CORRAN LA VOZ: OXNARD 9/19/12: People’s Tribunal / Tribunal del Pueblo

– We invite the community to join us in reporting and testifying on police abuse or harassment. If you have been a victim, come and share your testimony (anonymously if you prefer).
– We will document incidents from the community to form an official tribunal declaration in order to expose the pattern of police abuse. and with the goal of forming a Community Police Review Board.
– There will be a “Know Your Rights” workshop. Come and inform yourself of your basic rights, on how to defend yourself when confronted by police, and how to submit an official complaint against abuse.

– Invitamos a la comunidad que reporte y dé testimonio sobre cualquier abuso u hostigamiento policiaco. Si usted fue víctima venga a compartir su testimonio (en forma anónima si así lo desea).
– Estaremos documentando incidentes de la comunidad para formar una declaración oficial del tribunal, y exponer el patrón de abuso policiaco, con la meta de crear un Comité Comunitario de Revisión Policiaca.
– También tendremos un taller “Conozca Sus Derechos”. Venga a informarse sobre sus derechos, cómo defenderse si es contactado por la policía, y como hacer una queja oficial para reportar casos de abuso.
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ALL VIDEOS: 9/11/12, COLONIA TO DOWNTOWN OXNARD: March for Justice Against Police Brutality // Marcha por Justicia Contra la Brutalidad Policial


9/11/12: Teresa D. Ramirez and Desiri Flores appeal to the Oxnard City Council and Oxnard Chief Jeri Williams to investigate and punish those police officers who beat and attacked Robert Ramirez after family friends called for medical help following a potentially lethal dosage of drugs. Instead of saving Robert, he died in their custody. Teresa provides details she learned personally from eye-witnesses to Robert’s brutal beating at the hands of Oxnard police.


9/11/12: Elliott Gabriel (Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective) speaks to the Oxnard City Council about its unwillingness to face up to the issues of police brutality, abuse, & mistreatment like that which led to the death of Robert Ramirez

Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo issued a symbolic “subpoena” to Oxnard Police Chief, Jeri Williams, to have her and the 7 unnamed officers who beat Robert Ramirez while he was handcuffed and in desperate need of medical attention, leading to his death. Those subpoenaed were ordered to appear before a people’s tribunal and face the community to be held accountable for their actions.

THE SUBPOENA:
https://www.oxnardpd.org/documents/peopletribunaldemand.pdf

Police Chief’s response letter:
https://www.oxnardpd.org/documents/responsetopeopletribunal.pdf

Notice how Police Chief Williams repeatedly asserts that she cannot comment on this matter because there is an open investigation yet she COMPLETELY COMMENTS ON THE SPECIFICS OF THE MATTER by stating, “…the evidence to date does not supports claims that Mr. Ramirez was beaten by officers. If such evidence exists, we need to be made aware of it.” She has the audacity to state this after hearing the victim’s mother tell her, point blank, a description of the first officer who started beating her son and how the rest joined in on the beating. Yet, Police Chief Williams claims that WE are the ones spreading false information. The TRUTH doesn’t lie.

Justice for Robert Ramirez!

9/15/12: [OXNARD, CA] Las autoridades en Los Ángeles [, Oxnard, y Anaheim] están bajo investigación por la reciente brutalidad policiaca en las comunidades y en las cárceles.
Astrid Solorzano nos cuenta cómo la comunidad reacciona a esta noticia.
Entrevista de Chuy Rocha (Colegio de Ventura), Verónica Flores, y Teresa D. Ramirez

http://www.hispantv.com/

Tuesday, 9/11/12 – Community March to the Oxnard City Council to Demand Justice for Robert Ramirez and all Victims of Police Brutality


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective
www.TodoPoderAlPueblo.org
Media Contact:
(805)328-4763
poder805@riseup.net

COMMUNITY MARCH TO THE OXNARD CITY COUNCIL TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ROBERT RAMIREZ AND ALL VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY

What: March Against Police Brutality
When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Where: Del Sol Park, Oxnard CA (Corner of Rose Ave & Camino del Sol)

We will gather at Camino del Sol Park before marching through the Colonia neighborhood to the Oxnard City Council Meeting downtown. We will demand justice for the brutal death of Robert Ramirez, who died in the custody of the Oxnard Police. We will also demand that the police budget be compared to the budget for community services such as youth programs, parks/recreation, and public transportation. The gang injunctions and similar military-style attacks on our neighborhoods must also be re-evaluated.


Bereaved Family Displays Son’s Photo Indicating that Brutal Beating Played Role in Son’s Death, City of Oxnard and Police Covering-Up Foul Play

CONTEXT: Robert Ramirez’s Death in Custody of Oxnard Police Department
Raises Question of Brutal Practices http://bit.ly/N2n7RV
HOJA de DATOS/Fact Sheet: https://todopoderalpueblo.org/2012/08/21/fact-sheethoja-de-datos-robert-ramirez/

The City of Oxnard’s corruption has been publicly, humiliatingly exposed on the statewide and national levels time and again from 2011-2012. The people are now demanding that it must be held accountable for the Oxnard Police Department’s brutal practices in our neighborhoods which have culminated in the tragic death of Robert Ramirez, aged 26. Past attempts to place police brutality on the agenda of the Community Relations Commission (CRC) have been met with concerted obstruction on the part of the City, thus we will take our demands to the City Council.

The people of Oxnard will no longer be shoved around. Community organizations such as the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective have pledged to continue organizing actions to expose the ongoing patterns of police brutality such as that which claimed young Ramirez’s life.

CONTEXT: 8/22/12 – “Small city with big problems”: Oxnard Residents March to Community Relations Commission, Police Department to Demand End to Brutality – Bereaved Mother Displays Son’s Photo Indicating that Brutal Beating Played Role in Son’s Death, City of Oxnard and Police Covering-Up Foul Play http://tinyurl.com/OxnardBrutality

OUR DEMANDS:

• HANDS OFF OUR YOUTH: No more beatings, profiling, or harassment!
• Crooks and killers must step down and be held accountable to the people of Oxnard
• Compare police budget to social services budget. We need money for services (parks and recreation, public transportation, youth programs), not the militarization of our community!
• Re-Evaluate the Gang Injunction and mandatory 30-day impound of unlicensed motorists’ cars
• Put Police Misconduct and Brutality on the City Council Agenda
• Establish a fully independent Community Police Complaint Review Board with the power to take strong action to address these problems

VIDEO:
1) 8/20/12 People’s Assembly @ Oxnard Community Relations Commission: http://youtu.be/gFU-p1g_UKM
2) HispanTV, 8/20/12: HispanTV: Oxnard protesta contra la brutalidad policial / Ciudad pequeña, Pueblo Grande Que Resiste http://youtu.be/tSHfGVjRiS0