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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.

COTTON DAY August 9th 2013

Cotton Day        August 9, 2013

 

 

You are Loved!

Siehna and her Daddy, Martin "Freddy" Cotton

 

COTTON DAY

August 9th


On August 9, 2007, Eureka police officers Justin Winkle, Adam Laird, Gary Whitmer, and 5 others beat an unarmed Martin Cotton II to death. In broad daylight, officers pummeled Martin's head and body, then brought Martin to jail, never giving him medical treatment. Medical care could have saved his life. Martin died in the jail cell of blunt force head trauma, writhing in pain, within two hours.

(Read More to see photos of the Eureka Officers who beat Martin)

August 8th: FREE the MOVE 9! Thirty-Four Years of Political Imprisonment. Listen to KMUD radio show

Listen to Radical Rap on the 34th Anniversary of the August 8, 1978 police attack on the MOVE house in Philadelphia.  August 8th is also the day before Cotton Day, the anniversary of the fatal police beating of Martin Cotton in Eureka CA.

August 8th Radical Rap, KMUD radio:
http://archive.kmud.org/mp3/kmud_120808_190000wedtalk.mp3

August 9th is Cotton Day

Please join together for COTTON DAY, Thursday August 9th
Street music (acoustic) CONCERT at 4:00 pm
Clarke Plaza 3rd and E Sts, Eureka
Bring your own chair. Bring a sign.
 
Peoples music.

Remember Martin Cotton.  Resist the Injustice... which continues....

Over $4.5 Million Awarded By Jury in Wrongful Death Case Against Eureka Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

Eureka Officers Viciously Beat Martin and Left Him to Die in Jail Cell

Eureka, CA: A jury delivered a resounding victory for plaintiffs in a police misconduct civil rights case by awarding the total sum of $4,575,000 against the City of Eureka and Eureka police officers Adam Laird, Justin Winkle, and Gary Whitmer for the death of Martin Cotton II. Punitive damages were assessed against the three officers. Mr. Cotton, a 26 year-old man living on the streets died of blunt force head trauma. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys Dale K. Galipo and Vicki I. Sarmiento of Los Angeles County, were Mr. Cotton's 5 year-old daughter and his father. The jury found that Officers Laird and Winkle used excessive force, and that all three officers failed to provide medical care.

 

VICTORY AGAINST POLICE TERROR IN EUREKA

Martin Cotton Family Awarded Over $4.5 Million in Trial Against Eureka Police (VIDEO included)

This link will also bring you to the video-taped interview from after the verdict.  Video is also below.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/09/23/18691150.php

Greetings,

The resounding jury decision could not have happened without the years of dedication by Redwood Curtain CopWatch; the courage, strength, and graciousness of Marty Cotton Sr.; the critical solidarity and organizing of the Oscar Grant Committee; the generosity of a few righteous Oakland attorneys; the networking and sharing of resources by Berkeley CopWatch; the bravery of the civilian witnesses to tell the truth; and the sharp, brilliant, hard work from the Cottons' attorneys, Vicki I. Sarmiento and Dale K. Galipo.

Fullerton Cops Criminally Charged For Beating Homeless Man To Death

Two police officers in southern California have been charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man. Over the course of nearly 10 minutes, the victim, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, was tackled, hit with a baton, pinned down, punched repeatedly in the ribs, kneed in the head, tasered four times, and then struck in the face with the taser itself eight times. Prosecutors say the officers continued the assault even after Thomas stopped struggling and a pool of blood formed around him. Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and could face life in prison. A second officer, Jay Cicinelli, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and using excessive force; he faces a maximum sentence of four years. The remaining three officers involved in the killing have not been charged.

Short Update (9/14/11) from Martin Cotton Trial in Oakland: Eureka Cops Beat Him To Death

Closing Arguments on Thursday, Sept 22nd!

Currently, the civil rights trial about the August 9, 2007 police murder of Martin Frederick Cotton II is in its last few days. The Eureka Police beat Martin Cotton brutally- in fact- beat him to death in broad daylight, in front of the Eureka Rescue Mission and many (other) houseless people. The civil trial, brought by Martin Cotton's father, Marty Cotton, and Martin's young daughter, Siehna Cotton.

Documented Police Brutality Anniversaries: Aug 7, Aug 8, Aug 9

Police State Continues to Expand.
If we don't confront it now, then WHEN?

August 7, 2010: Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies Murder Robert Garth in Blue Lake

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/08/08/18655719.php?show_comments=1#18655924

http://www.youtube.com/user/RedwoodCopWatch#p/u

August 8, 1978: Philadelphia Police Try to Kill MOVE Men, Women, and Children at MOVE Home; Police Kill One of Their Own and Lock Up Nine MOVE Members "for Murder"; The MOVE 9, U.S. political prisoners, have been in prison since 1978

http://move9parole.blogspot.com/

http://www.archive.org/details/AH-MOVE

Fullerton Cops Beating Mentally-Disabled Homeless Man TO DEATH

Photographs from July 30, 2011 protest that captured the attention of reporters from KFI-AM, KCBS, KNBC and KABC:


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Hundreds Protest Fullerton Police Brutality After The Disgraceful Kelly Thomas Killing

On a beautiful Southern California Saturday more than 250 outraged local citizens ignored the chance to spend a sunny day at the beach, swim in their pools, shop at the mall or sip Mimosas on their porches.

August 9th is COTTON DAY; Remembering Martin Cotton & Resisting Police Violence

Martin F. Cotton II was BEAT TO DEATH by Eureka Police and Humboldt Sheriff's on August 9th, 2007. 

Please join us Tuesday August 9th, 2011 in Remembrance of Martin Cotton and in Resistance to the injustice system that took his life.

Martin Cotton won't be forgotten!  Stop Police Brutality

---1:00pm RALLY in front of the Courthouse in Eureka

and Walk to the Boardwalk for peaceful REMEMBRANCE of Martin

We have plenty of signs, some from past demonstrations and a bunch from folks in the Bay area- sent in support of Justice for Martin Cotton


Then, later on...

---6:00pm  "Tell It Like It Is!” Open Mic: Survival Stories about Police Violence

at Synapsis 47 W 3rd Street, Eureka

light dinner and refreshments

music, poetry, spoken word, any way you want to express your experience, or just be there!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT ON COTTON DAY or organize in the near future for public presence at the civil rights trial set to begin in September against the City of Eureka and County of Humboldt, , please contact us.  707.633.4493  copwatchrwc@riseup.net

Click the link below to hear a song for Martin Cotton by Two Smooth Stones. 

Cotton Day Song

ORGANIZING & CONNECTING Around Upcoming Civil Trial in Oakland: Cotton v. Eureka Police and Humboldt Sheriff's

The federal civil trial regarding the deadly beating by police of Eureka homeless resident, Martin Cotton, was postponed (We learned mid-December) .  The new date was set for September 12th. 

Now there is more time to organize.

We have been getting together with groups and individuals in the Bay area to spread the word about Martin Cotton and the trial.  Also, we've been connecting to strategize and talk about how our communities are struggling against police violence.  And how we can strengthen our efforts.  So far, while the situations we are dealing with are so intense, our encounters in the Bay area have been enriching experiences! 

Martin and his daughter Siehna

Seeking HELP Regarding a Short Informational Tour before Martin Cotton Trial

The civil trial in Oakland: Siehna Cotton et al. v. Eureka Police Dept. and Humboldt County Sheriff's Dept. has been POSTPONED.  Please keep your eyes and ears out for the new date, some time after February!

A couple of us from Redwood Curtain CopWatch want to travel to the Bay Area (and points between and around here and there) to talk to groups of people about what happened to Martin Cotton, to invite people to the trial, and to help connect the conversations and struggles that our communities are engaged in regarding police brutality. [See below for links about events planned so far] We are looking for ideas, suggestions, and help in our organizing to make presentations and participate in gatherings and conversations regarding state violence, in these days leading up to the trial. Beginning on December 13th and probably running for two or three weeks, we want to have a full schedule in the Bay Area and thereabouts.  Can you help?  Perhaps, for instance, you could book us to make a presentation where you live, publicize our visit and the upcoming trial, and/or inform us of events and discussions already planned in your area.

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