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Who is this El Paso Sheriffs undercover infiltrator provocateur? We don’t care!

COLO. SPRINGS-- Lawyers for the city are fighting defense team efforts to expose who, how, when and why local law enforcement agencies infiltrated a campus political activist group. The 2017 undercover operation was revealed in CSPD bodycam videos, but city courthouse lawyers and judges are preventing the evidence from being made public. Alerted to the October 17 evidentiary hearing meant to shed light on the bodycam video, journalists and news crews instead witnessed stonewalling by city attorneys but made to look like a disorganized defense. They saw municipal Judge Kristen Hoffecker blame the defendants for not submitting to a sham proceding, when the judge should have confessed that the defense's subpoenas had not been honored. Today the city learned that our defense team went around them and served the subpoenas directly, requiring the responsible law agency parties to testify as witnesses at an evidentiary hearing on November 3. Now the city wants to use a November 1 status hearing to quash the subpoenas. What's the big deal? The city asserts the confidential identity of its undercovers is a stake. That is of course the least of it. The city's own evidence against the defendants, accused of marching in the street on March 26, 2017, documents police officers deciding to issue tickets. What's clear from the video is that the police issued tickets, not to cite wrongdoers, nor to halt law-breaking, but to 1) "identify everyone", 2) arrest an undercover agent, and 3) disperse a lawful assembly. It's all on tape. When defendants first grasped what they were seeing on the bodycam video, they brought it to the attention of the various municipal court judges who take turns directing the daily court matters. Asked to produce the written reports generated by the officers on the video but missing from the discovery evidence, the judges declined. Asked to subpoena the officers involved, the judges declined. After each defendant's pro se arguments were rebuffed, one motions hearing after the other, the defendants sought legal help. Actually Judge Hayden Kane II did eventually grant a hearing to look into the video, but he told us he'd already watched it in private and was not inclined to find it relevant, so defendants were not encouraged that his opinion would change. In the meantime civil rights lawyers were highly interested in the police activity documented by the video. They submitted 20 pages of argument for the dismissal of charges against the defendants, citing outrageous police misconduct in violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 23. They requested that the sheriff, the police chief, the commander of CSPD intelligence, and others named and unnamed, be subpoenaed to testify at an evidentiary hearing on October 17. That didn't happen, as everyone saw. The subpoenas didn't even go out. The October 17 hearing misfire was simply the latest of months of attempts by the defendants to bring this story to light. This time around the city wasn't given the chance to sit on the subpoenas, they've been served directly. On

Police body cameras reveal Colorado Springs law enforcement used arrests to infiltrate a student socialist group.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- Police body worn camera footage accidentally discovered to defendants in the March 26, 2017, protest cases, has revealed a mysterious side story at the Colorado Springs Socialists’ “March Against Imperialism”. At that march, six participants were cited for marching in the street. Meanwhile, a curious seventh was detained, driven off, but not cited. CSPD Officer Krueger’s body-cam recorded what happened and more. What happened at the March 26 rally, beside the police dispersing a fully legal assembly? This video documents that the CSPD tried to give deeper cover to a team of El Paso County Sheriff’s plainclothes operatives, by giving one of them the credibility of an arrest. In truth, it worked for three weeks and several socialist actions, until the undercover team spooked everyone with their excessively sketchy zeal. As the March 26 evidence was released to defendants, the contradictory police reports began to accrue. Then a file labeled KRUEGER BODY-CAM emerged. 1. Krueger-cam The first thing you see is the twenty or so protesters, clad in black, waving red flags, rallying on the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall. Speakers are railing against capitalism and imperialism. CSPD Officer Krueger comes upon this scene, among the reinforcements called, because fourteen of the protesters, mostly masked, were observed to have marched on the street. (Marchers had followed Nevada to Bijou to Tejon to Colorado back to Nevada, trailed by the cruisers of CSPD Officers Mark Keller and Roberto Williamson. Returning to City Hall, participants were told by CSPD Sergeant Clayton Blackwell that they could protest on the sidewalk but would be ticketed if they stepped back into the street.) As the rally goes on, the officers hear that orders have changed and everyone is going to be ticketed. On camera, Officer Keller relates a possible motive: "LT wants everyone identified." (Most of the protesters are masked. Arrests will give police the pretext to register everyone's identity, whether the person walked in the street or not. By "LT", Keller may be refering to Lieutenant Webber, who dispatched officers to the scene, or Lieutenant Mark Comte, in charge of CSPD intelligence.) As officers discuss whether to rush the group or detain two or three protesters at a time, CSPD Sergeant Blackwell discloses to his men: “There’s two UCs in there, and they’ll just take a ticket like everybody else." Blackwell adds, jokingly: "So hopefully we don’t have to start spraying ‘cause I don’t know which ones they are.” Officer Keller tells Krueger and Canaan he thinks one of the protesters is concealing a knife. He fingers a masked protester wearing a Carhartt jacket. Though Krueger and his partner, CSPD Officer Dustin Canaan, were informed about undercovers, they don't know that they are being tasked with arresting one. Officers Krueger and Canaan are formally instructed that when the move is made to issue citations to the protesters, they are to apprehend "Carhartt". In fact, the first planned arrestee of March 26 is “Carhartt”. Aka the sheriff’s undercover. Officers encircle the rally as Sergeants Ingram and Blackwell

Denver cops using urban camping ban to harass protest on free speech plaza

DENVER, COLORADO- During their nightly raids of the protest encampment at the Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse, technically Tully Plaza, Denver police are citing the city's "Urban Camping Ban" to rouse the activist and force them to collect their belongings in semblance of "moving along". Plaza arrests have reached fourteen but have been for obstructing passageways with "encumbrances" because Denver has been avoiding bringing the camping ban charge down on anyone with the legal means to contest it. Denver is circumventing a federal injunction which protects the Occupy Denver activists from arrest for distributing "Jury Nullification" fliers in front of the courthouse, by finding the protest activities to violate other ordinances. Activists have relied on the injunction to protect all speech, thinking that the original injunction would be unconstitutional if it presumed to dictate the content allowed. The city's latest ploy was not unexpected and shines a light on the selective enforcement of laws designed to oppress those inhabitants stuck on the streets, who don't have an activist's prerogative to move along.

Delayed Habeas Corpus for Eric Brandt, then two Westminster kangaroo courts, despite $3,500 bond being paid.

WESTMINSTER, COLORADO- It was quite a day for Eric "Fuck Cops" Brandt, in custody at the Denver County Jail since Monday August 10, as usual for exercising his First Amendment rights. Even by Wednesday the jail wouldn't allow Eric visitors or bail. Next they delayed his court appearance almost two hours. Then the judge wouldn't grant a PR bond, choosing to require the homeless veteran to raise $3,500 for bail. Then the clerk insisted the entire docket be completed before the bond paperwork would be available. Eventually Eric's bond was covered by a benefactor, but before Eric could be processed for release, the City of Westminster transferred him to their municipal court for a full afternoon of hearings. In Westminster, Associate Judge Paul Basso refused Eric's motion for a jury trial then immediately declared court to be in recess and walked out as Eric's attorney David lane tried to voice his objections. Funny story: though Basso had declined the motion, he misspoke and declared that Eric was to have a jury trial, so Basso had to reenter the courtroom to reiterate for the record: there was to be no jury trial. This time Lane offered to put Brandt's former public defender on the stand, he was there waiting, to attest that Brandt had never declined his right to a jury. Judge Basso refused and again walked out. Next up, Presiding Judge John Stipech declined motions to dismiss, to recuse, or to appoint a special prosecutor for Brandt's cases. Stipech declined to hear witnesses present and ready to testify that Westminster staffers were overheard plotting to incarcerate Brandt no matter what. No hearing, set all the trial dates up like bowling pins. Next on the agenda, Judge Stipech ordered Eric to remove documents he'd posted to "his Facebook": confidential police internal affairs reports sloppily surrendered during discovery and now published in Westword. Eric was supposed to comply whether in custody or homeless, or be found in contempt. Brandt was put back en route to Denver while attorneys were asked to set the upcoming court dates. Suddenly Eric's transport was ordered to return so that the Westminster prosecutor could motion to revoke Eric's multiple bonds on account of his new felony charges in Denver. Fortunately the bond revocation hearing was set for Sept 2 to allow David Lane time to subpoena witnesses. This date will also follow the Aug 31 hearing in Denver where Lane has subpoenaed the Denver DA to account for the unconstitutional train wreck. Now back at Denver Jail, Eric is being kept overnight with the excuse that the pretrial services office was closed and doesn't reopen until 8AM. Eric Brandt has been incarcerated since Monday afternoon, his bond met, his tattoo assuring he can't be confused for anyone else. He's front and center today on the Denver Post and Westword, but the city's top law enforcers can still pretend to delay his release on technicalities. They spent eighteen hours "running his fingerprints" when everyone in downtown Denver can recognize Eric

Spotted at Denver #BlackLivesMatter march: police gun mocking public fear of lethal force

DENVER, COLORADO- It may not have been the motorcycle cop who was overheard at Sunday's #BlackLivesMatter march -commemorating the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson- telling a fellow officer "they're upset about a Nigger who was killed", but one DPD biker photographed had decorated his sidearm with flair one might hope wasn't standard-issue. Stuck on the handle of his Glock was a variant of a smiley emoticon which mocked the apprehension a subject might feel upon seeing the unholstering of lethal force. Photo by Patrick Jay

Eric Brandt and the horrible, very bad judge.

WESTMINSTER, COLORADO- Eric Brandt was so sure he was going to jail he got a tattoo. The one-man-band of protest movements had court on August 3rd before Westminster Associate Judge Paul D. Basso, who'd declined on a technicality to give Brandt a jury trial. Eric calls him "Judge Fatso" and lampoons Basso on the courthouse steps and so didn't expect more than a brisk push into jail. Knowing they'd take his "Fuck Cops" t-shirt, Eric got a hasty tattoo. "It hurt. A LOT" said Eric, who did not intend to cease his protest behind bars. It's the identical logo, placed just below the sleeve-length of a jail smock, faced forward on the arm he extends to shake hands. Eric's lawyer, the formidable David Lane, joked that he was stung by Eric's lack of faith in his attorney. But Eric Brandt has suffered for two years battling alone against the whims of Westminster injustice. He's served jail time, been beaten, threatened, tasered so many times the seizures it induces no longer make him pee. And when Judge Basso took the bench the courtroom audience got to see the kangaroo court prepared for Westminster's public enemy number one. Even David Lane's sober motions and objections bounced off the stubborn hanging judge. Ultimately Judge Basso was smart enough to know he had to grant a continuance because discovery was only granted ten minutes before the session started. Discovery included internal affairs investigations of Sergeant Buckner, Eric's repeat accuser and frequent assailant. Judge Basso asked the sergeant if he'd signed off on their release. "Objection! You're not his lawyer!" Judge Basso ordered that the documents be surrendered to the court until he'd ruled on their relevance. "Objection!" The audience echoed "WTF!" David Lane's motions to dismiss, and for a special prosecutor, and for the judge to recuse himself for interposing himself as advocate for the city, were ignored. Each time the civil liberties expert cited legal precedence, Judge Basso would answer "it's been a while since I've read that one, but I remember its meaning differently." The city attorney and judge made clumsy attempts to feed each other cues. Eric Brandt was forced to wave speedy trial in exchange for his continuance, to give his attorney time to peruse the discovery evidence. David Lane objected that "my client has to choose which constitutional right to sacrifice." Westminster had hoped to jail Eric Brandt this week to prevent him from getting on this year's ballot for the city council election. They had to let him walk. A powerful attorney and a roomful of spectators got in the way of someone's Judge Roy Bean act. Eric was in tears as he thanked his supporters. His next case is Thursday, August 6, same accusers, same arresting officer. Same crime, telling cops to go fuck themselves. Eric will need the same court support. Trust me it's entertaining. Between Brandt and Lane, there is no end to the laughter, but I had no idea municipal court would be so suspenseful. The best

Eric Brandt found not guilty of petty complaints of Westminster Colorado. He’s being denied a jury at next trial.

WESTMINSTER, COLORADO- Homeless veteran Eric Brandt has been arrested 36 times by police officers angry about his "fuck cops" sign, often the arrests are violent. So far Eric has beat the charges but the City of Westminster is gunning for him. Though Eric is now represented by civil liberty specialist David Lane, city officials, DAs, cops, and prosecutors converge on Eric's court appearances determined to slip their fuck-cops problem into a jail cell. They may yet succeed, but Eric's chances improve when the judges see he has public support. Though Eric's message is characterized as repugnant in a court of law, in reality people honk and wave and ask to have their picture taken with Eric. To no-one else's surprise, "fuck cops" resonates, especially as Denver cops keep killing unarmed arrestees. Eric won his July 23 jury trial, but he has upcoming court dates August 3, August 6, and August 13, to name just the next three. If Westminster can jail Eric for just one of these cases, they can keep him off the ballot where he's running for city council looking to represent the homeless constituency. Come see the spectacle that is the usually incomparable David Lane sharing the spotlight with scene-stealing Eric Brandt, running hilarious circles around his dimwitted accusers. A guaranteed laugh-fest at the expense of the much-embarrassed Westminster grumps. The next three trials will be held at the Westminster Municipal Court, at 72nd & Federal, just south of Highway-36. All start at 8:30am. At the August 3rd trial the judge is denying Eric the right to a jury...

Is there a Solution to the Crooked Cop?

There is a simple solution to the 'Crooked Cop" and "Killer Cop" that America is infected with. It is a plagued, but like all plagues there is a cure. In every major city across America, young men and women will be recruited, their identity will be protected, these recruits will be squeaky clean and above reproach. Their assignment will be documented at the start of this program. They will then apply for a position with their local law enforcement with the purpose to gather information and document all incidents of criminal abuse within the department. They will be working undercover and protected by a nation governing body. At the end of one year, a report will be published with national support. All those cops who are identified will be dismissed and charge with their respective crimes just as any citizen is charged. In a free and democratic society, no one is above the law. The choice is now yours; you can remain silent or you can come forward and say I will support this program with something more than a comment.

For DPD the pretext to use pepperspray came as easy as falling off a motorbike

DENVER, COLORADO- You don't have to be a high school physicist to know a bicyclist is less likely to topple a quarter-ton motorcycle than to cause the equal opposite reaction. But it was cyclist Michael Moore that officers had to yank from his bike and wrestle to the ground. So where Newtonian law might have failed, the DPD enforced it in their own manner. A bystander video shows the motorcycle cop fall over of his own accord. The DPD used this false flag as an excuse to rush the crowd, douse it with First Amendment disinfectant, and make arrests.

75% of Denver cops’ cameras are left turned off

What are these criminals covering up? We might never know unless the Denver mayor changes the policies here. It's costly in money to the city treasury and costly to human life not to have those cameras turned on. 'Monitor: Denver cops failed to record many clashes with body cameras'

Fuck the Police, say it for those who can’t

If you're bleeding from a rollover accident and you're a black male who's prompted a white suburbanite to call the police, who arrive and shoot you; if you're a non-suicidale teen who's fallen from an overpass, broken your back, only to be tased a dozen times for non-compliance; or if you're a 107-year-old man in his bedroom tormented by mischievous tenants who connive to have you terminated by SWAT, you can't say "fuck the police". We can hope each of these victims had the chance to curse the officers before their demise. It's probably not unimaginable that these law enforcement overreactions might have been occasioned by the victims' expressed astonishment, no doubt profane, that one, police were called without cause, two, they responded anyway, and three, their reaction was to escalate. If you are breaking no law and police are obstructing your pursuit of happiness, disabuse them of their misconception of authority, or they will kill all of us.

“Turn off your cellphone” or police will light you up like the next Chris Dorner

STREAMING OF CONSCIOUSNESS ON BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING DENOUEMENT: DID YOU KNOW that law enforcement can tell you "If you want to live, turn off your cell phone."? That was shouted to an AP reporter tonight in Watertown, just before he heard officers shout "Fire in the hole" as they encircled a suspect. So they're chasing a marathon attendee whose face matches the surveillance video, who they can refer to as a suspect with impunity if he's dead so they're about to Dorner his ass (Remember Chris Dorner? Remember Waco? The gov-lit inferno, not the gov-neglected "Waco" redux.) to beyond facial recognition. Boston Marathon Bombing solved. Do cellphone beacons mess with police pyrotechnics like we pretend they do aviation electronics? Or was the officer concerned the reporter might be tweeting, enabling a suspect to triangulate his encirclement on Twitter? I bet the officer just wanted to shoot the reporter if he didn't jump on command. We know police have the authority to tell television reporters to turn their cameras away lest they jeopardize a SWAT stakeout. Apparently cameras also endanger oil spill cleanups. Are media reporters complicit or simply that stupid? A recent consensus of journalists asserted to me "they're stupid" but that's probably a cop-out, odd expression that, to protect media assets who are as enslaved by the system as police officers or oil workers. Who knows what's going on in Boston, er, Watertown. Major sports teams are attributed to greater metropolitan areas. Crimes are branded to satellite communities like Watertown, Mayflower, Aurora, Littleton, aka Boston, Little Rock, Denver, Denver. The point of a press pass is that your objective is supposed to be respected by the authorities. In a police state it means they can treat you like an embedded bitch. Update: "First suspect" reported to be in custody was captured, released, and also killed. A police briefing just clarified all three congruent incongruities. Police scanner suggests the captured suspect detonated himself in custody. Twitter beat television media by an hour in relaying the development that the first suspect was killed. Update 2: Hospital which admitted suspect won't reveal his identity, or extent of his injuries, or his age. They were embarrassed sufficiently to admit they could confirm his gender. Most interesting, the doctor who addressed the press would not say if he worked on the suspect, but described how he had witnessed the gun fight from his home, then dressed and reported to the emergency room before the suspect was transported there. Hmm. Now they're evacuating blocks of Watertown, so it's going to be a MOVE climax. Follow police instructions yes, but call them on bullshit. So far the entire narrative has come from authorities, including the inconsistencies which go unchallenged.

Now Colorado College students have to ask permission if they want to protest

COLORADO COLLEGE- How do you protest having to seek permission to protest? Do it without. But Colorado College students learned on Wednesday that protesters risk arrest for trespassing: trespassing on the private property of a private college ostensibly protecting the non-dissenting students from having to see dissent. It would be interesting to see college administrators have to explain that on their campus, the freedom to speak didn't include the freedom to hear.

Police are pretty much thugs here, there, and everywhere

Mexico's and the USA's prison system is run by thugs!   Capitalism has long created and enforced a thug-like prison system. I have recently been told the experience of someone in this system and which thousands of people do too. I am also reading The Trial by Franz Kafka and  I was reminded of this experience. As I listened to this person in tears both of relief because he got out, but also because of complete fear for what happened to those not as lucky as him, I felt sorry for him because even if he was not put back in jail, he won't be able to become anything else because of capitalism's structure. And so here is his story and I hope that this will not be the fate of him, and that someday Mexico's thug-jails will be gone as will the criminality produced by poverty  in an alienating system like Capitalism. "I was at a party and two friends went to a store and stole some alcohol. They went back to the party and continued listening to loud music. The police showed up and  I tried to run. I would have gotten away but my brother was in the house and I couldn't  leave him. The police caught us and lined us up against a wall where they began to hit us. They hit the girl with the butt of their gun on her head and she fainted. They hit us on the shoulders, the head and the face and they kicked us and stepped on us. My brother yells as they hit him and I scream at them to let him go but they continue punching us on the face and then they put us in the car. My brother is sixteen and so he gets lucky and is only kept over night. I, however, was there for three months. My  friend was sent to Topo Chico where they tied  him up and hit him with wooden boards. They then soaked  him and connected  him to the light where he was electrocuted. They are tied up for three months where they lie in their own filth and some are shot in front of all the other prisoners. My friend owes the Zetas 20,000 Pesos and the police will continue to hit him until he pays the Zetas.   Sometimes when the police shoot someone that is tied up, they offer a prisoner to take the blame in return for 20 years in prison but without being tied up in their own filth and without the daily starvation and blows. Most of them are innocent but they get us on the street and they torture us to get money from us; which isn't much and sometimes their parents are forced to accept the cruelty of which is bestowed upon their kids. Sometimes it's 4,000, sometimes it's 30,000 but if you don't give them money, they torture you. They get us to confess by putting us on a board and then a towel on

Target of Occupy Denver boycott expects DPD to roll protesters like they’re homeless sleepers

DENVER, COLORADO- Downtown eatery co-owner Jon Schlegel thought the homeless were defenseless when he led an effort to criminalize sleeping or seeking shelter out-of-doors last year. Instead Schlegel incurred the wrath of Occupy Denver, who've maintained a now seven-month long Boycott Snooze protest opposite his trendy restaurant. Yes it's personal, Schlegel opened SNOOZE in a depressed area adjacent to a homeless shelter, now he wants to gentrify his digs by running out the homeless. So every Sunday occupiers bring signs to sway potential customers from supporting Snooze's war on the homeless, and every Sunday Schlegel calls the police. But there have been no charges, officers remind Occupiers they are within their rights, yet Snoozegoers are treated to the illusion that the boycott's legality may be borderline. You know, it's that phony paradox promoted by our corporate media, that free speech means having to tolerate another's opinion however offensive. (When free speech offends you, you are likely the offender being protested.) The real question is how Denver Police justify juxtaposing their intimidating armed presence against a citizen's First Amendment rights.

The Police- The ruling class’s army against our own US population

One of the most irritating parts of the Right Wing infiltration of the US Occupy Movement was their constant lecturing to other Occupy Movement participants that police should supposedly all be considered just another part of the '99%'. This was a dishonest lie though. The police are actually the ruling class's army against us of the '99%' and not just another part of the general population of the US. Here is a link to al jazeera's most recent examination of this internal US army and its current strategy of using foreign occupation force against the US population itself, where most of the US meatheaded population actually most usually always seem to express total love for ALL the ruling class's uniformed thugs (including the police), stupid as that is. The ruling class will eventually use this police army of theirs to beat all our heads in if we just stand by stupidly like sheep and allow that to happen. See Have US police forces become too militarised? We (al jazeera) asks whether civilian police operating as paramilitary forces actually make the US safer.

US Schools are becoming more and more like a jailhouse

One sickening thing about the US is how parents and kids alike are now being treated like they are suspected criminals, being fined and jailed constantly by police and school authorities. See United States "Truancy Courts" collect $millions from the working class.

NATO is training the new police force in counter-revolutionary Libya

Turkey, a member of NATO, is now training the new police force in LIbya for the new counter revolutionary government the US and NATO have established there. 'A total of 817 Libyan police academy students arrived in Istanbul last week to train at the Adile Sadullah Mermerci Police Centre, where they will spend seven and a half months before returning to home to take up police duties.' Turkey Boosts Role in Libya by Training Police.

More gun fetishist news

Because of the incredible militarization of the US, much of the male population, and a huge group of women too, have a gun fetish. To have this fetish is to oftentimes experience heartbreak or to give it out to others. The latest news item about this is: Cop shoots and kills son after reportedly mistaking him for an intruder.

For suppression of NATO protest voice, Obama campaign HQ salutes Chicago Police Department

OCCUPIED CHICAGO- President Obama got last weekend's protest message loud and clear, he's lost that voter to antiwar favorite Vermin Supreme. A week after the NATO Summit, his Democratic Party headquarters in the Prudential Building leaves the office lights on for the law enforcement vote. Or was it to compensate for Mayor Rahm Emanuel stiffing the CPD on their overtime pay for quelling popular dissent at the summit?

Racist police work

Not much one can really say about this report of Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum ...other than that the girl would not have been handcuffed if she was a White 6 year old kid acting up. The police are about as racist as they get around the US and the Black community knows it, even if so many in the White community usually pretend to believe otherwise.

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