Police State
Police State
imageSCPD Request for New Tasers to be Addressed at Public Safety Committee Meeting
by Alex Darocy
The City of Santa Cruz Public Safety Committee will take up the issue of police Tasers at its next meeting on December 2. A request from the Santa Cruz Police Department for the Santa Cruz City Council to approve a contract with Axon Enterprise, Inc. to re-outfit the entire police department with new Taser guns, at a cost of $235,439, was placed on the consent agenda of the November 12 City Council meeting, but was pulled after inquiries from the Santa Cruz ACLU. SCPD's proposed Taser purchas...
Posted: Sun Dec 1, 2019 11:13AM
textThe Wicked Witch of the West AKA Mayor of Oakland by ntuit
The Mayor and her administration are failing miserably in helping homeless people...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:43PM
videoAnimal activists banned via Whole Foods’ restraining order hold 24-hour fast & protest in Oakland (video/mp4 14.6MB) by DxE
Activists say Whole Foods’ parent-company Amazon continually seeks to silence animal cruelty and transparency concerns with heavy-handed legal actions...
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:45PM
imageHousing Dignity Village, eviction from Oscar Grant Plaza
by Liberated Lens
22 people arrested for taking the Oscar Grant Plaza to seek solutions to homelessness....
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:10PM
videoEviction of Housing Justice Village in Oakland (video/mp4 70.6MB) by Brandon Jourdan
A video summary of the eviction and some of the arrests....
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:32PM
imageOakland Raids Housing Justice Village: Being Houseless Is Not a Crime
by Cat Brooks
Last night, dozens of unhoused community members with The Village and East Oakland Collective placed their tents on the lawn of City Hall; demanding to be seen, heard and helped by city officials. Instead they were terrorized, brutalized, arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail....
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:52PM
imageOakland unhoused neighbors have created the Housing Justive Village at City Hall
by Dave Id
Tents are up in Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall to protest the city's never ending homeless encampment demolitions and evictions, its lack of seriousness and urgency in addressing the housing crisis.  If you can support, come by!...
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:21PM
imageCommander X Seeks Political Asylum from the Government of Mexico
by Alex Darocy
Anonymous has announced that Commander X, also known as Chris Doyon, will present himself to the government of Mexico during the first week of December at the Federal Building in San Miguel de Allende, where he will ,"tender his petition for political asylum and request refugee status." The announcement comes after two years of waiting and planning from safe-houses provided to Commander X by Mexican friends and supporters. Commander X had been living in hiding in Canada since 2012, after he e...
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:46PM
textOpinion: SCPD Wants Tazer Money? by Herbert Gartner
Thoughts on SCPD asking city council for ~$230k for new Tazers...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:07PM
imageSanta Cruz Sheriff's Office Demonstrates New Restraint Tool
by Santa Cruz Police News
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office announced it will be testing a new restraint tool in front of the media today called the "BolaWrap". The device sends out a "Spiderman" style web that wraps around a suspect's legs and incapacitates them. Accoring to the manufacturer's website, the BolaWrap is a "hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an 8 foot bola style Kevlar tether at 640 feet per second to entangle a subject at a range of 10-25 feet."...
Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:32AM
imageMisogynist VP Pence Says he Wants to See a Woman on the Moon
by Protest Reporting
U.S. Vice-President Pence gave a speech at NASA Ames Research facility in Mountain View, California on November 14 to a hand picked group of NASA employees. Protesters outside had a lot to say in response....
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:32PM
imageHomeless Residents Evicted by Police from Phoenix Camp Say They Were Not Offered Shelter
by Alex Darocy
A number of homeless residents staying at the Phoenix Camp in Santa Cruz say they were not offered any shelter options when police raided the encampment and evicted them from public property, without prior notice, on the morning of November 15. Statements from homeless residents of the camp contradict the official statement released by the City of Santa Cruz during the eviction that, "everyone is being offered alternative shelter options." Phoenix Camp resident Jeff Fowler, who uses a wheelch...
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:35PM
documentTwo Views of the City's Ambush of the Phoenix (Deseire Memorial Survival) Camp Behind Ross
by Robert Norse and Alicia Kuhl
Mainstream media have distorted and omitted various facts about the Friday morning November 15th police assault on the survival camp sending dozens into the bushes, streets, and neighborhoods for the winter. Camp Phoenix sheltered more than 60 people, many of them disabled and elderly, assisting with cooking, storage, and sanitation facilities and free access to its residents. The double sided flyer posted here attempts to correct false City claims echoed by the media....
Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:08PM
calendarJustice for Dujuan Armstrong — Rally & Vigil
Alameda County Sheriff SubStation 2425 East 12th St. Oakland, CA...
Event Date: Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:00PM
Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:53PM
imageSanta Cruz Police Request for New Tasers to be Heard at Future Council Meeting
by Alex Darocy
A request from the Santa Cruz Police Department for the Santa Cruz City Council to approve a contract with Axon Enterprise, Inc. to re-outfit the entire police department with new Taser guns at a cost of $235,439, was pulled from the consent agenda of today's Council meeting. City Clerk Bonnie Bush told Council the item has been, "postponed to another meeting." Peter Gelblum of the Santa Cruz ACLU, who spoke by email, said, "Due to questions raised by Chris Krohn, SCPD has removed its reques...
Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:48PM
videoSanta Cruz Police Department Seeks Council Approval for $235K Taser Purchase (video/mp4 6.3MB) by Santa Cruz Police News
The Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking approval from the City Council to finalize a contract with the Axon Enterprise, Inc. to re-outfit the entire department with new Taser Guns at a cost of $235,439. SCPD's Taser purchase proposal has been placed on the consent agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting. The consent agenda is reserved for non-controversial issues, however the use of Tasers by police is a topic of concern for those advocating against police brutality, who want the weapon...
Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:30PM
imageAnakbayan Santa Cruz Condemns Duterte’s Raids in Negros, Samar, and Metro Manila
by Anakbayan Santa Cruz
Stop the Attacks! Activism is Not A Crime!...
Posted: Tue Nov 5, 2019 1:56PM
imageSanta Rita Strike Grows and Continues Into Third Day
by IWOC Oakland
A hunger strike and work stoppage which began on Wednesday, October 30 inside Santa Rita Jail has continued through Friday, November 1....
Posted: Sun Nov 3, 2019 6:54PM
imageBody of Deceased Inmate was in Jail Cell for More Than 24 Hours Before Santa Cruz Sheriffs Noticed
by Santa Cruz Police News
Deceased inmate German Carrillo was in a cell at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail for over 24 hours before correctional officers discovered his body, according to a press release issued on October 30 by the Sheriff's Office. The press release states that Carrillo was found deceased in his cell at around 11 a.m. on October 14, and that their forensic pathologist and detectives have determined Carrillo was strangled sometime between midnight and the early morning of October 13....
Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:25PM
imageSanta Rita Jail Strike!
by IWOC Oakland
Prisoners Stage One-day Hungerstrike and Work Stoppage Within Santa Rita Jail to Protest Filthy Conditions, Price Gouging and Abuse...
Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:13PM