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That last comment was from me, Verbena. I guess I was using the login from PARC, but it was my comment. Glad you looked into some of these situations, Scott Go-Forth.
"That's significant because Laird was previously involved in the events that led up to the death of Martin Cotton in 2007 — which became the most expensive liability payout in the police department's history. After a physical altercation with police, where at least one witness said Cotton was punched, kneed, kicked and hit with a baton, Cotton died in the Humboldt County jail."
I wish media from this area had actually taken an interest in the trial or any of the witness information for years before the trial.
Actually, each cop on trial for killing Martin Cotton II, Justin Winkle, Adam Laird, and Gary Whitmer testified themselves to inflicting MULTIPLE punches, multiple knee "strikes", multiple kicks, multiple pepper spray full bottle deployments, and multiple hits with more than one metal baton. Both civilian witnesses saw those things and they saw cops hammerfist Martin's head onto the concrete. Time to get rid of Winkle (who slammed Martin Cotton's head multiple times on the concrete- the one violent act he refused to admit because Martin died from a subdural hematoma, blunt force head trauma) and time to get rid of Gary Whitmer. Whitmer has killed before (Gabriel Muldenado) and Whitmer has beat defenseless, unarmed people since he killed Martin Cotton. Laird is no anomaly.
One common thread when you read the above article and if you know about the history it references: Attorney, Nancy Delaney (Mitchell, Brisso, Delaney, and Vrieze). She makes a killing from the most expensive cases here, defending the cops. She makes more money the longer she drags cases out, and her vile attitude toward the lives of victims of EPD or Humboldt Sheriff's or other local police deters any of these cops from feeling remorse and dealing with their criminal violence so they don't hurt and/or kill more people. Her disdain for civil rights and police accountability is part of the story of the EPD remaining a violent, criminal agency.
That's how she makes her money...
I think also after the Cotton verdict, Murl Harpham said he did NOT hope that the Cotton verdict would deter future excessive force, that he didn't want his officers going around worrying about lawsuits (what about killing someone?) and that they (Winkle, Laird, Whitmer) are "honorable men." Scary.
But, ya know, Harpham's been crooked for so long, he doesn't think twice about saying things that would embarrass anyone with a conscience to say.
Check out prison [dot] org, the website for California Prison Focus, or PrisonerHungerStrikeSolidarity [dot] wordpress [dot] com, or RedwoodCurtainCopWatch [dot] net (search "solitary confinement") to read the Five Core Demands and a lot of other important information.
Someone being in a torture chamber of solitary confinement is not determined by what they were accused or convicted of doing. There is no court that sentences someone to (the SHU) such solitary confinement, extreme long term isolation, sensory deprivation, total lack of natural light, denial of any phone calls, denial of any programs in prison. As outrageous as it is, PRISON EMPLOYEES decide if someone will be put through that torture. And, by extension, if someone will ever get out, since ya can't get paroled from the SHU.
If you're on the outside (everyone who can read this comment online is, including "Brian") please educate yourself.
Read the second amended complaint, linked to at the end of Heidi Walters' article.
Support the Prisoner's Five Human Rights Demands!
The Journal should probably take the racist, gnarly comments of the blog here.
Also, there is no such thing as a person being "held on a detainer issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE]." ICE "holds" are merely REQUESTS. The local cops, sheriff and judges misrepresent what ICE holds are.
Federal courts, state and county counsels, and ICE itself confirm that civil immigration detainers are voluntary. “A[n immigration] detainer is not a criminal warrant, but rather a voluntary request...” Buquer v. City of Indianapolis, 797 F. Supp. 2d 905, 911 (S.D. Ind. 2011) (“A detainer is . . . a voluntary request”).
ICE and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have described ICE Holds to Congress as “request[s]” that local governments “are not mandated to honor” and have acknowledged that “[t]here is no penalty if [jurisdictions] don’t comply. ICE 2010FOIA2674.017695 at 017695-96 (January 2011 DHS/ICE response to questions about detainers). ICE 2010FOIA2674.020610 at 020612 (notes from October 2010 ICE briefing to Congressional Hispanic Caucus where agency acknowledged that “Local LE [law enforcement] are not mandated to honor a[n ICE] detainer, and in some jurisdictions they do not.”). ICE 2010FOIA2674.017695 at 017695-96. See also ICE 2010FOIA2674.0124742 (ICE Principal Legal Advisor Peter Vincent describing his Feb. 2011 message to New York City officials).
Filming police is not trying to cause them trouble; it is trying to deter it.
Most people who regularly carry a camera and who film police know better than to talk a bunch while things are going on or to get 'too close.'
Looking forward to days when there is a culture of copwatch: when ALL of us stop, watch, and listen (record if possible) when an officer is encountering someone. Call it public safety.
Watch the video again, brave Anonymous 4:02pm. Not only does Goodale tell James, who is merely walking on the sidewalk filming (from pretty far away), that he is interfering, but another person a moment or two later walks right past the police (who are hurting that woman), and nothing is said or done to that passer-by.
By LAW, if one person can pass, then another person,even one holding a camera, can pass the same.
How is it the person who walked right next to the police scene was not a threat of interference but the person with a camera was? Here's the answer: That is typical baloney from cops who don't want to be filmed. And you go right along with that crap... until it is you who gets hurt by an officer who pushes away someone who is filming.
See that baton Goodale twisted up behind the unarmed woman's handcuffed wrists? Goodale is shown in a good light? Watch the video again, dude.
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