Federal Judge Orders Denver Officials to Cut the Bull Shit

The Denver Post is reporting that U.S. Senior Federal Judge Kane, made a ruling yesterday ordering the City of Denver to produce every excessive-force complaint filed against every single Denver police officer or sheriff’s deputy in the past eight years, as well as all documents showing what the departments did with those complaints and whether they imposed any discipline on the officers involved. The city must also turn over any internal studies done on use of force by police officers.

The ruling comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed concerning excessive force.  Denver City Attorney’s have failed to provide the plaintiff’s attorney’s with the necessary discovery and as a result Judge Kane made this ruling.  Qusair Mohamedbhai told the post that, “No judge has ever compelled Denver to produce this amount of discovery related to its officers’ use of force.”

Now may be the perfect time to file a CORA request, citing Judge Kane’s ruling to get these documents in public hands.

Charley Garcia Resigns

Yesterday, Boss Hancock announced the resignation of Manager of Safety Charlie Garcia. This marks the fifth manager of safety in the past 13 months.  Garcia is being replaced for the time being by Deputy Manger of Safety Ashley Kilroy.  Now, Garcia was truly a piece of shit.  He denounced any real wrong doing in the murder of Marvin Booker.   That being said, of all the steaming heaps of shit that have occupied the manager’s of safety office, Charlie was the smallest pile and the least steamy.  It was under his short lived tenure that we sawthe termination of  a handful of DPD officers.

Garcia was despised by the rank and file, the police union, and the retried police association.  Hancock’s move leads us to believe that whoever the next permanent Manager of Safety will be is going to be another enormous heaping pile of rotten feces.

Open Copwatch Meeting TONIGHT (7/27)!!!!

Just a reminder: there will be an OPEN meeting for West Denver Copwatch TONIGHT (7/27) at the 27 Social Centre (2727 W. 27th Avenue or W. 27th and Clay)

What: Open West Denver Copwatch Meeting

When: TONIGHT 7/27 @ 7pm

Where:  (2727 W. 27th Avenue or W. 27th and Clay)

If you’re interested in starting your own Copwatch, interested in West Denver Copwatch, or want to get involved in organizing with WDC, then be there!

Music Video Mane Rok & DeeJay Tense Present: “This One’s” (Time Line Remix)

Our dear friend Mane Rok and DeeJay Tense have released their new video “This One’s ” (Time Line Remix).  The track(s)  can be purchased here.

Much Thanks to all folks that were involved in this and mad appreciation to Mane for reaching out to us and helping donate his time and funds to our cause.

R.I.P. Alonzo Ashley, Another Victim to Police Murder

Image courtesy of Denver Post

The initial reports concerning the death of Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo on Monday July 18, 2011, have now proven to be full of misinformation and untruths.  Whether this is the fault of the media, the police, or both remains unclear.  At the outset, Mr. Ashley was being painted by the DPD and media as a wild, intoxicated, wife beating, loony black man that most likely died of a drug overdose.  The original police statement even said that officers attempted to use a taser, but it did not function properly.  Sonny Jackson, DPD spokesman, then changed the story by stating, Mr. Ashley was hit with a “contact tasing” as opposed to being struck by Taser barbs.  “A contact tasing is where you basically put the taser against the skin — and it only affects that area.”

Since the original reports, it has become apparent that Mr. Ashley was not beating on his wife, nor was he experiencing a drug induced psychotic episode, rather he was suffering from a heat stroke.   According to Mr. Ashley’s girlfriend, Alonzo never was threatening her and was just trying to cool down from the heat by putting his head in the water fountain.  What then occurred remains murky, however due to a witness statement acquired by Fox 31 , the story becomes even more horrific.  She says, “There was first one bald police officer and you can see his arm going up and down hitting the guy, they were tasering him…. They tasered him and then said stop resisting.”

Of course the DPD is claiming that Alonzo had super human strength and was swinging on the officers, but I don’t believe a fucking thing they say.  They tried to pull the same shit with Marvin Booker, claiming he had extraordinary strength and kept resisting, but we all know now that that was complete bullshit.

This news is horrendous, but unfortunately not surprising.  We all are well aware of DPD’s murderous ways.  At best, Mr. Ashley was murdered while suffering from a heat stroke, which caused a confused cognitive state, and when attacked by security guards and DPD officers he defended himself.

Our deepest condolences to Mr. Ashley’s loved ones.

Community members, including civil rights activist Alvertis Simmons, the Rev. Patrick Demmer and pastor Reginald Holmes, announced Wednesday that they plan to hold a rally outside the zoo entrance beginning at 2 p.m. Friday.  Be there to demand answers and an end to police brutality

Copwatch Open Meeting 7/27

We are going to be having open meetings and this is the first one.  We would like to get more people involved both in the actual Copwatching but also a lot of the off the streets projects that we have been working on.  It will be on Wed 7/27 at 7 PM at 2727 W. 27 Ave, which is the 27 Social Center.  that a helluvalot of 27s.  Hope to see you there.

The murder of Marvin Booker, 1 1/2 years later, a multi media timeline

Marvin Booker’s murder on July 9, 2010 has proven to be one of the most heinous examples of police brutality in recent memory.  Marvin was a street preacher that met his end in Denver City Jail.  He was murdered by five deputies as he was choked, squashed, and tased to death.

Despite the horror that was inflicted on Marvin and thus upon the entire Denver community, Denver has reacted with rage, love, and resistance.   To keep things in prospective WDCW would like to give a timeline of events that have occurred since the devastating summer day in Denver’s then brand new Jail.  It is important to note that the movement that has come into fruition as a result of Marvin’s murder has been multi pronged and branched to various communities, peoples, and generations throughout Denver.  This is only a sample of events, rallys, protests, and resistance that has occured in the past year.

Immediately following the news of a jail house murder people began to piece together what had occurred

Though there be have been misinformation at this point Denver citizenry began to come together to put the puzzle together and demand justice for Marvin Booker.

Within a weeks time of the murder a rally and vigil was hosted by organizers and The Booker family Lawyers

On August 12, 2010 a Press Conference was held outside the Denver City Jail.  Marvin’ s kin came to Denver on a pilgrimage as an attempt to come to terms with what happened to their beloved,  son, brother, and friend.

August 20, 2010 The Denver County Coroner’s Office ruled Marvin’s death a homicide, yet no charges were filed against the murderers.

August 28, 2010 a march that highlighted various points of police brutality throughout lower downtown Denver is held.  The march concluded at the very site of Marvin’s murder.

September 8, 2010 a Press Conference is held by Marvin’s Father, brother, and attorneys on the steps of the City and County Building.  Boss Hick was in attendance and states that he did not have the power to release the video footage of the murder.

September 28, 2010, DA Mitch Morrissey determines that no criminal charges will be issued against the murderers of Marvin.

September 29, 2010, Shorter AME Church and Pastor Tyler hold a rally at their church to protest Morrissey’s decision to not press charges.

October 1, 2010 The names of Marvin’s murderers are released: Sgt. Carrie Rodriguez and deputies James Grimes, Faun Gomez, Kenneth Robinette and Kyle Sharp.  It is discovered that Faun Gomez was also a key player in the death of Emily Rice just years prior.

October 22, 2010, the International day against police brutality, a march demanding justice for Marvin is lef through the streets of downtown.

January 29, 2011, We ain’t takin this no mo’ march occurs zig zagging through Denver’s streets

February 24, 2011, a press conference is held outside the Denver County Court house by Marvin’s family and attorneys to announce their filing of a lawsuit against the City and County of Denver, and the deputies involved

February 26, 2011 a panel is held to discuss police brutality and strategize against police brutality

March 3, 2011, Manager of Safety Mary Malatesta resigns marking the 4th Manager of Safety in less than a year

May 6, 2011, the March Against Police Terror occurs.  It is at this march that Amelia Nichol is arrested.

May 9, 2011, City Officials finally release the video of Marvin’s murder.  They reiterate that none of the deputies will be charged criminally and that they did not violate any policies or procedures.

May 9, 2011, An adhoc rally meets at the Denver City Jail.

May 10, 2011, A press Conference is held by Marvin’s family and attorney’s to discuss the video release.

May 26, 2011, Trumped up charges are released against Amelia Nicol, which include attempted murder, inciting a riot, and arson.

June 8, 2011, A rally is held outside Morrissey’s office demanding the release of Amelia Nichol

June 27, 2011, Felony charges against Amelia Nichol are dropped

July 9, 2011 March for the 1 year anniversary of the Murder of Marvin Booker occurs.

October 22, 2011 International Day Against Police Brutality

Rest assured we will not stop.  The resistance will continue.  RIP Marvin Booker and all other victims to police brutality.