND KILLED IN THE STREETS AND IN OUR HOMES!! WE THE PEOPLE MUST MAKE IT STOP!! #HuntDownCriminalCops #Hunt #RiseUpAndFight #WeHaveTheNumbers

  11. The real problem is people will not stand together to accomplish a worthy goal. Sure they showed up for a meeting, just like the teacher did in Texas. But the public will protect their own, even when the Rights of Law are 100% on their side. Every citizen in that room should have jumped that so called policeman and beat the you know what out of him! The people should have done the same to protect the teacher in Texas. People this is exactly what you will get in increasing amounts until you learn the Law doesn’t have the last word. The last word belongs to the People and there are numerous ways to keep that last word. As Thomas Jefferson said, any immoral law is not a law and should not be followed. He was referencing this to mean in spite of a regulation attempting to be enforced by lawmen or judicial process. Also meaning the People had the Right to beat the you know out of that so called lawman. I am truly sad that Americans have become a country of wussies.

    Michael- Deo Vindicabamur
    Classical Historian Western Civilization

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