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Increase in Rise of Police Violence Recently

For what it's worth, I'm not unhappy that Big Dog, Bones, and n5667 are making their commentary.

As most readers of this website know, I regularly air street interviews on FRSC Sundays 9:30-1 PM and Thursdays 6-8 PM at (apparently being broadcast independently over 101.1 FM as well). Anyone interested is welcome to call in and discuss the subject of police violence (831-427-3772).

I have received reports of four incidents of police violence in the last week--which is unusual. One woman was thrown down to the ground, she reports, near Radio Shack (she admitted she was intoxicated).

I taped and played Lailo's account on Thursday's show (archived at, for those who want to hear it, though she sums it up nicely in print here).

SCPD reportedly piled on and bloodied one of those who burned a flag near Streetlight Records on November 3rd--according to two reports.

On Halloween evening around 10:30 p.m., according to one man, police pursued and then beat a man with truncheons at Cathcart and Pacific.

If anyone (including the officers involved) has any information about these incidents, please post it here, call in to the show, or go to the santacruzcopwatch website.

I'd like to add that I have not personally been beaten or physically assaulted by police in Santa Cruz County. I have, however, been falsely arrested (recently winning a lawsuit against Sgt. Baker, the City of Santa Cruz, and Matisse Selman of Sushi Now) around a January 2002 bust for political tabling ("blocking the sidewalk").

Police are called on in Santa Cruz to enforce unjust laws that target poor and countercultural people. Unfortunately, it's also true that such laws (such as the Sleeping Ban and the Downtown Ordinances) also originate in the police department, where they are pushed as "tools".

More frightening however, is the apparent increase in reported police violence recently. One can't help but wonder if the Bush victory hasn't encouraged some violence under color of law.

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