Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Anti-Police Brutality Forum Set for Wednesday in Stockton
Rampant police brutality, murder, death in local jails, the rising of deaths due to tasers...all are out of control in the Central Valley. Local legal aid programs receive a high volume of cases in relation to out of control police, who answer to no one but their own commanders and police bosses. Internal affairs, a department that looks into wrong doings by police, are composed of police themselves, and do nothing to stop the tide of police wrong doings. Many 'liberal' cities in the bay area and beyond, have police review boards, which appoint people who can at the best, bring investigations against the police. Many have no power what so ever, and people on the street and in jail are still subject to the loss of their rights and lives at any time.
Many people in the valley are looking for answers outside of the police process. Many are taking to the streets and forming Copwatch groups, which watch and monitor the police and create a counter power to their state sanctioned violence. A forum is set for Wednesday in Stockton, to bring these issues to the forefront, and get people in the valley talking to each other about what they want to do. Unlike other community meetings organized in Modesto and beyond, the POLICE WILL NOT BE THERE! At least, not dressed in uniform...