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COPWATCH CANCELED (APRIL 23)

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on April 23, 2010

we’ll be back on the streets on April 30. meet at 7pm at temple coffee on 10th between J and K in downtown sac.

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OFFICER TONY PIRONE FIRED!!! (link dump)

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on April 23, 2010

tony pirone, the cop that punched oscar grant before he was killed by johannes meserle, was just fired for taking part in the incident! victory for the people!

http://www.californiabeat.org/2010/04/22/breaking-bart-police-officer-tony-pirone-fired

BART cops get tasers taken away after sergeant fires taser from cop car on a 13-year-old fleeing the scene. (GREAT NEWS FOR CIVILIANS EVERYWHERE)

http://www.ktvu.com/news/23164719/detail.html

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Anti-racism/Anti-oppression training guide

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on April 4, 2010

For those of you who missed the Sac Copwatch/JRC Anti-oppression/Anti-racism training, here’s a guide that I put together that examines racial profiling as an extension of institutional racism. I include arguments for and against racial profiling, as well as a a history of the role of the police, a brief discussion of how “reasonable suspicion” is used to target certain groups, an outline that covers what Copwatching is and finally how Copwatch can help build more just communities everywhere.

Copwatch Anti-oppression/Anti-racism guide (audience copy)

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New Copwatch Time!

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on April 2, 2010

With the spring rolling in and the days getting longer, we’ll be on the streets a little later these days.

We’re still meeting at Temple Coffee on 10th between J and K for Copwatch shifts, but now we’re meeting at 6:30 pm and leaving at 7.

Hope to see you there!

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NEW EVENT on March 6! Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism Training

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on February 19, 2010

Greetings!

Sacramento Copwatch
, with Justice Reform Coalition (JRC) as our co-sponsor, will be hosting an Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism Training on Saturday, March 6 from 11am to 4:30(ish)pm at the JRC house on 3200 42nd St. (directions below).

This unique training, which examines systems of racism and oppression in our culture, will address the root causes of racism that precipitate the debilitating social conditions facing communities of color. The training will seek to create a safe space to share our ideas and experiences, as well as how we can best utilize our knowledge of racism and race privilege to effectively participate in struggles for social justice. All of this, we hope, will lead to new ways of thinking about and creating systemic change through justice-based community work.

Our training will include such topics as:

  • Root causes of institutional racism
  • Becoming an effective white ally
  • Role playing and theater that dramatize racial matters
  • How to Copwatch
  • Ideas for social and community change

Sacramento Copwatch has invited two trainers from Oakland, CA, to facilitate this anti-oppression/anti-racism training. Trainers will include Marcelo Garzo, Food Justice Allyship Coordinator at People’s Grocery. Marcelo will be assisted by Max Cadji, Greenhouse Coordinator for food justice organization People’s Grocery.

This event is free, but we do encourage a donation anywhere from $1 to $25 to benefit Sacramento Copwatch and pay for training expenses. Food and beverages will be served!

Pass this email along to representatives of your organization and those who you feel might be interested in these discussions. PLEASE RSVP by email no later than Thursday, March 4 so that we can make arrangements. Limit is 20 participants, so first-come-first-serve, and the event will be canceled if less than six people RSVP. I will send out an email the week of the event as a reminder. Also, check out the Copwatch blog at www.saccopwatch.wordpress.com for updates as the training gets closer…and just to see what we’re all about!

Directions: Between MLK and Stockton, headed south on 42nd from Broadway, pass 7th Ave. and house will be on your right- 3200 42nd St. Sac, 95817.

Hope to see you there!

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Federal Appeals Court rules on Taser use

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on February 10, 2010

http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=72435 (sorry for the corporate link)

“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that police can’t zap someone with a stun gun unless the suspect poses an immediate threat.

Monday’s ruling sets police standards for use of the Taser, saying stun guns must be used only when “substantial force” is needed.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said officers can’t Taser a person simply for acting erratically or disobeying orders.

The ruling allows a San Diego-area man to proceed to trial in a lawsuit against police in the San Diego County town of Coronado.

Carl Bryan said he was shocked, fell and lost four teeth because he was acting erratically but was unarmed, stood far away and never menaced the officer.

Sacramento attorney Mark Merin has represented the families of taser death victims and said this ruling is key because it eliminates qualified immunity for the officers, “Which means it could be the officers own pocket that gets hit with the penalties in this case. So I think that’s going to disuade officers from misuse of this weapon.””

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Copwatch every Friday at 5:30 at Temple Coffee

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on February 5, 2010

We always meet at 5:30 and go out at 6 from Temple on 10th between J and K.

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Same cop tases two black men (one twice) at basketball game

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on February 4, 2010

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NEW TIME! Copwatch Shift Friday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 (no longer 6)

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on January 29, 2010

Meet at Temple Coffee (10th between J and K) at 5:30pm. We’ll be leaving for the shift at 6:00.

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Copwatch shift: Friday, Jan. 22

Posted by cadburyjedi, john h. on January 22, 2010

Meet at Temple Coffee (10th between J and K) at 6pm. We’ll be leaving for the shift at 6:30.

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