Posted by copwatch | Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:18pm story
Family, friends and supportive community members will be gathering for a candlelight vigil on Jan. 17, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Willow Creek Early Bird Market located at 40640 Highway 299 in Willow Creek.
Richie was a resident of Hoopa California and was a member of the Hoopa Tribe. He had just turned 17 on Dec. 9. Richie was tragically taken from us on Dec. 18 at approximately 2 a.m. in Willow Creek, Calif., in an altercation with the California Highway Patrol.
Richie was born to his very proud parents Carlos and Leanne Estrada, along with his womb-mate twin sister, Carleana Michele Keduesche Estrada in Upland, Calif., San Bernardino County. Richie and Carlie were welcomed by their older sister, Celina, 12 years, and 6-year-old brother Carlos Jr.
Richie was a graduate of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Child Development Program and Trinity Valley kindergarten class of 2002. At Trinity Valley, he was the 8th grade class of 2012 valedictorian. Richie was currently a Junior at Hoopa Valley High School.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:35pm story
"Community Shooting Review Board" Is Another Ploy To Cover Up
Eureka Police Killing of Tommy McClain
Eureka, CA: After Eureka Police shot and killed 22 year-old Tommy McClain in cold blood in his front yard on September 17, 2014, Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills created a “Community Shooting Review Board.” This Board is the Eureka Chief's public relations attempt to pacify public outrage, subvert any real community oversight and participation, and perpetuate the farce of independent investigation and transparency.
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 12/24/2012 - 6:46pm story
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submit a case of someone killed by law enforcement HERE
photos from 1990's
Stolen Lives LIST (updated Oct 2012)
1999 Stolen Lives Project book (Part 1 and Part 2): descriptions, killed by law enforcement
People Killed by Law Enforcement
in U.S. 1990's to 2012 [incomplete list including many unidentified people killed by law enforcement]
Lorenzo Ingram, Sr.
Johnie Kamahi Warren
Walter Williams, Jr.
Terrence L. Cloyd
Conn Wayne Duncan
Jay Allen Johnson
Ernest “Marty” Atencio
Abdiel Burgueno, Jr.
Troy Edward Davis
Glen Alton Haring
Mario Albert Madrigal
Jose Benito Saenz
Harold Shover, Jr.
Billy Charles Hyde
Marvin Glenn Johnson
Othel June Striplin
Joel Mathew Acevedo
Alberto Acosta Jr
Phillip Daniel Aguilar
Jihad Alim Akbar
Frank Filomeno Alejo
Jerriel Da'Shawn Allen
Eddie R. Alvarado
Marco Ernesto Avila
Leroy Barnes Jr
Anton Barrett Sr
Roderick Lee Bertolette
Alan Blueford Jr
Luther Brown Jr
Christopher Arrion Burgess
Mark William Burke
James Louis Carrel
Carlos Casillas Fernandez
Mohammad Usman Chaudhry
Yi Tzu Chen
Avery Cody, Jr
Joe Casto Corrales
Martin F. Cotton II
Maurice Leroy Cox
Pedro Santa Cruz
Manuel Angel Diaz
Qazi Tiensinh Do
Reginald Doucert Jr
Oran Eugene Douglas III
Ernest Duenez, Jr
Noe Escobar Reyes
Eric Daniel Foster
Ralph Peter Gawor
Carol Anne Gotbaum
Cary James Grimé
Terry Grinner Jr
Efrain Lara Gutierrez
Demetre Omar Hall
Kenneth Harding Jr
Vong Yang Her
Carlos Heredia Jr
Angel Farias Hernandez
Jesus Juan Hernandez-Cazares
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas
Charles Blair Hill
Stephen Clancy Hill
Stephen Paul Hirschfield
Joshua Alva Hollander
Jonni Kiyoshi Honda
Joseph Frank Kennedy
Susie Young Kim
Barry Martin Koeningsberg
Albert Mike Leday Jr
Eric Lewis Liebowitz
Reginald Andre Linthicum
Mariano Lopez Fernandez
Pete Carlos Madrid
Carl Maggiorini, Jr.
Dyron Mandell Brewer
Reynaldo Quintero Martinez
Clifford Paul Maxwell
Jose Monteon Jr
Cheri Lyn Moore
Terry Wayne Nash
Ruben Walton Ortega
Albert Ray Owens
Jose Carlos Perez-Hernandez
Roman Gallius Pierson
Woodrow Player III
Alex Roman Quintanilla
William Quiros Jr
Arthur Jarvis Raleigh
Ignacio Rangel Gonzalez
Raul Castillo Razo
James Earl Rivera, Jr.
Michael Robert Rosa
Javier Joseph Rueda
Miguel Sanchez Jr
Michael Lewis Sanders
Byron San Jose
Ernesto Donald Smith
Jaden Edward Soto
OC Deputy Terry Stepp
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:46pm story
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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 | Wed, 08/01/2012 - 9:29am story
Oakland pays $43,000 to settle police beating suit
The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $43,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who said police officers used excessive force while arresting him.
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 07/23/2012 - 2:54pm story
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Posted by copwatch | Fri, 12/03/2010 - 12:09pm story
Police must have reasonable grounds for using Tasers, 9th Circuit rules
The court found that a Coronado police officer used excessive force when he used a stun gun on an unarmed motorist in 2005. The ruling could have implications for use-of-force policies across the West.
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 02/11/2012 - 11:00pm story
Killer Cops Aren't Heroes: We Need Police Who Think Like Firefighters, Not Like Soldiers in a War Zone
By Dave Lindorff Created 01/07/2012
The tragic slaying of troubled eighth-grader Jaime Gonzalez in Brownsville, Texas by trigger-happy local police illustrates the sad an dangerous state we have arrived at as we turn our local police forces into SWAT team soldiers up-armed with assault rifles, black facemasks and stun grenades.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 09/23/2011 - 12:59pm story
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.
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 09/13/2011 - 3:12pm story
MEDIA UPDATE & CLARIFICATION*: September 13, 2011
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 03/14/2011 - 3:22am story
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists, as the greatest threat to the American public. Rogelio Serrato is the latest case to be in the news of an innocent person murdered by the police. Serrato was the wrong man, but the Monterey County, California, SWAT team killed the 31-year old father of four and left the family home a charred ruin.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 03/13/2011 - 3:00pm story
What is a Pitchess Motion ???
A Pitchess Motion is filed by a defense attorney to force the police to produce information about the police officers which will help the defendant and which is negative towards the police. Citizen complaints*, on the job discipline and other information must be provided.
A California Pitchess motion is a request for information contained in an officer's personnel file. Criminal defense lawyers typically raise this motion when they believe that their client has been the victim of police misconduct.
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 01/08/2011 - 2:36pm story
SF police shooting of wheelchair user questioned
An officer examines the scene where police shot a man in a wheelchair who had allegedly stabbed an officer Tuesday.
Use-of-force experts who viewed the video recording of San Francisco police shooting a man in a wheelchair questioned why officers moved dangerously close to the knife-wielding suspect and said an electronic Taser would have been the ideal weapon to use in that confrontation.
Tuesday's shooting outside the city's Department of Public Health building on 10th and Howard Streets occurred moments after officers responded to a 10:18 a.m. report of an agitated man puncturing car tires.
Police Chief George Gascón said the suspect, who remains at San Francisco General Hospital recovering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, had stabbed a responding officer in the upper left shoulder before a passer-by began video-recording the incident. Gascón also said officers used pepper spray on the man in a failed attempt to subdue him before the video started.
David Klinger, an expert on police use of force and an associate professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, cautioned that the video offers a two-dimensional glimpse of the incident and that it remains only "one piece of the investigation."
Yet Klinger, a former Los Angeles patrol officer, also wondered why officers closed in on a man who had already stabbed one of their own and continued to behave erratically.
"Given that officers are trained to give distance between themselves with suspects who are armed and dangerous, at first blush I'd want to know why they were getting in that close," Klinger said.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 02/27/2011 - 9:02pm story
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Posted by copwatch | Fri, 12/24/2010 - 6:26pm story
In the December 17, 2010 Santa Rosa Press Democrat there was a very predictable story titled: JUDGE: SANTA ROSA POLICE JUSTIFIED IN 2008 KILLING. Wish we had a nickel everytime some version of that headline has been printed in our local press. Below is a statement (also sent as a letter to the Editor) from Jesse’s mom Valerie Barber. I’ve worked with Val for the past two years since her son’s death and she has been very generous with her time and energy reaching out to other families in similar situations. She went through the laborious process of finding an attorney and putting in the hundreds of hours it takes to build a case—a process that the local Leday and Sullivan families are now going through. Even getting the names of the officers who commit these killings is difficult and the deck is stacked big time against any sort of justice... for families left suddenly and unnecessarily without a loved one.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 03/13/2011 - 1:20pm event
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
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.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:41pm story
State trooper faces charges [BUT NO JAIL] after dashboard camera shows brutal attack on female motorist
Shocking video has emerged of a police officer slamming a handcuffed woman face first into a concrete wall, leaving her with a deep gash to her chin.
The horrific images were captured on a Dallas Tollway by Trooper Arturo Perez’s dashboard camera as he tried to arrest the female motorist on suspicion of drink-driving.
The grainy pictures clearly show the officer dragging 22-year-old Whitney Fox towards his police car then body-slamming her into a highway’s concrete dividing wall when she tried to pull away from him.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 06/24/2010 - 2:59pm story
l spoke to Daniel (tasered man)'s Mom. She said when the cops arrived Daniel was outside, calm at the time... The cops said something and Daniel said "Leave me alone," and backed away from the cops saying "Leave me alone, I am scared."
On August 9, 2007, Martin Frederick Cotton II was brutally beat to death- and then refused medical treatment -by Eureka Police and Humboldt County Sheriff "Correctional Officers" (in the jail).
Since September of 2008, there has been a federal civil rights lawsuit brought on behalf of Siehna Cotton (Martin's baby daughter) and by his father, Marty Cotton.
WHAT HAPPENED TO PETER STEWART
IN HOOPA, June 4, 2007