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Attack on Police Car
by California Love
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 10:04 AM
R.I.P. Oscar Grant
On Friday night, we attacked an unmarked police car parked in the Seabright neighborhood, slashing all of its tires & breaking 4 of its windows. The message left on the car, "RIP Oscar", speaks for more than one victim of police violence, but for all of us who suffer under a police state.

From Oakland to Sac-Town,
The Bay Area and back down,
WAR ON THE PIGS

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by lil prole
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 11:49 AM
choo choo choose you!

"California, where we riot not rally."

Way better line.
by dano
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 2:40 PM
there are those that ARE suffering every day because of what cops do to lower classes and african americans who speak up!
by yesyeahyup
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 4:29 PM
wow, great job. police are the forces of occupation so once again great job. I myself am looking for the best way to slash tires... any tips on HOW to do just that?
by ninja
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 5:29 PM
...without getting caught...
by (a)
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 5:35 PM
look it up on the internet.
by +
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 5:42 PM
don't do it when the camera is on, for one
by Cesar Gonzalez
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 9:06 PM
But you didn't hit a cop's car... you nailed a car that belonged to a Santa Clara fireman. Sort of takes the zing out of righteous indignation.
by Blind Justice
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 10:50 PM
Pretty brainless to vandalize a car that doesn't belong to the victim you intended to attack ... n'est pas? Next time, let's hope you are some else's mistake.
by Lautreamont
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 11:15 PM
The activists were shocked to realize that, in the heat of the moment, the police car they thought they had in their hands was in reality a fire department vehicle.

They have become increasing distraught as the reality of what occurred has had time to sink in; as they realized that they had, without meaning to, done unjustified violence to an innocent.

They sincerely hope that the firefighter and the wider community accept their apology and realize that committed, well-trained activists would never have reasonably intended for something like this to occur. Honest mistakes happen sometimes, and the activists earnestly hope that the people of Santa Cruz realize this and see fit to extend a measure of forgiveness.
by Cesar Gonzalez
Monday Jul 12th, 2010 11:49 PM
Your plea, "They have become increasing distraught as the reality of what occurred has had time to sink in; as they realized that they had, without meaning to, done unjustified violence to an innocent. " sounds vaguely familiar. Oh yeah, that's what Johannes Mehserle described at his trial about the death of Oscar Grant.

Of course the two incidents are apples and oranges, but the plea for forgiveness of an obviously wrong action is the same. Doesn't make it right, now does it? How about you stop asking people to forgive you, own up to the offense you did, say you're sorry and pay for the damages.
by twinkle
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 12:41 AM
what's the fire department doing with a police car? how are they gonna go put out a fire in a crown victoria? it's not like its a fire truck. the bottom line here is, they attacked a government vehicle, that could be used for police purposes, that kinda looked like a an unmarked police car. they acted in good faith and made an honest mistake. this is war, and there's no time to sort out which government department owns which government vehicles. government vehicles should be presumed hostile.

WAR ON THE PIGS
by -
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 1:57 AM
sometimes it seems like when you travel over the hills, the energy level goes up, the intelligence goes down. By the way, if you see white vans with government plates in the vicinity of the university, that is probably an EPA vehicle that is used to drive around measuring water pollution or soil samples. There is a 1% chance that is really is a NSA utility vehicle with secret sound equipment trying to spy on conversations going on inside houses, but probably not.
by Joe
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 7:15 AM
Honest mistake.... How about offering to pay for the damages? Why should the city or county have to pay for the damages that you caused? Put your money where your mouth is. It's called restitution.
by repost
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 8:35 AM
SANTA CRUZ

Anti-police vandals hit unmarked car

Vandals smashed the front and rear windshields, broke out the driver's side windows and slashed all four tires on an unmarked government vehicle parked on the 1100 block of Broadway, Santa Cruz police reported.

The white, four-door sedan also had "RIP Oscar" spray-painted on the passenger side, police reported.

Investigators believe vandals targeted the car because they assumed it was a police vehicle, but the white, four-door sedan actually belongs to an out-of-county fire agency.

The vandalism was discovered around 7 a.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made but a post on Santa Cruz Indymedia website Monday morning took responsibility for the attack on what vandals believed was "an unmarked police car."

"The message left on the car, RIP Oscar'", speaks for more than one victim of police violence, but for all of us who suffer under a police state," the Indymedia post stated.
by dim lights indeed
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 1:32 PM
I can't decide whose stupider: the guys who did this thinking it was a cop car, or "Twinkle" for lumping all government agencies as one.

Hey Twinkle? Promise me you won't call the fire department if your house starts to burn, or them and an ambulance if a family member suffers a heart attack or such.....and then I'll believe you're committed to your lame-ass rhetoric.

by Curtis
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 4:13 PM
I hope you idiots feel incredibly stupid. Even if this WAS a police car, smashing its windows and slashing its tires only means that more tax money from MY pocket has to go towards repairing it. The city of Santa Cruz isn't going to simply say "OMG, look at how angry these anarchists are getting because of what happened in Oakland. We should rethink our law enforcement policies."

Instead (as witnessed after the May Day riots), they are going to find cause to add MORE police, once again costing ME and the rest of the local taxpayers more money and hurting YOUR cause by adding more police presence to the streets.

You fools think your making some big statement by being destructive, when, in fact, you're just adding to the narrative that violent activists like you are misguided at best and common thugs at worst.

You want change? Vote, picket or join a campaign. This is a democracy, you don't get your way just because you know how to sneak up on a parked Fire Dept. vehicle and smash it up.
by freedom fighter
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 5:12 PM
Yes that how me and my friends describe people like Curtis who care more about the money in THEIR pocket than who's being beat up or killed by the armed enforcers.

And for people's information, if the car destroyed was an official car, it was either a car for the fire department bosses (people who boss over the actual people putting out fires), or it was a car from the fire investigation squad (sort of a combination of police and csi-enforcing laws not fighting fires). Either way, if it was official, it was a car that deserved destroyin'

Next we're aiming for Curtis's property. Destroy all oppressors and their property, and the people who suppport them! Fuck the police! Fuck the bosses! Fuck all collaborators with oppression!
by margaret m
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 5:17 PM
What is the purpose of your damaging a supposed police car? What does venting your pissoffedness get you and others? The 2 dozen people with protest signs who stood at the corner of Pacific and Cooper Sts. on July 9 stand a better chance of reaching people and making them aware that there are reasonable people who don't agree with the verdict. Your action lets people know that those who disagree are violent, destructive assholes. Self-defeating message to be sending! Plus, it brings the wrath of the powers that be upon others who may be leading peaceful. alternative or anarchist lifestyles. Take a look at the Sentinel since the May 1 "riot".
by Curtis
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 5:41 PM
Listen to yourself man. You sound like a freakin 5-year-old. "Wah, wah! The cops in some other town did something I don't like, so I'm gonna break stuff! And if anyone says they don't like what I did, I'm gonna break THEIR stuff!"

I'm not even gonna touch the fact that you dumbshits didn't pick the right car to target. Way to think things through!

Bottom line, If you don't like how police are operating, join a movement to vote out the District Attorney or City Council. This is how our country works. This is how you get your say. Smashing police property doesn't affect the cops, they'll get another squad car. Who it affects are the local residents who pay taxes that buy those cars.

You talk all this jive about "oppression" and whatnot, but it's you who's forcing your beliefs on others by destroying property and being assholes.

by freedom fighter
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 6:36 PM
To curtis and the other liberal. Our goals differ. You want a kinder gentler oppressor state. I want to abolish oppression, and all that goes with it. Smashing cop cars, and other boss cars is only the beginning. We want to kill the cop including the idea of the cop within you. Especially the cop who believes that voting for a kinder gentler oppressor will solve our problems.

Fuck all authority. Fuck your silly ass elctions.
by Seriously
Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 6:40 PM
Dear "Freedom Fighter":


I give you, "Freedp, Fighter", a message from myself, and thousands of other mountain dwellers who live in the woods around here. People who had to evacuate from the Big Sur blaze, the Santa Cruz fires, the multiple major forest fires we've had to fight and endure this year:

Die, you pretentious fuckin tool. Seriously, just do it. It will be no losssir or madam, because you are are one ignorant and narcissistic fucking moron.

"it was a car from the fire investigation squad (sort of a combination of police and csi-enforcing laws not fighting fires). Either way, if it was official, it was a car that deserved destroyin'".

So in other words, you acknowledge that you don't know one damn thing about fire fighting. Fire investigation is evil and deserves destroying? Why, because you like arson? Because you think 400 fire fighters can coordinate a fight against a massive blaze without leadership and organization.

I give you a message from myself, and thousands of other mountain dwellers who live in the woods around here. People who had to evacuate from the Big Sur blaze, the Santa Cruz fires, the multiple major forest fires we've had to fight and endure this year: Fuck off and die.
by old anarchist
Friday Jul 16th, 2010 7:41 PM
So you feel oppressed by "the man" because they violently killed Oscar Grant.... and yet, you don't seem to think that YOUR violence is oppressive?

No matter who is doing it, violence is wrong. It breeds hate. It breeds MORE police presence, not less.

Only a weasley wimp would do an act in secret. Have the conviction of your beliefs to stand up and speak out. If you really think doing violence to an inanimate object is the right way to go, then take off the mask and in broad daylight have at it, and contact the media first so that you get the most coverage, support and respect.

Violence is for those with no imagination... those who cannot think outside the box to get their message across in a positive way.