By Guest Blogger, Charlie Grapski
Many have written to ask me why (and how) I endure the constant harassment by David Piercy (currently using @DavidCordova22) particularly when he falsely claims I have been institutionalized for #mentalillness & diagnosed as “paranoid” or “delusional” etc. Particularly since it has been pointed out that #DavidPiercy has used his own mental illness as a means of avoiding jail – including I am told checking himself into an institution in one instance for this very purpose.
Mental Illness is a serious issue an should not be played with. I do in fact suffer from PTSD from abuse and torture (really) by police in Florida. (You can see some of that here: https://goo.gl/YZGO9J) I do not HIDE that fact – nor does it render me in any way a threat to the community as David tries to imply.
In this area David clearly needs significant HELP – not harassment. I will continue to EXPOSE Mr. Piercy as a serious, significant, and dangerous TROLL to activists and in particular those associated with #BlackLivesMatter. This is a man who has openly referred to black people as less than human – and has led the campaigns for so-called “justice” for people who kill black people (not just police). Included in this are notorious killers such as Dylann Roof, who massacred a number of people in a Charleston SC church, and Ted Wafer, who shot and killed a black woman who knocked on his door seeking help.
In Piercy’s mind – these people are by definition INNOCENT of any crime – since they merely killed black people (sadly it is indeed that simple). Anyone who reads through the twitter timeline of his many accounts (which continually get shut down – only for two more to pop up. See for example @DavidCordova22 and @P4R4L3G4L (even if you can’t see his timeline itself – you can search in Twitter and see the conversations with him and a set of out of control hate-filled TROLLS – that have been engaged in a concerted and organized effort since the Trayvon Martin shooting to DESTROY any MOVEMENT from forming and to DESTROY individual persons who dare stand up and speak out about injustice publicly).
WE CANNOT LET THESE PEOPLE SUCCEED BY GIVING THEM THE POWER TO DIVIDE US. And in fact – that is the ONLY power they have – that which WE give them.
It is ESSENTIAL for ALL PERSONS who have been TARGETTED BY, RECEIVED TWEETS FROM, or even just have SEEN these tweets – to CONSTANTLY REPORT them and the account to Twitter using both the @safety address and the REPORT function at the bottom (click the elipses “…”) of each tweet and the top right of each account (click the GEAR icon on their profile).
It is NOT inappropriate to inform Twitter or the authorities that this individual is not just dangerous – but suffers an illness that is likely contributing to his behavior. The latter is not an attack – but a call for help – which he desperately needs. The same goes for notifying the authorities. (In particular – Piercy lives in Clovis CA and Fresno County).
We do know that David has – in coordination with a few other more problematic trolls that will be exposed in detail in the future – recruited others to do his dirtiest work (literal stalking of activists. While Piercy has his own history of stalking including having active RESTRAINING ORDERS directly ordering him to cease CYBERSTALKING (an act he constantly accuses others of doing with tweets exposing him and challenging his own tweets).
In an effort to both NEUTRALIZE the effect of such TROLLS – as well as to support and protect their victims – a number of people have decided to create a support system (contact @teamdenmom if you need help or want to report abusive troll behavior) and hash tags such as #OpaTROLL – which means OPERATATION PATROL THE TROLLS.
Please begin to use these resources for the betterment of the movement for justice for ALL – and for the protection of those who DARE stand up. Hopefully in time we will ALL both STAND UP – and STAND TOGETHER – against hatred, racism, abuse by police and other officials, and other forms of violence and injustice.
Please share this among your friends and community. And remember – you can successfully ignore most trolls – but there are serial and organized trolls and trolling whose EFFECTIVENESS is only enhanced by being ignored – because it spreads both falsehoods about individuals and causes US to DIVIDE OURSELVES – thus WE give THEM the power they dont actually have – and thus they SUCCEED bit by bit in distracting us as well as neutralizing our effectiveness in the struggle for JUSTICE. You do not have to engage them – but help report them to authorities, to twitter, and to the Op to be placed on a public #TrollRoll. Strategies to neutralize their impact are being developed and deployed – to allow SERIOUS DISCOURSE among those who may disagree – which is the KEY to achieving a real democratic society.