August 17th, 2014

Here’s how to Make a Public Records Request for Ferguson Investigation 120

By Charlie Grapski

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In my last story here I put out a call for PINAC readers to join with the Open Records Project in a “global” Public Records Request – a request being made by as many concerned citizens as we can enlist in this cause.

The reason for this tactic – is to force the City and Police in Ferguson to fully and faithfully COMPLY with the Public Records Law and thus to not only RESPECT THE LAW, as one should expect of a law enforcement agency, but to also RESPECT THE PUBLIC and OUR RIGHTS.

Here is the first proposed “Global” PINAC Public Records Request.

CLICK HERE TO FILE THE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

UPDATE: Interview Regarding the Request and the Records Obtained

If you go to that page – and follow the instructions to “sign” – it will bring you to a page with the TEXT of the request on it.  All you have to do is CUT & PASTE that request into an email – and use the provided EMAIL ADDRESSES to send it:

Lt. Jeff Burk – JBurk@stlouisco.com 
And CC it to me at charliegrapski@pinac.org.

August 17th, 2014

North Carolina Cops Assault Videographer After Arresting Man For Cursing in the Street 76

By Andrew Meyer


In a video post titled “This ain’t the first time,” Greensboro, North Carolina resident Devin Scales was recording the aftermath of an arrest when two officers showed up. One of the arriving officers immediately grabbed Scales’ camera, ending the recording.

Scales had just witnessed an arrest similar to Michael Brown’s, where the man being arrested was being confronted simply for walking down the street.

August 16th, 2014

Its Time to Act Strategically Against Police Abuses/Militarization 51

By Charlie Grapski
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Police violence affects all of us regardless of color. (Photo by Sid Hastings/Associated Press)

CLICK HERE TO FILE THE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

In recent months, particularly after the graphic video of Albuquerque police – in a military style assault – shot and killed James Boyd for unlawful camping, the national media in the US has been picking up on the overlapping stories of police brutality and misuse of force, police militarization, and the inability/refusal of our system to hold police to account under the same laws they are allegedly enforcing.  So – at the end of this brief comment on the national breadth and depth of this issue – I am putting out a call for those who read here to join me in an effort to try and DO something about the issues with which we are concerned.

Now that the mainstream media’s ear has been attuned to this issue – we are seeing more and more stories of such abuses of force and authority revealed as they are reported upon.  But the issue is not new nor is it isolated to these particular instances.  It is a long-standing, exponentially growing problem of national scope and significance.  The police culture has changed – to where they in fact view citizens as “an enemy” among whom they patrol.  Shoot to kill is not an accident – it has become normalized WITHIN the structure of authority – or “the system.”

It still does not fit with the theory or the rhetoric of how we expect our laws to operate.  But the fact is the militarization of police across the nation is a fait accompli that has been building to this point since the “tough on crime” political rhetoric of national politicians in the late 1960s.  It was never about policing – it was always about power.

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