Archive | August, 2010

Suspects charged in Fort Collins riot

31 Aug

Seven more people have been cited for their involvement in the Aug. 22 melee in Old Town Fort Collins that caused $12,000 in property damage.  [scroll down for the original story]

The total number of suspects cited is now at fourteen, said Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis.

[Most of the charges are misdemeanors: participating in a riot, resisting arrest, obstructing police, and disobeying orders under riot conditions.]

Police are working to identify other potential participants in the riot, Davis said.


Shoplifters assault vigilante Walmart employee

31 Aug

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying two men involved in an attack last Friday on a Walmart store employee.

The attack took place at the Walmart at 13240 W. Coalmine Ave. when three shoplifters left the garden center pushing a shopping cart containing stolen merchandise, according to Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The Walmart employee attempted to stop the trio when the merchandise in the cart triggered an alarm as they left through a store exit.

One of the men hit the employee in the head, knocking him face-first into the shopping cart and onto the ground, said Techmeyer. The employee was seriously injured.

Bank robberies

31 Aug

Downtown Denver:

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of the West at 621 17th St. in Denver today at 12:20 p.m., according to an FBI news release.

A man walked into the bank with a note demanding money.

Wheat Ridge:

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank branch at Applewood Village in Wheat Ridge this afternoon.

The man slipped a note demanding money to teller just after 2 p.m. at the bank at 12601 W. 32nd Ave., according to the FBI.

Saturday in the streets: vengeance on the police

25 Aug

This Saturday there will be a march against the police in Denver.  We are not posting the organizers’ rhetoric in full because we find it deflating.  We are not interested in “taking a tour,” but we intend to use this opportunity to take a little bit of our vengeance.

The very existence of the police is violence.  Our very existence is revolt.

Saturday we will be in the streets.  If this march ends up good for nothing more than social activity (don’t get us wrong, talking to people and passing out prop against the police is all well and good), let us arrange another time to get anti-social.

Either way we expect to see you there, and on your baddest behavior…

Where: Gather at 20th and Little Raven

When: Saturday August 28, 2010 @ 2:00pm, Step off @ 2:30pm

Bring your… rage

Times and Places: On Consequence

25 Aug

an addition:

“from the author” or whatever

Just because Perea resigned or the officers are on paid leave doesn’t change a thing. They are attempting to minimalize the systemic problems with police and prison systems by falling on swords and absorbing accountablility. I can only hope the public understands that and dodges the press’s attitude that this is some kind of “fresh start.” More abuse will come and more injustice will demand action.

See you in the streets this Saturday

by anonymous for Colorado Indymedia

August 20th, 2010 – Denver, CO

…they abuse us all and they aren’t going to read the picket signs and start changing their minds.

The police in Denver are rabid. Folks are saying the cops and the city are “circling their wagons” after multiple high-profile brutality incidents were caught on video. By the actions of the Denver Sheriff’s Department and Denver Safety Manager Ron Perea, it would be hard to say those folks are wrong. At the new detention center, fully equipped with state of the art surveillance, a small but lively 54 year old black houseless street preacher brought in on a minor drug charge is beaten, choked out, and tased before succumbing to death over a pair of shoes; the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney do everything they can to suppress the release of the video in the name of a “pending investigation.” His killers, five guards, continue to work in the facility despite a Denver Corner ruling of homicide this week. More rallies are planned.

Meanwhile, the video from a beating in April 2009 surfaces. Michael DeHerrera calls his father, a Pueblo police officer, in a panic while Denver Police arrest a friend of his outside a LoDo nightclub. According to the father, the cops began to beat DeHerrera because they thought he was recording the arrest. Footage taken from a police security camera suspiciously pans away from the beating shortly after it starts, and an internal investigation let the officers off. Amid a public outcry for Safety Manager Ron Perea to step down after the ruling, he is standing by his decision although the police department is reopening the investigation.

Another man, Mark Ashford, comes forward amidst these stories alleging he was beaten by Denver cops, too. While walking his dogs last March, he assures a motorist stopped by police for running a stop sign that he will testify in court that the man obeyed the traffic law. The police confront him, apparently upset over Ashford’s support of the motorist as well as Ashford using his phone to take pictures, and wrestled him to the ground, throwing punches along the way. Ashford was hospitalized with a concussion and cuts on his face.

Within the last month and a half, local sentiment has turned against the police. A rally organized by the Denver Anarchist Black Cross in solidarity with those revolting over the Oscar Grant verdict in Oakland last month was reportedly met with “honks, raised fists, cheers, and cries of support were constant. Folks that were waiting for the bus at the nearby RTD bus shelter motioned for the demonstration to come to the bus shelter. Cries of “fuck the police” echoed from the folks gathered at the bus shelter, as they swelled the ranks of the protest.” Radical propaganda is spotted in LoDo and Highlands, some if it already deteriorating from people attempting to tear it down, it’s pasted on walls and dumpsters with slogans against the police. Even the local corporate media seems to be dogpiling atop the stories, smelling blood in an election year. The journalists seem to be asking honest questions at the vigils and rallies, following up on older stories and tying tales of brutality together, painting a portrait of a poisonous tree instead of a few bad apples. People ask “wasn’t the [outcome of] the Emily Rice case supposed to fix this?” referring to the landmark case in which a woman died of internal injuries after her calls for assistance went ignored in the old Denver detention facility. Famously, the police “lost” that tape, prompting concerned people converging upon the Marvin Booker case to wonder if the department was going to continue its long-standing policy of covering up its mistakes.

The police did not learn from the Emily Rice case. No lawsuit pay-out or amount of bad publicity is going to stop this rampage against the public. This an abusive relationship the citizens of Denver have with the Denver Police, and the only thing that stops the abusive behavior pattern is palpable and firm consequence. Firing the murderers of Marvin Booker isn’t enough, more academy rejects from the DPD will step in to take their place. Imagine if a citizen was suspected of being responsible for the death of a police officer, would they be eligible to return to work the next day? Or would they be held without bail indefinitely until the conclusion of the trial? This double-standard, this act of the State protecting the frothing, bloodthirsty dogs it sics on the public without a second thought, contributes to the growing trend of turning the public into just another complex form of livestock. Keep the line moving or get the prod.

In Oakland, CA, the public went wild when the police murdered Oscar Grant, causing the city, in an appeal for calm, to arrest the offending officer. In Greece, the popular insurrection sparked by the murder of a 15 year old in a radical neighborhood continues to help destabilize a country in the throes of the ugly side of capitalism. Plenty of other examples can be found all over the world where the people fight back, take a stand against the State and its violence, and refuse to take this shit by setting a real precedent for resistance. These smatterings of rage provide a fiery consequence to police violence, helping blaze a path to where the policemen draw their weapons nervously out of fear of what sort of hellish storm could be brought down should they go too far or even do their “job” in a less-than-invisible fashion. A world where there is no machismo-caused “collateral damage” like 7 year old Aiyana Jones in Detroit, slain by pigs in a raid on the wrong house.

But those that seek to manage this anger, channel it politically or attempt to minimize the possibility of damage to the police and State tell folks that “there is a time and a place” for that kind of rage, that yearning for some real action. Well, Denver has a dismissed and paid for negligent homicide, there are two investigations into brutality caught on camera, and a secretive investigation into the death of Marvin Booker. The cops don’t show any signs of letting up, despite the system attempting to clean itself. The public is powerless, the police protect themselves and each other, and people are beginning to realize this. The fight isn’t in the courts, where consequences can be neutered and the public’s anger defused, it’s in the streets. This isn’t about what color you are, where you come from, your sexuality or politics. “This is about being a human being.” They abuse us all and they aren’t going to read the picket signs and start changing their minds.

Denver, isn’t now starting to look like “that time”? Isn’t this city starting to look like “that place”? Where you at?

First-ever escape from Sterling prison, FBI in ongoing manhunt

25 Aug

Update: The escapist was caught after several days on the run.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the manhunt for Douglas James Alward, the first inmate to escape from the Sterling Correctional Facility in its 11-year history.

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400 riot in Fort Collins, burning and looting

25 Aug

til it breaks notes:

A longer media story and videos of the riot can be found here.

Apparently rioters were heard to shout “fuck the police” and generally deny the authority of the cops as the riot unfolded, at least until the cops and SWAT team deployed enough tear gas and other weapons to disperse them.

Arrests have been made in the wake of the riot as police reviewed video footage and issued warrants.  No matter how drunk you are during a riot, always remember to always cover your face!

FORT COLLINS — Five people have been cited for disorderly conduct and Fort Collins and Colorado State University police are reviewing videotapes to see whether they can identify others who spurred a riot that rolled through Old Town early Sunday morning.

So far, no students have been linked to the brawl, and officials are insisting that this won’t turn out to be another riot-plagued start to the school year.

Police used tear gas and pepper-spray balls to break up a crowd of 400 people near the intersection of North College and Mountain avenues after the Earth, Wind & Fire concert Saturday night at the annual Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest ended, said police spokeswoman Rita Davis.

It apparently all started after two men were ejected from a downtown bar. Several fights ensued.

Rioters began throwing beer bottles, patio furniture and other objects at police while damaging cars, stealing items from vendor tents and setting trash cans on fire, Davis said.

Some were injured in the fighting, including two men who went through the window of the Santa Fe Craftsman shop at 118 N. College Ave. They were taken to the hospital by ambulance before police could identify them, Davis said.

At least one vendor tent was burned in the rioting.

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