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

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Front Page

Sun Aug 24 2014 (Updated 08/25/14) Salinas Group Denied Library Space for Community Forum on Police Violence
Demonstration in Salinas turns into Copwatch-in-Action On August 17, the Direct Action Monterey Network joined a group of residents in Salinas at a demonstration against police violence. Four unarmed Latino men have been killed by Salinas police since March. Although the event was intended to be a community forum, the Cesar Chavez Public Library refused to let the group use their facilities. The gathering was interrupted when someone came over to tell the group that a man was being arrested across the street, but cops were prevented from arresting him by the newly formed local Cop Watch.

A couple of people immediately started walking to the front of the library, but soon they were followed by 15-20 other people who were adamant about preventing the police from harassing, arresting, or hurting anyone else in the community.

Direct Action Monterey Network writes: "We quickly walked across the street and surrounded the two cops who had a man hand-cuffed and sitting on the hood of one of their patrol cars. People began filming the incident with their phones, while some started heckling the cops and asking why they were detaining this man. The cops, looking around nervously, yelled at people to back up. Some local residents recognized the detained man, who regularly hangs out at the intersection and occasionally panhandles."

"After about 20-30 minutes the cops began to remove the handcuffs from the detained man’s arms and started leaving. The crowd cheered and chanted “Sí se puede!”"

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | Direct Action Monterey Network

Previous Coverage: Rally in Salinas Demands Justice for Frank Alvarado, Killed by Salinas Police || Police Officers Kill Fourth Person in East Salinas: Frank Alvarado || Families, Residents and Statewide Supporters Fight for Justice in Salinas || Salinas Police Kill Three People in Last Three Months

03/03/15 Graduate Students Host Teach-In to Address Institutionalized Racism at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare   Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism
03/03/15 Community in Mourning After UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum   Environment & Forest Defense | Education & Student Activism
03/02/15 Community Members Risk Citation to Take a Seat on Downtown Sidewalk   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/27/15 Five People Killed by Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies in Oakland in the Last 13 Months   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
02/25/15 Results of Santa Cruz Police Investigation into Violence Against Richard Hardy Kept Secret   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/25/15 Dream Inn Workers Refuse to Accept Three-Year Wage Freeze   Labor & Workers | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/25/15 Interview with Linda Grant on the Struggle at Triangle Park in Oakland   Health, Housing, and Public Services
02/24/15 Santa Cruz Community Supporters Say Case Against Alix Tichelman is a 'Witch Hunt'   Womyn | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/24/15 Civil Disobedience Action Pushes for Answers in Police Killing of Yuvette Henderson   Police State and Prisons
02/19/15 Council Members Say BearCat Issue May Return to Agenda in March   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/18/15 Resolutions Call on University of California to Invest in Socially Responsible Companies   Education & Student Activism | Palestine