Copwatching Nationally on Date of Grand Jury Announcement

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FERGUSON and BEYOND

For those of us living in the Bay Area, it has been an inspiration to see people taking it to the streets of Ferguson against racist and brutal police.

For those of us in who participated in the Oscar Grant Rebellions, and lived through the street battles of Occupy, watching the community of St Louis brace for announcements of false justice is painful.

In 2010, we prepared for months around the date of the Johannes Mehserle Verdict in the murder of Oscar Grant, and then we watched our movement die in the following months from stress, short-sited objectives, and infighting.

In 2011 we watched the threat of impending police raids of our Occupy encampments wear down our spirits, and the perpetual attacks from the police deplete our numbers.

We Support you Canfield.
We Support you Ferguson.
We Support you St Louis.

Learn from us and never give up. The problems with the police don’t end with a grand jury announcement, but hopefully people’s false hopes in the system do.

The police will never hold themselves accountable, and they will never change.
So we need to change, and we need to be there for each other.

ON THE DAY OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Are you a Copwatch crew? Are you going to be in the streets in your own city, addressing your own injustices on the day of Grand Jury announcement in St Louis?

While it’s great some people are heading to St. Louis to show love and solidarity for an area in conflict, we should not be overlooking the issues falling out in our front yard.

Copwatchers will be out in force in Oakland, identifying the police before the rally, and documenting their activities and actions against people throughout the event.

If you plan to be out in your own city Copwatching on that date, contact us, [email protected] We’d love to hear about your efforts, and be sure to update us with how it worked with your team, and any issues that came up with the police.

Copwatch is a beautiful idea. It can be a helpful tool in forcing police to be restrained, and it is a project that outlives most FTP movements due to the sad reality that until we abolish the police, we need to be out there, and we need to be watching them. See you in the streets. -WeCopwatch

WeCopwatch To Offer Copwatch / Know Your Rights Course

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2015 you will be seeing a lot of new WeCopwatch projects!

From assisting the growth of Copwatch efforts in Ferguson, to the expansion of Copwatch initiatives nationwide, we are excited to see what the coming months have in store for us.

Know Your Rights Trainings

One of the issues any police accountability site runs into is the immense need for information. On any given day multiple inboxes are loaded with legal questions from people who have been abused by law enforcement, or are interested in forming a copwatch group.

Founding member of WeCopwatch, Jacob Crawford ran into this same issue when he first joined Berkeley Copwatch in 2000. There were calls daily for Copwatch support, and at times, not enough hours in the day to even respond to all of them.

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WeCopwatch Cameras Drive

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WeCopwatch is looking for used Cameras and Computers for expanding Copwatch efforts.

It’s only been a few months, but it feels like a year. The Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch have been training Ferguson residents about their rights when stopped by the police or while copwatching. We’ve had a successful fundraiser to maintain a steady surplus of videos cameras, shirts, and literature for copwatch efforts in the St Louis area.

But we are taking this show on the road. Trainings have been expanding to other neighborhoods in Ferguson, and to other states as well. The Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch have been proudly supporting Copwatch initiatives in DC, Detroit, and Chicago.

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WeCopwatch’s public disassociation of recent posts on Copblock

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WeCopwatch’s public disassociation of posts being disseminated over Copblock, Police The Police, and the Free Thought Project.

This is Jacob of WeCopwatch. I want to reach out to the thousands of people who are appalled by recent posts on the Copblock Facebook page. While WeCopwatch is not Copblock, or The Free Thought Project, I can say that there has been a lot of internal debates, fights, and discussions about these posts. You are not alone.

Some videos and memes posted on Copblock recently have used images of that CHP officer violently beating a helpless black women on the side of the highway to downplay women’s experiences of sexual harassment as depicted in that despicably racist “street harassment” video.

A lot of people have interpreted these posts to suggest that one image captures state violence against women, while another depicts people being friendly to a woman walking down the road. Initially I thought the post was a jab at racist America all up in arms about a white woman being harassed by black men, but not being upset at the image of a white male officer beating a black grandmother senseless.

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4 Years Ago Today Oakland Police…

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On November 5th, 2010, Oakland Police swarmed a group of Oscar Grant demonstrators as they marched towards the Fruitvale Bart Station in East Oakland.

For those who don’t know, Oscar Grant was a young man who was killed on video, Jan 1 2009 by BART Police in front of scores of people.

This killing would bring people together all over the bay, state, country, and world around police murder and violence.

This group in particular was heading towards Fruitvale Bart station when they were illegally surrounded and arrested for “remaining at the scene of a riot.”

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The 1000 Camera Initiative

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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.

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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.

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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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