SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
Indybay About Contact Newsletter Calendar Publish Community

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Police State and Prisons | Front Page

Fri Jul 12 2013 (Updated 07/18/13) Guards Conduct Walk-throughs and Watch Community Members for Extended Periods of Time
First Alarm Security Guards Profile and Stalk City of Santa Cruz Park Users Community members targeted by security guards paid by the City of Santa Cruz to patrol San Lorenzo Park say their free use of the area has been inhibited due to profiling. For years now, guards employed by First Alarm Security Services have been 'identifying,' and watching closely, individuals they perceive to be on probation or more generally, individuals they perceive to be undesirable for a variety of other reasons.

Individuals say that guards have developed a routine of walking directly through groups of park users identified as problematic. This is done multiple times in a day, and during the process, possessions are visually inspected at close range. First Alarm guards also stand and watch park users for long periods of time from nearby locations.

In addition to staring, and sometimes glaring at them, individuals say that a security guard who was watching them on June 19 had also previously attempted to intimidate their group by waving his metal baton/billy club at them, and by putting on his gloves in an exaggerated manner for no apparent reason. In another incident, at the Louden Nelson Center in May a First Alarm Security guard hovered over a man who was simply trying to rest alone on the park lawn. The guard stood there without talking to his victim for at least ten minutes.

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | imc_photo.gifWhat $160,000 dollars a year buys in contracts to ‘First Alarm’ | See Also: An Activist's First Thoughts on the Lastest Propaganda from City Council Staff | Strongly Biased Public Safety Survey

Previous Coverage: The City of Santa Cruz Wages Campaign Attacking Homeless Camps | Video of Take Back Santa Cruz Supported Clean Team Harassing Homeless

08/26/14 Presentation by Dr. Andy David Intended to Justify Israel's Attacks on Gaza   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/24/14 Salinas Group Denied Library Space for Community Forum on Police Violence   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/23/14 Protests in Support of Justice for Michael Brown Erupt All Over the World   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/23/14 Defendants Prohibited from Working with Animals, Still Face Felony Animal Cruelty Charges   Central Valley | Animal Liberation
08/21/14 Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History — Zim Lines Ship​ Forced to Leave Oakland Port   Labor & Workers | International | Palestine
08/16/14 Sam Farr Votes Again and Again to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Military Ties   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/16/14 WeCopwatch Reports on Protests and Police Abuses from Ferguson, Missouri   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
08/12/14 Youth Press Conference in San Francisco Calls Attention to Children at the Border   International | Americas | Immigrant Rights
08/09/14 Homeless Activists Urge ACLU to Take More Principled Stand on Criminalization of Sleep   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/09/14 Environmentalists, Farmers, Tribal Leaders Call for New Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR   Environment & Forest Defense | California
08/09/14 Latino Activists Demonstrate in Solidarity with Children Detained by U.S., Killed in Gaza   Immigrant Rights