WDCW Goes To Court 4/23


On April 23, 2012 in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse (520 West Colfax Ave), Courtroom 3G at 8:15 am a member of West Denver Copwatch will be in court fighting a park curfew ticket that was issued while the individual was Copwatching. Details of the unfortunate encounter of the po-lice kind are below but the general facts are this: A Copwatcher was ticketed while copwatching, BECAUSE he was Copwatching; while hundreds of other people were violating park curfew, drinking laws, as well as operating their bicycles while intoxicated, he was specifically targeted for asserting his constitutional rights.  Now we here at WDCW keep up with the laws the best we can, however we don’t know all of them, and lets be honest, curfew for adults? I mean the curfew for youth is ridiculous enough, but well known.  But a 26 year old can get ticketed for being in a public space after 11 pm? Come on…  We ask that anyone who can come out and show their support for WDCW in this ridiculous case that the state refuses to dismiss.

On the evening of 9/28/11 two members of West Denver Copwatch were ticketed for “Park Curfew”.  These individuals were copwatching downtown when they observed multiple motorcycle cops driving quickly and recklessly on sidewalks through Civic Center park.  As we Copwatchers tend to do, we went over to see what the commotion was about.  It was a place where the Denver Cruisers, a few hundred of them, were riding their bikes around and many present were drinking.  As Copwatch knows how DPD tends to react, people kept the camera rolling to record any misconduct or brutality on the part of the po-lice.  There were many officers around telling people they needed to clear out, but no one was being ticketed.   There were also motorcycle cops driving dangerously around what Crusiers call “the circle of death”.  The Copwatcher whom was videotaping what was happening was all the sudden approached by Sergeant Hausner, who had been talking to two young men with beers in their hands .  The Sergent informed the Copwatcher that the time was 11:25 PM and said Copwatcher would be receiving a ticket for violating curfew and that his video camera would be confiscated.  The Copwatcher of course stated that it was his right to be there observing the actions of the police and that he would not be giving up their camera for there is no reason to do so.   This Copwatcher also pointed out the fact that he was only being ticketed because he was Copwatching.  As a result of this point, the Sergent started ordering the other officers to ticket a few of the many other people in the area, something that most of the officers seemed to do begrudgingly.  This was obviously ticketing that was specifically targeting Copwatch for videotaping the police, while allowing countless BWIs to ride by.  The Sergent continued to say that the camera would be confiscated as “evidence”…yeah “evidence” for an alleged municipal violation.  While the Copwatcher refused, the Sergent repeatedly threatened charges of obstruction as well as interference.  Eventually the Copwatcher refused the camera but relinquished control of the tape.  Something they wish had gone down differently.  Another officer was videotaping each of the Copwatchers extremely close to their faces and all the way around, something we suspect was a facial recognition program.  West Denver Copwatch will continue to do what we have been doing the past few years, we will not be deterred or intimidated by the po-lice.  We will continue to stand up and fight for our rights, as well as teaching others.  When you cease to assert your rights, they cease to exist.

We hope to see you on April 23, 2012 in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse (520 West Colfax Ave), Courtroom 3G at 8:15 am and we thank you for all your support.

2 Comments

  1. I was the foreperson on this case of Devon, the verdict was unanimous Not Guilty. His lawyer thanked me and Devon also thanked me. I like what you guys are doing out there. 4/23/:2012 The video that the officer took from Devon explains everything. EVIDENCE

    THANKS COPWATCHERS


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