TODAY- O22 International Day of Action Against Police Terror

Saturday October 22nd, 6pm
Meet outside the entrance of the Denver Zoo, where Denver police murdered Alonzo Ashley in July.

Police terror is plaguing the Denver metro area. As worldwide economic conditions worsen, the police have locally continued to murder, mass imprison, and torture poor and working class people, people of color, migrants, and others marginalized by the capitalist system.

Over the past year and a half, a growing movement against police terror has spread throughout Denver. Street demonstrations, public meetings, court room actions, and other public mobilizations have helped build strong networks of social struggle against police violence in the Denver metro area.

Although a wave of police firings briefly created an illusion that the heinous abuses of the police may be handled by those in administrative power, the recent rehirings of police officers who have admittedly brutalized local residents have illustrated that those in power will not be the ones who fix this problem.

While folks have petitioned, held meetings with public officials, sued the police and administration, and used every other method through the usual “legitimate” channels to effect change, the police still murder and attack us on a daily basis. Justice will only come from us, not the same system that is reliant upon the police for protection. When the police know that the people will mobilize and fight back in a literal, and not just figurative sense, then they will start to back down.

Building a movement that can directly stand against police terror can start in many places. We have chosen the streets because we feel that by reclaiming space, we also reclaim power. The police truly believe that the streets belong to them. They belong instead to the people. And every time we march, and hold these streets without their permission, we reclaim space that the police attempt to steal from us on a daily basis.

Join us in holding the streets on October 22nd, a day that has been commemorated for over a decade as an international day of action against police terror and abuse.

See you in the streets TOMORROW!


  1. “Police said that Alonzo Ashley continued to violently resist as officers attempted him to restrain him.”

    Whenever you see those words, think “restraint asphyxia”. Sometimes people will be described as having “superhuman strength”. No one likes to be controlled or restrained, especially if they are attempting to correct a physiological imbalance such as dehydration. Restraint should be avoided at all costs due to the potential lethality, especially at the hands of incompetent police officers. The techniques that LEOs use are highly lethal: throwing someone onto their chest, maintaining someone in prone restraint, controlling the body by putting pressure on the chest wall, and forcing compliance with beatings and taser, even though the person is suffocating. “Struggling with police” suggests all of these incompetent procedures. No one should be in the prone position for more than a few seconds. Suffocation, along with electrolyte disturbances, occur rapidly and often result in cardiac arrest.

    Had the DA properly supported the citizens, and the ME properly described the mechanism of death, they would have demanded the usual charges when these restraint deaths occur: manslaughter or negligent homicide.

    See NYPD training video on Positional asphyxia 2003 – YouTube

    Colorado police should learn Wyoming’s lesson – The Broadside : Colorado Springs Gazette, CO

    DOJ statement in 1995 on avoidable death in restraint or custody: Positional Asphyxia and Sudden Death

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