Posted by copwatch | Wed, 09/07/2011 - 9:46pm story
Hidden Behind Concrete and Barbed Wire: Hearings Expose Torture in California's SHUs
"My brother has been in Pelican Bay SHU for the last ten years. I'm here today to be the voice, not only for him, but for all of the prisoners who are suffering in the SHU and for all of the prisons in California. There are a lot of questions that I want answered. I want to know what our elected officials are going to do to change what's being done? Why is it 30 days later and still nothing has been done when the CDC agreed to part of the prisoners' demands? I want to know why my brother is tortured on a daily basis year after year. Why is he not fed correctly and why is he so pale and skinny? Why does my mom have to cry every time she goes to see him? Seeing everybody that has come out today just lights my fire, because I know that I am not alone and I can let him know that he is not alone."
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/15/2011 - 4:56pm story
and article in POOR Magazine
My name is Anita Wills, and I am writing about my son, Kerry Baxter Senior and my grandson, Kerry Baxter Junior. My son, Kerry Senior, received a sentence of sixty-six years, in 2001, under three strikes. He was accused of killing an innocent bystander, after an altercation with a twenty year old and his gang. The Detective in charge was Oakland Homicide Detective Brian Maderias, who took over from Detective Longmire. In fact Longmire was looking at Jahmani Jones and had arrested him. When Maderias took over the case he and the DA gave blanket immunity to Jahmani Jones, and focused on my son. I now know that Jones was being used as an informant for a Documentary on Oakland Street Gangs. The Documentary starred none other then Sgt (nowLieutenant), Brian Maderias. Jones was on Felony Parole in Maderias County and yet hanging out in East Oakland. During his Blanket Immunity Jones continued to rob and assault citizens of Oakland. My son also had a Felony on his record from when he was eighteen years old. He shot a young man in the shoulder, AFTER OPD told him that this young man killed his friend. We later found out that his friend was very much alive, and the bullet only grazed his skull.
Kerry was getting on the right path and worked for Naval Air Station, as a Journey Level Mechanic, and as a Journey Level Carpenter. When he was arrested Kerry was days away from going to work on the Bay Bridge. Although Madeiras knew this about Kerry he told the newspapers that Kerry was a Gang Member and drug dealer. When he was arrested Kerry was thirty-one years old and a father to two young sons. His case has been appealed through the States Court and upheld, and he is now in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 09/26/2010 - 12:57pm story
Written by Robbie Brown
ATLANTA - That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.? He took it. The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying 'I Am a Man' signs in Memphis? His. He was the only photojournalist to document the entire trial in the murder of Emmett Till, and he was there in Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel, Dr. King's room, on the night he was assassinated.
But now an unsettling asterisk must be added to the legacy of Ernest C. Withers,
one of the most celebrated photographers of the civil rights era: He was a paid F.B.I. informer. On Sunday, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis published the results of a two-year investigation that showed Mr. Withers, who died in 2007 at age 85, had collaborated closely with two F.B.I. agents in the 1960s to keep tabs on the civil rights movement. It was an astonishing revelation about a former police officer nicknamed the Original Civil Rights Photographer, whose previous claim to fame had been the trust he engendered among high-ranking civil rights leaders, including Dr. King.