10/30/2003 Newsletter

Contents:

  • Fundraiser for Police Brutality Survivors
  • Philander Jenkins Court Watch
  • Barbara Williams Court Watch
  • Rickey Jones Court Watch
  • Bryce Williams Case Update
  • NYPD Reportedly Stiffs Springsteen

FUNDRAISER FOR POLICE BRUTALITY SURVIVORS--TONIGHT!
Sorry we're just getting this out but we just got the details. A group of survivors of police brutality are holding a fundraiser tonight to help cover their legal expenses and medical bills. Some of the proceeds will be donated to CUAPB and we will have a table there, too.

Citizen Arrest (A fundraiser for police brutality survivors)
Who: The Framed, Reverse Cowgirl, Hotrod Hearse and Virgin Whores
When: Oct 30th, 9:00pm
Where: Turf Club, 1601 University Ave W, St Paul
Price: $5.00
Hope to see you there!!!


COURT WATCH OPPORTUNITIES

10/30 (today!), 1:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Adult Detention Center (new jail), Room 142
401 S 4th Ave
Philander Jenkins - Bail reduction hearing. Philander Jenkins is the young man who was beaten and sexually assaulted in the Hennepin County Jail on October 4th. Since then, his jailers have refused an independent medical exam and are holding him in isolation and denied him contact with his family. He is not even allowed paper, writing instruments or complaint forms. We just learned that members of his legal team other than his lawyer have been removed from the list of individuals who are allowed to see Philander. The purpose of this bail hearing is to hopefully reduce the bail to a level his family can meet, so they can get Philander out of jail and bring him to the safety of his family.

10/31 (tomorrow!), 9:15 a.m.
Hennepin County Government Center
Barbara Williams - Ms. Williams was stopped when leaving a parking lot downtown in what appears to be a racially-motivated stop. Initially police claim they stopped her for not wearing a seatbelt (not a stoppable offense in this state). Later they claimed she had no insurance despite her presenting a current insurance card. During arraignment, prosecutors tried to pressure her to take a deal. Despite having a life-threatening health condition, she resisted and has vowed to go to jail rather than plead guilty when she knows she did nothing wrong and police are trying to cover their own tails. Come to the trial of this brave woman and see her in action.

11/6, 1:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Government Center, Room C-743
Rickey Jones - Hearing on FBI test results of videotape evidence tampering by police and/or the city attorney's office. This will be a real nailbiter--be there!


KEEP UP THE HEAT!
Thanks to everyone who has called County Attorney Amy Klobuchar's office about the Bryce Williams case. Let's keep the pressure on them to do the right thing and drop the phony charges against Bryce, a key leader in the movement to end police brutality. This frontal assault on our movement cannot and will not be tolerated!

Please keep calling the County Attorney's office at 612-348-5550 to tell them to DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST BRYCE WILLIAMS

Thanks for your efforts!


NYPD WITHHOLDS SERVICES BASED ON POLITICAL CONTENT OF SONG

NYPD Reportedly Stiffs Springsteen
Wed Oct 8, 6:05 PM ET
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031008/ap_en_ot/music_bruce_springsteen

NEW YORK - Is Bruce Springsteen making the NYPD blue?
The New Jersey rocker closed out his recent world tour with three shows at Shea Stadium, where he reportedly aggravated city police by performing "American Skin (41 Shots)" — a song inspired by the 1999 shooting of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo by four officers.

After Springsteen played the song during the Oct. 1 opening night, a high-ranking police official ordered that there would be no post-concert police escort for the Boss after his next show, the Daily News reported.

Springsteen, through publicist Marilyn Laverty, declined to comment Wednesday on the report. NYPD spokesman Michael O'Looney, in a two-paragraph statement, danced around the issue.

"As a courtesy, Mr. Springsteen was given a police escort to his boat at the World's Fair Marina following the concerts on both Wednesday and Saturday night," O'Looney said.

He didn't offer any comment on Friday night, but added that police had also provided an escort for E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg from LaGuardia Airport to Shea on Wednesday.

Springsteen didn't perform "American Skin" at either of the last two shows.

After Springsteen debuted the song during his 2000 tour, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association — representing 27,000 police officers — urged its members not to attend Springsteen's 10 Madison Square Garden concerts.


"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams


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2104 Stevens Avenue
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Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)


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