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Know Your Rights Training with nice folks from the East Atlanta Copwatch Group!

Tuesday January 4th at 7pm at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue)

Free Training!

804 303 5449

This is a video from the East Atlanta Copwatch group, whichs hows a good example of how Copwatch participants should respond when confronted by police during a Copwatch. It is also fairly amusing.  Particularly of note is the way the Copwatch members firmly refuse to engage in any sort of conversation/handshake/interaction with the Cop. They also refuse to give him their IDs or engage in a discussion about their ids until he tells them if they are being detained.

Copwatchers observed officers conducting a roadblock near Memorial and Howell St. Despite serious questions as to their constitutionality, the Atlanta Police Department has strongly promoted roadblocks as a law enforcement strategy. APD leadership claims roadblocks are not intended to catch criminal activity or profile people as suspects, just to make officers visible in the neighborhood and show a friendly face to the public.

In this video, Officer McKnight’s behavior gives conflicting signals about APD’s actual objectives in establishing roadblocks.

http://www.CopwatchOEA.org

Many of you who live in Southern Barton Heights may have seen some of the Wingnuts and other folks in the neighborhood out watching the cops on a pretty regular basis.  For those of you who we haven’t yet had the opportunity to talk with about what we’re doing, here’s a little bit of information about copwatch in general and Southern Barton Heights Cop Watch in specific.  If you’d like to get involved, do so!  Or if you have questions about how to get involved or what you can do to help, email us or stop by the Wingnut.

What is copwatch?
Copwatch is a decentralized network of autonomous organizations spread all over the country.  The purpose of a copwatch group is to monitor and document police activity, with the intention of helping to prevent police misconduct and police brutality.

Southern Barton Heights Copwatch is still in its formative stages, but we do our best to be a highly visible, monitoring presence to as much police activity in our area as we can.  We use such tactics as video taping, camera phones, and note taking to document police activity.

Who can do copwatch?
Anyone can do copwatch!  Any time you see the police stopping someone or interacting with members of our community, grab a camera, video camera, pen and paper, and document what you see.  Try to grab a friend or another person to watch the cops with you, it’s safer.
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