We are dedicated to grass-roots struggle to end the aggressive role of police in and against our communities.

Learn more about what we do >>

Contact us by phone (707) 633-4493, email copwatchrwc@riseup.net or through our contact form

side images are links

Welcome

(links display in teal)

Sat, Sept 22 KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Workshop

Protect yourself in encounters with police!

The War on Cannabis is Unconstitutional, Your Constitutional Right to Cannabis

You and I have a Constitutional Right to grow, to possess, and to consume cannabis sativa and its variants.

Really you do.

I have pointed out to people in debates for years that it says right in the Constitution that you have a right to grow, possess, and yes! smoke cannabis sativa if you so choose. These people (some of them are well meaning but just ignorant) challenge me to point out the words in the Constitution that guarantee me the right to use cannabis sativa.

I tell them it is right there, right next to the words that guarantee them the right to manufacture, possess and consume alcohol. It’s right there, can’t you see it? Of course you can.

Because when the Constitution was ratified and the Bill of Rights was ratified the cultivation and processing and yes! the smoking of India hemp (cannabis sativa and its cultivars) was perfectly legal in the newborn United States of America. As a matter of fact, so was the production and use of alcohol. That is why a century later that miserable exercise in prohibition against alcohol required a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw alcohol.  It would require a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw hemp as well.   This has never happened.

It is time for the government to give up the war on hemp and move on. The War on Cannabis is Unconstitutional!

This fraudulent “war” has no moral basis.

TRUST Act Breaks Through in California

Last Friday the California State Assembly passed the TRUST Act. Also called the "anti-Arizona immigration law" by some, it would limit California law enforcement's cooperation with the federal Secure Communities program (SCOMM). The bill is now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown's desk where he is expected to sign it into law. The TRUST Act is good news for California budgets, residents, and police departments, for three main reasons:

 

Hundreds Protest the Murder of Mario Romero by Valllejo Police

Officer-involved shooting draws hundreds in Vallejo protest

By Jessica A. York and Irma Widjojo/Times-Herald staff writers   09/05/2012 

Supporters of the family of slain Vallejoan Mario Romero march outside the Vallejo Police Department Tuesday afternoon following a rally on the department steps. Romero was killed early Sunday morning in a police-involved shooting, the fifth officer-involved fatal shooting this year in Vallejo. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald)

“When a police officer sees a camera he should smile.”

The lawsuit alleges that Staley was walking to a bus stop with a friend ...when he saw a D.C. police car hit a man on a motorbike. Two police officers then began to punch the motorbike rider, who was on the ground and appeared to be hurt....

D.C. officer illegally seized camera phone, ACLU suit alleges

by , Sept 5

A D.C. police officer illegally seized a camera phone from a citizen trying to photograph officers at the scene of an arrest, a civil liberties group alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

 

Most (All?) Imprisoned South African Striking Miners Released

[image] Reuters

Miners from a Lonmin mine, with supporters, celebrated their release from detention Monday near Pretoria. South Africa's state prosecutor had charged 270 of the miners with murder but withdrew the charges Sunday.

Apple Granted Patent To Disable Cameras According To Location

Recording, communicating during protests, political events could be restricted

Steve Watson  Infowars.com  Sept 3, 2012

   Apple was granted a patent last week that will enable it to wirelessly disable the camera on iphones in certain locations, sparking fears that such techniques could be used to prevent citizens from communicating with each other or taking video during protests or events such as political conventions and gatherings.

The camera phone has revolutionized the flow of information in the digital age. Any time a major event takes place, news networks and video websites are immediately inundated with footage and photographs from the scene.

Vallejo Police Murdered Mario Romero; They Opened Fire On Him In His Car Sunday Morning

Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr National President of The National Network In Action, a civil and human rights organization, will be holding a Press Conference and a March in front of the Vallejo Police Department. In regards to the recent brutal murder of Mr. Mario Romero by the Vallejo Police Department early Sunday morning [Sept 2, 2012].
There were two young men whom police confronted. Witnesses reported that Mr. Romero never got out of his car when officers opened fire, shooting 30 times into the car reported by witness.  There were no reports of Mr. Romero shooting at the Vallejo Police. The minority community is taking a stand for justice against the ROGUE COPS of the Vallejo Police. There has been 7 officer-involved shootings and 5 of the shootings have been fatal. The Vallejo Police don’t have the right to be the JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER.

Police Brutality is Rampant, not Rare [VIDEO links]

It's Not Just the LAPD: The Big Lie About Police Brutality is Claiming it's Not Rampant

09/01/2012 by Dave Lindorff
Syndicate content