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Martin Cotton II was Beat To Death by Cops: Be Present at Civil Trial Against Killer Cops
On August 9, 2007, Martin Frederick Cotton II was brutally beat to death- and then refused medical treatment -by Eureka Police and Humboldt County Sheriff "Correctional Officers" (in the jail). Since September of 2008, there has been a federal civil rights lawsuit brought on behalf of Martin's baby daughter, Siehna Cotton, and by Martin's father, Marty Cotton.
On August 9, 2007, Martin Frederick Cotton II was brutally beat to death- and then refused medical treatment -by Eureka Police and Humboldt County Sheriff "Correctional Officers" (in the jail).
On January 10, 2011 a civil trial will begin in Oakland: Siehna Cotton et al. v. Eureka Police Dept. and Humboldt County Sheriff's Dept. The federal civil rights lawsuit was brought on behalf of Martin Cotton's baby daughter, Siehna Cotton, and by Martin's father, Marty Cotton.
Jury trial is scheduled in the Federal Court in Oakland in front of Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong to begin January 10, 2011, 8:30am. There will be over ten cops exposed and on trial for killing Martin.
A couple of us from Redwood Curtain CopWatch want to travel to the Bay Area (and points between and around here and there) to talk to groups of people about what happened to Martin Cotton, to invite people to the trial, and to help connect the conversations and struggles that our communities are engaged in regarding police brutality. We are looking for ideas, suggestions, and help in our organizing to make presentations and participate in gatherings and conversations regarding state violence, in these days leading up to the trial. Beginning on December 13th and probably running for two or three weeks, we want to have a full schedule in the Bay Area and thereabouts. Can you help? Perhaps, for instance, you could book us to make a presentation where you live, publicize our visit and the upcoming trial, and/or inform us of events and discussions already planned in your area.
We want to fill the courtroom throughout the trial. We know that the presence of people opposed to state violence and murder is important for a jury to see, is critical support for the Cotton family and vulnerable witnesses, and can teach us (in many ways) more about the system we are up against.
Please begin organizing, where you live, to be there and make sure that it is known what these cops have done, what violence this system inflicts, and we want it to be understood- We will not tolerate intimidation, beatings, and murder by the police!!
We are SEEKING YOUR HELP for the informational tour leading up to the trial.
We will be organizing people to travel from Humboldt to the Bay area to witness the trial. If you are in the Bay Area (or anywhere somewhat close), please organize support and presence in your area. And if you can help folks from Humboldt get there, let's talk.
POLICE BEAT MARTIN TO DEATH
Martin Cotton II was living houseless and unarmed when, on August 9, 2007, he was pepper sprayed (by 3 different cops), beaten with batons, fists, kicks, body/head slams to the concrete (by no less than 7 cops), had his head covered, suffered nunchakus slammed on his arms while he was handcuffed, and was brought to the County jail where he was further attacked by cops, and was left to die on the floor of the cell.
Honoring and Resisting for Victims, Martin "Fred" Cotton: