Beware of Officer Carrasco (badge 1341)

Unsurprisingly, Officer Carrasco (badge 1341), the officer who tried to push Bo Frierson from his wheelchair and into the street, has a history of assault. (video and interview with Bo here: http://sfbayview.com/2015/01/community-protector-bo-frierson-tipped-from-wheelchair-for-protesting-sfpds-assault-on-his-cousin)

A copwatcher alerted us to a video that shows the aftermath of a previous assault by Officer Carrasco, and Officer S. Uang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcW-ehtCEiM According to the witness, the officers had been pulling one of the women’s hair. The video shows two young women handcuffed and one is visibly upset and roughed up. The officers also harass bystanders and witnesses, which is what Carrasco was doing to Bo – he was trying to intervene when they assaulted his cousin, only to be assaulted himself.

An officer is currently under investigation by Internal Affairs and the Office of Citizen Complaints (whatever that means) and we assume that officer is Carrasco, though it is unconfirmed. What we do know though that he’s still on duty.

Cops put a hood over woman’s head and bind her ankles and wrists. Two more shine flashlights in cop watcher’s camera to obstruct recording.

A copwatcher shared this report with us back in November. Apologies for the delay, and we’re still working on getting the footage…

this happened around 2am this morning on Folsom between 20 and 21st in the street.  I am looking into how to file a complaint with the OCC.  it looks like going in is the way to go.

woman was screaming outside for too long.  jumped out of bed to make sure they were ok.  didn’t even put on shoes.  stepped outside and just went in my pjs down the block toward the screams.  saw squad cars.  darted down the street directly to them.  two men walking by mocking the woman’s screams.  not even showing concern (what is wrong with people?)  scared faces of my neighbors in doorways.  saw the small bodied person with a bag on her head being held down to the hood of a cop car by 3 police officers.  screaming.  another officer to each side.  5 cops.  ran back home, threw on sweatshirt and slippers.  grabbed phone because camera.  ran back.  started filming.  I crossed the street.  by now the three cops had her pinned to the ground, with two others there.  the woman on the ground was screaming.  hands cuffed behind her back, face to the pavement.  bag over her head.  said her calves were burning, asking them to get their hands off her head.  she was screaming.  I got closer, stayed on the sidewalk. they are in the street.  cops asked me what I was doing.  I told them I lived there and heard screaming and feared for this person’s safety.  so I’m filming.  they shined flashlights into my face and camera the whole time.  this is a tactic to keep us from filming them.  it’s also blinding and scary.  but not as scary for the person being pinned down.  I was able to audio tape the whole thing.  the image is mostly the flashlights.  I also got the numbers of all three squad cars and the one van.  the flashlight beams so bright…  headache.  the woman was taken into a police van that pulled up while I was filming.  that’s when I saw that her ankles were also tightly bound.  I’m so glad she wasn’t hurt or killed.  I got some information on the footage that this woman might find helpful.  I came home.

I don’t know what I’m doing.

I do know this.

when I hear someone screaming, I’m going to see what’s up.  and not a nosey neighbor way.  in an I care about humans way.  and no I’m not going to call the police.  I’m going to film them.

SFPD officer points gun at kids for wearing masks at Giants Parade

Big thanks to the person who passed this on while we were selling Copwatch t-shirts at 16th and Mission BART last week.

During the parade after the Giants World Series victory, a group of kids were celebrating by wearing masks and watching the parade. This racist cop forced them on the ground and drew his gun on them. Not sure what happened next so if anyone has any information we’d appreciate it.

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Anti – Eviction Mapping Project’s MURDER MAP of POLICE KILLINGS

Do check out the amazing work done by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. They’ve created an interactive map of police killings in San Francisco, from 1985-2014. Complete with information about victims and the racial breakdown of the killings  which are unsurprising but nevertheless disturbing:

71% of known victims were people of color.

41% of known victims were Black, despite making up only 6% of San Francisco’s population in 2013.

http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/murdermap.html

ANOTHER POLICE KILLING, SAME OLD LIES

On October 7, another young man of color was killed by San Francisco police. The police account of what happened is contradictory and not credible. Yet the media obligingly reports the police account and allows them to frame the story. They ask none of the obvious questions, and ignore the shifting accounts offered by police.

The police narrative on the killing of O’Shaine Evans is typical of the way cops have justified countless other police murders. It has become the standard police account justifying the epidemic of police killings that occur in this country. Marianne Moore, a member of the Evans family put it: “In light of all the police brutality and the blatant lies that have happened in recent times where the police have given a different narrative than what surveillance and what other eye witnesses have shown,” she said, “it causes us grave concern and makes us really question the police narrative and what they want us to believe.”

Following are examples of the “explanation” of the fatal shooting of O’Shaine Evans, in what has become the standard police narrative in defense of police killings.

  1. The police claim the suspect pointed a gun at them or attacked them. This is the most typical claim by cops attempting to justify a killing. And yet, so many times, this claim has been contradicted by eye witnesses, by coroner’s accounts, by videotapes of the crime scene. In Evan’s case, the accounts provided by police chief Suhr are not only suspect, but contradictory. In the original police version of the incident, (as reported by ABC news on Oct 8) police Chief Greg Surh, claims that the suspect had “produced a gun”. In other reports, police claimed they saw a gun on his lap and that Evans refused to hand it over. No mention was initially made of Evans pointing a gun at the officer. But by the town hall meeting that was called two days, later, the story had changed – O’Shaine supposedly pointed his gun at the officer who approached him and identified himself as police. The accounts are contradictory on several other facts as well. We have to ask, how credible is it that a person would point a gun at a police officer during an interaction with one?
  2. The police claim they had no option other than to shoot to kill in order to protect themselves and others in the line of duty. In this case, Police Chief talks of the officer “being forced to fire seven times into the car”…“In defense of himself and others, the officer was forced to discharge his gun.” In so many fatal shootings by police, the police say that they fear for their lives. But time and time again, it is revealed that suspects have their hands in the air or are fleeing the police.
  3. The victim is presented as a criminal, his reputation is smeared, thereby implicitly “justifying” the police killing. The media reports that the police killed a “suspect” and dug up whatever they could on O’Shaine Evans in an obvious attempt to smear his reputation. Police tell the media (and the media unquestioningly reports) that “Evans (a 26-year-old man) had a juvenile history that police did not disclose.” Given the way Black and Brown communities are so heavily policed, it’s difficult for a young Black man to reach adulthood without some kind of record. More importantly, what does a dead victim’s record have to do with anything?
  4. The family of the victim is disrespected and their involvement is avoided. In this case, family members were not informed of the town hall meeting where police “explained” the incident, and O’Shaine’s mother was initially not allowed to see her son’s body.
  5. The autopsy reports are withheld. It often takes months before autopsy reports are disclosed, and they frequently prove that the cop’s versions were lies. (In the most recent example here in the Mission, autopsy reports of   Alex Nieto following prove the police were lying when they claimed Nieto aimed a weapon at them before they riddled his body with bullets).
  6. A weapon supposedly belonging to the suspect is supposedly found at the scene of the crime. Remember the “gun” that Kenneth Harding “waved at the police” turned out to actually be his cell phone?
  7. Surveillance video, which may show what actually happened is not released. A striking example of this (among many) is the recent release of footage that contradicts police reports of the killing of John Crawford in Ohio, just four days before Micheal Brown. It was withheld until after a jury declined to indict the police officer. We are still hoping that surveillance footage from the night of O’Shaine’s death emerges.

  

The family of O’Shaine Evans is holding a service for him on October 22nd. Please come and show your support.

https://www.facebook.com/events/712040935546962/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

OCTOBER 22 is NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

This Wednesday is the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality. It also happens to be O’Shaine Evans’ Homecoming Celebration and marks the 7 month anniversary of Alex Nieto’s brutal killing by SFPD (10/21).

Come out to support O’Shaine’s family by attending his Homecoming Celebration, 2pm in Oakland, one block from Mac Arthur BART.

Details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/712040935546962/?ref=4

Join Alex Nieto’s family and friends at the SF Police Commission meeting, 6pm in SF at Balboa HIgh School.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/378407538984854/

Copwatcher witnesses man being harassed by Cops for no Reason – Video Included

We received the following video from a fellow Copwatcher. This Copwatcher witnessed a black man get harassed and frisked down by the cops. This man was continuously harassed and questioned by the cops, as you can see from the video, for well over 10 minutes before they let him go.

The Copwatcher recounts:

“Saw two police officers searching a black man on the southwest corner of Mission & 16th. I stopped about 15 feet away and recorded the encounter. A few minutes in, one shook his head at the other and pointed towards me. After a few more minutes listlessly searching this man, they left and let him go. One cop, the one wearing sunglasses started walking towards me so I stopped recording and put my phone away so they couldn’t break it. Sunglasses cop then said “got nothing better to do?” To which I said “nope” and started walking back to the BART to go home. The sunglasses cop then followed me across the street while pulling out a camera and recording me across the crosswalk but I was then able to enter the BART station without incident.

I did not see their car, it seemed that if they had one, they had parked it at least a block away. I did not get their badge numbers or names because I didn’t want to face additional scrutiny afterwards. However, I thought that it was quite possible that one or both of these officers had been involved with other incidents and that this video might be useful to you.”

We thank this Copwatcher for sending us this video!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4b184gq2PEdMHpYemQzai1MaW8/edit