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September 14, 2010
The movement to demand justice for Askia Sabur is holding its third protest on Friday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., at 55th and Lansdowne in Philadelphia; march to 19th District police headquarters at 61st and Thompson to demand the removal of all officers involved!
by Boyce Watkins, PhD
A video showing Philadelphia police officers beating a man for nearly two minutes has taken the internet by storm. The incident is so shocking that the video has received thousands of views and has also sparked an internal investigation by Philadelphia police. The incident occurred in West Philadelphia and is two and a half minutes long. The officers are accused of attacking 29-year-old Askia Sabur outside a takeout restaurant in the area on Friday. What is also interesting is that most of the officers appearing in the video are African American, reminding us that the power of the state is not just a white and black.
Mariano is my husband. He is the father of my 1 year old son, who celebrated his 1st birthday 4 days before his father was brutally and wrongfully killed. We have been together for 2 1/2 years and he is the gentlest, kindest, most peaceful and loving man I have ever known. I believe that what Sheriffs reports are saying is a bunch of lies. I dont understand how this happened. I have many doubts in my mind and mostly my heart around everything that has to do with my husband's killing. He was shot probably 8 or more times, in the legs, the stomach, his leg and arm were broken and to finish him off I guess, they shot him in the back, but not straight on, sideways, the bullet severed his spinal column and broke his back. I already have an excellent lawyer and I have just arrived back in the states after a two week stay in Mexico. I helped return him to the land where he was born to bury his lifeless body. A wish he had expressed to me a year before. This can't keep on like this. People being killed because they are here yes, illegally, but most are here to work and to try and make a life for themselves and their families.
An Urgent Appeal from a long-time friend of
A message from the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
03 September 2010
A 50-something year old disabled man woke up getting his ass kicked by the Arcata Police during their recent sweeps at Anarchists' Field. His service dog was taken & is scheduled to be murdered after she defended her master from this sudden violent ambush.
The man is called Tweety, after a similar sounding part of his surname. The dog is named Dirtnap. She likes to roll around in dirt. I was unable to find any info of the incident online.
Save Dirtnap the dog! She was doing her DUTY! Free Tweety & start a lawsuit in his name. Paste this incident on all media; this was not an isolated incident! Prosecute the officers for assault in the first degree.
This is an article from
By JOHN ADAMS
Updated 7:17 AM PDT, Mon, Aug 23, 2010
"Assault Intervention Device" comes to Pitchess Detention Center
Click HERE to see the STOLEN LIVES report from M. Gloria Hernandez of Fresno. The key to the acronyms used in the list are at the bottom of the document.
Ah... so it seems the more I dig the more I find.. Jerry Dyer was appointed chief
after Julian Boo Boo Celeya died.
So count the victims attribated to Dyer's leadership after Boo Boo. Its been ten
years since his appointment and I count 47 deaths and those are the ones we know of...
The Stolen Lives list for Fresno was compiled from the following:
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Training
How to Handle Encounters With Cops
Saturday, August 28th
at Peoples' Action For Rights and Community
Q St. Alley between 3rd and 2nd
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[article in The Economist!]
Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little
Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas
THREE pickup trucks pulled up outside George Norris’s home in Spring, Texas. Six armed police in flak jackets jumped out. Thinking they must have come to the wrong place, Mr Norris opened his front door, and was startled to be shoved against a wall and frisked for weapons. He was forced into a chair for four hours while officers ransacked his house. They pulled out drawers, rifled through papers, dumped things on the floor and eventually loaded 37 boxes of Mr Norris’s possessions onto their pickups. They refused to tell him what he had done wrong. “It wasn’t fun, I can tell you that,” he recalls.
Rough Justice [article in The Economist!]
America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal
Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas
IN 2000 four Americans were charged with importing lobster tails in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes, in violation of a Honduran regulation that Honduras no longer enforces. They had fallen foul of the Lacey Act, which bars Americans from breaking foreign rules when hunting or fishing. The original intent was to prevent Americans from, say, poaching elephants in Kenya. But it has been interpreted to mean that they must abide by every footling wildlife regulation on Earth. The lobstermen had no idea they were breaking the law. Yet three of them got eight years apiece. Two are still in jail.
On the morning of August 16, 2010 at 10:20 a.m. came this wording over the scanner. "car load of Mexicans at Hwy. 162, mile marker 19". Later it turns out there were only 3 people in the car, or at least they only called in with the names of 3, who happened to be clear all the way round. It all sounds like now we are going to pull an Arizona and do racial profiling on dark skins. There was not a reason for the stop, such as no brake light, driving erratic or anything, just the 'car load of mexicans.'
The cop on the scanner is from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department.