Posted by copwatch | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 12:59am story
Cotton Day August 9, 2013
Siehna and her Daddy, Martin "Freddy" Cotton
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)
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 10/28/2012 - 3:30pm story
Just give me 45 days. I'll get rid of 'em all.” --Humboldt Sheriff's Ken Swithenbank to Chamber of Commerce about HOUSELESS PEOPLE in SoHum
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 10/28/2012 - 3:30pm story
No Justice! No Peace! 'Til the cops are off of OUR streets!
Ain't No Power like the Power of the People 'Cause the Power of the People Don't Stop!
Stop the Violence! Stop the Hate!
Smash the Police State!
Hey Hey! Ho Ho!
Killer Cops Have Got To GO!
(chanted at Eureka City Hall)
Rotten Cops! Rotten Law!
It all starts at City Hall
Humboldt Sheriff, EPD
Stop Police Brutality!
Tear Down the Prisons and the Police Stations!
We don't want Incarceration!
Fuck the Cops
We Don't Need 'Em
All we want is total Freedom!
L.I.V.E. against Police Brutality
Stop Police Brutality: It HURTS!
Stop Police Brutality: It KILLS!
(call and response)
Smash [or Stop] the Police State
Cops Do the Real CRIME
See actual page10 of 2012 booklet attached or if you click on READ MORE
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 10/19/2012 - 10:31am event
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH OCTOBER 22nd & 23rd DAYS OF ACTION (or want more info) PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT REDWOOD CURTAIN COPWATCH: firstname.lastname@example.org, (707)633-4493 Your participation is vital!
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 09/21/2012 - 10:56pm story
Traditionally American society has identified anti-social behavior by way of violent behavior. Sociable people will be willing to talk and mediate through problems with each other rather than come to blows in private meetings or on the streets.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 08/03/2012 - 8:03pm story
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.
Remember Martin Cotton. Resist the Injustice... which continues....
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/13/2012 - 1:23am story
Victory for First Amendment Rights & Free Speech Vigilers:
"The Constitution is the law of the land."
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 05/17/2012 - 9:03pm story
Open Letter to Humboldt County Sheriff, Michael Downey:
We send you this information WITH URGENCY.
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 01/07/2012 - 2:24pm story
Jan 7, 2011
Open Letter to Humboldt County District Attorney, Paul Gallegos:
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 05/31/2012 - 10:23pm story
Since this announcement, Gallegos' office has prosecuted many non-violent misdemeanors. And the 48 hour law (CA Penal Code 825) is not supposed to allow "law enforcement" to jail someone for 48 hours with no expectations of charges. It is required that an arrested person, in jail, is brought in front of a judge or magistrate AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to be charged with the crime for which they are locked up. It is not a given that someone must be in jail for 48 hours (or more, with holidays and weekends) if the DA KNOWS he will not be charging! ~Redwood Curtain CopWatch
Misdemeanor prosecutions may fall prey to budget ax
DA warns law enforcement funding may prevent filing of most non-felony cases
Thadeus Greenson THE TIMES-STANDARD May 31, 2012
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos is warning local law enforcement officials that his office may be unable to prosecute most misdemeanor offenses if his budget doesn’t increase with the coming fiscal year.
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 12/20/2011 - 11:02am story
Please phone and email the numbers & addresses below!
*Demand Return of All
Property including Signs,
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 12/25/2011 - 12:00am story
Anne Rian, a stalwart Occupier, was arrested this morning at Occupy Eureka, supposedly for a warrant. Missing a court date would be the only reason for a warrant. However, the District Attorney's office told us that Annie did not have court until January 5th.
Eureka Police Officer Cress, who has stolen many of our signs in the past and used to show up daily at the Occupy, made the arrest today, December 25th.
The jail told Anne that she is going to be in solitary, even though solitary or "maximum" is supposed to be for people who have problems with other people in the jail- it is not for people to be put in simply because they were arrested during political activity. The jail guards (Sheriff's Dept) have told her that she will be in there for up to five days (lies, intimidation) and has told her several different charges/reasons she was arrested on a warrant- so that is not clear.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 12/16/2011 - 1:18pm event
Occupy Eureka invites you to the Humboldt County Courthouse to attend our unveiling of our new information kiosk as we call out for justice and equality for the 99% through the exercise of our first amendment rights. This event is part of a movement-wide call to "re-occupy" in the wake of coordinated attacks and subsequent evictions of occupations across the nation and around the world.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 06/19/2011 - 12:30am story
May 20, 2011 Sent Via Email
RE: Mr. Brandon Dyer
To District Attorney of Humboldt County, Paul Gallegos:
This email is a follow-up the message I left on Ms. Shoshani's voice mail at
or about 2:50pm today, May 20, 2011. I am contacting you to, once again,
inform you of the laws that require you to file charges against someone
in the custody of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF)
within the statutory time; otherwise or that person's extended custody
due to your failure to bring them in front of a magistrate or judge and
the HCCF's failure to release them, is a misdemeanor and violation of
the person's civil liberties.
Mr. Brandon Dyer was arrested on the night of Wednesday, May 18,
2011. He needs to be brought to court TODAY, Friday May 20, 2011, or be
released from the HCCF. The CA Penal code section 825 (a)(2)
Downloadable below is a court filing on behalf of Peter Stewart's mother. It opposes the cops' attempt to get the civil rights case against them dismissed -before a trial happens. The document goes into more detail about the police murder of Peter Stewart in June 2007.
Local cops burned a house down, knowing that they would kill Peter Stewart inside.
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 09/13/2011 - 3:12pm story
MEDIA UPDATE & CLARIFICATION*: September 13, 2011
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 08/08/2011 - 3:11pm story
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 07/04/2011 - 1:37am event
TRIAL BEGAN SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 at 8:30am
[RALLY at 7:30am on 12th, first day of trial]
Trial Wed (9/14), Thurs (9/15), Friday (9/16), Wed (9/21), Thurs (9/22)
Must have U.S. ID or Passport to go in
January 3, 2011 Interview
Please note that the Civil Trial, Siehna Cotton and Martin Cotton I v. Eureka Police Department and Humboldt County Sheriff's Department has been postponed beyond January 10, 2011. The new date has yet to be set by the Court.
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 11/24/2010 - 11:11am story
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.
KMUD news, May 12, 2008: http://www.box.net/shared/iz6j5tdy3x begin at 6 min, 21 sec
May 24, 2008: Recent County Raids on Houseless People Spawns Forming of Community Group from North and South Humboldt
Sheriff Gary Philp
Undersheriff Mike Downey
Humboldt County Sheriffs Department
Records Section Division
826 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Via facsimile and certified US. mail
Re: Retaliatory Intimidation in response to request to inspect records pursuant to California Public Records Act, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 6250 et. seq.
On June 23, 2008, my request Pursuant to California Public Records Act, Cal Gov’t Code §§ 6250 et. seq. (dated June 16, 2008) was sent via certified mail and also hand delivered to your office(s).
WHAT HAPPENED TO PETER STEWART
IN HOOPA, June 4, 2007