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Just Us Voicing Our Concerns to Santa Cruz's Public Safety Committee
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
On February 13th, Just Us and the Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra held a press conference and rally to call attention to Santa Cruz Police Department spying and their investigation clearing themselves of any wrongdoing. Police Auditor Bob Aaronson's rejection of the results of the SCPD’s investigation of its own behavior set the tone for the meeting of the Public Safety Committee of the Santa Cruz City Council. The Committee stated that they were not going to make any decisions until they had a chance to review the forthcoming (in 30 days) report from Bob Aaronson. People were then allowed three minutes to comment on police profiling and infiltration of community meetings and homes.
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§SCPD Officers Checks Out the Rally
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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§Section 610 - Undercover Operations
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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§Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra Performing at Rally
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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Right after the Trash Orchestra played, the word came out that the SCPD Investigation was found to 'flawed for obvious reasons.'
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Grant was an un-organizer of the Last Night Parade and performs with Santa Cruz Art and Revolution
§Sherry Conable Speaking Out Against SCPD Spying
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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§Catherine Gunderson Speaks Out Against SCPD Spying
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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Robert Norse organizes with Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom
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John published this on Santa Cruz Indymedia:

e: Mayor Cynthia Matthews on SCPD Spying
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/mod/comments/display/23936/index.php
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This is the article Christopher is talking about:

Police investigation clears undercover SC officers who attended New Year's parade meetings
http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/02/1801739.php
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David says that he attends about a half dozen meetings where people are working to change the system
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The CPRB was the Citizens' Police Review Board. The CPRB was supposedly cut to "save money." However, the CPRB was all volunteer... and now the city pays a Police Auditor, Bob Aaronson.
§Bob Patton Speaks Out Against SCPD Spying
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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Bob is involved with the Human Rights Organization
§Rico, Grant and Sherry Say No Spying
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Feb 15th, 2006 9:54 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by sherry
Friday Feb 17th, 2006 1:24 PM
Indymedia is doing a great job covering this - thank you so much

and if a picture is worth a thousand words, we must be up over the 1 million mark by now! - the photos are just great!!

it's time for a good ol' fashioned Town Hall Meeting!

sherry
by Robert Norse
Saturday Feb 18th, 2006 8:37 AM
This is a great sequence of photos, which both supports the (relatively few) activists who showed up and tells the story. Thanks, Bradley.

Some uneven audio of the Public Safety Committee's doings and public testimony can be found at http://www.santacruzcopwatch.org/robert/brb060216.mp3

More of the same will be broadcast on Sunday February 19 and archived at http://www.huffsantacruz.org under "Bathrobespierre's Broadsides".
by Becky Johnson
Saturday Feb 25th, 2006 9:01 AM
Our SCPD police dept. has a whole undercover unit called CNET which doesn't walk a beat, patrol and area, or answer 911 calls. Instead, they go undercover, infiltrate groups, and organize stings.

Their purpose is to fight drugs in Santa Cruz, but they end up arresting people for tiny amounts of marijuana at huge public expense. They don't have the oversight they need, especially since then-Mayor Reilly dissolved the Citizens Police Review Board.

We can't afford this program anymore. Its too expensive to operate. It's work is questionable in terms of the public good it does. And it goes against how most of the people in Santa Cruz want the drug war waged.

The police dept. budget in Santa Cruz is 33% of the general fund. As our City is going bankrupt, the CNET program should be one of the first cuts to be made.