7/14/2013 Newsletter

Contents:

  • Press Conference: Criminal Cop Gets Slap on Wrist while Whistleblower Cops face Retaliation
  • Hoodies for Martin, Justice for Franklin
  • Confront Corruption in Crystal
UPCOMING EVENTS

CRIMINAL COP BURSTAD GETS SLAP ON THE WRIST WHILE WHISTLEBLOWER COPS GET DEMOTION, SUSPENSION, RETALIATION
Press Conference
Monday, July 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library, 8600 Zane Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
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After submitting 31 complaints outlining numerous incidents of brutality and other criminal conduct by Brooklyn Park Police Sgt. Greg Burstad, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) has learned that Burstad received only a 40-hour suspension and returned to duty as a supervisor.

We're holding a press conference on Monday, July 15 to unveil a video (obtained from Brooklyn Park) that shows Burstad repeatedly and violently punching a man who had surrendered with his hands in the air. This assault resulted in substantial bodily harm, the element required for 3rd degree felony assault.  Although this crime was committed in front of many officers, Burstad was never charged.

Twelve complaints were also filed with the city of Crystal relative to an incident in which Crystal police failed to investigate the dispossession, without legal authority, of the Ramirez family from their home by Burstad and the subsequent theft of their household property while the home was under Burstad’s control.  The Ramirez family reported these crimes to the Crystal police department, yet no investigation was performed beyond the original offense report.  Two Crystal police officers stepped forward to express concerns about the lack of investigation and other police management corruption.  Instead of acting on the concerns, newly-appointed Chief Stephanie Revering began a campaign of retaliation against these two officers.

It is an outrage that a criminal cop like Greg Burstad gets a slap on the wrist and is back on the street while two honest cops have faced far worse just for doing the right thing.  Join us at the press conference as we announce next actions.

HOODIES FOR TRAYVON MARTIN, JUSTICE FOR TERRANCE FRANKLIN
Monday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Hennepin County Government Center
300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis

In case you haven't heard, the verdict is in and murdering racist stalker Zimmerman was given a free pass for killing Trayvon Martin, a young unarmed man whose only "crime" was walking while Black.

Join us to demonstrate your outrage with the Zimmerman verdict and demand justice for Terrance Franklin.  People have a right to travel freely without being hunted down by cops or cop wannabes.

 


CONFRONT CORRUPTION IN CRYSTAL
Join us to Speak Out at the Crystal City Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Crystal City Hall, 4141 Douglas Drive North, Crystal


You may recall that we filed a dozen complaints with the city of Crystal for their failure to investigate the unlawful dispossession of their home and theft of property of the Ramirez family. It would seem that when the suspect is a fellow cop, they are happy to cover it up.  The Crystal city administration continues to resist doing an independent investigation.  Could it be they have something to hide?  Recently, Crystal city manager Anne Norris sent a letter stating that Crystal WILL NOT take action.  Well, we just aren't going to accept that answer.  We are taking our demands straight to the city council and reminding them that Norris works for them and they work for the community.  We're also going to speak out in support of Ofc. Alan Watt and Sgt. Robin Erkenbrack, two Crystal officers who confronted corruption by Crystal's police administration and are now facing serious retaliation (see story above). 

Join us!  Speak out against corruption and for justice for the Ramirez family and in support of whistleblower officers Watt and Erkenbrack.
 


Communities United Against Police Brutality
4200 Cedar Avenue South, Suite 5
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-874-7867
www.cuapb.org
We meet every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Join us!


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