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TODAY – National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, and the Criminalization of a Generation

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This content is cross-posted from CounterCurrentNews.com.

The National Day of Protest began 19 years ago, but recently it has been taking on a whole new degree of importance. With the shootings of unarmed citizens like Mike Brown, 18, Dillon Taylor, 20 and John Crawford, 22, in the past year, many activists are saying that this “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation” is one that no one should sit out.

Find Assembly Points and Events in Your Area >> http://www.october22.org/#assembly

The Day of Protest was initiated by a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals who came together out of concern that the peoples’ resistance to Police Brutality needed to be taken to a higher level nationwide.

According to the organizers, “We continue to see young black men, including John Crawford, killed by law enforcement on virtually a daily basis. Now is an opportunity to step forward and have your voice heard.”

The National Day of Protest is Wednesday, October 22nd and will take place in cities all over the nation. It aims to “bring forward a powerful, visible, national protest against police brutality and the criminalization of a generation.”

Furthermore, it seeks to educate the public about “the state’s repressive program.”

Those most directly under the gun of Police Brutality are to be highlighted by the protest, but the organizers also emphasize that this is an issue which reaches into all parts of the society. They are thus calling on all to stand in the fight against this official brutality.

Find out if there is a local protest in your area, or contact the organizers to get something going at their official website for the Day of Protest! Then help us SPREAD THE WORD to everyone you know who believes something has gone seriously wrong with policing in America. 

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Police Unnecessarily Escalate Violence at Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ian Freeman, host of FreeTalkLive.com,  shared the content below.

Date of Incident: 2014-10-18
Individuals Responsible: Countless

Matthew Bomberg and Gang Tackles, Kidnaps Man for Walking Down Sidewalk

Matthew Bomberg and Gang Tackles, Kidnaps Man for Walking Down Sidewalk

Alex Moushey’s report from the streets during the Pumpkin Fest 2014 riots reveal why the situation did not improve with the police’s unnecessarily violent tactics.

Rather than only arresting people who were causing violence and destruction, the police were targeting people crossing arbitrary lines and partying on private property.

For ongoing Pumpkin Fest riot coverage, please visit Free Keene.

In this excellent ten-minute video, Alex is right there when cops create all kinds of unnecessary mayhem:  (click links below to jump to that part if you are short on time)

  • They shoot pepperballs at party houses on Winchester St – completely unnecessary – those people were on private property and not in the road.  It’s arguable that pepperballs are useful to clear a crowd who won’t leave a street and indeed, blocking streets is one of the reasons the “disorderly conduct” statute exists, but the people at these houses were just enjoying themselves.  The use of pepperballs in this situation is just aggressive.
  • Guy walking down sidewalk is violently arrested by a throng of cops – This guy is literally just walking down the sidewalk.  He’s hasn’t threatened anyone and is not blocking the street.  The reason he can’t walk down the sidewalk is, well, because the men with guns say so.  The reason the cops decide to jump him like he’s strapped with a bomb is, because they can.

It’s behavior like this from police that alienates them from average people.  This is why Cop Block is so popular on campus.  Here are the students’ sensible responses to the violence that was visited upon them by the police:

“We’re not terrorists.  We love America.  We just like to drink!  Don’t shoot us!”

There’s a reason why the young ladies in the video think that the police are “pieces of shit” because they hurt their peaceful friends – every weekend, not just Pumpkin Fest.  If all the police did was arrest people who hurt others or destroy property, it wouldn’t be as big a deal if they cleared some streets with pepperballs, but the adrenaline-hyped cops seem to have a penchant for escalating a situation.  There’s more footage showing police attacking people for walking peacefully long after the riots had subsided – I’ll upload that soon enough.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the Pumpkin Fest Riots of 2014.

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Winchester, NH Police Do Not Serve Community

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Micah Purinton shared the information below.

Date of Interaction: Oct 15
Outfit: Winchester Police Department (NH)
Website: http://www.winchester-nh.gov/pages/winchesternh_police/index
Phone: 603-239-4814

A Winchester, NH police employee told me that I owed $600. They told me if I didn’t pay it they would be back with bracelets. I do not feel it is my responsibility to pay anything until told to do so by a judge or the courts prove it is my responsibility.

The officer showed up while I was not home and told my wife if I did not have the money by 3pm that Friday he was coming back with bracelets and that the warrant was all but signed by the justice of the peace. So, I came home and spoke with my wife and explained the law and printed it out. She took the law print out and went down to the police department and when she asked why they think they can show up without a warrant and threaten to arrest me in front of my children.

Long story short, I waited all day for Winchester’s finest to show but they never did. I left for work on Sunday and my wife called me and said she noticed the police have been going by a lot more then normal. I told her to take a walk and see if they approach her again so she went to Rite Aide with my daughter and her friend. On the way back her friend notices the same officer, who pulled up to them. He stops her and claims that in her hand is a beer when it’s clearly a Pepsi. Then he questions my wife – asking what’s in the bag in her hand. My wife pulled out the aero chamber she just picked up from the Rite Aide for my son and shows him what it is. He then asks if she had anything in her purse and she handed him the purse and says, “Would you like to look?”

The police in Winchester – aside from a few lone men – are very corrupt and are bullying me and my family very bad to the point now we want to move from New Hampshire. After being in the army for nine years I moved here to build a safe home for my family thinking it would be a nice change coming from Massachusetts.

It was a quiet and country setting which we liked, but now it has come to the point where we don’t even want to leave the house anymore because as soon as we are seen we are followed watched and threatened and questioned.

They picked up my nine-year-old daughter for walking down the street and they questioned her about what me and her mother do for a living, who lives at my home, and asking who drives this car and that car… This is out of control they had no right to talk to her or approach her.

They bullied another man so bad he hung himself. It is out of control – they state they don’t need a reason to pull you over anymore or to arrest you. Please guys you need to approach this matter before another person gets pushed too far. The people of Winchester are scared of their own public safety. Guys, let’s raise up and fight back!

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Port Chester NY Cop Punches Cuffed Suspect

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Juan M. Aguilar share the content below.

Date of Interaction: 1/14
Individual Responsible: Thomas Munelly
Outfit: Port Chester Police Department
Phone: (914) 939-1000

Port Chester, New York cop punches the handcuffed Carlos Velasquez in the face, twists his fingers, pulls him by the ear, and shouts at him. Velasquez

For Munelly’s actions, Port Chester taxpayers were told they were on the hook for $20,000, yet that rotten cop was kept the police force.

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“Police Brutality” music video by Yzark

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

This video comes to use from Yzark. It’s also now included on the page and playlist at CopBlock.org/Music


Purchase on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/police-brutality-feat.-kenny/id926389788

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How “Protect & Serve” Became “Search & Destroy”

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The information and video below were shared by Mike, who’s involved with Brave New Films.

Ever wonder why police look like soldiers? With the 1033 Programs, “Protect and Serve” Became “Search and Destroy” WATCH MORE: http://youtu.be/utjxA3GQF5A?list=PLQ9…
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Quick facts on Police Militarization:

• Pentagon’s Excess Property Program (1033 Program) has supplied police departments across the country with more than $4.3 billion in gear since 1997. This includes $449 million in 2013.

• St. Louis County, where Ferguson is located, received two military vehicles, a trailer, a generator, 12 5.56-millimeter rifles and six .45 caliber pistols from the Pentagon.

• Military style police raids have increased in recent years, with one count putting the number at 80,000 such raids last year.

• In SWAT style raids, people of color are most affected – 37% were Black, 12% Latino, and 19% White. Race was not known for the remainder.

Police militarization grew out of our failed drug war. Does a town of 2,200 need a massive military tank? Why does the police department in Dundee Michigan need a MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle)? They don’t. Military grade gear does not improve the safety and security in small towns. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel must end the flow of military grade gear from the Pentagon to our local communities. It’s time for the militarizing of police to end.

Last month, protests in Ferguson, MO turned violent after police showed up in full SWAT gear after fellow officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. But Ferguson isn’t the only community receiving military grade weaponry from the Pentagon.

We need to roll back programs 1033, 1122, and the National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri will chair a subcommittee hearing tomorrow on Capitol Hill looking into police militarization.

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Corruption in Kaufman County

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The video below was recently uploaded to Youtube.com/TheCopBlock

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Call Kaufman County DA Erleigh N. Wiley (972) 932-4331 ext #4

Tell her to drop the frivolous threats levied at Robert Scott McCollom

Individuals Responsible:

And other individuals within the Kaufman County injustice system who have kept the veiled threats hanging over the head of Robert Scott McCollom due to hubris and the need to perpetuate perceived legitimacy.

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STOP Police Terror, Mass Incarceration, Repression, and the Criminalization of Generations! #O22

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The information below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by an individual who hopes to make more people aware of the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, which happens annually on October 22nd.

The Revolution Club Bay Area, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and Oscar Grant’s uncle (“Uncle Bobby”) call on YOU to be part of a national month of resistance against police terror, mass incarceration, repression, and the criminalization of generations.

National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality: OCTOBER 22 (#O22) in a city near you. Stand up! Walk out! No business as usual! STOP police brutality!

 

Events are being planned in Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside (CA), New Haven (CT), Jacksonville, Atlanta, Honolulu, Chicago, Ferguson, Montclair (NJ), Trenton (NJ), New York City, Rochester (NY), Cleveland, Dayton (OH), Greenville (SC), Dallas, Houston, and Seattle.
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On October 22, 2011 this related video was captured in NYC:

On October 22, 2010 this related video was captured in Atlanta:

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“Let the Fire Burn” Las Vegas Radical Movie Night Free Screening Oct. 10th

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

October Radical Movie Night – “Let the Fire Burn”

Radical Movie Night in Las Vegas

(via KellyWPatterson.com and NVCopBlock.org)

September’s debut of the Las Vegas Radical Movie Night went very well. In fact, it went well enough that we will now be doing two showings per month. So, on every second and fourth Friday of the month at 6:00 pm, the Sunset Activist Collective and Nevada Cop Block will host a free screening of either a documentary or a movie with significant social value.

The location where Radical Movie Nights take place is The Sci Fi Center, which many locals already know from its longstanding tradition for showing independent movies and cult classics that are often not available in a large screen setting. (Disclaimer: the Sci Fi Center is not actually involved in the Radical Movie Nights, outside of permitting us to use it as a venue for showing movies.)

In order to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, which is held annually on Oct. 22nd (for more info see: http://www.october22.org/) October’s screenings will involve movies that relate to police abuses. On October 10th, we will be showing “Let the Fire Burn” a documentary about the Philadelphia police department’s response to a group known as the MOVE Organization, which was a radical black liberation group that practiced anarcho-primitivism, during two raids in 1978 and 1985.

Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.

This film raises many questions about the tendency of governments and law enforcement to use legitimate complaints as an opportunistic excuse to go after people or groups they dislike and the heavy-handed ways in which they often do so. As the movie shows, the members of MOVE were very bad neighbors and made things difficult for those living around them. However, the Philadelphia Police Department’s “solution” resulted in most of those neighbors losing their homes when a fire ignited by a police bomb burned 61 surrounding buildings. In addition, 11 of the 13 MOVE members living there , including 5 children, were killed by that fire, which was intentionally allowed to burn until it was out of control.

Further, those residents’ and the city’s years long battle over poorly constructed and massively over budget replacement homes highlights the often corrupt and crony driven nature of politics. One might be tempted to ask if they were actually better off with their noisy neighbors. It certainly does beg the question of whether there were many, many better options to resolve the issues.

About the Movie (via: http://LetTheFireBurn.com)

Let the Fire Burn

“In the astonishingly gripping ‘Let the Fire Burn,’ director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to ‘…let the fire burn.’ Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.”

Awards:

Winner – Best Editing in a Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival

Special Jury Mention – Best New Documentary Director – Tribeca Film Festival

Director Jason Osder was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine July 2013.

Further Information:

The Aftermath

Watch the Trailer: http://youtu.be/-v5ZXAxTGHg

Check out the official website: http://www.letthefireburn.com/

The website of the MOVE Organization: http://onamove.com/

On Cop Block:

Philadelphia – The City That Bombed Itself: http://www.copblock.org/745/pete-visits-the-city-that-bombed-itself/

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Free Radical Movie Night Screening of “Let the Fire Burn” Oct. 10th

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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October Radical Movie Night – “Let the Fire Burn”

 Radical Movie Night in Las Vegas

(via KellyWPatterson.com)

September’s debut of the Las Vegas Radical Movie Night went very well. In fact, it went well enough that we will now be doing two showings per month. So, on every second and fourth Friday of the month at 6:00 pm, the Sunset Activist Collective will host a free screening of either a documentary or a movie with significant social value.

The location where Radical Movie Nights take place is The Sci Fi Center, which many locals already know from its longstanding tradition for showing independent movies and cult classics that are often not available in a large screen setting. (Disclaimer: the Sci Fi Center is not actually involved in the Radical Movie Nights, outside of permitting us to use it as a venue for showing movies.)

In order to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, which is held annually on Oct. 22nd (for more info see: http://www.october22.org/) October’s screenings will involve movies that relate to police abuses. On October 10th, we will be showing “Let the Fire Burn” a documentary about the Philadelphia police department’s response to a group known as the MOVE Organization, which was a radical black liberation group that practiced anarcho-primitivism, during two raids in 1978 and 1985.

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Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.

This film raises many questions about the tendency of governments and law enforcement to use legitimate complaints as an opportunistic excuse to go after people or groups they dislike and the heavy-handed ways in which they often do so. As the movie shows, the members of MOVE were very bad neighbors and made things difficult for those living around them. However, the Philadelphia Police Department’s “solution” resulted in most of those neighbors losing their homes when a fire ignited by a police bomb burned 61 surrounding buildings. In addition, 11 of the 13 MOVE members living there , including 5 children, were killed by that fire, which was intentionally allowed to burn until it was out of control.

Further, those residents’ and the city’s years long battle over poorly constructed and massively over budget replacement homes highlights the often corrupt and crony driven nature of politics. One might be tempted to ask if they were actually better off with their noisy neighbors. It certainly does beg the question of whether there were many, many better options to resolve the issues.

About the Movie (via: http://LetTheFireBurn.com)

LetTheFireBurn Free Radical Movie Night Screening of Let the Fire Burn Oct. 10th

Let the Fire Burn

“In the astonishingly gripping ‘Let the Fire Burn,’ director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to ‘…let the fire burn.’ Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.”

Awards:

Winner – Best Editing in a Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival

Special Jury Mention – Best New Documentary Director – Tribeca Film Festival

Director Jason Osder was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine July 2013.

Further Information:

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The Aftermath

Watch the Trailer: http://youtu.be/-v5ZXAxTGHg

Check out the official website: http://www.letthefireburn.com/

The website of the MOVE Organization: http://onamove.com/

On Cop Block:

Philadelphia – The City That Bombed Itself: http://www.copblock.org/745/pete-visits-the-city-that-bombed-itself/

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