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Cops Watch Copwatchers in San Jose
by Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
Victims of police violence and activists came together to share and hear stories of San Jose Police Department abuse and misuse of authority. They demonstrated under the watchful eye of mounted police in front of San Jose City Hall on Cinco de Mayo 2009.
The event was organized by BASTA, a group standing up against police brutality, against Latinos specifically and all communities at large.

Photo: Mounted police in background behind banner keep an eye on the demo.
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The Call to Action read as follows:
¡BASTA!
Enough is Enough!
STOP Criminalizing Latinos
We are not criminals / Nosotros no somos criminales
Join us in the fight for Justice!
§Cops watch as crowd starts to gather
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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§Curly oversees the rally setup
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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§Copwatch sign
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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§Corporate media coverage
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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Raj is from Silicon Valley deBug. He led the gathered demonstrators in a call and response chant for an end to abuse.
§David Williams
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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David was also a target of abuse at the hands of SJPD. He is six and a half feet tall, and heard police say "He's a big one we'll have to taser him" before he was shot by a cop's stun gun. He landed in the hospital where he was in a coma for three days. He was accused of being on PCP when his truck went out of control in San Jose two years ago.
§Mounted police behind signs
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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Blue sign says: "incarcerate killer cops"
§Crowd of about 100 begins to gather
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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§mounted police in the plaza
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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§Speakers
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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§Blue, Yellow, Red
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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Catholic Sisters in red/black habits came to the rally.
§Message to SJPD
by Cinco de Mayo Tuesday May 5th, 2009 11:24 PM
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Corrections to article made on 6/06/09authorSaturday Jun 6th, 2009 3:20 AM
Getting it straight-getting it right!Curly ESTREMERASunday May 31st, 2009 8:02 PM
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