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(en) USA: Cop Watch LA Report on the South Central Farm

Date Wed, 24 May 2006 14:27:19 +0200 (CEST)

View the story here on Indy Media with photos from the vigil (police
involvement) and the video of the police helicopter from the benefit
concert: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/05/159540.php
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Cop Watch LA Report on the South Central Farm: Police intimidate the
community and Prepare to Attack
Tuesday May 16th, 2006
Cop Watch Los Angeles, was present at a vigil, organized by the Friends of
the South Central Farm, at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?s house. There were
50 people protesting, and holding up signs, chanting, and drumming. The
Los Angeles Police Department also had a presence. They harassed and
ticketed people who drove by and honked in support of the protesters.
Their excuse for honking people who honked was that, any noise that was
considered undesirable (meaning that anything that was above the current
noise level) was considered illegal or unlawful. They used this to also
attack the protestors who were drumming and chanting. They said they
would detain everyone who was playing the drums (if we didn?t identify a
leader). They were going to take down everyone?s information there (name,
address, etc). At this point an individual chose to identify himself as
the leader (for the purpose of diffusing the police harassment). Cop Watch
took down the police contact information as well (name and badge number)
and we maintained a presence at the vigil as long as the police did as

Friday May 19th, 2006

The South Central Farmers were having a benefit concert at the farm with
guests Tom Morello, Aztlan Underground, Quetzal, Union 13, Sol de Centro
and others. Cop Watch LA received an emergency call from the a friend of
the farm (Code Red Alert), and told us that there were over 4 cop cars
patrolling the farm and that police had allowed themselves to enter the
farm (under orders of their ?superiors? a.k.a. the Sheriff?s department).
Members of Cop Watch LA showed up with cameras and took down reports from
the organizers of the event. When we first got there we saw the presence
of the police around the farm. Talking to some of the organizers of the
SCF, they told us that the police had mentioned that they would have a
permanent presence at the farm. The LAPD spoke to one of the organizers
asking questions about the organizations who are involved in the support
of the farm, their level of militancy, and also asked about their plans
for civil disobedience. At one point a police helicopter circled the
farm, shinning their light on the concert, circled a couple of times and
left. The police are overtly trying to intimidate the community and
supporters of the South Central Farm, as they prepare to attempt to oust
the farmers. They?re also trying to assess the amount of support they
have and from whom. So they can strategize for the groups that are going
to defend the farm.

Cop Watch Los Angeles supports the South Central Farm and will be there to
observe and document the law enforcement?s role and attacks on the farmers
and their supporters. Cop Watch LA also provides security for the people.

If you wish to get involved contact Cop Watch Los Angeles at:

(562) 252-8501

COPWATCH Los Angeles is a program committed to the struggle that will end
police brutality through observing and monitoring the pigs, offer support
for those caught in the criminal (in)justice system, fight for the change
without reformist consciousness, and ultimately work side-by-side with
liberated communities to create revolutionary alternatives to policing,
prisons, and systems of domination, oppression and exploitation.

Our Goals:
- Form neighborhood patrols within communities we live in
- Offer support to those people and their families harassed, brutalized
and/or murdered by law enforcement agencies
- Share resources, training and support with communities interested in
creating a COPWATCH program
- Organize educational events, start a newsletter and develop intelligence
through research and study groups
- Participate in the process of building autonomy, self-determination, and
the self-organization of our many communities.

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