Eureka Police Department

604 C St
Eureka, California 95501
(707)441-4060

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

Freezing Weather and Eureka Cops Continue To Terrorize People in the Bush

Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:21 AM
To: Garr Nielsen
Subject: homeless and freezing weather

Dear Chief Nielsen,

Again I must complain about the work that [Murl] Harpham and Sanchez do out in the bush. Sanchez wielding a machete around homeless people who's only "crime" is poverty and Harpham with his ridiculous "holier than thou" attitude do nothing to bring real safety or respect to this community.

Resist the Police State. Don't Join It!

Eureka Police Department begins citizen’s academy

22 February 2011   

The Eureka Police Department has developed a citizen’s police academy.

The EPD press release announcing the academy says it was created to forge a stronger partnership between citizens and the police department by educating the community in law enforcement issues and police department policies and procedures. The academy is also a means for participants and police personnel to share information and ideas about the police profession.

The academy will include a variety of topics, demonstrations, tours and hands-on experience and will be facilitated by members of the police department with expertise in the topic area.

The department is accepting applications for the citizen’s police academy, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 22, and will run for seven weeks on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Eureka Cop, Alan Aubuchon, Ignores 215 Recommendations

I was arrested by Officer Aubuchon, of the Eureka Police Department. He found my medical pipe and 1/2gram of medical marijuana, that I purchased from a dispensary. Officer Aubuchon then tells me that this is illegal to have drugs or drug paraphernalia.  So I then told him that I am a medical marijuana patient, I have my prescription in my back pocket and my state card in my front pocket. He looked at them then laughed. Waiving them in my face he told me haha we here in Eureka do not recognize 215. Several times he informed me that Eureka does not recognize 215.

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.

The Killing of Cheri Lyn Moore

The killing of Cheri Lyn Moore on April 14, 2006 tragically illustrates the failures of a misguided and bureaucratized “public safety” system. In this writing we deliberately refer to Cheri Lyn Moore by her first name, as her friends and family do, and we acknowledge her as a real, feeling, dynamic human being; we want to counter the objectifying and criminalizing  references made by media and police, calling her "Moore", and devaluing her life by repeatedly describing her through only the claims made by the police who murdered her. Cheri was reaching out for help in a time of physical, psychological, and emotional crisis; however, rather than receiving the assistance and comfort that she needed, she ultimately met her death at the hands of an overzealous and militarized police force.

 

This is not an isolated incident: Eureka Police Department [EPD], much like many police outfits throughout the country, regularly criminalize people in mental and emotional crises (especially if those people are poor) and then often exaggerate or flat out lie about danger they were "threatened with" in order to justify killing or severely harming those civilians.  One remarkable distinction, however, between EPD and many other police departments who's officers are suspected or known to have used excessive violence or lethal violence, is the patent and utter refusal of EPD or the City of Eureka to fire, reprimand, or demote such officers- even if only for the purpose of instilling confidence in the communities which they 'police'.  Because EPD routinely ignores, downplays and covers up instances of wrongful and unjustified use of force, there is a climate of indulgence in the department, whereby officers – and particularly those with predilections for over-aggressiveness, violence and abuse of authority, feel free to violate peoples' rights while on duty, because they are confident no disciplinary consequences will arise.

Who do the cops protect?

June 13, 2010:  I have a restraining order on my husband's ex.  She has been harrasing us for 5 yrs. She keeps violating the restraining order all the time. When I call the police to help they do nothing to help us, and we have kids and the girls are what she is after. Well, tonight she followed us downtown and was verbally attacking us.  Two officers showed up and did noting about it. She had also bothered us earlier in the day, and they did nothing about it then either,.......

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.

Report: "Liles at it again (and Newly Promoted, Assassin, Bully, Punk)"

After refusing to be interviewed by Liles about someone else, he threatened to arrest me.

 

When that didn't work he threatened to have C.P.S. take my children away.

 

When that didn't work he said he would get me later.

 

I'm concerned that he will now set me up. If he pulls me over and finds "something" on me or in my car I want people to know that he set me up.

 

Hopefully the public will get tired of this punk and have him fired.   --Anonymous

 

List of EPD cops who beat Martin Cotton and Sherrif Officers in the jail- where Martin further suffered and DIED

EPD cops who BEAT Martin in front of the mission:

Adam Laird

Joshua Siipola

Justin Winkle

Gary Whitmer

Steve Watson

Bryon Franco

Chandler Baird

 

Some of the Sheriffs Correctional Officers present at the Jail - Where Martin Died:

Dennis Griffin

Fernando Cangas

Chet Christensen

Frances Morgan

Adam Rossiter

Devin Strong

Adam Laird is one EPD cop who BEAT MARTIN COTTON TO DEATH, Aug 9, 2007

Officer Laird pepper-sprayed Martin Frederick Cotton II.  He also beat Martin  with a baton and kicked him while Martin was face down on the cement with his hands underneath his body. Martin was in the police car with Laird when brought to the jail.  Martin was never brought to the hospital after EPD beat him brutally for at least 15 minutes.

Analysis of Police 11.08.07

Teen's shooting part of historical police pattern

My Word  11/08/2006   by Alex Scherbatskoy

I am writing in response to a front page article in the Nov. 5 edition entitled “Six Years in the System: A dark journey -- How Chris Burgess ended up shot to death.”

I am a student at Goddard College in Vermont and a Humboldt County resident and property owner. Goddard College has been at the forefront in progressive education for over 100 years, with curriculums focused on social justice, class, and race issues.

My own study includes an extensive exploration of the roots of police violence. The Times-Standard article mentioned above does not in any way explain “how Chris Burgess ended up shot to death,” as the title implies. It does portray the trials and tribulations of Chris' childhood, but these trials and tribulations do not explain the shooting. Neither does the previous Times-Standard article that proclaimed loudly on the front page that Chris was on “meth” when he was killed.

Any educated expert would agree that the shooting of Christopher Burgess is the result of a well-documented, nationwide, systematic pattern of violence that began in 1845 when New York City instituted what is commonly considered the first modern police force (Kristian Williams, 2004, p. 56).

The principal job of these early police was as a patrol to apprehend escaped slaves. In 1996, 20 percent of the American public had direct contact with the police, 471,000 were subject to the use of force, and 373 were killed (U.S. Department of Justice).

A study of the development of modern policing reveals certain characteristics of police conduct before, during and after police shootings. These characteristics are present in the Christopher Burgess shooting to a striking degree. So much so that, as I stand and listen to the police chief explain his position, I imagine that I could be listening to testimony regarding any of the once-daily deaths that can be attributed to police.

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