30 Year Old Matthew Herrera Murdered by Weld County Police

On the morning of January 28th, Weld County Police Officers shot and killed 30 year old Matthew Herrera in Platteville, Colorado (about 40 miles north of Denver). According to the victims girlfriend Crystal Eggleston, 2 Weld County Police Officers surrounded his vehicle after a short chase. Eggleston claims that “He was stopped and the car was off. And he looked up at her and said, ‘It will be OK,’ and the officer just started shooting at him as he was walking up to the car, just started shooting.”  The officers fired at least 11 rounds (according to Channel 7 News) into the unarmed suspects vehicle. According to his father Gilbert, Herrera was hit at least 6 times in the barrage of bullets.

 In an interview with 9 News after the incident, Eggleston told reporters, “They murdered him, they took the love of my life. I told them (the officers) he didn’t have a gun.”

His father, Gilbert Herrera simply asked, “Why was he shot so many times? There are so many questions. Why couldn’t they have shot his tires out? They took my son from me. It’s not right. We’ll get to the bottom of what happened.”

This act of brutal violence on yet another unarmed civilian, is indicative of the situations in all of our communities. The police don’t have a right to murder our partners, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters in cold blood. Right now these pigs are on a PAID leave of absence, they must be held accountable for their violent actions or else we face the same threat that we always face; of this happening over and over again in our own neighborhoods. The Herrera’s need our help and support! Keep checking for more information on what you can do and always be aware of your own rights so that we can attempt to prevent this cycle of blatant murders, committed by police on innocent civilians, from continuing.

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New Police Added to the Database!

West Denver Copwatch recently added 3 new po-lice to the database and we should be adding more each week!

Officer Glenn Scott Riggs
Officer Robert Greaser
Officer Jared Purdy

Thanks for all the comments and encouragement over the past week, look for more posts in the coming weeks as we should be updating the site much more frequently!

New Police Database!

West Denver Copwatch is proud to present the first Denver Police Database! It is a work in progress and we need your help, please post comments of any interactions you have with these cops and contribute as much as you can in the comment section, both positive and negative! All information posted is available openly to the public, its just consolidated. Click the tab above or just click the link here!

Help Earthquake Recovery in Haiti

Recovery Extends beyond relief: Donate now to Lambi Fund of Haiti to help Haitian communities recover today and thrive tomorrow. Lambi Fund will be there to help Haiti rebuild long after the relief service providers leave. Their plans include:

-A tremendous outmigration from Port au Prince back to the rural villages has already begun. Lambi Fund is gearing up to help members of peasant groups get food and essentials for their families to re-establish their lives.
-Provide seeds, tools and equipment for peasant groups to plant more crops to feed local communities.
-Rebuild grain mills, sugar cane mills, and other economic development community enterorses lost in the earthquake. These buildings are the centers of the communities’ economic livelihoods.
-Repais rainwater cisterns so people will have a supply of safe drinking water.

Please help, a little can go a long way to help our brothers and sisters whom are surviving this terrible tragedy. You can donate at www.lambifund.org or send a check to:

Lambi Fund of Haiti
PO Box 18955
Washington DC 20036
(202) 833-3713

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been wrongfully locked-up for almost 28 years. Tomorrow he will face a Supreme Court decision to face either the death penalty or life in prison. We need to give Mumia our support! For more information follow the link to www.freemumia.org

NEW VIDEO: Press Conference December 2009

This families basic rights were violated by the police, when they broke down their door in an illegal search. These are some of the excerpts from the press conference they held to get the word out and tell the public their story of police repression.

Don’t forget to check out our other videos HERE!

An Evening of Solidarity With Mutulu Shakur

A new video of a fundraiser that West Denver Copwatch helped to organize to support Mutulu Shakur. It includes performances by DJ Ietef, Mike Wird, Debajito (members of Debajo Del Agua), and a teach-in by Ward Churchill.

Don’t forget to check out our other videos HERE!

ICE Detention Center Video

Here’s a new West Denver Copwatch video of the protests at the ICE detention center in Aurora. It’s a privately owned prison used to detain persons whose only crime is that they lack papers confirming their right to reside in the occupied territory known as the United States of America:

ICE Detention Center January 4, 2010

Don’t forget to check out our other videos HERE!

West Denver Copwatch

We are a group of individuals who come together in order to attempt to make the police accountable for their actions by videotaping police encounters in the streets.  We predominantly work in the West Denver area, but also are in cooperation with Aurora Copwatch along with other Copwatch organizations around the Metro Area.  

Police are consistently traumatizing and occupying our communities. Something as simple as a video camera, a pen and a pad of paper can significantly help deter the police from violating our community members’ rights.  We collect footage that both holds the police accountable and informs the people of their abuse of power.

Crucial in combatting police abuses is understanding and knowing your rights. However, in no way can this guarantee that violations will still not occur.  We strive to educate the people on their own individual rights and apply them in dealing with close encounters of the po-lice-kind.

By documenting police and collaborating with our communities we can help to establish alternatives to the violent ways of police-folk.  We as communities are more than capable of operating without the presence of a violent occupier that is armed to the teeth and is the most violent gang cruising our streets. 

We encourage every community to establish their own Copwatch in their hood.  The streets are watching!

-West Denver Copwatch

West Denver Copwatch Videos

You can check out all of our Copwatch Videos on this site

or on YouTube at: West Denver Copwatch

The site is still under construction but much more to come.