POLICE ACTIONS AT 2007 COLUMBUS DAY PROTEST
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007, 8PM
27TH & WELTON -
EAST POINT OF HISTORIC FIVE POINTS
On October 6, 2007 in downtown Denver, Denver Police moved against non-violent protesters blocking the Columbus Day Parade. Denver CopWatch has reviewed video and photos taken by CopWatch observers and has identified a number of serious examples of excessive force by police. Police used pain holds on protesters who were already in police custody. The deliberate infliction of pain on compliant prisoners is a clear violation of international human rights standards.
According to the Denver Post, SWAT Teams were brought in at the last minute to count ballots in our local elections because our Elections Commission botched the job again. The city justified this exercise in police supervision of elections by saying that the police had underground background checks.
Monday, October 22 is the “National Day Of Action To Stop Police Brutality, Repression And The Criminalization Of A Generation,” according to the General Defense Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), who will be endorsing rallies and marches in cities around the United States this year along with myriad organizations who are a fed up with police violence and impunity, including CopWatch and other groups working locally for police accountability as allies in a movement now growing more and more with each new report of police violence and misconduct committed with impunity.
"Pain Compliance holds used against Non-Violent Protestors
DENVER: 10/6/07 Riot Clad Denver Police Officers moved quickly and violently against non-violent protestors this morning in downtown Denver. Over fifty people sat down in the street to protest the Columbus Day parade. Unlike past years when officers and protestors cooperated during the arrests, officers moved in quickly and used violence against the protestors. Many of
*From the local newswire
Around approximately 1:35 A.M. Wednesday morning there was a "hit-and-run" accident at Colfax Ave. and Washington Street involving a white Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a brown/beige sedan. The sedan hit the SUV, injuring one person, then sped away with a damaged front end. The sedan then turned on Logan or Pennsylvania Street according to witnesses at the scene.
Denver CopWatch will be holding Know Your Rights (KYR) trainings every Thursday at 7:00 P.M. at UNITY infoshop, located at 1145 Santa Fe Drive (1/2 block north of 11th & Santa Fe).
Our next Legal Observer/KYR training will be Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 P.M. at UNITY infoshop, followed by a CopWatch patrol "shift" (a great opportunity to get some hands-on training and experience) at 9:00 P.M.
In light protests coming up soon we encourage everyone to attend a KYR training if you haven't already, it is always good to know your rights when engaging in political activity.
Albert Romero died in an ambulance on the way to Denver Health Medical Center after being tasered by a Denver police officer. Late at night, Romero was allegedly acting wildly, hitting things and then charged an officer when they attempted to restrain him.
The police then shot Romero with a taser gun, handcuffed him and was then sent to the hospital.
Romero's family, however, is not convinced of the police's story. People close to Romero contend that he was a hard worker and abstained from drugs and alcohol and wonder if the police apprehended him accidentally.
By Julie Poppen, Rocky Mountain News
June 25, 2007
Hours before 24-year-old Emily Rae Rice died at the Denver Jail, she called her mother and complained she was freezing and couldn't feel her feet.
The allegation is one of several Rice's family makes in a lawsuit filed Monday in Denver District Court.
The family claims that on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 2006, a jailhouse nurse told Rice, whom he suspected of being drunk, to "sleep it off." That same nurse told Rice to "stop being dramatic" when she collapsed during a prolonged check-in, the suit says.
About a dozen mothers breastfed outside Elitch's amusement park in Denver on Saturday in a peaceful protest. "It's not meant to be anything sexual, it's meant to just feed your child," said Tammy Lantz, Colorado Breastfeeding Task Force.
On the early morning of May 18, at around 2 a.m., Allen Kerford, an 18-year-old Black youth who suffers from bipolar disorder, noticed several Denver police vehicles flashing their lights and using their sirens to disperse a crowd of club-goers at Club Vinyl on 1082 Broadway.