Redwood Curtain CopWatch, based in the north coast of California, is part of a larger movement of self organized CopWatch groups throughout the US. Our local efforts seek to intervene in the drastic rise of the presence, militarization, and violence of the police, and build support networks based on self-determination, caring, and concrete needs.
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SUN NIGHT, MAY 13 at 8:30PM: Gathering/Rally at Occupy Eureka for Hans: STALWART ACTIVIST GOING TO JAILSubmitted by copwatch on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 7:02pm
On Friday, May 11th, Hans Ashbaucher took a plea bargain in the case from his November 12 Occupy Eureka arrest. Hans was preparing to go to trial on Monday, but we all know that from the court system, it can be very difficult to get any justice (or to avoid being screwed).
On November 12, Hans was filming EPD Sgt. Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez because, in Sanchez style, he came to harass and bully the Occupy Eureka folks and flash a big bright light in peoples' faces. What was particularly remarkable is that Sanchez (as CopWatch has seen him do before) ignored some very serious violence going on less than a block away, in order to stick around to intimidate people who were doing nothing wrong (Occupy Eureka folks). He also cut down our banners with a knife and is openly adverse to being filmed.
Hans was injured by the cops that night, his ribs broken. He was in jail for five days. When Sanchez brought Hans to the hospital after bringing him to the jail (against EPD policy), with Hans cuffed, injured, and calling out for help, Sanchez choked Hans. Sanchez then went on to claim that Hans assaulted him while cuffed on the hospital bed (Sanchez admitting in his police report that he was choking Hans)- and the all-too complicit DA went along with it.
Many forms of Occupy protests subjected to new bill making protests illegal
A bill passed last week in the US House of Representatives and the Senate would make it a felony to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year. Several commentators have dubbed it the “anti-Occupy” law, but its implications are far broader.
The bill — H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. Only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). Not a single Democratic politician voted against the bill.
The virtually unanimous passage of H.R. 347 exposes the fact that, despite all their posturing, the Democrats and the Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder with the corporate and financial oligarchy that they work for.
Here is the letter, hand-delivered and emailed to EPD on March 1, 2012
Eureka Police Department (EPD) officers have been taking property from Occupy Eureka since the first week of November 2011. EPD has not properly inventoried or cataloged this property. EPD has told Occupy Eureka participants, the rightful owners of thousands of dollars worth of confiscated property, that the EPD has no current property policy.
By Madison Ruppert Editor of End the Lie
President Barack Obama has leveraged heavy rhetoric on the subject of transparency for some time now, even going as far as to publish on the official White House website that his “Administration is committed to an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”
If this is open government, I can’t begin to imagine what a closed government is.
After Anwar al-Awlaki was allegedly assassinated in Yemen, the New York Times sought to find out the legal basis for the Obama administration’s secretive “kill list” which apparently can now include United States citizens.
Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right — and that includes the outside of federal buildings, as well as transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.
However, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs or video in public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.
The ACLU, photographer’s groups, and others have been complaining about such incidents for years — and consistently winning in court. Yet, a continuing stream of incidents of illegal harassment of photographers and videographers makes it clear that the problem is not going away.
> A Guide to Photographers' Rights
New hunger strike: Petition for improved conditions in Administrative Segregation Unit at Corcoran State Prison
"...We, inmates currently housed in Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) of CSP (California State Prison) Corcoran, hereby petition California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Director Matthew Cate and Corcoran State Prison Chief Deputy Warden C. Gipson for the redress and reform of current inhumane conditions we are subjected to which violate our constitutional rights.
Furthermore, this petition will serve as a constructive notice for the peaceful protest which will be carried out as an alternative means of petition in the event that our conditions and demands are not met in a timely manner..."
Dec 30, 2011 by Pyung Hwa Ryoo, Juan Jaimes and William E. Brown
(Written Dec. 19, 2011) To: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Director Matthew Cate, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283-0001, and Chief Deputy Warden C. Gipson, Corcoran State Prison, P.O. Box 8800, Corcoran, CA 93212
Mr. Cate and Mrs. Gipson:
This 21-year-old was on his way to Wisconsin for his grandmothers funeral when he was handcuffed and held for 90 minutes on a disorderly conduct charge. Why? He opted-out of the "naked scanner" and instead chose the pat-down — at which point he began removing his clothes to expose a message written on his chest in marker. The message, of course, was the 4th amendment.
"He went there knowing he would not do the advanced imaging and do the pat-down instead," his attorney said in a telephone interview with Wired. "He was making it easy for them and in the process he wanted to communicate his objection for doing so."
The man is now suing for, among other things, wrongful detention and a breach of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment. Despite the delay, he made his flight.
You can read the lawsuit here.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!! Sunnybrae Middleschool Walkout March 18, 2011
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WALK OUT TO PROTEST WAR!!!!
Arcata, CA: Twenty five Sunny Brae Middle School students walked out of class today to demonstrate their opposition to war and to the Navy’s proposed weapons testing in the Pacific off the North Coast. At least one student also voiced solidarity with the Union organizers in Wisconsin. Today’s rally coincided with the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and was part of a nation-wide day of action against war. At two o’clock students emerged from their classrooms and gathered in the eighth grade basketball courts. One rally participant said that they chose this location, which was on school grounds, to prevent being mispercieved as just an excuse to cut class.
Participants also said that the rally would have been larger but some students were kept from participating by teachers who prevented them from leaving class. Although they did not participate, other students and even staff showed solidarity and support for the rally.
Center for Constitutional Rights Stands with Copwatch Groups to Ensure Their Right to Monitor Police ActivitySubmitted by copwatch on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 4:34am
Copwatch groups are made up of concerned community members, who take action to lawfully monitor local law enforcement activity in their neighborhoods. Copwatch groups are proactively working to reduce police violence and misconduct in exercising their right to hold the police accountable for their actions. Many Copwatch groups use video recording to document police misconduct, thereby shifting the balance of power between law enforcement agencies and the communities they patrol, and in some cases affecting changes in police practices and policies. Video recordings of police activity are both constitutionally protected and vital to help deter police misconduct or expose it when it happens.
Thank you for standing with us in the fight for justice.
Annette Warren Dickerson
Director of Education and Outreach
Center for Constitutional Rights
January 24, 2011: Class 1 Felony of recording a conversation is just below the prison time you'd spend for murder.
Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the country
By Staff of Fight Back! News| September 24, 2010
Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.
Demand: Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists. Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc. End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
San Francisco Labor Council Resolution
[Note: The following resolution -- submitted by David Welsh, NALC 214, and Alan Benjamin, OPEIU 3 -- was adopted unanimously by the SFLC Delegates' Meeting on Sept. 27, 2010.]
Condemn FBI Raids on Trade Union, Anti-War and Solidarity Activists
Whereas, early morning Sept. 24 in coordinated raids, FBI agents entered eight homes and offices of trade union and anti-war activists in Minneapolis and Chicago, confiscating crates full of computers, books, documents, notebooks, cell phones, passports, children's drawings, photos of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, videos and personal belongings. The FBI also raided offices of the Twin Cities Anti-war Committee, seizing computers; handed out subpoenas to testify before a federal Grand Jury to 11 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan; and paid harassment visits to others in Wisconsin, California and North Carolina; and
The following message was sent by United for Peace and Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org),an antiwar coalition. It includes a list of demonstrations planned by local groups in approximately 20 different cities over the next few days in response to last Friday’s FBI raids, described below. The report by the Office of the Inspector General’s, referred to in the third paragraph, is online at http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s1009r.pdf.
Mississippi ACLU Sues City of Jackson On Behalf of Man Arrested For Watching Police and Requesting Badge #sSubmitted by copwatch on Sun, 09/26/2010 - 12:40pm
For Immediate Release September 14, 2010
JACKSON, MS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi announced today the filing of a civil lawsuit on behalf of a Jackson man who was unconstitutionally arrested and imprisoned after exercising his first amendment right to observe a police interaction in a public parking lot and then asking for the officers' names and badge numbers.
"We do not have secret police in the United States," said Nsombi Lambright, Executive Director of the ACLU of Mississippi. "Observing police in public are fundamental rights, protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Individuals must know that they can exercise this right without fear of arrest."
As the Oscar Grant Verdict Nears, DEMAND that Oakland Cops NOT Deploy Dangerous Crowd Control DeviceSubmitted by copwatch on Sat, 07/03/2010 - 3:47pm
Oakland Police Department ordered an "LRAD," one of those 'acoustic cannons' we've been hearing about - just in time for the Oscar Grant verdict! READ THE LETTER BELOW:
June 11, 2010
In his book Friendly Fascism, author Bertram Gross argues that when fascism comes to America it will be “friendly” and lack the overt brutality of the classic varieties of German and Italian fascism.
Richard Nixon once said that average American is like a child in the family.
Nixon was merely expressing the dominant opinion of the ruling elite who consider us contemptible children in need of adult supervision. Hitler, too, considered the German people children in need of adult supervision.
For the elite, a political activist is the worst sort of unruly child, one that directly challenges the authority of the father who represents the state. In order to modify the behavior of a rebellious child the state must instill fear. It must intimidate but — as Gross noted — it must do this with a friendly face. It must uphold the pretense of “democracy.” A frog must be boiled slowly.
“No truly sophisticated proponent of repression would be stupid enough to shatter the facade of democratic institutions,” wrote Murray B. Levin.
Excerpts from the Ruling of the Supreme Court of South Dakota:
"...Marcus J. Suhn was convicted of disorderly conduct for yelling profanities at a passing police car in Brookings, South Dakota. He appeals his conviction and contends that his utterances are protected speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The State argues that Suhn’s utterances fall under the “fighting words” exception to First Amendment protection. We hold that Suhn’s words are protected speech and reverse."
Video Transcribed- What are they saying?:
Officer Aubochon: We gotta advise you guys of a trespassing ordinance over here...'cause you were standing in the parking lot.
Woman: Oh, we have to stand on the sidewalk? Is that it?
Aubuchon: Listen, Do you guys... I still gotta read it... alright.