VAPA founder Rick Rynearson is appealing a recently dismissed lawsuit against Border Patrol agents who detained him for thirty-four minutes, despite his offering of a military ID, driver's license, two passports and despite answering their questions.  The incident was captured by five video cameras and you can view it here.


"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."


- Edward R. Murrow


"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."


- Samuel Adams


"I, _____, solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same... So help me God."

- You?


"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreaonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."


- The Constitution of the United States


"A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."


- John Stuart Mill


Our Hats are off to Patriot Cop, Nashville Police Chief, Steve Anderson!

"We have already noted that the permissible duration of the stop is limited to the time reasonably necessary to complete a brief investigation of the matter within the scope of the stop.  The scope of an immigration stop is limited to...determining the citizenship status of persons passing through the checkpoint."

- Machuca-Barerra, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001

"In United States v. Machuca-Barerra, we addressed those limitations in detail and noted that 'The scope of an immigration stop is limited to...determining the citizenship status of persons passing through the checkpoint...'  It bears repeating that the permissible duration of an immigration stop is the time reasonably necessary to determine the citizenship status of the persons stopped."
- Portillo-Aquirre, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002

"4.3(C) - Federal Court Decisions: DHS is often involved in litigation that affects its operations. Although not as common, judicial decisions not directly involving CBP can also affect operations. You need to understand these decisions and the authority of the Federal courts in order to know if they affect your duties."

- Customs & Border Protection, Inspector's Field Manual (2008)

Help us stuff the DHS Border Patrol genie back in its judicially designed bottle!

The Veterans Against Police Abuse (VAPA) was founded on 17 September 2009 (Constitution Day) after suffering from a string of unlawful behavior by police and federal agents.  VAPA was founded with the recognition that veterans have taken an oath to defend against domestic enemies, and our organization is dedicated to ensuring the sacrifices of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Patriotic Citizens remain unblemished by the un-American stain of police abuse.


Our group of individuals is dedicated to strengthening the Constitutional rights of all American citizens through public education, creative enterprise and legislative reform.  We are developing a commercial application (free to all) which has potential to greatly increase the transparency of the police force while also funding our lobbying efforts for two different legal reforms.  Our organization has no agenda other than that which has been stated.  We have no political, religious, or ideoglocal viewpoint other than that contained in the Constitution of the United States.  We exist simply to strengthen and reinforce our Bill of Rights through commercial endeavor and legal reform focused on the singular issue of police abuse.  Our membership and our allies are comprised of individuals with widely differing philosophies and points of view, with a shared desire for police accountability.


Those who do not yet realize that there is a major crisis concerning police misconduct are invited to subscribe to the feed at the CATO Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.  You will be amazed.  You can also view the project on Facebook.


If you would like to support our efforts, please register an account with us and join us on our Facebook page.  We thank those of you who have labored for our liberty whether a military veteran, or a veteran of the effort to restore American liberty, and we invite you to join us in our pursuits.

Veterans Against Police Abuse

Police abuse doesn't require bruises or blood.  It often comes in the form of unlawful arrest or an arrest for victimless or petty crimes charged only to justify the physical display of state sponsored power.  The keys to police abuse are insecurity and a lack of respect for American freedom and principles.  Police abuse is both cowardly and un-American.