9/29/2012 Newsletter


  • Crystal Refuses to Investigate Crimes Against Latino Family--Demonstration at City Hall
  • 2nd Annual Chalk the Police Day
Demonstration at Crystal City Hall
Corner of 42nd Street & Douglas Ave N, Crystal
Tuesday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m.

What would you do if you were suddenly and illegally locked out of your home and while a cop held the key, all of your possessions were stolen including photos and other irreplaceable heirlooms?  What if you reported this felony theft to your local police and they refused to investigate?

This happened to the Ramirez family after Brooklyn Park police officer Greg Burstad raided their home in Crystal without a warrant (and found nothing illegal), assaulted the grandfather Norberto, then changed the locks on the home.  After four days, Burstad promised to let the family back in but they arrived to see a truck driving away with all of their possessions.  A few days later, Burstad had Norberto deported.

The family reported this crime to the Crystal police.  They asked about the investigation multiple times.  Even the FBI asked about the investigation.  But Crystal police took no action.  Finally, the detective assigned to the case admitted that he was pressured not to investigate.

We filed complaints on behalf of the family with Crystal city manager, Anne Norris.  She refuses to even meet with the family or take any action on the complaints.  The police chief responsible for stalling the investigation is retiring and she's trying to give him a chance to get away.

We're taking action on their doorstep.  We'll protest outside of city hall, then speak out at their city council meeting.  JOIN US!

Sign Making Party
October 1, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
CUAPB Office, 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Help us get ready for our demonstration in Crystal.  Join us for a sign making party.  We'll provide all of the materials and even feed you dinner.  Bring your artsy side and come have a little fun with the CUAPB crew.

2nd Annual Minneapolis Chalk the Police Day
October 1, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall, 350 S 5th Street, Minneapolis

We’re back in the streets this year to chalk the police on Monday, October 1st! Last year, we chalked the jails, chalked the court, chalked the FBI, and chalked the police stations downtown. Please join us again for another round of chalk messaging and art in the busy streets of downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Chalk the Police event will begin outside City Hall this year.

Provided: Lots and lots of free chalk!!! Wet-wipes for washing hands.

There is also a contest this year with prizes! Free high-quality artistic sidewalk chalk and CopBlock gear in the three categories of Best Location, Best Chalk Art/Mural, and Best Chalk Saying/Slogan. If you can’t make it downtown group chalking but still want to Chalk the Police, please feel free to submit any photos/videos of chalking actions around the Twin Cities on October 1st to [email protected] to still be included in the contest.  FFI: National Contest Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/224724060987844

Copblock.org blog: http://www.copblock.org/20820/2nd-annual-chalk-the-police-national-day-of-action-chalking-contest-monday-october-1st-2012/

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