- Help Us Gather Signatures at the Caucuses
- Defend Copwatcher Andrew Henderson
- Support Whistleblower Cop Alan Watt
- Finally, Some Real Transparency
Help Us Gather Signatures at the Caucuses--We Need YOU!Tuesday, February 4 at 5 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis
We are working hard to gather the 10,000 signatures of Minneapolis registered voters we need to get our charter amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The charter amendment will require police officers to carry professional liability insurance. The city could pay the base rate for this insurance, with individual police officers paying for any additional premiums based on claims history. This proposal is great for taxpayers, who would no longer have to foot the bill for police brutality and misconduct. This proposal is also a win for good cops because they will have better coverage than they have now, at no added expense. The FBI requires this coverage and the agency doesn't even pay for it.
Tuesday night is caucus night in Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity to get lots signatures of people who are registered to vote in Minneapolis. Please join is at 5 p.m. for a bite of food and some training, then we'll go out to the higher density precincts and collect signatures for an hour or so. All that is needed is a small amount of your time. PLEASE, PLEASE help us with this.
Defend Copwatcher Andrew Henderson
Court Watch Week of February 17
Send Letters to the Prosecutor and Judge: Drop the Charges
On October 30, 2012, Andrew J. Henderson was outside of his apartment filming an incident with police. He was at least 30 feet away but Ramsey County Sheriff's Deputy Jacqueline Muellner walked up to him and grabbed his camera. He was not given a receipt for the camera. When he went to the sheriff's office the next day, they knew nothing about the incident or the camera. He learned later that Muellner had never checked his camera into the property but, instead, took it to her home and erased the film footage. Two weeks later, Andrew received a ticket for disorderly conduct and obstructing legal process. He has made many trips to court and the prosecutor has gotten multiple extensions. This nonsense has gone on over 15 months and has cost the taxpayers of Little Canada over $5500 with no end in sight.
Just to be clear--it is legal to film the cops and Andrew did nothing wrong. Muellner, on the other hand, broke the law in multiple ways. Shortly after her theft of the camera was discovered, she was allowed to quietly retire. In the meantime, Andrew still faces charges. View this YouTube video about Andrew's situation.
You can help! Please stand up for the right to videotape police. Attend Andrew's trial (follow him on Facebook for updates on the schedule) and please make these calls. Tell them to DROP THE CHARGES ON ANDREW HENDERSON NOW! VIDEOTAPING COPS IS NOT A CRIME!
City of Little Canada 651-766-4029
Prosecutor Kevin Beck 651-224-3781
Judge Diane Alshouse 651-226-8266
Crystal Whistleblower Cop Alan Watt Under Attack
Join Us in Crystal to Fight Back!
Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
Crystal City Council Meeting
4141 Douglas Drive N, Crystal
As you know, we've been working hard to defend Crystal cops Alan Watt and Rob Erkenbrack, who have faced serious retaliation after they demanded justice for the Ramirez family (who were illegally dispossessed from their home by crooked Brooklyn Park cop Greg Burstad and had all of their possessions stolen while Burstad controlled the key to their home) and exposed other corruption. The community took heart when Alan Watt was finally allowed back on the job after a year of administrative leave. However, this victory was short-lived as police officials showed up at Alan's house on Friday during his day off to notify him that he is back on administrative leave. Crystal police administration has been demanding that he turn over his PRIVATE medical records to them. This demand appears to violate Alan's rights under HIPAA and he is refusing to do so, resulting in this latest act of retaliation.
The Crystal city council has made it clear that they are backing the corrupt chief and city manager, making them complicit in this illegal retaliation. We need to show up in numbers at the city council meeting on February 18 to let them know that the community will not stand for this further act of retaliation and Alan Watt needs to be put back on the job without restrictions NOW!
Finally, Some Real Transparency
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