Memorial Video of Marvin Booker sent to us by Booker Family

O22 Video!!!!!!!!!

Update on O22 March

The march was a beautiful thing.  There were severl hundred people in the street.  Look out for video form the march tonight!!!!!!!!

 

In the mean time, two Copwatchers were quoted in the Denver Post

TODAY- O22 International Day of Action Against Police Terror

MARCH 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!

Get Hyped – Videos from Past Anti-Police Terror Marches

Tomorrow – 6PM Denver Zoo – March Against Police Terror!



Legal Updates on Arestees from Anti-Police Demonstrations

Our friends over at Denver Anarchist Black Cross have updates on the legal situations for the folks that have been arrested during the wave of anti-police marches.

It’s been more than a month since a demonstration commemorating the year anniversary of the murder of homeless street preacher Marvin Booker resulted in the arrest of three protesters. All three have attended court in the last few weeks, bringing about new updates in the context of anti-policing struggles in Denver.

The first person arrested that day turned out to be a minor and was released after a short period of detention. He had no prior criminal record and was given a deferred sentence on the condition that he completes anger management courses. There is an obvious irony in all of this: While a person who is upset about the police’s indiscriminate and brutal violence against people in this city is required to take classes to “manage their emotions,” the cops that murdered Marvin Booker were never required to take anything of the sort. Those who deal out beatings or fly off the handle towards mere traffic violation witnesses throughout Denver never found themselves being patronized by some “sensitivity coordinator.”  Read the rest here

Check out videos from the last few marches

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.