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Coverage of arrest of Riverside CopWatcher

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We brought you this story just after the verdict was handed down. Now the press is starting to pick it up. Here's the link from the IE Weekly.

http://ieweekly.com/2012/11/news-stories-2/news-stories/collateral-damage/

Collateral Damage

By Tommy A. Purvis

Posted November 29, 2012 in News

Photo courtesy of Cop Watch
An activist who documents instances of police misconduct has her own horror story to tell

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Pasadena police beat and arrest Vicente Fox protesters

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This happened in Pasadena, but a lot of us were there, and one of our IE comrades was arrested. I'll try to compile some of the news reports, like usual:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/occupy-protesters-arrested...

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/breakingnews/ci_21998430/police-arrest-s...

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Murrieta jury convicts copwatcher for observing downtown Riverside checkpoint

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This is a tragic update on a case we documented here back in May. It was one of CopWatch IE's first observation missions, of a downtown police checkpoint. It was also one of the first incidents of repression directed directly at Copwatchers for engaging in their constitutionally-protected right to observe and document police operations in public.

Here is a link to the original story, as reported on Los Angeles indymedia:

http://la.indymedia.org/news/2012/05/253374.php

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Scandalous stop in Fontana results in beating, deportation

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OK, this is a little bit complex. The press is reporting that an "unruly" crowd "interfered" with the interrogation and arrest of this man, and that he was suspected of DUI (at least according to the Daily Bull, although the P-E makes no mention of that).

What the community is telling us is that the guy was racially profiled and stopped for suspicion of not having a license. The people who crowded around, they say, were family members and neighbors who were protesting the injustice.

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