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copwatchzine

*Cover and back cover of old Richmond Copwatch Zine – Note we do not have regular meetings any longer*

There has been a recent reinterest in Copwatch in Richmond, and to help anyone interested in copwatching or knowing their rights or keeping good security culture, especially given the recent organizing around the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, we are collecting as many links and zines and pamphlets on these topics so they can be shared far and wide and anyone can access them.  Richmond Copwatch was starting in the summer of 2010 by members at the time of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. Over the years multiple Know Your Rights and similar workshops were facilitated. And while the structured organization and routine patrols have fallen by the wayside, copwatching has remained a decentralized important aspect of radical and anarchist movements in Richmond.

There has also been discussion of how Copwatching is an activity that white people can do as allies, and this aspect ought to be discussed further.  Pretty much every time there is a big movement with many new members, it is important to make sure some of the basic safety information gets made available to new activists. Sorry for not having thought of this before now regarding the Ferguson protests.

For Richmonders, you can tweet to @rvacopwatch on twitter, or find the facebook group RVA Copwatch here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157292621073163/ to get connected to other copwatchers and to share videos and information you find or to promote events and workshops about copwatching and know your rights trainings.

Copwatch Zines/Info

Richmond Copwatch

Copwatch 101

These Streets Are Watching – Copwatch Documentary

Alternatives to Police

Copwatching Poster

Copblock Website

Know Your Rights Zines/Info

Know Your Rights Trainer Materials

Know Your Rights! What You Need to Know

Know Your Rights Posters and Pamphlets

Know Your Rights Comix

Grand Jury Investigations, FBI Harassment, and Your Rights

Flex Your Rights

Don’t Talk to Police

Colorado ACLU Know Your Rights Training

NLG Know Your Rights

Security Culture Zines/Info

What is Security Culture? A guide to staying safe

Security Culture: a handbook

Security Culture: An interactive sock puppet farce

Stay Calm: Some tips for staying safe during times of state repression

Why Misogynists Make Great Informants

Towards a Collective Security Culture

Legal

Anarchist Survival Guide for Understanding Gestapo Swine Interrogation Mind Games

Legal Observer Guide

Medical

An Activist’s Guide to Basic First Aid

Direct Action Survival Guide

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Richmond Copwatch will be out tomorrow night (Friday 11/4) to observe and record the police during November’s First Friday. We will be meeting at 6:00pm at the fountain in Monroe Park. All are welcome to come out, regardless of experience!

Some things to bring include:

  • Video cameras (We have some extra video cameras)
  • Still cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Flashlights
  • Water
  • Some snacks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather appropriate clothing (There is a 37 degree low tomorrow night!)

We will be doing patrols of the First Friday Art Walk with a focus on recording police interactions with people. This is meant to curb the level of violence in the RPD’s crowd control tactics during this event, and to ensure there is a record of evidence when police brutality and violence occurs.

Depending on the number of Copwatchers who show up, we will likely split into two or more working groups and begin patrols shortly after 6:00pm. For those who are new to Copwatch, we will briefly go over the basics of Knowing Your Rights and how to safely observe and record the police.

Come out for as much or as little of First Friday as you are able. If you cannot find us, the point of contact for November’s First Friday Copwatch patrol will be (540) 850-3848.

Fair warning: Copwatchers expose themselves to a certain level of legal risk and police harrassment. If, like us, you refuse to be intimidated by these thuggish oppression tactics, come and join us!

You can get in touch with Richmond Copwatch at sbhcopwatch@gmail.com or (804) 303-5449, or come to the Copwatch meeting on November 22nd at 7:00pm, at 2005 Barton Avenue.

Here are links to PDFs of various Manuals, General Orders, and Protocols of the Richmond Police Department. You can check them out for a better understanding of what the police are and are not supposed to be doing. This can help with fully understanding your rights, as well as when engaged in activities such as copwatching. It is important for citizens to know when cops are breaking their own rules so we can hold them accountable.

We are also posting this information as a permanent resource page at the top of our blog.

The Wingnut used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get these documents from the Richmond Police Department. We scanned all 595 pages (at no small cost to our sanity), and are posting them online to save others the time and money (about 82 dollars in this case) required to get the documents. However, if you find this information to be useful, please feel free to make a donation to the Wingnut. We have a paypal button on this blog, and can also accept checks written to Moriah Karn and mailed to 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23222 or cash donations in person.

The Freedom of Information Act is a policy which is Federal, but also exists in most states and localities. It means that if you can figure out what department to ask for information from, you can get the government to give you information not otherwise available. From inter-office emails, to lab reports, to manuals, or even one’s own FBI files, FOIA is a very useful tool for everyone.

This website has information about the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and who at the City of Richmond to contact:
http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicUtilities/FOIA.aspx

Depending on the agency you are requesting information from, there will be different fees associated with your FOIA request. (more…)