Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vallejo Police Officer who murdered Mario Romero has been identified

2012-09-30 "OFFICER INVOLVED IN RECENT POLICE FATALITY IDENTIFIED" press release from "Justice for Mario Romero and Joseph Johnson Movement":
Vallejo, CA –
 Officer involved in Romero death had a long history of unlawful and abusive behavior.
 On September 2, 2012, Mario Romero was approached and gunned down while sitting in his parked car in front of his home by a Vallejo Police Officer, identified by multiple witnesses as Officer Dustin B. Joseph (age 32).
 Public and Court Records indicate a series of multiple complaints that detail a history of unlawful abusive and questionable, to say the least, behavior of Officer Dustin Joseph.
 Reports detail claims, that Vallejo Officer Dustin Joseph, and another officer, physically assaulted Anthony Trapps in Kaiser Hospital Vallejo. Trapps said he was angry, that his son had been Tased multiple times during an alleged break up of a fight at Vallejo High School. Mr. Trapps felt Officer Joseph used excessive force with a disregard for the life of his minor son, in light of a recent Taser Related Death involving Vallejo Police Department.
 Trapps admitted to cursing at the officer out of frustration when Officer Joseph refused him access to his son, preventing Mr. Trapps ability to ensure the wellbeing of his hospitalized son. Trapps had no idea what would follow... when he turned around to exit the hospital, Trapps was attacked from behind, beaten, and then arrested.
 Another report states Officer Dustin Joseph deployed his pepper spray recklessly on a group of students, as well as other adults with their small children, while eating at a Jack in the Box restaurant. Officer Dustin Joseph unloaded the entire contents of his canister, an Action most people believe is reserved for extreme situations. The report describes the Restaurant having to be evacuated. Vallejo Fire Department 911 Emergency Services were summoned for immediate use of their industrial blowers to restore safety and financial Productivity .
 In another report, Officer Dustin Joseph is accused of an unlawful search and arrest of a Female Minor, where a subsequent or secondary search interestingly produced 13 Ecstasy Pills. Officer Dustin Joseph claimed the minor “told” him she planned to sell the drugs. In another similar report, a complaint of inappropriate physical contact filed at Vallejo High School on behalf of a female minor attending Vallejo High school in the 2008-2009 school year claims Officer Dustin Joseph (a male Officer) performed a physical body search on the female minor. The minor stated she asked Officer Joseph not to touch her. The minor said that the Officer immediately grabbed her arm twisted the arm turning her around placed her in handcuffs that cut into her skin, then moved his hands all over her body smiling and laughing. He then placed her in his patrol car. The minor was not charged with any crime, she dropped out of High School fearful of Officer Dustin Joseph. She stated “He is a Bully and uses his big Size and job to violate us".
The Murder of Mario Romero, a man sitting in his car in front of his home, unknown to the officers at the time of the shooting, suspected of nothing except being an American exercising his right to just exist, minding his own business, murdered by this non-upstanding Police Officer "on Steroids"... the once 300 Pound menace lost a hundred pounds and decided to practice his new agility by spraying Mario full of bullets! Then, like a homicidal Rambo, he jumped on the hood of the car and emptied the next clip like the first into Mario Romero’s windshield at close range. Officer Dustin Joseph could not see him, the officer never used the loudspeaker nor did he identify himself. He ran up to the vehicle like a common thug, Murder under Color of the Law.
Officer Joseph did not want the neighborhood to witness his ongoing premeditated abuse of power. His name was not released early for good reason... He has a lot to hide! Murder, Excessive Force, brandishing firearms on people is not a new behavior for this officer, “He was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode”.
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We ask that anyone who has had an encounter with this monster to to please leave details in comment area. Thank you.

L.B.: Thats the same ass hole that slammed a girl on her neck 2009 at bethal what are they waiting for they clearly have proof action must be tookn into consideration this is straight bull shit... they sure did shit when that officer capoot was gun down this has everything to do with race!
D.K.: i used to get harassed daily by him at vallejo high. we called him officer d joseph. i believe he was the one that tasered this girl when i went there n 2007. she started havin seizures and had to go to the hospital. it was horrible. that man loved pickin on people that wasnt white or if u looked like u was affiliated. he tried to say i was a gang member for wearing red. but guess what. it was Friday which was spirit day. vhs colors. red. i got kicked out of school on the last day. i wasnt able to go to my graduation cuz it said i was a danger to the school and myself. omg. my mom was so mad. and they had to let me come back. i had to do a half semester cuz i failed my last two finals for not bein there. thank u officer fuck head. he tased hella people. i wanna say atleaat three cuz kids kept going to the hospital. thats what really opened my eyes to how vpd brutalizes people. he had a partner too his name officer huff. two big white assholes.
C.M.: Yes, D.K. this is true. I was passing through VALLEJO high when this took place. My god son who now R.I.P Kevin Morgan was also taken from school while attending Bethel in 2003- ? And taken to Richmond by officer huff n his police car. For what aparent reason it is still unclear to me.
B.B.: I went through the same thing the young lady did at Vallejo high he used alot/too much force wen arresting me caused me to bleed cause the cuffs were too tight, tried to brake my arm wen putting it behind my back, searched me knowing a female officer was suppose to made me sit in the car wit a big ass puff coat on windows rolled up w the heater on & the list could go on . Everybody has a damn story bout this man.. I was arrested by both D joseph & Huff.
L.H.: man i know that dirty ass cop cus i went to da high he dipped the fuck outtda me put his knee all up n a bitch neck fuk him i hope they see what type of dirty ass cop he realy is so he can b stripped of his rights as a cop n thrown n jail forever!
L.A.: Im not sure if this is the same officer but about a year ago me and two african american men were at the park on fair grounds minding our business which is legal & two vallejo police men drove threw the grass coming from fairgrounds dr going toward whitney the side of the park we were on they got out drew there guns & demanded all three of us to get face down on the ground mind u im 17 at the time the only female & we are all guilty of no crime ... they run our names & pat us down while face down in the dirt If im remembering correctly male officers are not to touch females so I remind them that I am a minor one of the officers kneels down & whispers to me "i dont give a fuck what you are" they handcuff one of the young men I was with but made no arrest after they realized they had nithing they let us go about our business .... This is harrasment & I agree that something needs to be done about the VPD they should not be getting away with this bullshit any longer
L.M.: I wasn't assaulted by d Joseph N officer huff while i attended Jesse bethel high school, I was harassed an treated daily an one day iwas caught by these same officers off campus and was beaten an arrested on false charges that where later droped. I remember Joseph laughing an sayin I told yu I'd catch yu
My name I wish to withhold...
I am the uncle of the person whose Facebook this belongs to []. I lived in Vallejo but moved out because of police encounters...I too encountered officer D. and the mother of my child in south Vallejo at the motel 6 where I was brutally beaten and my pocket knife I held in my right front pocket was pulled from my pocket and placed to my throat by officer Joseph with him threatening to cut my throat and using racial slurs...he and his partner whose name I can't remember pulled my dreadlocks and continued to kick me repeatedly in my face because I was not wanted on the property of motel 6 by the owner...I didn't have a stay away...nor did I possess any drugs or weapons except for a four inch pocket knife...he told me not to show my face in south Vallejo any more...I obeyed...I attempted to make a police report only to have my report discarded...I never persisted after that...I just left Vallejo...
A.L.: D. Joseph had a Long history of threatning My brothers life(rest in peace) hed told him repeatedly ” im going to get you. Ur Granny wont always be able to save you”. Hes partly responsible for my brothers reputation being tarnished & him being killed.
S.W.: Well shit since ur talking about it dont forget the 6 yr old child that was having a temper tantrum over crayons that he snatched out of the moms car put him in the back of his patrol car against his mothers will only for this child to have a panic attack, then placed him on a 51/50 hold take him to the hospital have the doctor give him a tranquilizer and ship him off to St. Helena mental at 6yrs old. Vallejo filed bankruptcy after the family filed a lawsuit. Oh and dont forget the civil rights violation lawsuit filed on 2/29/12, this lunatic is out of control

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Justice for Guy Jarreau, jr. (God First!)

News about the campaign for Justice for Guy Jarreau, jr.:

2012-09-27 "Justice for Guy Jarreau!" interview

with Dr.G. on the Northbay Uprising radio news, broadcast Thursdays 5 to 6pm, 89.5 FM-KZCT Vallejo []:
Dr.G. interviews Bunnie, cousin to Guy Jarreau, jr. and a leader in the Civil Rights movement in Vallejo with "God First!", and organization founded by Guy Jarreau's mother which is working to seek justice for all victims of community fascism in Vallejo including People's Programs such as aid to the homeless. She updates us on the latest weapon in defense of the people... a CLASS ACTION lawsuit which will enable folks to seek justice on an equitable level by joining with the lawsuit their reality of murder and terrorism by the Police.
* the first minute is chopped off.
* an advertisement is placed at the beginning.
* the man seen in the video is Ozcat Radio DJ Doug the Jitterbug.
Vallejo Copwatch feels it is important to mention that "God First!" is helping to better the conditions of all victims of fascism. Right on! Including a "Gobble, Gobble!" program with Thanksgiving Turkeys for the Homeless, with a "Blanket, Blanket!" aid program providing blankets for those in need. This program was originally organized by Guy Jarreau, jr. before he was murdered by Vallejo Police plain-clothes officers.

2010-12-05 "Guy Jarreau's Mom Speaks"

RIP Guy Jarreau, shot and Killed by Vallejo PD -- this is his mom standing in the alley where Guy was smoked by the police.

Guy Jarreau Documentary (produced by Joshua Henry):
Pt. 1 []

Pt. 2 []
Pt. 3 []

Pt. 4 []


MARCH 11TH 2011!!! {3PM} (Sonoma & Florida st)
WITH Music Video Shoot for Joshua and Marty JR Song Called, "Natural."
We will be walking where Guy Jerreau was shot and killed by Police to the police station.
* God First
* Umoja (Black Student Union)
* Associated Students, Napa Valley College
* Indecent (SLAP-MASTERS)
* Karl McKnight

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Documenting the People's Voice: A Mother speaks

2012-09-25 Rev. Harris interviews a Mother who explains how the Vallejo Police murdered her Son
There are more and more stories residents are telling about how Vallejo Police officers have abused their families.
This mother was in jail when the Vallejo Cop murdered her son, and she requested to go to her son funeral but the request was turn down by the Vallejo Police Department.
A heart breaking story!!!

What is at Stake (a persepctive that matters)

2012-09-25 Oscar Grant's Uncle Bobby tells Vallejo City Council "You Don't Want Your City To Go Up In Flames"
Uncle Bobby gave a very powerful message to tell the community that they have the power to put people in office and to take them out of office. The Vallejo community is fired up and ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Vallejo Man Filming Police is Threatened (2011)

This video shows that Vallejo police has broken the law by taking his phone and then arresting him... 
He has the right to file a lawsuit for the camera filing and violation of civil rights, as it is an illegal detention.
Check out this video on YouTube:  

2011-04-22 "Man Filming Police Threatened"
by "The Alyona Show" from "Russia Today" news
Lonnel Duchine, a Vallejo California man, was handcuffed and fined for shooting cell phone footage of police while standing in his garage. Filming a police officer is not illegal, at least not in California. It's just one of the latest cases where police get caught on camera, and the photographer ends up in handcuffs. Shouldn't the public have the right to document the police's actions?

"Vallejo police shooting 2012"

repost of "" television news, 2012-09-08 upload to "" by "bubbywilliams55" []:

2012-09-03 "Police Shooting Men 35 times After Mistaking Air Pistol For Gun"

by "LRJTV News" []:
Family outraged at police for fatally shooting her son and injuring another in an officer-involved shooting in Vallejo, The 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The 21-year-old passenger was struck by a bullet or shrapnel in the buttocks and was taken to a hospital to be treated.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Deep analysis of the murder of Anton Barrett by Vallejo Police


2012-05-29 "Vallejo officer shoots, kills man after mistaking wallet for gun" from "Bay City News"
(BCN) - A man fatally shot by a police officer following a vehicle pursuit in Vallejo early this morning has been identified by police as 41-year-old Anton Barrett.
The pursuit began shortly after midnight when officers on a DUI saturation patrol saw a white 1999 Lexus driving without its headlights on near the intersection of Santa Clara and Indiana streets, according to police.
The Lexus was speeding and did not stop at controlled intersections, and did not yield when the officers tried to pull over the vehicle, police said.
The Lexus led police on a pursuit and eventually stopped behind an apartment complex in the 200 block of Wilson Avenue, where the driver and two passengers got out and began running away in different directions.
The driver of the car, later identified as Barrett, and an officer encountered each other in between the apartments, and the officer told him to stop and put his hands up, police said.
Barrett did not comply and continued running toward the officer, who began backing up and telling him to show his hands, police said.
The officer then saw Barrett allegedly reach into his jacket pocket and pull out a dark-colored metal object, prompting the officer to fire his gun several times, striking Barrett, according to police.
The object was later determined to be a metal wallet.
Barrett tried to get up but was immobilized by another officer who used his Taser to subdue him.
He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he succumbed to his injuries at 5:34 a.m.
The front passenger in the car, Barrett's son 18-year-old Anton Barrett Jr., was arrested after running south toward Farragut Avenue and hiding from officers, according to police.
A police canine was used to search for the younger Barrett, who was eventually found hiding in some bushes and suffered some minor injuries from the dog, police said.
The officer handling the canine also suffered bites from the animal. Both the officer and Barrett were taken to hospitals and were later released, and Barrett was then booked into county jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, according to police.
The passenger in the back seat of the Lexus fled north toward Hichborn Street when the car stopped. He has yet to be found or identified, police said.
Vallejo police and the Solano County District Attorney's Office will conduct a joint investigation into the officer-involved shooting. The officer who shot Barrett is a seven-year veteran of the force, and has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard department policy.
Investigators planned to discuss the case further at a news conference scheduled for noon at Vallejo police headquarters.
The fatal shooting is the second involving a Vallejo police officer in the past week. Late Thursday night, an armed man, whose name has yet to be released, was shot and killed by an officer in the 2000 block of Sonoma Boulevard, police said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012-09-20, Stand for Justice at the Solano District Attorney's Office

Justice for Mario Romero and Joseph Johnson!

Location: Solano County District Attorney’s Office, 355 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo, CA
Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr., founder of the National President of The National Network in Action [], a civil and human rights organization, has called for a demonstration in front of the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.
The community is demanding Justice for Mr. Mario Romero & Mr. Joseph Johnson, who were both gunned down by two Vallejo Police Officers while sitting in their parked car in front of their home on September 2, 2012.
We can not and we will not let the fire simmer beneath the Vallejo Police Department's feet. As a community we must all continuously remind them that we are going to keep our feet to the pavement in making sure that we get JUSTICE and that we are not tolerating these types of malicious attacks. We seek justice, not only for the brutal murder of Mr. Mario Romero and attempted murder of Mr. Joseph Johnson but for all individuals and families that have endured unjust attacks from any Vallejo Police Officers (i.e. Police brutality, Harassment , Racial Profiling, Excessive Force or Deadly force ) in our city. These suspicious officer-involved shootings and murders are becoming quite alarming with a total of 7 so far this year. None of us should be a victim of these types of gruesome circumstances. We encourage you all to come out and support our demands for JUSTICE & EQUALITY.
These officers should not only be charged, but should stand trial and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Vallejo Police Department does not have the right to be the JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER!

Pressure by the People does yield Results

Politicians who are scared of the People will attempt to secure their standing in the community, and secure votes for their ideology, by making concessions, such as "Investigations" which may white-wash evidence of a department-wide system of obstruction... as long as the public is fooled to think that some type of progress is made, no Justice is met.
Remember: Justice for Guy Jarreau, jr.! Justice for Jared! Justice for Mario Romero, and Joseph Johnson! Justice for ALL Victims of Harassment, Violent Abuse, Smear Tactics, and for the Families of those Murdered by Police.

2012-09-19 "Vallejo mayor seeks independent probe of Romero shooting; Davis says state attorney general should review controversial officer-involved fatality" by Ted Vollmer, Sarah Rohrs and Irma Widjojo from "Vallejo Times-Herald"

Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis said Wednesday that he will seek an independent investigation into the recent officer-involved shooting death of Mario Romero.
Davis said he will ask the City Council to request that Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris' office look into concerns raised since police officers killed Romero while he sat in his car outside his North Vallejo home early Sept. 2.
Police contend that when officers approached Romero's car, he reached for a weapon that turned out to be a pellet gun, and that is why they fired at him. Family members, however, have vehemently denied that he had such a weapon. They also denied contentions that there were 50 ecstasy pills in the vehicle.
"It must be understood that this request should not be taken as an indication of a lack of confidence in the established Solano County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol, or any lack of confidence in the Vallejo Police Department or the ability of the District Attorney's office to conduct fair investigations," Davis said in a statement.
"However, it is my belief that under the current circumstances a secondary review will help to establish trust in the process."
Family members who had called for an outside investigation were not immediately available for comment.
Under the current protocol, officer-involved shootings are investigated not only by the Vallejo Police Department, but also by the Solano County District Attorney's office. No results of those investigations have been completed, but Romero supporters last week called for an independent investigation either by an outside police agency or the attorney general.
Interim Vallejo Police Chief Joseph Kreins said shortly after Davis issued his statement that he sees the independent review as a good thing if it will "restore or enhance the public's trust and the department's credibility."
"The more set of eyes you can put on something is a good thing," Kreins told the Times-Herald. Kreins added that he does not think that any attorney general review will produce a different outcome than the district attorney's office investigation.
"The (D.A's investigation process) has worked for many years and continues to work," Kreins said. "But when folks are suggesting that they don't have the confidence in that process, then I have no problem with an independent review."
Davis' statements were issued a day after the Vallejo City Council abruptly ended a study session on the economy after protesters suddenly filled the council chambers and demanded to speak about the officer-involved shootings. The week before, dozens spoke to the council decrying not only the Sept. 2 incident but also four other fatal officer-involved shootings this year.
In addition to asking that Harris intervene, Davis said he will ask that the city manager move to buy in-car cameras to be integrated with the vehicle's mobile data computers and emergency systems in every Vallejo police patrol vehicle.
He also proposed buying more body cameras for all patrol officers. Currently, only some officers wear them, and then only on a voluntary basis.
Neither camera type were available in the Romero case, Kreins said.
Kreins said his goal is to have all officers issued a body camera, but keeping it as a discretionary process.
"My issue with not keeping it discretionary is that it might interfere with the officer's safety and the critical incident at hand," Kreins said. "The last thing I want my officer is worried about the cameras at a critical scene. In our job things happen very quickly."
However, it might take months until all 45 vehicles in the Vallejo police fleet to be equipped with these cameras.
"I'm hoping it's something that we can do in the next few months. But there's the issue of money and technology," Kreins said. He added that it will cost about $10,000 per car to get the cameras set up and the officers trained with them.
"I'm hopeful the City Council will authorize those funds," Kreins added.
A proponent of in-car cameras, Kreins said that they will eliminate those worries since they will turn on and off automatically.
Davis also asked City Manager Dan Keen to:
• Conduct research to select and implement a decision-based firearms/use of force training simulator system.
• Reaffirm the Police Department's protocol and procedure for communicating with the public and families in incidents concerning loss of life or great bodily injury as a result of violence. The Romero family, in particular, has angrily contended that police have not communicated properly with them, or in a timely way about the shooting.
• Propose a time frame for re-establishing and reconstituting the Vallejo Human Relations Commission.
"It becomes difficult at times to protect and serve when trust and communication may be in doubt," Davis said. "City Hall, including our police department, must have the trust of the public."

Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis (Times-Herald file photo)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Human Rights abuse in Vallejo

(Read the "Declaration of Human Rights" [])

All governments are beholden to a set of standards which, if broken, are called "Human Rights Violations". Often, we hear about violations of Human Rights in Iraq, Colombia, China and elsewhere... and nowhere near do we hear about similar violations happening against our own People. But it is happening systematically in Solano County, and in the City of Vallejo (the "city of God").
Human Rights abuse by agencies of the City of Vallejo is made manifold by the common discourtesy by many residents of Vallejo to not advocate for Human Rights alongside those who are abused, including
(sad to say) many churches, faith and civic organizations. 
Many people still view the many incidents of violence by police against their neighbors to be an issue affecting only a certain "minority" or of people with a criminal history, as an issue of no consequence by the dominant set of the "good ol' boys" of the many races & cultures within the City of Vallejo.
As seen by the conduct recently of Vallejo's Civilian Review Board, those who are of the dominant set will shut down any criticism of their regime. "Their" officers of law have all the power to obstruct any inquiry into history of violations of Human Rights against people not of the society in power. 

Until these goodly folk of "High Society" subordinate themselves to a higher purpose for truth and justice, nobody in any of Vallejo's higher offices will seek to uphold Human Rights.
And this problem is repeated in any tyranny across the world, so what is seen as good by the monopolized media when reporting about "people's movements" against tyranny abroad, is vilified here, at home by our neighbors, and by fascists elsewhere who care not to uphold Human Rights and the Constitution.

2012-09-17 "Our own Civil War" by James D. Davis
Note: All opinions expressed in the "Primal Scream" column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin.
This is the first town I’ve lived in where there is a civil war between a part of the community and the police. 
A part of the community thinks it is disrespected, mistreated, and murdered by the police. 
[ ... ]
The police, on the other hand, slough off accountability. 
The mother could not see the body. The chief told her it was out of his hands. 
Whether she can see the body is the business of the coroner, not the chief. 
And the coroner? 
He’s unavailable. 
The police have not explained why officers thought it necessary to fire more than thirty times at a young man with a replica gun. 
What was so scary for the police about this encounter?
The police have not taken the statement of the mother. 
She’s welcome to come down to the station any time. 
The police have not met with the mother. 
(It’s not likely she has any useful information, but it might make her feel better to talk about it, or shout, if she chooses).
I’ve encountered this lack of government responsibility throughout my years in Vallejo. 
I was told plainly by a council member that whether or not the chief busts marijuana dispensaries, wasting police resources, is none of the member’s business; it is out of the member’s hands. 
When I tried to investigate the officer-killing of another man (Guy Jarreau, Jr.), a few years ago, I was told the police and DA were doing an investigation. 
They weren’t sure when it would be done; I was not going to be given a copy of the report anyway. 
No one was going to be given a copy. 
It was police business.
I don’t blame the complaining community.  
They are overcome with emotion, resentment, and victimhood. 
They generally lack the sophistication and maturity to deal with the government. 
I blame the police department and an incompetent council and city manager. 
They should have been on top of this; that is why we have a government. 
They are supposed to be the adults in the room, but they are helpless.
This civil war has to stop. 
It feeds on itself. 
There are ways to stop it. 
This should be at the top of the agenda for the newly created Public Safety Committee. 
Our city-manager form of government is not working. 
The council has no jurisdiction over anyone. 
The mayor stays out of it (he “prays”). 
And the city manager? 
He leaves it up to the police. 
No one is in charge.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

2012-09-16 "Copwatch instructs Vallejo citizens about their rights in dealing with police"

 from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
Always know your rights.
That was the message Saturday of Andrea Pritchett, co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch, to about 40 people at Wilson Park.
Pritchett came at the behest of Fresno Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr., who hopes to establish a Vallejo Copwatch in response to this year's officer-involved shootings. Five of them, including that of Mario Romero on Sept. 2, were fatal.
Romero's family, as well as family members of Guy Jarreau, who was shot and killed by Vallejo police in December 2010, were at the meeting.
The training session began in front of the Vallejo Police Department before moving to Wilson Park in order for people to sit down and discuss both what to do when approached by police, and how to document interactions with officers.
"We have a right to refuse a search," Pritchett said.
The Berkeley Copwatch members went over the difference between a consensual encounter with a police officer, being detained and being arrested.
If a police officer is asking permission to search a house or a bag, then a person can say no, Pritchett said.
Additionally, Pritchett said the rights of assembly, due process and freedom from unlawful searches and seizures contained within the Bill of Rights gives people the right to record police officers.
For more information, visit [].

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Vallejo Cop Watch presents "Know Your Rights" training and People's Picket

Date: Saturday, 2012-09-15
Location: 111 Amador St, Vallejo CA 94590 (Vallejo Police Department)
Time: 5:30pm
Contact: Rev. Floyd D Harris Jr [559-803-0286]
Vallejo Cop Watch will conduct a “Know Your Rights When Confronted by A Police Officers Training” to teach local residents on how to Record Video, Take Pictures and Document the Actions of ROUGE COPS. There will also be a "People's Picket" to raise awareness of the tragedy of the violence seen by an unaccountable police department.
The African American community in Vallejo, and people of low-income in general, are under attack by the Vallejo Police Department and its local government. The people of the community are taking a stand for JUSTICE against the ROUGE COPS of the Vallejo Police Department, declaring that the Vallejo Police Department DOES NOT  have the right to be the JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTOR!!
Since May of 2012 there has been 7 police officers involved shooting and 5 have been fatal. The Vallejo Police Department history and current method of operations shows an attitude of "Shoot first, ask questions later", as seen in the recent brutal murder of Mr. Mario Romero by the Vallejo Police Department, and many others who are harassed, brutalized, and murdered.  Witnesses reported that Mr. Romero, who was a father who had just been hired after a clean drug test and a vacating of his probation for a non-violent offense, never got out of his car or made threatening gestures when officers open fire shooting 30 times into his car's windshield in front of his family, and there were no reports of Mr. Romero shooting at the Vallejo Police.
Vallejo Citizens have said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012-09-14 "Vallejo police fire shot at end of high-speed chase; Two arrested after Vallejo to Pleasant Hill pursuit"

by "Vallejo Times-Herald Staff" and "Bay City News Service" []:
PLEASANT HILL - A high-speed chase from Vallejo to Pleasant Hill ended Thursday night in front of an elementary school where Vallejo police fired at a suspect, according to reports.
Two men, who were apparently wanted on weapons and drug charges were arrested.
The chase began about 7:45 p.m. at Lincoln Road East and Magazine Street when officers attempted to pull over a truck containing two men that detectives identified as part of an investigation, Sgt. Kelly Schroeder said.
During the pursuit, speeds in excess of 100 mph were reached as drivers flew over the Benicia Martinez Bridge and on and off I-680.
Vallejo Police Lt. Joel Salinas said a local law enforcement task force asked officers to track down and detain the suspects, an action which apparently triggered the chase.
The driver sped off, Schroeder said, and pulled onto Interstate 780. The suspects may have discarded evidence later found to be drugs along I-780 and also along surface streets in Concord when the vehicle briefly left the freeway there, Schroeder said.
Police continued pursuing the suspects after the vehicle got back onto I-680 and exited again at Monument Boulevard.
The driver then turned onto Lisa Lane, which dead-ends at a roundabout in front of Pleasant Hill's Fair Oaks Elementary School. There, the chase ended about 8:20 p.m. when the suspects crashed into protective poles.
The driver fled and made a gesture that caused police to think he had a gun, so an officer fired one shot that did not hit the suspect, Schroeder said.
Contra Costa County police officials, reportedly helping with the pursuit, took two suspects into custody at gunpoint.
Suspect names, ages and cities of residence weren't immediately available.
Police had not discovered a gun as of around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Vallejo Cop Watch" established to protect community members

[the following was adapted from press releases issued by Vallejo Cop Watch]
2012-09-13 -
Vallejo residents form "Vallejo Cop Watch" to document actions of violent Vallejo Police Officers and other security agents, with solidarity from the Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr., National President of "The National Network in Action" civil and human rights organization [], who is instrumental in bringing "Cop Watch" to the City of Vallejo.
Vallejo CopWatch hosted the "BLOW THE WHISTLE! On Police Brutality and Murder, Racial Profiling, and the Pipeline Leading To Mass Incarceration" public gathering at the steps of Vallejo City Hall on High-Noon, Sept. 13th, in conjunction with a National campaign against anti-Constitutional "Stop & Frisk" practices being used by Police agencies across the USA.
Vallejo Cop Watch used the event to teach Vallejo residents how to Video, Document and take pictures of ROUGE COPS, and a training titled “Know Your Rights When Confronted by Police Officer(s)”.
The African American community and the community at large are under attack by the Vallejo Police Department and its local government. Since May of 2012 there has been 7 police officers involved shooting and 5 have been fatal.
The Vallejo Police Department history and standard method of operations is "Shoot first, ask questions later", as seen by the recent brutal murder of Mr. Mario Romero by the Vallejo Police Department early Sunday morning, whom witnesses reported that Mr. Romero never got out of his car or made threatening gestures when officers open fire shooting 30 times into the car. There were no reports of Mr. Romero having a gun or shooting at the Vallejo Police.
Vallejo Citizens has said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The minority community and the community at large are taking a stand for JUSTICE against the ROUGE COPS of the Vallejo Police Department. Vallejo Police Department DON’T have the right to be the JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTOR!!
Brutality and harassment are a fact of life for millions of people all across the U.S. and in Vallejo, especially poor people and Black and Latino people. It is a precious thing when people refuse to accept this, and rise up in protest and defiance against these injustices, like the people in NYC ‒ thousands strong, challenging the racial profiling of “Stop and Frisk”, the people in Vallejo, Fresno, Oakland, San Francisco and Anaheim, CA are all challenging the murders by Police of thousands of our people every year... Like the 12,000 CA prisoners who went on a hunger strike to stop torture... Like the thousands who protested the unjust execution of Troy Davis and have demanded justice in the modern-day lynching of Trayvon Martin...
... To youth and students tired of knowing every time you leave your house you might be harassed by cops…
... to parents who fear that no matter what you tell your kids about surviving an encounter with the cops it won’t be enough to keep them safe…
… to Black and Latino people or immigrants, youngsters or a little older, racially targeted for mass incarceration in the era of the “New Jim Crow”… to all the former prisoners discriminated against even after they’ve served their sentences and to all the families and loved ones of people ensnared in the criminal “injustice” system…

2012-09-14 "New Vallejo police officer oversight group to offer public training" form "Vallejo Times-Herald"
Vallejo's recent fatal officer-involved shooting has spurred one Vallejo family to join forces with an out-of-town organization to learn to "police the police."
On Saturday, local chapter members of the national Cop Watch organization are scheduled to provide public training that will help launch a branch of the organization in Vallejo.
Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr., president of his Fresno-based civil rights organization, National Network in Action, is assisting the efforts.
The training will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Vallejo Police Department, 111 Amador St.
"The community has said enough is enough," Harris said Thursday afternoon, joined by about 20 people, many related to Mario Romero, on the steps of Vallejo City Hall.
Harris, whose National Network in Action "works toward the upliftment of all people particularly the poor, the working class and people of color," ( said he was drawn to Vallejo to assist after a string of officer-involved shootings here this year, including Romero's on Sept. 2.
According to police reports, Romero got out of his parked vehicle with a replica pellet gun in his waistband and crouched behind his car door when police pulled in front of him. Front seat passenger Joe Johnson also received a single bullet wound during the fracas.
Family members inside the home at the time deny allegations that Romero had a gun or that he ever got out of the car.
For more information, call  Rev. Harris at (559) 803-0286.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Social Justice Network

Vallejo Copwatch has been organized with the help of the "National Network In Action (NNIA)", which collaborates with these organizations and individuals for social justice:
Rev Floyd D. Harris Jr, "National Network in Action" National President & Fresno Representative, recipient of "Southwest Fresno Community Leader Award" at the 4th Annual “Risk Takers, Dream Makers” Awards Luncheon [] [P.O. Box 16127, Fresno, CA 93755-6127] [559-803 -0286] [] []

• West Fresno []
• Peace Fresno []
• Stop the Drug War []
• Emergency Response Network []
• KPOO Community Radio []
• San Francisco BayView newspaper []
• Human Rights Advocates []
• California Advocate newspaper []
• Sacramento PD Watch []
• Peace and Freedom Party of California []
• Black Autonomy Network Community Organization []
• American Civil Liberties Union []
• People's Tribune newspaper []
• Fresno Community Alliance []
• Black Liberation Radio []
• California Prison Moratorium Project []
• Proud to be Black []
• National Police Accountability Project (project of the National Lawyers Guild) []
• Central California Criminal Justice Committee (for Constitutional and Human Rights) []
• Central Valley Progressive Political Action Committee []
• Fresno Alliance []
• NAACP []
• California Association of Human Relations Organizations []
• California Prison Focus []
• National lawyers guild []

Vallejo Copwatch resources

Copwatch Collectives: []

Alternatives to Police []

"Fees, Fines, and Debt: How Governments and Companies are Jailing Poor People to Make a Buck" []

"Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters" []

"You Have the Right to Remain Silent: A Know Your Rights Guide for Law Enforcement Encounters" []

"10 Rules for Dealing with Police" []

"Protect Yourself from FBI Manipulation" (w/ attorney Harvey Silverglate) []

Advice from "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" []

Advice from "Flex Your Rights" []

Organized Stalking and Electronic Harassment: []

Armed and Dangerous


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

[Video] Rev. Harris Leads 300 People to The Vallejo Police To Protest EXECUTION Of Mr. Mario Romero

[Video] Rev. Harris Leads 300 People to The Vallejo Police To Protest EXECUTION Of Mr. Mario Romero
Press Release from "National Network In Action" ( 9-4-12
Time: 12 noon
Location: Vallejo 111 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590
Contact: Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr [559-803-0286]
Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr National President of The National Network In Action a civil and human rights organization will be holding a Press Conference and a March in front of the Vallejo Police Department. In the recent brutal murder of Mr. Mario Romero by the Vallejo Police Department early Sunday morning. There were two young men whom police confronted. Witness reported that Mr. Romero never got out of his car when officers open fire shooting 30 times into the car reported by witness. There were no reports of Mr. Romero shooting at the Vallejo Police. The minority community is taking a stand for justice against the ROUGE COPS of the Vallejo Police. There has been 7 officers involved shooting and 5 of the shooting has been fatal. The Vallejo Police Department don't have the right to be the JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTOR.
"He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it" - Dr. Martin Luther King

Letter Given To Mayor:
from National Network In Action
To: Honorable Mayor Osby Davis
My name is Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr I'm the President of the National Network In Action we are civil and human rights organization. As you may know there has been a young man by the name of Mr. Mario Romero who was killed early Sunday morning by your Vallejo Police Department.
 I have talked with the family and I'm very saddened to listen too how they have been disrespected by your police department. Your police department has shown no respect to this family on any level. I have read your Vallejo Police Department mission statement it reads: To provide professional law enforcement services that enhance, protect, and promote the quality of life for persons residing, visiting or doing business in the City of Vallejo.
As a pastor I went to candle light vigil Sunday night to give my support to the community and the family. I was approach with dozens of story of residents in your city who have been harass and profiled. As a Pastor and civil right leader I respect your position and must believe that you wouldn't support this type of behavior inside your police department. I'm requesting a meeting with you and the chief of police with the family.
Rev. Floyd Harris Jr
President National Network in Action

Video, part 1 []

Video, part 2 []

Video, part 3 []

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Remember the MAGIC WORDS:
"I am going to remain silent, I would like to see an attorney."
You should always invoke your rights whether or not you are dealing with a real law enforcement agent.

What are your MIRANDA rights?
• You have the right to remain silent
• Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law
• You have the right to an attorney
• If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you by the court.

The right to stay silent is also called the "privilege against self-incrimination."
It means that you cannot be forced to say or write anything that might be used to prove you are guilty of a crime.

The right to an attorney means that you are entitled to have a lawyer present to help you during police questioning, line-ups, hearings, etc.
Having your lawyer present during interrogation will help you use your  right to remain silent.
When a court appoints an attorney for you because you can not afford one, that lawyer is usually a public defender or panel attorney
If you invoke your right to remain silent or the right to an attorney, the police have to stop questioning you.

Law enforcement agents are only required to read you your rights if (1) you are under arrest AND (2) they want to ask you questions.
So if the officers have not arrested you yet, they can ask you questions without reading you your rights, and your statements will still be used against you in court.
For example, during a conversation or a detention, the police do not have to read you your rights. As you can guess, a smart cop may try to get all his questions answered before officially arresting the suspect.

Who must read the MIRANDA rights to a Suspect?
Both federal and state law enforcement agents have to read you your rights before they can question you in custody.
This included:
* The police and highway patrol officers
* Sheriffs
* U.S. Marshals FBI, DEA, ATF and other federal agents
* Park Rangers
* Probation and Parole officers

Know your Rights! Civil Rights laws provided for in the United States code

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241
Conspiracy Against Rights
Laws: Cases and Codes : U.S. Code : Title 18 : Section 241
This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).
It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment of any rights so secured.
Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to ten years, or both; and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years, or for life, or may be sentenced to death.

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242
 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
 Laws: Cases and Codes : U.S. Code : Title 18 : Section 242
This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.
This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.
Acts under "color of any law" include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under "color of any law," the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.
Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 245
 Federally Protected Activities
Laws: Cases and Codes : U.S. Code : Title 18 : Section 245
 1) This statute prohibits willful injury, intimidation, or interference, or attempt to do so, by force or threat of force of any person or class of persons because of their activity as:
a) A voter, or person qualifying to vote...;
b) a participant in any benefit, service, privilege, program, facility, or activity provided or administered by the United States;
c) an applicant for federal employment or an employee by the federal government;
d) a juror or prospective juror in federal court; and
e) a participant in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
2) Prohibits willful injury, intimidation, or interference or attempt to do so, by force or threat of force of any person because of race, color, religion, or national origin and because of his/her activity as:
a) A student or applicant for admission to any public school or public College;
b) a participant in any benefit, service, privilege, program, facility, or activity provided or administered by a state or local government;
c) an applicant for private or state employment, private or state employee; a member or applicant for membership in any labor organization or hiring hall; or an applicant for employment through any employment agency, labor organization or hiring hall;
d) a juror or prospective juror in state court;
e) a traveler or user of any facility of interstate commerce or common carrier; or
f) a patron of any public accommodation, including hotels, motels, restaurants, lunchrooms, bars, gas stations, theaters...or any other establishment which serves the public and which is principally engaged in selling food or beverages for consumption on the premises.
3) Prohibits interference by force or threat of force against any person because he/she is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or class of persons from participating or affording others the opportunity or protection to so participate, or lawfully aiding or encouraging other persons to participate in any of the benefits or activities listed in items (1) and (2), above without discrimination as to race, color, religion, or national origin.
Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life or may be sentenced to death.

Laws: Cases and Codes : U.S. Code : Title 18 : Section 241
This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).
It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment of any rights so secured.
Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to ten years, or both; and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years, or for life, or may be sentenced to death.

18 USC Sec. 1203
 Section 1203
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, seizes or detains and threatens to kill, to injure, or to continue to detain another person in order to compel a third person or a governmental organization to do or abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the person detained, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished by imprisonment for any term of years or for life and, if the death of any person results, shall be punished by death or life imprisonment.
Title 42 USC Section 1983
 Laws: Cases and Codes : U.S. Code : Title 42 : Section 1983 Sec. 1983. - Civil action for deprivation of rights Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia

Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141
 Pattern and Practice
 Laws: Cases and Codes : U.S. Code : Title 42 : Section 14141
This civil statute was a provision within the Crime Control Act of 1994 and makes it unlawful for any governmental authority, or agent thereof, or any person acting on behalf of a governmental authority, to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers or by officials or employees of any governmental agency with responsibility for the administration of juvenile justice or the incarceration of juveniles that deprives persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
Whenever the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that a violation has occurred, the Attorney General, for or in the name of the United States, may in a civil action obtain appropriate equitable and declaratory relief to eliminate the pattern or practice.
Types of misconduct covered include, among other things:
1. Excessive Force
 2. Discriminatory Harassment
 3. False Arrest
 4. Coercive Sexual Conduct
 5. Unlawful Stops, Searches, or Arrests

Declaration of Human Rights

Preamble -
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27
(1) Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

People's Media guide

Vallejo Cop-Watch has compiled this list of the "People's Media", which are those journalists and news-media which attempt to tell the People's side of the truth, and who have given a spotlight on the Human Rights abuse in Vallejo.

"San Francisco Bay View" newspaper and online journal

"Northbay Uprising Radio News" with Dr.G. & Mis.D.
Thursday, 5 to 6pm
Vallejo, 89.5fm KZCT
Part of the Northbay Uprising radio showcase of culture and music, the Radio News has a diverse audience of thousands around the northeast San Pablo bay area, providing voices and news otherwise censored by the monopolized media.

"Keeping It Real with Dr. Jean Kennedy"
Tuesday, 9-10 PM
Fresno, 88.1fm KFCF
Keeping it Real with Dr. Jean Kennedy is a radio program which engages in meaningful conversations with guests. As an educator and Organizational Psychologist, Dr. Jean Kennedy (radio host) has created a welcoming learning environment, in which listeners will undoubtedly come away with insights and different perspectives on a wide range of topics that deal with psycho-social and community issues, be it physically, spiritually, financial, or emotional. These areas, when impacted negatively, causes us to feel "dis-eased". The show engages her listening audience thru personal story telling.
 Dr. Kennedy's program airs each Tuesday on KFCF 88.1 FM from 9pm to 10pm. Live streaming is also available at for all local, national and international listeners. Be sure to become a "Facebook fan" of Dr. Kennedy to receive updates of discussion topics and to share your comments on the shows. You can also share your comments via email at: jeankennedy7777 at hotmail dot com.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent: A Know Your Rights Guide for Law Enforcement Encounters

We recommend you enter the NLG's national hotline number (888-654-3265) into your cellphone (if you have one) and keep a copy handy. This information is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact the NLG or a criminal defense attorney immediately if you have been visited by the FBI or other law enforcement officials. You should also alert your relatives, friends, co-workers and others so that they will be prepared if they are contacted as well.
Disclaimer: This booklet is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been visited by the FBI or other law enforcement officials.
You should also alert your relatives, friends, co-workers and others so that they will be prepared if they are contacted as well.
NLG National Hotline for Activists Contacted by the FBI

You Have the Right to Remain Silent: A Know Your Rights Guide for Law Enforcement Encounters
What Rights Do I Have?
Whether or not you're a citizen, you have rights under the United States Constitution. The Fifth Amendment gives every person the right to remain silent: not to answer questions asked by a police officer or government agent. The Fourth Amendment restricts the government's power to enter and search your home or workplace, although there are many exceptions and new laws have expanded the government's power to conduct surveillance. The First Amendment protects your right to speak freely and to advocate for social change. However, if you are a non-citizen, the Department of Homeland Security may target you based on your political activities.

Standing Up For Free Speech
The government's crusade against politically-active individuals is intended to disrupt and suppress the exercise of time-honored free speech activities, such as boycotts, protests, grassroots organizing and solidarity work. Remember that you have the right to stand up to the intimidation tactics of FBI agents and other law enforcement officials who, with political motives, are targeting organizing and free speech activities. Informed resistance to these tactics and steadfast defense of your and others' rights can bring positive results. Each person who takes a courageous stand makes future resistance to government oppression easier for all. The National Lawyers Guild has a long tradition of standing up to government repression. The organization itself was labeled a "subversive" group during the McCarthy Era and was subject to FBI surveillance and infiltration for many years. Guild attorneys have defended FBI-targeted members of the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. The NLG exposed FBI surveillance, infiltration and disruption tactics that were detailed during the 1975-76 COINTELPRO hearings. In 1989 the NLG prevailed in a lawsuit on behalf of several activist organizations, including the Guild, that forced the FBI to expose the extent to which it had been spying on activist movements. Under the settlement, the FBI turned over roughly 400,000 pages of its files on the Guild, which are now available at the Tamiment Library at New York University.

What if the police stop me on the street?
Ask if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, consider just walking away. If the police say you are not under arrest, but are not free to go, then you are being detained. The police can pat down the outside of your clothing if they have reason to suspect you might be armed and dangerous. If they search any more than this, say clearly, "I do not consent to a search." They may keep searching anyway. If this happens, do not resist because you can be charged with assault or resisting arrest. You do not have to answer any questions. You do not have to open bags or any closed container. Tell the officers you do not consent to a search of your bags or other property.

What if police or agents stop me in my car?
Keep your hands where the police can see them. If you are driving a vehicle, you must show your license, registration and, in some states, proof of insurance. You do not have to consent to a search. But the police may have legal grounds to search your car anyway. Clearly state that you do not consent. Officers may separate passengers and drivers from each other to question them, but no one has to answer any questions.

What if FBI Agents or Police Contact Me?
What if an agent or police officer comes to the door?
Do not invite the agents or police into your home. Do not answer any questions. Tell the agent that you do not wish to talk with him or her. You can state that your lawyer will contact them on your behalf. You can do this by stepping outside and pulling the door behind you so that the interior of your home or office is not visible, getting their contact information or business cards and then returning inside. They should cease questioning after this. If the agent or officer gives a reason for contacting you, take notes and give the information to your attorney. Anything you say, no matter how seemingly harmless or insignificant, may be used against you or others in the future. Lying to or misleading a federal agent is a crime. The more you speak, the more opportunity for federal law enforcement to find something you said (even if not intentionally) false and assert that you lied to a federal officer.

Do I have to answer questions?
You have the constitutional right to remain silent. It is not a crime to refuse to answer questions. You do not have to talk to anyone, even if you have been arrested or are in jail. You should affirmatively and unambiguously state that you wish to remain silent and that you wish to consult an attorney. Once you make the request to speak to a lawyer, do not say anything else. The Supreme Court recently ruled that answering law enforcement questions may be taken as a waiver of your right to remain silent, so it is important that you assert your rights and maintain them. Only a judge can order you to answer questions. There is one exception: some states have "stop and identify" statutes which require you to provide identity information or your name if you have been detained on reasonable suspicion that you may have committed a crime. A lawyer in your state can advise you of the status of these requirements where you reside.

Do I have to give my name?
As above, in some states you can be detained or arrested for merely refusing to give your name. And in any state, police do not always follow the law, and refusing to give your name may make them suspicious or more hostile and lead to your arrest, even without just cause, so use your judgment. Giving a false name could in some circumstances be a crime.

Do I need a lawyer?
You have the right to talk to a lawyer before you decide whether to answer questions from law enforcement. It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer if you are considering answering any questions. You have the right to have a lawyer present during any interview. The lawyer's job is to protect your rights. Once you tell the agent that you want to talk to a lawyer, he or she should stop trying to question you and should make any further contact through your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, you can still tell the officer you want to speak to one before answering questions. Remember to get the name, agency and telephone number of any investigator who visits you, and give that information to your lawyer. The government does not have to provide you with a free lawyer unless you are charged with a crime, but the NLG or another organization may be able to help you find a lawyer for free or at a reduced rate.

If I refuse to answer questions or say I want a lawyer, won't it seem like I have something to hide?
Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you and others. You can never tell how a seemingly harmless bit of information might be used or manipulated to hurt you or someone else. That is why the right not to talk is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Keep in mind that although law enforcement agents are allowed to lie to you, lying to a government agent is a crime. Remaining silent is not. The safest things to say are "I am going to remain silent," "I want to speak to my lawyer," and "I do not consent to a search" It is a common practice for law enforcement agents to try to get you to waive your rights by telling you that if you have nothing to hide you would talk or that talking would “just clear things up." The fact is, if they are questioning you, they are looking to incriminate you or someone you may know, or they are engaged in political intelligence gathering. You should feel comfortable standing firm in protection and defense of your rights and refusing to answer questions.

Can agents search my home or office?
You do not have to let police or agents into your home or office unless they have and produce a valid search warrant. A search warrant is a written court order that allows the police to conduct a specified search. Interfering with a warrantless search probably will not stop it and you might get arrested. But you should say "I do not consent to a search," and call a criminal defense lawyer or the NLG. You should be aware that a roommate or guest can legally consent to a search of your house if the police believe that person has the authority to give consent, and your employer can consent to a search of your workspace without your permission.

What if agents have a search warrant?
If you are present when agents come for the search, you can ask to see the warrant. The warrant must specify in detail the places to be searched and the people or things to be taken away. Tell the agents you do not consent to the search so that they cannot go beyond what the warrant authorizes. Ask if you are allowed to watch the search; if you are allowed to, you should. Take notes, including names, badge numbers, what agency each officer is from, where they searched and what they took. If others are present, have them act as witnesses to watch carefully what is happening. If the agents ask you to give them documents, your computer, or anything else, look to see if the item is listed in the warrant. If it is not, do not consent to them taking it without talking to a lawyer. You do not have to answer questions. Talk to a lawyer first. (Note: If agents present an arrest warrant, they may only perform a cursory visual search of the premises to see if the person named in the arrest warrant is present.)

Do I have to answer questions if I have been arrested?
No. If you are arrested, you do not have to answer any questions. You should affirmatively and unambiguously state that you wish to assert your right to remain silent. Ask for a lawyer right away. Do not say anything else. Repeat to every officer who tries to talk to or question you that you wish to remain silent and that you wish to speak to a lawyer. You should always talk to a lawyer before you decide to answer any questions.

What if I speak to government agents anyway?
Even if you have already answered some questions, you can refuse to answer other questions until you have a lawyer. If you find yourself talking, stop. Assert that you wish to remain silent and that you wish to speak to a lawyer.

What if I am treated badly by the police or the FBI?
Write down the officer's badge number, name or other identifying information. You have a right to ask the officer for this information. Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers. If you are injured, seek medical attention and take pictures of the injuries as soon as you can. Call a lawyer as soon as possible.

What if the police or FBI threaten me with a grand jury subpoena if I don't answer their questions?
A grand jury subpoena is a written order for you to go to court and testify about information you may have. It is common for the FBI to threaten you with a subpoena to get you to talk to them. If they are going to subpoena you, they will do so anyway. You should not volunteer to speak just because you are threatened with a subpoena. You should consult a lawyer.

What if I receive a grand jury subpoena?
Grand jury proceedings are not the same as testifying at an open court trial. You are not allowed to have a lawyer present (although one may wait in the hallway and you may ask to consult with him or her after each question) and you may be asked to answer questions about your activities and associations. Because of the witness's limited rights in this situation, the government has frequently used grand jury subpoenas to gather information about activists and political organizations. It is common for the FBI to threaten activists with a subpoena in order to elicit information about their political views and activities and those of their associates. There are legal grounds for stopping ("quashing") subpoenas, and receiving one does not necessarily mean that you are suspected of a crime. If you do receive a subpoena, call the NLG National Hotline at 888-NLG-ECOL (888-654-3265) or call a criminal defense attorney immediately.
The government regularly uses grand jury subpoena power to investigate and seek evidence related to politically-active individuals and social movements. This practice is aimed at prosecuting activists and, through intimidation and disruption, discouraging continued activism.
Federal grand jury subpoenas are served in person. If you receive one, it is critically important that you retain the services of an attorney, preferably one who understands your goals and, if applicable, understands the nature of your political work, and has experience with these issues. Most lawyers are trained to provide the best legal defense for their client, often at the expense of others. Beware lawyers who summarily advise you to cooperate with grand juries, testify against friends, or cut off contact with your friends and political activists. Cooperation usually leads to others being subpoenaed and investigated. You also run the risk of being charged with perjury, a felony, should you omit any pertinent information or should there be inconsistencies in your testimony.
Frequently prosecutors will offer "use immunity," meaning that the prosecutor is prohibited from using your testimony or any leads from it to bring charges against you. If a subsequent prosecution is brought, the prosecutor bears the burden of proving that all of its evidence was obtained independent of the immunized testimony. You should be aware, however, that they will use anything you say to manipulate associates into sharing more information about you by suggesting that you have betrayed confidences.
In front of a grand jury you can "take the Fifth" (exercise your right to remain silent). However, the prosecutor may impose immunity on you, which strips you of Fifth Amendment protection and subjects you to the possibility of being cited for contempt and jailed if you refuse to answer further. In front of a grand jury you have no Sixth Amendment right to counsel, although you can consult with a lawyer outside the grand jury room after each question.

What if I don't cooperate with the grand jury?
If you receive a grand jury subpoena and elect to not cooperate, you may be held in civil contempt. There is a chance that you may be jailed or imprisoned for the length of the grand jury in an effort to coerce you to cooperate. Regular grand juries sit for a basic term of 18 months, which can be extended up to a total of 24 months. It is lawful to hold you in order to coerce your cooperation, but unlawful to hold you as a means of punishment. In rare instances you may face criminal contempt charges.

What should I do if I want to contact DHS?
Always talk to a lawyer before contacting DHS, even on the phone. Many DHS officers view "enforcement" as their primary job and will not explain all of your options to you.

What Are My Rights at Airports?
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is illegal for law enforcement to perform any stops, searches, detentions or removals based solely on your race, national origin, religion, sex or ethnicity.

If I am entering the U.S. with valid travel papers can a U.S. customs agent stop and search me?
Yes. Customs agents have the right to stop, detain and search every person and item.

Can my bags or I be searched after going through metal detectors with no problem or after security sees that my bags do not contain a weapon?
Yes. Even if the initial screen of your bags reveals nothing suspicious, the screeners have the authority to conduct a further search of you or your bags.

If I am on an airplane, can an airline employee interrogate me or ask me to get off the plane?
The pilot of an airplane has the right to refuse to fly a passenger if he or she believes the passenger is a threat to the safety of the flight. The pilot's decision must be reasonable and based on observations of you, not stereotypes.

What If I Am Under 18?
Do I have to answer questions?
No. Minors too have the right to remain silent. You cannot be arrested for refusing to talk to the police, probation officers, or school officials, except in some states you may have to give your name if you have been detained.

What if I am detained?
If you are detained at a community detention facility or Juvenile Hall, you normally must be released to a parent or guardian. If charges are filed against you, in most states you are entitled to counsel (just like an adult) at no cost.

Do I have the right to express political views at school?
Public school students generally have a First Amendment right to politically organize at school by passing out leaflets, holding meetings, etc., as long as those activities are not disruptive and do not violate legitimate school rules. You may not be singled out based on your politics, ethnicity or religion.

Can my backpack or locker be searched?
School officials can search students' backpacks and lockers without a warrant if they reasonably suspect that you are involved in criminal activity or carrying drugs or weapons. Do not consent to the police or school officials searching your property, but do not physically resist or you may face criminal charges.