police violence

Don't Forget WE HAVE THE POWER TO SHUT IT ALL DOWN!

On October 23, 2010, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in the Bay area organized a Shut Down of the Ports and Rally in protest of the murder of Oscar Grant and in resistance to police violence, especially against youth of color, and the violence and pervasiveness of the Prison Industrial Complex.  Read below a Solidarity Statement from Japanese Railworkers.

HEARING ON RACISM AND POLICE VIOLENCE Oakland • February 19-20, 2011

Join us for a HEARING ON RACISM AND POLICE VIOLENCE
Oakland • February 2011

Come share Testimony and Demand Accountability on the Issues of Racist Law Enforcement and Police Suppression of Civil Liberties. Testimony will include witnesses to police killings across the country and experts on the impact of racial profiling and mass incarcerations.

THE HEARING (originally planned for January) HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH & 20TH 

Oakland High (1023 MacArthur near Park Blvd) Oakland, CA

 

SPONSORED BY:

• Mieklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
• Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
• New Years Movement
• East Side Arts Alliance
• Onyx• Collision Course Video
• African People’s Socialist Party
• National Lawyers Guild
• Hard Knock Radio
• US Human Rights Network

 

Black Student Union and CopWatch Host Film Screening at HSU, Wednesday Oct 20th

On Wednesday, October 20th, in preparation for the National Days of Action Against Police Brutality (Oct 22-23), join the Black Student Union and Redwood Curtain CopWatch for the film...

"We're Still Here, We Never Left"

"Todavia Estamos Aqui, Nunca Nos Fuimos." 

*This Free Event starts at 6:00pm

*Location:  Gist Hall, Room #219  Humboldt State Campus, Arcata

*All are welcome (students and non-students alike)

 

Racial Profiling and Violence

On March 03, 2008 I was driving from San Francisco to San Jose after having dinner at Fuzio’s restaurant in the Castro district around 10:45 pm where I had crispy calamari linguini and water. Driving a constant speed of 60 mph on Highway 101 I notice three Highway Patrol cars one on my left side and two on my right side driving at very high speed. When I looked in the rear mirror I notice a CHP car with the lights on. I thought the officer wanted me to move lanes since I was next to the HOV lane so, I did.

Shasta County Cop Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Rape

Shasta County prosecutors have charged an Anderson police officer for allegedly raping a female suspect while on duty, and they're considering whether to charge another officer for failing to report it.

Bryan Benson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges including rape by force of fear, kidnapping and assault by a public official. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison.

 
Authorities say the 25-year-old officer was taking a drunken driving suspect to jail May 29 and began speaking sexually to her. He then allegedly pulled over and raped her.

Benson allegedly told Officer Matthew Goodwin that he had sex with the woman.

Under the law, a person in police custody can't consent to sex with her captor, so prosecutors are looking into whether Goodwin was obligated to report the incident.

Letter regarding Eureka Police Dept's Sanchez and Quigley; Eureka Cruelty to Houseless People

REDWOOD CURTAIN COPWATCH
(707) 633-4493

July 19, 2008

To Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen, Eureka City Council members, Eureka Mayor, Eureka City Attorney Sheryl Shaffner:

Re: EPD Sergeant Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez

We write this letter with grave concern regarding the ongoing harassment and violence against homeless Eureka residents by Officer Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez, and about the civil rights violations inherent in Officer Sanchez’ actions. While Sergeant Mike Quigley is not the express subject of this letter, please note that he behaves similarly, destroying houseless peoples’ meager survival gear and harassing, intimidating, and violating said peoples’ civil rights.


We will assume that you have been unaware, up to this time, as to the unwarranted threats, cruelty, and intimidation perpetrated on a consistent basis by Officer Sanchez against homeless people. Apparently, Officer Sanchez believes that he can say and do anything to people he perceives as vulnerable. Officer Sanchez conducts himself in an inappropriate, unlawful, and vile manner toward people- based on their status as unhoused residents. Clearly, he believes he is acting with absolute impunity.


While the Eureka Police Department and the local government may choose to believe that Officer Sanchez’ (and Officer Quigley’s) actions are protected under law, we want to bring to your attention the unconstitutional, and frankly obscene, nature of his behavior. We understand that Sergeants Sanchez and Quigley likely do not make full reports of much of their own behavior; perhaps finding it easier to continuously and secretly intimidate houseless people by keeping those actions ‘off the record.’ However, we believe that it is possible that the EPD and other city entities are aware of some or much of Officer Sanchez’ and Quigley’s behavior, and as a result of department and city complicity, these officers indulge in ongoing abusive behavior, confident that no disciplinary consequences will arise.

Flier 01.15.07 City Council Meeting

MEET US IN FRONT of EUREKA CITY HALL

THIS TUESDAY, JAN 15TH 5:45pm

 

Ex-Chief of EPD, David Douglas, and current EPD employee, Tony Zanotti, head of the SWAT team, were indicted by a Grand Jury for the killing of Cheri Lyn Moore in April of 2006.

 

Did you know???

After PUBLIC OUTRAGE AND PRESSURE over the Eureka Police Department’s killing of Cheri Moore resulted in a coroner’s inquest, grand jury indictments, and prosecution of ex-Chief of Police David Douglas and SWAT’s Tony Zanotti, the Eureka City Council decided that the PUBLIC WOULD PAY $75,000 + for private attorney, Bill Bragg, to defend Douglas against criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter???!!



Douglas should fund his own defense in the same way as is expected by any other person accused of a crime and facing criminal charges.

 

Not only did the Eureka City Council decide that WE would pay for Douglas’ defense for the killing of Cheri Moore, but the Council made the decision in CLOSED SESSION right before X-mas! And the City Council meeting following the CLOSED SESSION decision was on Thursday (not Tuesday, like all other City Council meetings) and was not broadcast live... (like all other City Council meetings)!!

December 21st: HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY

HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY
December 21st
The 1st of Winter. The Longest Night of the Year.

 

 

HOMELESS PEOPLE DIE FROM SYSTEMIC VIOLENCE.

 

 

 

Homeless people die from illnesses that affect everyone, frequently without healthcare.

 

 

 

 

Homeless people die when government policies deprive them of everything.

 

 

 

 

NUMEROUS Reports of Abuse and Harassment by EPD Officers QUIGLEY and LAIRD

Such reports are nothing new, however, Quigley has not been so visible for a little while until recently, and Laird was seen for a while in plain clothes, riding around in a patrol car with Officer Rolofson.

 

Now, both Quigley and Laird are back on the streets, insulting, harassing, ticketing, and treating houseless people in a VILE manner.  Please go down to the free meal area (St. Vincent de Paul's Dining, on West 3rd Street) to observe and listen for yourself.  Your presence is important.

 

Liles Gets Burgess Family Evicted From Home; He Targets His Victim's Families

REDWOOD CURTAIN COPWATCH     December 9, 2007
To Chief Garr Nielson and all to whom it may concern:
 
It has come to our attention that Officer Terry Liles recently has been at the residence of Margorie Burgess and her children on at least two occasions. This letter is to firmly request that Officer Liles no longer be sent to her residence, that he be stopped in the future of going to any residence of Ms. Burgess, and that Officer Liles be reprimanded for threatening and harassing Ms. Burgess’ current roommates, who are her extended family.
 

Mendocino COPS TASER YOUNG MAN As His FATHER DROWNS

California cops tasered a distraught son whose father was drowning after he and his brother complained that police were not doing enough to rescue their dad, while authorities prevented the two sons from making any kind of rescue effort themselves. The latest example of police brutality unfolded in Mendocino Country California. A San Francisco family was visiting Portuguese Beach when the father accidentally fell into the water and was washed away from the shore.

We're Still Here, We Never Left, April 3rd film screening

"Todavia Estamos Aqui, Nunca Nos Fuimos"

("We're Still Here, We Never Left")

This film details the police riot in MacArthur Park, Los Angeles on May 1st, 2007- which led to the founding of the Revolutionary Autonomous Communitues (RAC).  RAC's Food Program and events bring communities together in resistance to police brutality and for liberation!

 

Join Redwood Curtain CopWatch on Friday, April 3rd for this film.

Food and discussion too!

Evening starts at 7:00pm

Spotlight on Sanchez; Dec 20, 2008 Letter from CopWatch

To Chief Garr Nielson and all entities listed below: It has come to our attention that Eureka Police Department Sergeant Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez has put the word out that he is after a man named Eric Stauffer with intentions to do him great harm. Mr. Stauffer, his friends, and we at Redwood Curtain CopWatch take the "word on the street" very seriously, especially in light of past and ongoing targeting and violent actions by Sgt. Sanchez and other members of the Eureka Police Department.

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