top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Thu Jun 12 2008
CopWatch Activist In Sonoma Faces Charge
Thu Jun 12 2008
Ben Saari Faces Charges For Copwatching on May Day
Copwatcher and member of the Free Mind Media Center (a Santa Rosa based radical infoshop and bookstore) Ben Saari, was arrested on May Day while doing Copwatch and has charges pending against him.

On May 1st, as thousands were entering Santa Rosa’s Juliard Park from the east side, Santa Rosa police officers began trying to corral youth, mostly young Latinos, on the west side of the park. SRPD had extended metal batons at ready and a very agitated police dog. Different squads of police were yelling conflicting orders at the nebulous group of youth they’d defined as a gang. As police advanced on the crowd, which Mr. Saari was pushed into, Mr. Saari made a point of communicating with the advancing officers and keeping a safe distance between himself and the officers. At one point an officer being most directly observed stepped up his pace and shoulder-checked Mr. Saari, claiming the contact as Mr. Saari’s interference with police activities and arresting him for such. Mr. Saari was never told by the police or the police department what he was being arrested for. He was only informed of his charges when released on bail by the person who posted the bail.

Elements of Sonoma County Law Enforcement, particularly among the Santa Rosa Police and Sonoma County Sheriff, have been resistant to public observation of their activities from a safe distance, in some cases not identifying themselves, obscuring the visibility of interactions or even threatening the observers with arrest.

Read More | "Watch The Cops" : copwatching and Sonoma County law enforcement | Copwatcher Arrested May 1st Santa Rosa | Ben Saari’s Arrest | Tell Santa Rosa DA To Drop Charges Against Copwatcher
06/29/16 BART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal: The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | California | Government & Elections06/29/16 Six Stabbed, Three Suffer Blunt Force Trauma Repelling Nazis from Capitol Grounds Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | Central Valley | California | Immigrant Rights06/28/16 Thousands Attend "We Are Still Here" Trans March 2016 in San Francisco Front Page | Police State and Prisons | LGBTI / Queer | San Francisco | Government & Elections06/28/16 Crimson Pipeline Has Long History of Spills Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections06/20/16 Major State Repression in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | International | Americas06/16/16 Patient Advocates Denounce Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Drug War | North Bay / Marin | California | U.S.06/16/16 Game-Changing Appeals Court Ruling Establishes a "First Amendment for the Internet" Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Indymedia | U.S. | Government & Elections06/15/16 Take Back Santa Cruz Silent as Member Faces Gun and Narcotics Charges Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia06/15/16 Watsonville Vigil Remembers the Victims of Orlando, Florida, Nightclub Mass Shooting Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | LGBTI / Queer | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia06/14/16 Students at Evergreen State College Call for Boycott of Sabra, Caterpillar, and Driscoll's Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | U.S. | International | Palestine | Santa Cruz Indymedia06/11/16 Community Remembrance Marks Two Years Since Yanira Serrano was Killed by Sheriff's Deputy Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Peninsula
Related Categories: North Bay / Marin | Police State and Prisons | Front Page
Patient Advocates Denounce Sonoma Sheriffs for Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers Americans for Safe Access (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 10:08 PM
Immediate Habitat Protection Sought for Killer Whales Along West Coast Center for Biological Diversity Monday Jun 6th 1:06 PM
Day of Action in Support of Familias Unidas and San Quintin, MX Farmworkers via Boycott Sakuma Berries Monday May 16th 11:20 PM
UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work via United Farm Workers (3 comments) Thursday May 12th 4:14 PM
Adopt a Redwood Tree as a Green Gift for Graduates Joanna Nasar Tuesday May 10th 9:36 AM
More Local News...
[ X close ]
Killer whales remain protected in Washington via OCEANA Wednesday Jun 15th 5:03 PM
Mary Kay Henry - Members Demand Say Aside The Rigged Election Results In SEIU 1021! Labor Video Project (1 comment) Sunday Mar 27th 11:34 PM
Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Jan 27th 5:18 PM
More Global News...
[ X close ]
Gene-Altered Salmon; The FDA is not credible Summer Mayne Tuesday Dec 15th 9:43 PM
Human Trafficking in Sonoma County Mandy Schloss Tuesday Dec 15th 2:04 PM
Proposed Vallejo Ordinance to Close All Cannabis Dispensaries repost (6 comments) Sunday Mar 15th 11:12 AM
Sonoma County's Plan Aimed at Winter Homelessness Falls Short Meghan O'Brien Tuesday Dec 9th 10:40 AM
Open Newswire...
[ X close ]