imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

GG Police pursue phony criminal charge against woman hit by Minuteman supporter

by Duane J. Roberts Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 2:14 AM
duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

In one of the worst cases of political repression ever seen by the author of this article, the Orange County District Attorney's Office and Garden Grove Police Department have jointly launched an unprecedented and outrageous attack against a young Vietnamese woman whose only real crime was to express her dissent with the powers that be.



>>>> PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY


Friday, June 17, 2005

GG POLICE PURSUE PHONY CRIMINAL CHARGE AGAINST

WOMAN HIT BY MINUTEMAN SUPPORTER

Her home is searched by lawmen while she's at work

By DUANE J. ROBERTS

duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

WESTMINSTER, CA -- When Theresa Dang checked her

mailbox on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 15th, she

noticed one of the letters she received that day had

come from the Orange County District Attorney's

Office. No problem, she thought. Maybe Tony

Rackauckas, the District Attorney, had finally sent

her a letter in response to one that Dang and two

other people delivered to his Santa Ana office earlier

this month. But when Dang opened the letter, however,

she noticed it wasn't from him at all: it was, in

fact, a criminal complaint.

In a letter dated Thursday, June 9th, the Orange

County District Attorney's Office was notifying Dang

that she was being charged with violating Section

484(a)-488 of the California Penal Code, "Petty theft

and Carrying Away", a misdemeanor offense punishable

by a fine of up to ,000, imprisonment in the Orange

County jail for up to six months, or both. The letter

accused Dang of allegedly committing this criminal act

on the night of Wednesday, May 25th.

What did she do? Dang wondered. She called the

District Attorney's Office to learn more about what

this was all about, but got no response. Little did

she realize the answer would come the very next day in

a most unexpected way.

On the morning of Thursday, June 16th, while Dang was

at work, the Garden Grove Police raided the

Westminster home where she lives with her family.

According to several witnesses, including her father,

four Garden Grove Police officers arrived at her house

armed with a search warrant signed by an Orange County

Superior Court Judge. They went through every room of

the house she resides at, even searching those known

to be occupied by her brothers and sisters. But when

the lawmen found Dang's room, they completely trashed

it: they overturned her bed and threw all of her

personal belongings around. It's a mess.

What were they looking for? According to a copy of the

search warrant affidavit signed by Garden Grove Police

Detective Michael Reynolds, they were on the prowl for

a "Black full sized Maglite with Small diameter

handle". Say what? Here is the English translation:

the cops were seeking a black flashlight that can be

obtained at any Home Improvement store for around ,

give or take a few pennies.

Although Garden Grove Police spent nearly an hour

rummaging through Theresa's personal belongings, they

never found what they were looking for. She claims

that when Detective Reynolds called her up via

cellphone, he was mad; he accused her of stealing a

flashlight that had been dropped by a police officer

on the ground about three weeks ago. "This is a very

serious matter", Reynolds allegedly told Dang. He

demanded that she tell him where that flashlight was;

and if it was no longer in her possession, who had it?

All of this would be very funny if this were part of a

script for some comedy show on television. But the

truth is, this is reality. Did Garden Grove cops take

time out from their busy schedule of apprehending

murderers, rapists, bank robbers, and drunk drivers to

raid somebody's house and look for a flashlight? Yes.

They did. And it happened here in Westminster,

California. Yesterday. At 10-o-clock in the morning.

In one of the worst cases of political repression ever

seen by the author of this article, the Orange County

District Attorney's Office and Garden Grove Police

Department have jointly launched an unprecedented and

outrageous attack against a young Vietnamese woman

whose only real crime was to express her dissent with

the powers that be.

Theresa Dang was one of about 300 people from around

Southern California who showed up on May 25th to

demonstrate against Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist,

who appeared at the Garden Grove Woman's Civic Club

that night to speak at a monthly meeting of the

California Coalition for Immigration Reform, the group

responsible for putting the racist Proposition 187 on

the ballot back in 1994.

During the protest, Dang was thrown to the ground when

she and three other protesters (including Jim

Lafferty, Executive Director of the Los Angeles

Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild) were hit by a

minivan driven by Hal Netkin, a Van Nuys bigot who

operates several websites on the internet which bashes

Mexico and blames "illegal immigrants" from that

country for all of California's economic problems.

Although the Garden Grove Police on the scene did

initially arrest Netkin on charges of "assault with a

deadly weapon" (especially after repeated demands from

the mass of protesters who assembled that they take

immediate action), they declined to pursue this case

further after he was brought to the station. Netkin

was released from their custody early the next

morning, around 1:00 am.

Theresa was very troubled by this. She was bothered

that Netkin had been set free, while five protesters

arrested by Garden Grove Police that night were facing

criminal prosecution on serious felony charges.

Seeking justice, she, along with two other people,

co-authored and signed a letter that was personally

delivered to the District Attorney's Office on the

afternoon of Wednesday, June 1st. A press conference

was later held on the public sidewalk outside.

In that letter, District Attorney Rackauckas was asked

that: (1) All charges against the accused protesters

be dropped; 2) Criminal charges be filed against Hal

Netkin, and; 3) An independent investigation into

misconduct be brought against the Garden Grove Police

Department.

Since that time, Theresa has been outspoken in her

criticism of how the Garden Grove Police Department

conducted themselves on the night of May 25th. She's

been appearing quite regularly on KPFK and other mass

media. Her voice has even managed to be heard on the

infamous Fox News channel.

This has apparently struck a raw nerve deep with top

brass inside the Garden Grove Police Department. So in

a clear act of retaliation, they are seeking to punish

Dang by either fabricating or blowing out of

proportion some incredibly trivial thing she allegedly

did at the May 25th demonstration.

We are asking that people throughout the Southern

California area begin preparing for a mass

mobilization to defend Theresa Dang against this

incredibly vicious attack by the combined forces of

the Orange County District Attorney's Office and the

Garden Grove Police Department.

As of this moment, Theresa has retained the services

of a Los Angeles-based civil rights attorney and is

currently working with friends and family to form a

committee to defend herself from this completely

ridiculous and scurrilous charge.

Although additional actions are being planned, for now

we're asking that as many people as possible make

arrangements to pack the courtroom during her

arraignment at the West Justice Center, scheduled for

the morning of June 27, 2005 at 8:30 am. The address

is 8131 13th Street, Westminster.

To learn more about what you can do to help Theresa in

her fight, please keep an eye out for future messages

posted on this listserv or website; or feel free to

send a message to the author of this article at the

above email address.

REMEMBER: AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!

----------

Permission granted for reproduction in any non-profit

publication provided that credit is given to the

author of this work
Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 20 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Praise for GG Police and OC DA Hellfire USA Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 6:09 AM
More George Bush Fascism Fredric L. Rice Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 7:23 AM
Dear Freddy Hellfire USA Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 8:08 AM
Hellfire USA A Fly On The Wall Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 9:19 AM
Pretty Blatant Harrassment FUBAR Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 9:44 AM
slightly off-topic elle Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 9:17 PM
To Freddy and all civil rights activist Unbiased_Va Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 10:38 AM
Don't go near the Minutemen Karen B Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 3:24 PM
Don't even go there Elle! Elle is so stupid Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 3:26 PM
Anit-Communists Freedom or Death Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 7:10 PM
Yeah. I could tell. }:-} Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 10:40 AM
I was there me Saturday, Jun. 25, 2005 at 4:52 PM
Another liar bites the dust Duane J. Roberts Saturday, Jun. 25, 2005 at 6:57 PM
Another Liar (Dang) Bites The Dust Dang "Gringo" Sunday, Jun. 26, 2005 at 2:08 AM

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy