excessive force

"Richie" Richard Fredrick Tis’mil Estrada was Killed by California Highway Patrol

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.

Justice for Tommy McClain! "Community Shooting Review Board" Is A Sham

"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. 

STOLEN LIVES: Killed By Law Enforcement (with downloadable pdf lists and photos)

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

Photos and descriptions added in 2006


People Killed by Law Enforcement

in U.S. 1990's to 2012 [incomplete list including many unidentified people killed by law enforcement]


ALABAMA
King Casby
Clever Craig
Bobby Dancy
Lorenzo Ingram, Sr.
Calvin Moore
Donald Nabors
Johnie Kamahi Warren
Carlos Williams
Walter Williams, Jr.


ALASKA
Randall Clevenger
Terrence L. Cloyd
Conn Wayne Duncan
Joseph Gannon
Jay Allen Johnson
Frederick Jones
Joseph Marchetti
Adrian Spindler
Shane Tasi
Cassel Williams


ARIZONA
Ernest “Marty” Atencio
Abdiel Burgueno, Jr.
Robert Clermont
Nicholas Contreraz
Lawrence Davies
Troy Edward Davis
Michael Federici
Keith Graff
Glen Alton Haring
Michael Johnson
J.R. Kvernes
Donald Lininger
John Loxas
Amber Maderos
Lilly Maderos
Lisa Maderos
Mario Albert Madrigal
Tashia Patton
Antonio Renteria
Jose Benito Saenz
Ernie Salas
Milton Salazar
William Sershon
Harold Shover, Jr.
Richard Snow
Janet Zuelzke

ARKANSAS
Angelo Clark
Billy Charles Hyde
Marvin Glenn Johnson
Jerry Kane
Joe Kane
Marcus Lovell
Othel June Striplin


CALIFORNIA
Derrick Abernathy
Joel Mathew Acevedo
Alberto Acosta Jr
Alexander Acosta
Deshawn Adams
Anthony Aguilar
Armando Aguilar
John Aguilera
Phillip Daniel Aguilar
Jihad Alim Akbar
Frank Filomeno Alejo
Julian Alexander
Jerriel Da'Shawn Allen
Eddie R. Alvarado
Valeria Alvarado
Edgar Alvarez
Emmanuel Alvarez
Isaias Alvarez
Emiliano Amaya
Susanne Antuna
Carlos Arevalo
Abdul Arian
Manuel Armenta
Gerardo Arvallo
Andres Avila
Marco Ernesto Avila
Julio Ayala
Ricardo Badillo
Ronald Ball
Evaristo Barajas
Leroy Barnes Jr
Anton Barrett Sr
Edgar Battad
Victor Becerril
Roderick Lee Bertolette
Benjamin Bittner
Jason Bitz
Antonio Bland
Alan Blueford Jr
Zaim Bojcic
Glen Boldware
Bryan Bombela
Ronald Boone
Aaron Borden
Stephen Bours
Cammerin Boyd
Ronald Brazier
Charles Breed
Tyler Brehm
Dyron Brewer
Kelvin Brooks
Andre Brown
Luther Brown Jr
Raheim Brown
Robert Brown
Deandre Brunston
Vinh Bui
Stephen Bullock
Karapet Bulmadzhyan
Christopher Arrion Burgess
Mark William Burke
Donnie Butler
Michael Byoune
Marcella Byrd
Arturo Cabrales
Richard Cabrales
Pedro Calderon
Homero Campos
Katrina Campos
Andrew Caprio
Alonso Cardenas
Rodolfo Cardenas
Rudy Cardenas
Daniel Carlon
James Louis Carrel
Jesse Carrizales
Jerome Carter
Fernando Casares
Carlos Casillas Fernandez
Ernesto Castaneda
Juan Castellanos
Carlos Castillo
Julian Celaya
Jeremiah Chass
Mohammad Usman Chaudhry
Javier Chavez
Yi Tzu Chen
Michael Cho
Christian Cobian
Avery Cody, Jr
Darrick Collins
Christopher Coronel
Zachary Champommier
Elaine Coleman
Peter Contreras
Zachary Cooke
Khiel Coppin
Joe Casto Corrales
Fernando Cortez
Martin F. Cotton II
Maurice Leroy Cox
David Cross
Caesar Cruz
Pedro Santa Cruz
Gabriel Cuevas-Muldenado
Jonathan Cuevas
Richard Dale
James Davis
Anita Delgado
Richard DeSantis
Antonio Diaz
Manuel Angel Diaz
Qazi Tiensinh Do
Tony Dominquez
Atilano Doporto
Reginald Doucert Jr
Oran Eugene Douglas III
Ernest Duenez, Jr
Kathleen Eklund
Jazmyne Eng
Alejandro Erazo
Noe Escobar Reyes
Rick Escobedo
Alfred Farrar
Durrell Feaster
Carlos Fernandez
Pedro Fernandez
Josh Ferreira
Joaquin Figuerora
Rod Fiorini
Jaime Flores
Jose Flores
Detrick Ford
Justin Ford
Eric Daniel Foster
Victoria Fox
Dnary Fowler
Eddie Franco
Mallard Frazier
John Fulchiero
Derrick Gaines
Annette Garcia
Daniel Garcia
Erik Garcia
Ezequiel Garcia
Israel Garcia
Julio Garcia
Mark Garcia
Nahun Garcia
Omar Garcia
Victor Garcia
Marvin Gardner
Dale Garrett
Robert Garth
Ralph Peter Gawor
Ryan George
Glennel Givens
Christopher Glass
Kenneth Gomez
Marco Gomez
Edgar Gonzalez
Jaime Gonzales
Julien Gonzalez
Xavier Gonzalez-Torres
Carol Anne Gotbaum
John Goudeaux
Lonnie Graham
Shurron Grant
Oscar Grant
Ilda Grasso
Mark Gregg
Cary James Grimé
Terry Grinner Jr
Lejoy Grissom
Howard Gross
Delfino Guerrero
Efrain Lara Gutierrez
Luis Guttierez
Troy Guido
Arturo Guzman
Demetre Omar Hall
Jess Hamilton
Donald Handy
Kenneth Harding Jr
Richey Harvey
Walter Heller
Vong Yang Her
Carlos Heredia Jr
Angel Farias Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
Steven Hernandez
Ramel Henderson
Robert Henning
Jesus Juan Hernandez-Cazares
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas
Justin Hertl
Charles Blair Hill
Stephen Clancy Hill
Stephen Paul Hirschfield
Craig Holden
Joshua Alva Hollander
Jonni Kiyoshi Honda
Jared Huey
Dale Hughes
Richard Hughes
Tyrone Hughes
Leopoldo Huizar
Wilford Hunton
Eloy Infante-Toscano
Christopher Jackson
Ezequiel Jacobo
Mario Jaramillo
Lee Jefferson
Dashonnon Jennings
Jorge Jimenez
Jose Jimenez
Frank Johnson
Derrick Jones
Eric Jones
David Jordan
Joseph Frank Kennedy
Allen Kephart
Douglas Kim
Susie Young Kim
Garland King
Gary King
Kenneth King
Garmik Kirakosian
Barry Martin Koeningsberg
Chyraphon Komvongsa
Rene LaCentra
Kamal Lal
Khalid Lanier
Robert LaRue
Jennifer LeBlanc
Albert Mike Leday Jr
Daniel Leon
Kwang Lee
Michael Lee
Oliver Lefiti
Samual Liaw
Eric Lewis Liebowitz
Reginald Andre Linthicum
Darrell Logan
Manuel Loggins
Roberto Lombana
Jessie Long
Ismael Lopez
Mariano Lopez Fernandez
Johnny Lozoya
Dexter Luckett
William Lusk
Andrew MacEarchern
Brian Macias
Pete Carlos Madrid
Carl Maggiorini, Jr.
Michael Maguire
Eric Mahoney
Eric Mandell
Dyron Mandell Brewer
Joshua Maravilla
Mitchell Marien
Frank Martinez
Gabriel Martinez
Gonzalo Martinez
Reynaldo Quintero Martinez
Samuel Martinez
Leonel Mateos
Clifford Paul Maxwell
Cedric May
Kendraey McCall
Shawn McCoy
Kendrec McDade
Ashley McDonald
Moses McDowell
Brent McKinney
David McMahon
Terrance Mearis
Daniel Mendoza
Cecil Menifield
Douglas Merjil
Peter Mestler
Mark Miles
Jose Millan
Philip Miller
Maurice Milligan
Lovelle Mixon
Francisco Mondragon-Saucedo
Jose Monteon Jr
Bryan Moore
Cheri Lyn Moore
Jesse Moore
Andrew Moppin
Fred Moraga
Oscar Morales
Christopher Moreno
Donovan Morris
Roketi Mosesue
Lazaro Muniz
Johnnie Nakao
Terry Wayne Nash
Tom Neville
Jacob Newmaker
Michael Nida
Julian Nolasco
Hai Nguyen
Juan Nunez
Jorge Ocon
Samuel Om
Carlos Ornelas
Isaac Ornelas
Arturo Ortega
Jesucita Ortega
Ruben Walton Ortega
Victor Ortega
Javier Ortiz
Martin Osuna-Aguilar
Albert Ray Owens
Roberto Padilla
Joel Perales
Jose Carlos Perez-Hernandez
Roman Gallius Pierson
Woodrow Player III
Richard Poccia
Albert Polencia
Brownie Polk
Christian Portillo
Alfred Pouliot
Mathew Powell
Pralith Pralourng
Alex Roman Quintanilla
William Quiros Jr
Arthur Jarvis Raleigh
Cesar Ramirez
James Ramirez
Manuel Ramirez
Ignacio Rangel Gonzalez
Gordon Rauch
DeOnte Rawlings
Andres Raya
Raul Castillo Razo
Pedro Renteria
Randy Reeves
Francisco Reyes
Jamie Reyes
Luciano Reyes
Earl Rhodes
Trevion Richard
Sammie Richardson
John Rico
Fermin Rincon
Carlos Rivera
Edwin Rivera
James Earl Rivera, Jr.
Lejon Robins
Lydia Rodriguez
Peter Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
Steve Rodriguez
Victoria Roger-Vasselin
Hannah Rogers-Grippi
Sergio Rojas
Michael Robert Rosa
Mario Romero
Glenn Rose
Hernan Rubalcaba
Javier Joseph Rueda
Gustavus Rugley
Joshua Russell
Maria Ruvalcaba
Kim Saelio
Ventura Saenz
Sergio Salazar
Charles Salinas
Luis Salinas
Noel Salinas
Abraham Sanchez
Albert Sanchez
Arthur Sanchez
Luis Sanchez
Miguel Sanchez Jr
Rodney Sandberg
Michael Lewis Sanders
Julio Sandoval
Byron San Jose
Bradford Sarten
Guillermo Saucedo
Greg Saulsbury
Jack Schlesinger
Sergio Sedillo
David Sequioa
Oscar Sermeno
Juan Serna
Richard Sharp
Mohammed Shah
Maurice Shephard
Christopher Shull
Socrates Siqueros
Derrick Sites
Cesar Silva
Jose Soloro
Lawrence Smith
Marcus Smith
Ernesto Donald Smith
Naser Solis
Frank Soliz
Sinn Sor
Martin Soriano
Saul Soriano
Jaden Edward Soto
Idriss Stelley
OC Deputy Terry Stepp
Joshua Stephenson
Kami Stevens
Peter Stewart

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....

TASER Ruled As Excessive Force in Ninth Circuit Case

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.

Killer Cops Aren't Heroes

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.

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.

Police are the Greatest Threat to the American Public

When We Gonna Wake Up…..Americans are Oppressed, Too

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts02042011.html

 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.

 

Pitchess Motion

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.

San Fran Cops SHOOT WHEELCHAIR-BOUND MAN TWICE IN GROIN

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.

My Son's Death, by Valerie Barber Dec. 2010

 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.

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.

Dallas Video Shows Cop Attacking Handcuffed Woman Motorist

State trooper faces charges [BUT NO JAIL] after dashboard camera shows brutal attack on female motorist

By Daily Mail Reporter
October 7, 2010

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.

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