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Family of Yanira Serrano Sues San Mateo Sheriffs and Deputy Who Killed Their Daughter On September 9, the family of Yanira Serrano Garcia announced they filed a civil rights lawsuit against San Mateo County and San Mateo Sheriff's Deputy Menh Trieu in Federal District Court in San Francisco for the June 3 killing of Yanira at her home in Half Moon Bay. On August 18, San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe announced charges would not be filed against Deputy Trieu for the killing.

The complaint alleges Deputy Trieu shot and killed Yanira without reasonable cause, which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment's limits on police authority. "The fact of the matter is there was no reasonable basis to shoot her," said attorney Arnoldo Casiallas, who is representing the Serrano family in the lawsuit. The complaint also alleges the shooting was a result of negligence on the part of the San Mateo County Sheriff's office due to its insufficient training of Deputy Trieu, as well as the dispatchers who handled the 911 call.

"They not only killed Yanira, they killed the entire family," said Carmen Garcia Serrano, Yanira's mother. "The goal is to prevent any other family from suffering this kind of pain."

"The only reason we called [911] was because she wasn't taking her medication," she said.

imc_video.gifaudioimc_photo.gifRead More with Photos, Video and Audio | See Also: imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifFamily of Yanira Serrano Marches in Response to DA's Decision Not to Indict Deputy Trieu

Previous Coverage: Family Demands Transparent Investigation Into Killing of Yanira Serrano Garcia
Israel's Ministry of Justice has filed an indictment against a border policeman for assaulting and injuring 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, cousin to Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death by Israeli settlers, in July. According to reports, the officer, whose name remains under gag order, was indicted at the Jerusalem magistrate court on September 10, for using "excessive force" that could not be justified.
Protesters Confront Salinas Police Chief at Bookstore Appearance in Santa Cruz To send a strong message that "killer cops" are not welcome in Santa Cruz, community members gathered on August 26 to protest a speaking engagement at Bookshop Santa Cruz featuring Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin. "We are creating a public presence to say loud and clear that the Salinas police chief who oversaw the killings of four Latino men in four months is not welcome in our community," read a flyer provided by Sin Barras, the Santa Cruz-based organization that called for the demonstration.

Between March and July of this year, four individuals have been killed by officers with the Salinas Police Department. Outside of the book shop, which is located in downtown Santa Cruz, one demonstrator held a sign that declared, "Salinas: Our Ferguson." Several dozen individuals attended the protest, with some traveling from Salinas and other areas in Monterey County to make their voices heard. Organizers say they did not intend to disrupt the speaking event.

"We believe it is anti-thetical and extremely disrespectful to give Chief McMillan such a privileged voice in a space that is uncritical of his policies and the racist murders he has overseen," the literature from Sin Barras stated. The group also stated it sought to, "expose the brutality and racism of the Salinas cops and media." McMillin was invited to speak at Bookshop Santa Cruz by Monterey Herald reporter Julia Reynolds as part of a signing event for her book "Blood in the Fields." According to the shop's website, the book documents the history of Operation Black Widow, "the FBI's questionable decade-long effort to dismantle Nuestra Familia [a criminal organization], along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies."

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | Sin Barras

Previous Coverage: Demonstration in Salinas turns into Copwatch-in-Action || 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
Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Follow the Money from Bob Lee to Wells Fargo at Latest Parade On August 22, another energetic parade was held in support of the final four Santa Cruz Eleven defendants, who are still facing criminal charges in relation to the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street. Wells Fargo is the so-called plaintiff in the case. Though defendants argued in court District Attorney Bob Lee should be recused from the case, due to his financial relationship with the bank, Santa Cruz judge Stephen Seigel on August 27 denied their motions and set a new trial date of July 27, 2015.

The course of the August 22 parade "followed the money" from District Attorney Bob Lee, who is prosecuting the case, to Wells Fargo Bank. Community members dressed in green and carried large, gold dollar signs. They followed a suit-clad parader wearing a Bob Lee mask who lead them to the Wells Fargo branch located at 74 River Street. The visit to Wells Fargo felt much like the 2011 occupy protests that occurred there, and many of the other locations visited along the parade also recalled the occupy era.

Friends of the Santa Cruz 11 writes: "If you are a friend to any of the defendants you may want to reach out and show some personal support. They may or may not specifically need or ask for it, and all the better to receive a gift when not in need. Our heads are high and our sights are on what feels right and true: the ending of this case; not forgetting that Wells Fargo is one of the most disgusting companies in this country and does not deserve money from our community; that Bob Lee is politically and economically motivated in this biased prosecution; that no matter what happens the courts and cops cannot touch our hearts. We will continue to support each other, to dream of better, healthier ways to live, and to try to put those dreams on the ground here in our lives and communities."

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | August 27 Santa Cruz Eleven Court Update | It's a mystery! The Disappearing Records of Bob Lee's $34,000 Wells Fargo Loan | Attorney Arguments Around the Santa Cruz Eleven Case To Be Heard August 13 and 27 | Support the Santa Cruz Eleven

Previous Coverage: The Show Goes On and On for the Santa Cruz Eleven || Parading through Town in Support of the Santa Cruz Eleven || Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz
Former Santa Cruz Patch editor Brad Kava, who is still a journalism teacher at Cabrillo College, is now selling a device he invented that offers senior citizens the ability to secure a pepper spray can to their canes. He has named it: "Cane-O-Mite." It is essentially a holster for pepper spray and, in the Indiegogo campaign and YouTube video produced to market it, Kava preys on the fears of the elderly. He cites an increase in news reporting on crime as a justification in his sales pitch for the product, saying "everyone who follows the news knows how bad it [crime against senior citizens] can get."
Santa Cruz Police and First Alarm Brutalize and Arrest People for Being Black and Homeless Yannidies Brown writes: Today, August 21, 2014, I, Yannidies Brown, have just not only witnessed, but experienced, police brutality. It started roughly at about nine o'clock in the morning when my brother Rogiers Brown, my fiance Christopher Wuerfel, and I were at an empty parking lot waiting on a ride. An SCPD officer, Bradly Barnett, approached my brother Rogiers telling him that he needs to "get the fuck out of the parking lot" and "I'm going to write you a ticket."

I replied with "he just took out his cigarette, you're not writing him a ticket for walking to the sidewalk with a cigarette in his hands." So while my family is walking, officer Barnett starts following us. I told him not to because my brother did not do anything wrong, and that this is harassment. So while we are walking, he proclaims that he's an officer, and he can do whatever he wants, and that he's going to arrest my brother's "black ass."

They proceeded to try to arrest my brother, and meanwhile my finance is recording video. The officer on the right side takes my boyfriend and throws him to the ground. A First Alarm officer, Jason Vogley, and SCPD officer Barnett punched Roigers three times and elbowed him in the face, cracking his glasses and making his face bruise.

imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifRead More with Video | SCPD Message to African-Americans, “Get Your Black Ass Out Of My City"
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
In a major victory against the Israeli Zim Lines shipping company, their ship the Piraeus was forced to leave the Port of Oakland after a mass march, four days of picketing, and the refusal of ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 to work the ship despite attempts by the Oakland police department and Alameda County deputies to break up the ongoing pickets. The Zim ship is believed by some to have unloaded only a portion of cargo before giving up and heading back out to sea. Oakland's "Block the Boat" victory represents a historic first for the worldwide Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement.
Rallies and marches in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. were held across the world following the events of August 9 when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. Michael was reportedly unarmed and holding his hands up while attempting to surrender when he was gunned down. Protests in the Bay Area were held in San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz.
Rebellion in Ferguson Over Murder of Michael Brown WeCopwatch is reporting for Indybay from Ferguson, Missouri, where on August 9 a Ferguson police officer shot down and murdered 18-year-old local resident Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. After days of protests and violent racist attacks by police against demonstrators, the focus has shifted to the police cover-up of the murder. After previously refusing to release the incident report on the shooting and the name of the shooting officer, Ferguson police have finally released his name, Darren Williams, but instead of releasing their report on the shooting, they ramped up a smear campaign against Mike Brown and released a different police report that claims Mike Brown shoplifted from a local convenience store shortly before he was killed. Police also have claimed that Mike Brown reached into Darren Williams’ patrol car and tried to grab the officers’s gun. Multiple witnesses, however, contradict this police story.

At least three non-police witnesses have come forward to tell virtually the same version of events, that officer Darren Williams pulled up to and harassed Mike Brown as he walked in the street, reaching out of the patrol car window to grab Mike Brown and then shooting Mike Brown once from within the car. As Mike Brown and a friend ran away, Darren Williams jumped out of his car and proceeded to shoot Mike Brown in the back. When Mike Brown turned around to face the officer with his hands in the air, Darren Williams continued to shoot repeatedly until Mike Brown lay dying in the street. No medical services were rendered to Mike Brown until at least thirty minutes after the shooting, by which time it was too late to save him, and police let his body lay in the street for hours.

In a town that is 67% African American, and constantly the subject of racist police stops and citations by a Ferguson police department made of up 53 officers, of whom only three are African American, the community is outraged by the murder.

Updates from Ferguson: NLG Legal Observer Arrested While Documenting Ongoing Police Violence in Ferguson | videoIs This What A Jammed Phone Sounds Like? (Kill Switch in Ferguson?) | Donate to Get Copwatch Cameras for Ferguson - more cameras are needed to document police | videoWho Are The Real Outside Agitators in Ferguson? | ACLU Asks Col Replogle to Remove Inappropriate Officer in Ferguson | What a stupid excuse for arresting reporters | photoPhotos From Ferguson (Aug 18) | NLG Strongly Objects to Oppressive and Discriminatory Law Enforcement Tactics in Ferguson | Amnesty International USA Calls for Investigation of Police Tactics in Ferguson | videoPolice Gas Residents of Ferguson For Over an Hour (Aug 17) | videoFerguson: State Of Emergency! Demonstrators Shot and Gassed! (Aug 16) | photoPhotos From Ferguson (Aug 16) | videoFerguson: New Police Practices are Window Dressing To a Systemic Failure (Aug 15) | photoImages From Ferguson (Aug 15) | Ferguson Police's PR Stunt Poisons Independent and Impartial Investigation | photoWeCopwatch live reports from Ferguson, Missouri (Aug 15) | Amnesty International Sends Human Rights Delegation to Ferguson, Missouri | videoPolice in Ferguson to the Media: "We Don't Want You Here" |
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