The 1000 Camera Initiative

Copwatch Ferguson

A Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch Project

“We Need More Copwatchers. Not Cops with Cameras.” – David Whitt, Canfield Watchmen

The Canfield Watchmen is a community based Copwatch project recently formed in the Ferguson, MO, Canfield Green apartments, where Mike Brown was killed.

Canfield Green residents organized to educate themselves on their rights in police encounters and equip themselves with video cameras as a deterrent to further police misconduct. Funds raised by the Watchmen and Oakland, CA – based WeCopwatch enabled hundreds of Canfield residents to be trained and receive cameras.

The cameras led to a significant decrease in police harassment and violence, prompting the Canfield Watchmen to train residents of other St. Louis County neighborhoods and groups active in the Justice for Mike Brown movement.

Today, the Canfield Watchmen are announcing the 1000 Camera Project, a joint project of the Watchmen and WeCopwatch. One thousand St. Louis area residents will be trained and armed with copwatch cameras.

If you and your community reside in the ST Louis area and want to make a difference. Contact us! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Canfield-Watchmen/283798761811477?fref=ts

Canfield Watchmen Distribute Copwatch Gear For Halloween

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As you know, WeCopwatch and The Canfield Watchmen have been conducting Know Your Rights trainings and equipping local residents with video cameras. This Halloween The Canfield Watchmen are handing out Copwatch shirts to newly trained Copwatchers to help promote a safe environment for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

We sell the Copwatch Gear on WeCopwatch to be able to get these shirts to the people we train.
If you believe in the project, you can donate to the Copwatching in Ferguson Fund.
http://www.gofundme.com/Copwatching-in-Ferguson

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Or if you want to support the Shirt distribution, check out our store:

http://wecopwatch.org/shop/

Huff Post Coverage of: A National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

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Written by Jerry Ashton

A “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization of an Entire Generation,” will be arriving at major cities and towns across the U.S. in a nationwide call to action.

Overseen by the October 22 Coalition, the action is expected to be a historic condemnation of the Department of Justice for its 19-year history of failures to collect and share statistics on the use of excessive force by police officers, even though this action was mandated by “The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994,” the largest crime bill in U.S. history.

But, resistance on the part of local police departments, and a lack of enforcement — interest? — by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, effectively neutered the legislation. Because of this there is no central reporting authority, although FBI statistics point to at least 500 citizens killed every year by law enforcement.

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