July 9th Know Your Rights Training!

On July 9th 2010, Street Preacher Marvin Booker was murdered by 5 Sheriff’s Deputies in the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Facility. The Denver community has rallied behind the Booker family, working hand in hand with love and resistance against the Denver police and Sheriff’s departments to end their reign of terror and brutality in our streets. Our Denver and Aurora communities have fought a long, ongoing battle against these injustices, and we will continue to organise, fight, and protect ourselves against this occupational force.

Two-years after the brutal murder of Marvin Booker, with the Denver and Aurora police continuing to threaten, brutalize, and murder our friends, neighbors, and families, we will hold a Know Your Rights Training outside of the building where Marvin Booker was murdered, to kick-off a month of solidarity against police.

What: WDC Know Your Rights Training

When: July 9th 5:30-6:30PM

Where: Van Cise-Simonet Detention Facility

Keep your eyes out for more information on a Month Against Police Brutality here at http://www.westdenvercopwatch.wordpress.com

This One’s for Booker: Capitol Spends $36 Mil on New DPD Lab, Sends Homeless to Jail

A few days ago, Denver pigs began their government-ordered attack on the homeless, supported by local politicians and businesses like Snooze (a fucking bourgeois breakfast restaurant). Snooze co-owner Jon Schlegel, who considers himself and fellow co-owner Brianna Borin “homeless experts” (despite the fact that they both OWN A FUCKING RESTUARANT and are clearly not homeless), was interviewed by the Westword after an Occupy Denver protest targeted Snooze for backing the Homeless Camping Ban: “As I’m talking to you sitting in my office, I’m watching what looks like a drug deal go down. I just saw a prostitute get picked up as I’m talking to you. I’m sitting here looking at them right now, and these people have got to get help” (The Westword).

First-off, just because a Person of Color (POC) shakes another POCs hand does NOT mean they’re doing a hand-to-hand, or dealing drugs; and furthermore, just because you see a woman get into a car she’s a sex-worker?! Please, that did not fucking happen Jonny-boy, don’t try to hype-up your interview with some sassy comment about how fucking hard that area is, and how desperate you are for help against the masses and masses of drug dealers and prostitutes in Downtown Denver. Come-on man, this isn’t east fucking Baltimore, it’s Downtown Denver…

Schlegel says that “we all want to help the homeless”, that “these people have got to get help”, but how does criminalizing their ability to survive help the homeless? How does a year in jail, or a $1,000 fine help the homeless? Oh ya it doesn’t… Schlegel and all the other
where could we put them? Well the shelters are all full, and we don’t wanna spend money on those anyways…. Hmmm so what’s something we spend trillions of dollars on, where we could hold people against their will, out-of-sight so we don’t have to see them anymore? Oh ya! JAIL!’capitalist cronies and politicians just don’t wanna have to look at them while their eating their pancakes and eggs in the morning. They say ‘hey, these people may have no homes (hence the term homeless), but if they’re just standing out in the open here they’re ‘bad for business’ [translation: they scare us], so

Meanwhile, as capitalists and politicians walk  hand-in-hand escorting homeless folks into the jailhouse, as opposed to spending money in order to provide decent housing to persons without it (or solving the truly deep-seated causes of homelessness IE: unemployment, eviction, (cough) capitalism); these same capitalists and politicians are spending $36 million dollars on a new Denver Pig Department forensic lab, complete with two-story “light-up DNA strands”, and “shockwave and bullet sculptures” (Huffington Post).

The new Denver crime lab is a  “77,000-square-foot’, ‘four-level building“, that includes an indoor shooting range and a gun ‘library’. “Also, there are facilities that will be used for DNA extraction, ballistics and fingerprint examinations, and there are spacious evidence-examination rooms. Crime-linked vehicles that are now probed at police district garages and the traffic-operations-bureau garage will be examined in a garage at the new lab” (Denver Post).

Not to mention the new crime lab comes complete with equipment to make hydrogen and other gasses, and “an 80-seat auditorium”. “The auditorium, which is wired into the Colorado Department of Transportation and other security-camera systems [HALO], can be used as a command center for large operations such as political conventions” (Denver Post).

Wow, so let me get this straight: you’re sending people to jail because they don’t have homes, but spending $36 million on a forensic lab with an 80-seat auditorium, gas-making equipment, a gun library, “shockwave and bullet statues”, and a fucking three-story double-helix statue?! Do I even have to say more?!

This reminds me of a story: Once upon a time, in a classroom far, far away, I remember a student presenting to a political science/model government class about how housing the homeless would take a minuscule amount of money compared to locking them up, compared to the amount spent on policing, and how they should vote to house the homeless. Mind you this was a fucking mock government, with no money or monetary limitations what-so-ever, but still the bill wasn’t passed; of course, the very next proposal to ‘save the pigeons‘ WAS. This class decided to save the pigeons, but not the homeless…

This is indicative of the importance that part (the 1-40%) of  society places on some human lives; they claim that we are useless, they’re ‘let them live in the gutter or throw them in jail, make them illegal and just get them out of our sight’. I’m sure Schlegel and Borin would agree, as have our politicians and representatives, and as have the fucking pigs in the streets. So I wanna give one last FUCK YOU to ya’ll: FUCK THE URBAN CAMPING BAN, FUCK SNOOZE AND COUNCILMAN CHARLIE BROWN FOR BACKING IT, FUCK THE BETTER DENVER BOND, AND FUCK THE DPD FOR TAKING MONEY FOR BULLET STATUES WHILE CUFFING AND CRIMINALIZING THE HOMELESS…. THIS ONE’S FOR MARVIN BOOKER (RIP JULY 9, 2010) MOTHER FUCKERS – SEE YOU JULY 9TH!

Read more:Denver police forensic experts moving to bigger, better crime lab – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20737464/denver-police-forensic-experts-moving-bigger-better-crime#ixzz1xhDxntqr

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/05/snooze_owner_homeless_workers_nazi.php
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Raise The Fist-Decentralized Mobile Alert System

Raise the Fist has upped the anti, and damn is it beautiful. They got a program online, that anyone is able to join a Copwatch list, and anyone is allowed to text any police activity they see and it goes out to everyone on the Copwatch list in a 7 mile radius instantly.  Now this is a beautiful use of technology; check it out, sign up, and everyone is better equipped to be a Copwatcher.  The streets are watching…

http://www.raisethefist.com/copwatch/

UPDATE!!! Here is the local number for this system:

(303) 647-5097

Aurora PD, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”

On Saturday there was an armed bank robbery at a Wells Fargo.  Aurora PD, although with no actual description of the suspect, got a “reliable tip” that the suspect was in a car at a red light.  So how does the Aurora PD, whom have made our website time and time again for their insane and brutal tactics, respond?  By surrounding all of the 19 cars, and pulling out ever single person in the cars and handcuffing almost all of them, holding them at gunpoint.  They were then “asked” for permission to have their car searched, and once they searched the car, then and only then were the innocent upstanding citizens un-cuffed.

They eventually found the suspect with two guns, $2000, and a mask in his vehicle.  The police chief has apologized for the “inconvenience” to citizens, but supports the officers decision at the scene, and well it should all be ok because they caught him.

The suspect is a former high school music teacher.  Now the police are framing it as they were protecting the public from a dangerous criminal.  Yes a dangerous evil former high school music teacher that although no one knows the details, must have been forced into some pretty hard times to go to these lengths, for $2000.  Now many of us as well as our readers have dealt with Wells Fargo and their predatory practices, charging interest at rates that would cause Jesus to come in wreck their banking “temple”.  $2000 (of insured money) is certainly a drop in the bucket for Wells Fargo.  Yet the Aurora PD are so concerned about the safety and well being of the good citizens of Aurora, that they denied them of the civil rights, treating every single person at that stop light as a criminal, holding guns to their heads, to find a suspect.  Once someone is handcuffed with a gun to their head, there really is not a choice about searching their car.  This is clearly crazy misconduct and abuse by the Aurora PD, denying citizens of their basic human, as well as civil rights.

Although the full details are not known, what would have happened if this suspect had been more “dangerous”, what happens if he took hostages or a gun battle had taken place?  How many innocent citizens in handcuffs would have been shot, “accidentally” or “justified” by the Aurora PD or “dangerous suspect”.  All of this over $2000.

This whole case is an obvious breech of their duty to “serve and protect”, as well as flagrant rights violations.  We don’t need to hear any more unmitigated horseshit coming out the Chief Daniel J. Oates mouth, this fucker should be fired and prosecuted!

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