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(en) US, Phoenix, AZ: October 22 Day Against Police Brutality

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Date Tue, 9 Nov 2004 15:17:31 +0100 (CET)

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Roughly 45 people attended Phoenix's sixth annual march and
protest against police brutality held on Friday, October 22 2004.
Those gathered, came from both collectives of the Phoenix
Anarchist Coalition (the Anti-Power Society from the west valley
and the Monsoon Anarchist Collective from the east valley), the
Women in Black, and a couple dozen other folks who are just sick
of police brutality, met at Patriot's Square Park in downtown
Phoenix. A contingent from the police monitoring group Phoenix
Copwatch was also present to videotape and document any police
brutality or abuse at the demonstration.

The march left Patriot's Square Park shortly after 5:30 and headed
straight to the Phoenix Police Department's main station, just
down the street from the Park. The police presence was very light,
four red squad cops (Police who spy on radical groups under the
guise of acting as public relations for the department), two cops
on bikes, a couple of cops sitting in unmarked cars across the
street from the park, a police van that kept cruising by the march,
and a helicopter briefly hovered over the park. Once the march
arrived, the department's front doors were guarded from the inside
by a cop and, to discourage anyone from entering, 20 gang task
force officers were standing ready in the parking lot across the
street from the station next to a row of unmarked cars. The
Phoenix cops used this same tactic last year, placing heavily
armed cops across the street from the police station and using a
few bicycle cops, but keeping most of the bike cops out of the
sight of the demonstration and just a few blocks away at all times.
Demonstrators called the police out on the killings and brutality in
Phoenix, the harassment and repression of anarchists and radicals
in Phoenix, and one demonstrator mentioned the 21 year old
woman who was murdered by a police officer in Boston after a
Red Sox game that week. A couple of marchers overheard one
police officer saying "Yeah, there's a bunch of little terrorists out
here," as he was exiting the station, word of the insult moved
among marchers.

The march then left the Police station to move to the Madison
Street Jail, passing by the crowd of police in the parking lot first,
demonstrators chanted "police are the terrorists" and "cops are bin
Laden" while flipping off the gang task force thugs, who could
only stand by watching as they were mocked and insulted.

It was important for the protest to end at the Madison Street Jail, a
site that is notorious for it's master, Maricopa county sheriff Joe
Arpaio, who took jailing and policing in Arizona to new level of
scandal and horror. Most recently, inmates at the Durango jail
went on hunger strike due to the conditions in the jails, conditions
that have led to the Maricopa Count Sheriff's Office receiving
warning from the US Dept of Justice and from Amnesty
International. The demonstration halted at the steps to the
Madison Jail where a handful of sheriff deputies stood keeping
watch, the deputies and the jail were quickly denounced by the
crowd. Protesters screamed "F*ck sheriff Joe" in unison, along
with pro-inmate slogans knowing that the inmates inside would
be able to hear the chants inside the jail. The anti-police brutality
day ended back at the park where signs and banners were held in
front of passing traffic.

The ghetto bird watching the park before the march

Phoenix PD's finest enjoying overtime

Arriving at the Jail

"Inmates rights are human rights!

After the march, back at the park

Link: http://www.phoenixcopwatch.org/
Source: http://www.phoenixanarchist.org/
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