10/20/2012 Newsletter

Contents:

  • October 22 Mobile Know Your Rights Training
  • Halloween Weekend Copwatch
  • Update on Brooklyn Park/Crystal Complaints

WHERE WILL YOU BE ON OCTOBER 22?
Mobile Know Your Rights Training
October 22, All Day
Meet at 5th and Nicollet, Minneapolis
8 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. or follow us on Twitter

October 22, 2012 is the 17th annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality.  CUAPB will hit the streets with our "rightsmobile" cart to teach people about their rights when dealing with police.  We'll be out during morning and afternoon rush hours and at homeless shelters throughout the day.  We'll start off on Nicollet Mall, 5th and Nicollet at 8:00 a.m. and meet there again at 12 noon and at 3 p.m. but feel free to join us anytime that day.  Follow us on Twitter at CUAPBMpls for updates on our location and activities.


HALLOWEEN WEEKEND COPWATCH
Saturday, October 27
9:00 Training
10:30 Copwatch
Meet at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

On Saturday, October 27 we'll be bringing out the cameras and training more copwatchers on one of the most interesting nights of the year for copwatching.  Join us at 9:00 p.m. for training, then go downtown with us for field practice.

Our efforts two years ago in the Glik v. Cunniffe case validated the legality of copwatch.  It's important that we continue to use our rights and teach others to use them, too.


UPDATE ON BROOKLYN PARK/CRYSTAL COMPLAINTS

In September, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) filed 29 complaints with Brooklyn Park, the Department of Justice, and the Minnesota POST board on behalf of people who were brutalized and had their rights violated by corrupt and racist cop Greg Burstad.  Latino civil rights organization Asamblea de Derechos Civiles is partnering with us on this effort.  Initially, these complaints were ignored by Brooklyn Park but we protested at the Brooklyn Park police department and Burstad was suspended.  He remains suspended and under investigation as a result of our efforts.  In the last few weeks, we have brought in about 20 people to interview with the Brooklyn Park investigators and with the FBI.

We also filed twelve complaints with the City of Crystal on behalf of the Ramirez family.  They were living in Crystal at the time their home was raided without a warrant.  Although nothing illegal was found and no one was charged, the family was locked out of their home for four days by Burstad and all of their possessions were stolen.  They reported this felony theft to the Crystal police but the investigation was suppressed to cover police corruption.  After City Manager Anne Norris refused repeatedly to meet with the community, we held a very successful protest at Crystal City Hall and spoke at the city council meeting, completely filling the council chambers. Click here for video of our testimony (click on Open Forum).  As a result, Crystal has launched an internal investigation into who suppressed the investigation.  However, they still have not reopened the actual investigation into the theft and we've just sent a demand letter to the new police chief.  We will continue to demand that the Ramirez family receive police service so they can learn who was responsible for the theft and the location of their stolen property.

Thanks for coming out to our actions in support of the people affected by brutality and misconduct committed by Ofc. Greg Burstad.  We will continue to push for justice for the Ramirez family and the other complainants and will let you know how you can help.


Communities United Against Police Brutality
We meet every Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
www.cuapb.org
24-hour hotline 612-874-7867


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