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Tue Feb 18 2014 (Updated 02/19/14)Federal Judge Rules That Indybay Journalist Can Sue BART Police For Retaliatory Arrest
Tue Feb 18 2014 (Updated 02/19/14)Indybay Reporter Targeted by BART PD Prior to & Arrested at Powell Street Station Protest
On February 11, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ruled that Indybay reporter David Morse should take his civil rights lawsuit against BART police to trial. Morse was arrested while covering a "No Justice No BART" protest on September 8, 2011. Prior to the demonstration, BART police commanders commissioned an intelligence officer to profile Morse, publish his photograph, and prepare officers to make his arrest. The Magistrate has now ruled that Morse has sufficient evidence to pursue his First Amendment claim against BART for arresting him in retaliation for his extensive and critical reporting on BART's police department.
Tue Oct 8 2013 (Updated 10/09/13)Occupy Oakland and Mumia Films Examine Repression and Resistance
Tue Oct 8 2013 (Updated 10/09/13)Benefit Screening in Oakland of "The Battle for Oscar Grant Plaza" & "Manufacturing Guilt"
The National Lawyers Guild and Prison Radio will present two films on repression and resistance on Saturday, October 19 at the The New Parkway Theater in Oakland. The Battle for Oscar Grant Plaza is a short documentary about how the City of Oakland and its police tried to shut down the budding "Occupy Wall Street" movement, turning downtown Oakland into a teargas-filled war zone and injuring numerous people. Manufacturing Guilt takes on Abu-Jamal's contentious case, distilling a mountain of evidence and years of oft-repeated falsehoods which illustrate a clear and conscious effort to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal for murder.
Sat Jul 6 2013 (Updated 07/08/13)National Lawyers Guild Wins Settlement for Occupy Oakland Injuries in Campbell vs Oakland
Sat Jul 6 2013 (Updated 07/08/13)NLG Obtains $1.17M and OPD Reforms for Injured Occupy Oakland Protesters and Journalists
Twelve people injured by the Oakland police department during Occupy Oakland demonstrations have settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city of Oakland for a total of $1.17 million. The injuries came as a result of OPD's violent response to Occupy Oakland on October 25 and November 2, 2011. Injured plaintiffs include long-time Indybay journalist David Morse. OPD has agreed to allow the federal court to enforce its compliance with its own crowd control policy, which prohibits police from shooting "less lethal" impact munitions or tossing explosive teargas grenades into crowds, and prohibits mass arrests without warning or opportunity to disperse.
Thu May 23 2013 (Updated 05/25/13)Video of Take Back Santa Cruz Supported Clean Team Harassing Homeless
Thu May 23 2013 (Updated 05/25/13)Video Shows Clean Team Member Threatening and Prodding Camper with Trash Grabber
On May 12, writer Jeremy Leonard re-posted a video to YouTube of a member of the Clean Team threatening and harassing a homeless camper in Santa Cruz as he and others did one of their regular "clean-ups." The video and a long interview Leonard did with former Clean Team founder T.J. Magallanes was only up very briefly on the internet before it was taken down, as reportedly there were numerous threats made against Leonard.
Thu Mar 28 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Charged with Photography as a Crime
Thu Mar 28 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Indybay Reporter Charged in 2011 Vacant Bank Occupation: Bradley Allen's Story
Bradley Allen went to the Santa Cruz County Courthouse steps with his camera on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, to cover a demonstration for Santa Cruz Indymedia, part of Indybay, at a time the Occupy movement was at its height. He assumed it would be similar to others he had recently been to, where people had rallied, marched, and picketed banks.
Sat Dec 15 2012 (Updated 12/25/12)Symposium Tackles New Technology of Social Action Coverage
Sat Dec 15 2012 (Updated 12/25/12)"We Witness": A Panel on Digital Video, Social Media, & Political Protest at UC Berkeley
A forum on the UC Berkeley campus called “We Witness: A Panel on Digital Video, Social Media, & Political Protest,” was held on Monday, December 10, and presented by the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. It featured Witness, an NGO documenting human rights violations, The New Media Advocacy Project, and Ustream, a commercial service for live video streaming.
Thu Nov 22 2012 (Updated 11/26/12)Indybay Refuses to Bow to Demand to Remove Vallejo Copwatch Post
Thu Nov 22 2012 (Updated 11/26/12)Lawyer Demands Indybay Remove "Information Pertaining to Public Safety Officers"
Attorney David E. Mastagni of the Sacramento law firm Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller & Johnsen has demanded that the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) remove a post by Vallejo Copwatch. It is unclear on whose behalf the overly broad demand was made as it requests that Indybay "remove any and all information pertaining to public safety officers employed by the City of Vallejo." The specific Vallejo Copwatch post listed in the demand letter, though, identifies Vallejo police officer Dustin B. Joseph as the killer of Mario Romero on September 2nd of this year. The Indybay Collective has no intention of removing the post.