Join us for Denver's Third Annual International October Day of Action Against Police Brutality.
Saturday October 20th, 7:00 PM
Sonny Lawson Park at 24th and Welton
This city is under attack. A powerful gang roams the streets – organized, brutal, and extremely dangerous. Their colors are blue and black. They carry guns and engage in organized crime: from prostitution and dealing meth to selling illegal weapons.(i) They rape, beat, and kill with impunity.(ii) When their deeds are brought into the open, they conspire, under the guise of a brotherhood, to maintain a strict code of silence. They control everything that goes on. The city's leaders are in their pocket. The City is Denver. The gang goes by the name of “the police.”
The Fuck the Police March, Arrests, and The Who by Phillip Reynes
The Fuck the Police March (FTP) was attacked. I was there and saw no provocation. At least three where arrested. It was a hard thing to have to watch. People being hurt by , as one marching chant said, the army of the rich – the chant was "Police, the army of the rich." When the police ruched in the batons hitting and pepper guns pointed at people from point blank distances you could feel the violence they where trained to inflict. It of course could have been so much worse but for those hit, manhandled and arrested I guess that's a moot point.
I had seen the girl, in the photo above, at the front of the march. She was probably 18 but her youthful face and big smile and bubbly demeanor made her look young and add to the the fact that she probably weighed less then 100 pounds gave her the appearance of a girl. Contrast this with the 220+ pound storm trooper who is slamming her with his baton for the sake of it. The site of it made me so mad!!
Saturday started like any other Occupy Saturday at the park. There where the usual people there when Colorado Indy Media arrived at 10am. The Occupy the Moment people, a Buddhist group was there meditating and it was a beautiful day. Not much was going on at the park and people seemed to be taking in the fine weather. The Occupiers had had a tough week weather wise and the mood was relaxed as I made my way around talking to the protesters. People where just waking up and everyone seemed to have a smile.
I arrived at Sunken Garden Park early and had time to kill. I walked the park and looked around and as I did the cops arrived. You can spot the undercover kind so easily as the drove around the park slowly. Then the patrol cars came some marked and some unmarked and they to circled the park. I looked at my watch, it was 5pm , and wondered what they where doing here so early. A question I had been asking myself as well.
The park was not that busy. A few kids played basketball ball and some parents sat with their kids as the played on the playground. I counted five homeless people sleeping under trees and a homeless couple sitting at a bench with there stuff. I sat nearby and reflected on the post here on the pages of COIMC and wondered if the organizers of the march had reasons other then what was posted on COIMC to be fearful. I knew the march was permitted but given the heat the Denver police have been under lately I had to doubt that they would try to do much to stop it. Still the few people I had chatted with the day before had sounded apprehensive. The police where definitely here early and scouting the lay of the lad though.
The budget ... revealed numerous purchases by the police department that previously had been kept secret. Those expenses included $111,000 for turtle suits worn by officers for riot control, 1,800 ballistic helmets at a cost of $652,000 and $22,000 in flex cuffs as well as $22,000 in riot shields and $37,000 on riot control batons.
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Dec 18th Denver Post ....
"The House was to consider late Monday an appropriations bill that includes $100 million to be divided between Denver and St. Paul, Minn., which is hosting the Republican National Convention.
Although appropriations requests already exist in both House and Senate bills, the budget process has been stymied in part by the Iraq war funding debate."
Thirty four hours after arrests began, the last Columbus Day parade
protestor was released from the Denver jail at 13th and the ironically
named Cherokee Street. In prior years, protestors had been bussed to
the City and County building, issued citations, and released, but rumors
abounded that city officials and police intended to punish protestors