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Cop Watch Los Angeles Victory Statement

by .. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at 10:13 PM

Cop Watch Los Angeles Victory Statement November 16, 2006 William Cardenas was released on November 15th, 2006

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November 16, 2006

William Cardenas was released on November 15th, 2006

Cop Watch Los Angeles is a community organization that is based within

oppressed communities, and is fighting police brutality and police

terrorism on all fronts.

We feel that it was a victory on our part, for the family of William

Cardenas, and for this movement that has begun to grow when William’s

felony charges were dropped. The police and their courts were forced

to back off. If it wasn’t for the organizations, and organizations

like Cop Watch Los Angeles, that stood behind the family and this

case, and revolutionary lawyers like Kwaku Duren (who defended William

pro-bono, and is still fighting to win him justice), that put pressure

on the mainstream media and courts by putting out the video for the

world to see; they would have brushed this brutality under the rug and

William Cardenas will still be in jail today. We forced the system

and the institution of the LAPD to take a step back and be on the

defensive, now all eyes are on the LAPD.

We want to let the world know that this is the beginning of a

revolutionary movement. Part of our mission and goals are to support

family members that have been victims of police brutality and police

murder, as the William Cardenas family. We’re also organizing in our

own communities, and we’re made up of oppressed people who are

targeted by the injustice system on a daily basis, through racial

profiling, economic exploitation, the prison industrial complex, and

overall neo-colonial conditions. We organize to defend our

communities and take direct action by patrolling the police when

they’re carrying out their business as usual (harassing, detaining,

rounding us up), which is our legal right to do. We want to create

the culture and the conditions where people are stepping up and

fighting for their own self-determination. Cop Watch is one tactic in

an overall movement. Cop Watch uses different tactics as an organized

group in communities to implement

short-term, mid-term, and long-term solutions to problems that face our

communities, like police brutality.

We don’t want to make the decisions for neighborhoods, we want

neighborhoods to make decisions for themselves, and organize

themselves. We provide the training, the resources and the support in

the self-organization of oppressed communities. In order words we’re

a different type of organization, and a different type of democracy.

This victory would have never happened under Citizens’ Review Boards,

or by the police conducting their own investigation. This victory

happened through grassroots organizations like Cop Watch Los Angeles,

but this is one victory in an overall fight. William Cardenas was

released but the police who beat him, Patrick Farrell and Alexander

Schlege have not been prosecuted for their crimes. Our demand is that

they get fired and all other cops who brutalize us and kill us are

fired immediately. William Bratton who is also responsible and should

be fired, we’re taking matters into our own hands now.

Thanks to this case other cases have been able to surface as well.

There is the case in Venice where a homeless man was pepper sprayed

inside a police car, and an Iranian student who was tasered at UCLA

inside the library by UCPD. There are families who are still fighting

to win justice for lost loved ones who were killed by the police and

sheriffs, like Gonzalo Martinez, Devin Brown, Deandre Brunston, Suzie

Lopes Pena, Javier Quezada, and countless others in Los Angeles.

Cop Watch L.A. and oppressed communities in Los Angeles are not taking

it anymore. We want justice and we want freedom now, we’re not


All power to the people and our oppressed communities!

Members of Cop Watch L.A.

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