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This is what happens when you call the cops [VIDEO]

Saturday, June 14th: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Workshop

This workshop focuses on what to do when you are pulled over "on the street", in a vehicle...anywhere you encounter some type of police.  We will talk about what your rights are, how cops try to trick you out of them, and practical ways to assert your rights.   Empowering education on how to survive police encounters.

Wed. Feb 26th: Bringing Justice Into Criminal Justice

The Prison System As We Know It

 

& What You Can Do About It

Guest Speakers:

LAURA MAGNANI, a nationally known expert on solitary confinement,
of American Friends Service Committee

KEVAN INSKO of FCLCA, a nonpartisan, statewide public interest lobby founded by Quakers

Arcata Presbyterian Church, 11th and G St., Arcata

Saturday, Feb 1st: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Workshop

Do you know what to do if you're stopped by the police?
Do your children?

Are you tired of your rights being violated?
This workshop focuses on the law "on the street" -what your rights are and how cops try to trick you out of them.
We want to share strategies to survive police encounters.

The Murder of Kelly Thomas [Graphic Video]

 

The Murder of Kelly Thomas


 

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

 This is what happened to Kelly Thomas.

These are the officers who did it.

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UPDATE (01/14/14): Officers Found “Not Guilty” Despite Footage of Them Beating Kelly Thomas to Death

Unbelievably — but not surprisingly — the officers have been found “not guilty,” according to reports.

A jury has found them not guilty on all charges, despite the overwhelming video evidence.

A third officer, Joseph Wolfe, was also accused of involuntary manslaughter, but the DA has now dropped the charges in light of the not guilty verdict.

The verdict has sparked outrage across the nation.

As one commenter puts it, “I’m ashamed that this is what our country has belittled itself to.”

UPDATE (01/15/14): Cop Who Bragged About Beating Thomas “Wants His Job Back”

Officer Cicinelli, who was seen on video pounding Kelly Thomas’s face with the butt of his taser, has now petitioned to get his job back with the police department.

Cicinelli was on the forefront of the murder of Thomas and was named as one of the primary assailants, according to reports.

Jay Cicinelli

Officer Jay Cicinelli has only one eye because a citizen attempted to assassinate him in the 90′s, while he was working for the LAPD. Cicinelli survived the attempt. He was recently found “not guilty” despite video footage showing him beat Kelly Thomas to death.

After the beating, he is also quoted as bragging “”I got the end of my Taser and I probably, just probably smashed his face to hell.”

A digital recorder also caught him saying, “”I fucking beat him probably 20 times in the face with this Taser.”

After being found “not guilty,” Cicinelli is now doubling down and attempting to get his job back, hoping to fund himself with money from hard-working Americans.

If he gets his way, he will be armed once again and set free to roam around in our neighborhoods.

A Closer Look At ‘Crime’

A closer look at ‘crime’

December 29, 2013

by Asar Imhotep Amen aka Troy Thomas

I do not accept the common usage of the term “crime.” Why? Crime is not solely the violation of legal codes. It encompasses behavior that violates human rights. But beyond the legal understandings, crime shatters relationships, both social – including political and economic – and interpersonal.

Asar Imhotep Amen aka Troy Thomas
Asar Imhotep Amen
aka Troy Thomas

Substance abuse and prostitution, activities defined as against the law, certainly impact the lives and the rights of others but could be addressed more effectively outside the criminal justice system. Crime is a relative matter that changes with the disposition of legislative bodies.

Homicide is typically considered a crime unless the perpetrator acted in self-defense, by reason of insanity, or “in the line of duty” as a member of a police force, a legal execution team or a military body. Indeed, soldiers might be criminally liable for refusing to kill on order – or for refusing to register with selective service.

It is considered criminal behavior to lie under oath, but otherwise lying is lawful for everyone from presidents to common folk. It is illegal to speak about classified documents, and it is illegal not to speak before grand juries – unless the speaking would involve self-incrimination, in which case it becomes legal not to speak (unless one has been granted immunity from prosecution, in which case it becomes illegal not to speak!).

In short, everything from killing (or refusing to kill) to speaking (or refusing to speak) is or is not a crime, depending on the widest range of circumstances. So divorced is civil law from moral reflection that we barely blink when presidents somberly intone that we have to stop violence in America, while as a nation “we” spend thousands of dollars a minute building bombs.

Justice for Andy Lopez!: Police Are An Occupying Army

Federal Lawsuit Charges Sheriff’s Deputy Unconstitutionally Killed
Andy Lopez

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by Shepherd Bliss Occupy.com / News Report Sat Nov 9, 2013

The October 22 killing here of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a hail of bullets from sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus has resulted in daily peaceful marches, prayer vigils and speaking events honoring Lopez and calling for justice, as thousands in the northern California community continue to mourn and express outrage.

The killing has also this week led to a federal civil rights lawsuit being filed on behalf of the Lopez family. “There is a practice of using deadly force and covering it up by investigations that are superficial,” attorney Arnoldo Casillas said at a November 4 press conference in San Francisco, according to the daily Press Democrat. Casillas, who filed the suit, contends that the killing was unconstitutional because it violated the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which limits police authority.

Casillas interviewed witnesses who dispute law enforcement claims about the shooting. He asserts that the first shot was fired within three seconds of Gelhaus’s command to Lopez to drop what the sheriff's deputy claims he thought was a real gun. Seven bullets hit Lopez. One pierced his heart; at least one him him in the buttocks. Non-lethal alternatives were possible. The second deputy traveling with Gelhaus did not fire a single shot -- and did not even have time to step out of the vehicle before the boy's body lay fatally shot on the street.

Last year, Casillas won a $24 million dollar settlement for the family of a Los Angeles boy who was shot once and paralyzed by police while playing with an airsoft BB gun, similar to the one that Lopez was carrying to return to a friend when he was killed.

In a 2007 killing of African-American high school student Jeremiah Chass in the nearby town of Sebastopol, the Sheriff’s Office was compelled to pay a $1.75 million dollar settlement to the family. In both cases, investigations by outside police departments concluded that the cops were merely following protocol -- which too often seems to be “shoot first, ask questions later.”

But what is officially reported and what actually happens on the street may differ. That's why having next-door-neighbor law enforcement agencies investigate the killings is starting to look more and more like damage control than independent or objective reviews. More bluntly: are they amounting to cover-up investigations by law enforcement departments tasked with investigating each other?

Lopez Family and Others Speak Out

reportback! Days Of Action Against Police Brutality, Oct 22-23 2013 EUREKA

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Below is a reportback from Skye, a participant this year. Verbena, of Redwood Curtain CopWatch, wrote the following 3 paragraphs only to fill in what Skye was not present for.

Sending love & comfort & solidarity to young Andy Lopez' spirit and his family & community. 13 year old Andy was killed by Santa Rosa deputies on Oct 22.  

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October 22-23, Days of Action Against Police Brutality *Updated with Schedule for 2013!*

Bring warm clothes and any other warm stuff for folks who need it.  Local call to action is below schedule.

Tuesday, Oct 22  18th NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST


1:00pm Cesar Chavez Park (formerly 'Hammond Park' 14 & E, Eureka)
              CONVERGE AND PREPARE FOR MARCH - with lunch

2:30pm starting from Cesar Chavez Park (14th & E, Eureka)
               MARCH OF RESISTANCE TO POLICE BRUTALITY

6:00pm Carson Park (Carson & H, Eureka -on the Carson end)
              MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE- Live Concert, Dinner, Speak Out!

 

CANDLELIGHT WALK Honor The Victims And Survivors Of State Violence

10:00pm Cesar Chavez Park (14th & E, Eureka)
                ALL NIGHT VIGIL To Protest the Criminalization of Sleep, with FILM SCREENING

 

Wednesday, Oct 23  MEMORIAL DAY FOR CHRISTOPHER BURGESS


midnite-3:00am
Humboldt Courthouse/Jail
“WELCOME OUT!” Support People Released From Jail At Cold, Unfriendly Hours. 
Help distribute warm clothes, warm beverage, and a welcoming smile!

 

9:00am Clarke Plaza (3rd & E St., Eureka)
              BREAKFAST


11:00am
starting from Clarke Plaza (3rd & E St., Eureka)

                MARCH through neighborhoods & to police stations.
               
March for Chris Burgess, murdered by Eureka Police Officer Oct 23, 2006.

4:00-7:00pm corner of Wabash & Broadway, Eureka
              PROTEST & DINNER Stop the criminalization of youth!
                  Being young is NOT A  CRIME! Stop the school-to-prison pipeline!

 

Call 707.633.4493 for more details or check out redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net.

Days of Action Against Police Brutality   Oct 22-23

See you there.

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