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Copwatch (also Cop Watch) is a network of United States and Canadian volunteer organizations that "police the police". Copwatch groups usually engage in monitoring of the police, videotaping police activity, and educating the public about police misconduct. Image File history File links Acap. ... Image File history File linksMetadata COPWATCH_logo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata COPWATCH_logo. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 540 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (576 × 640 pixel, file size: 66 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Reproducible protest image freely available at Copwatch. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 540 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (576 × 640 pixel, file size: 66 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Reproducible protest image freely available at Copwatch. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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History

The modern concept of copwatching is based on a model of police accountability used by the Black Panther Party, in which members of the Party followed police officers on patrols in poor African American neighborhoods. The Panthers would intervene when they believed the police had become intimidating or abusive to black people they had detained. [citation needed] The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African American organization founded to promote civil rights and self-defense with a mission of domination in the United States. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


The Brown Berets also took direct action against police abuse in largely Hispanic neighborhoods and are seen as an antecedent to modern copwatchers.[citation needed] The Brown Berets were a Chicano nationalist activist group of young Mexican Americans during the Chicano Movement. ... Direct action is a form of political activism which seeks immediate remedy for perceived ills, as opposed to indirect actions such as electing representatives who promise to provide remedy at some later date. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ...


The first group to call itself Copwatch started in Berkeley, California in 1990. There are now numerous Copwatch groups in cities throughout the United States, and more continue to sprout each year. Each group is autonomous and self-governing, but most groups share common goals: promote public safety and to ensure that police officers remain accountable for their actions.[1] Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


On November 3, 2006, a video of the arrest of alleged gang member William Cardenas was posted to YouTube by CopWatch LA. The video, in which Cardenas struggles to prevent the police from handcuffing him after attempting to escape arrest, shows the officers repeatedly punching him in the face while trying to force his hands together. The circulation of this video led to nationwide media coverage of Copwatch and prompted investigations into police conduct by both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[2] For other uses, see Gang (disambiguation). ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... “LAPD” redirects here. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as both a federal criminal investigative body and a domestic intelligence agency. ...


Copwatch methods

The main function of most Copwatch groups is monitoring police activity. "Copwatchers" go out on foot or driving patrols in their communities and videotape interactions between the police and civilians. Some groups also patrol at protests and demonstrations to ensure that the rights of protesters are not violated by police officers. Copwatch organizations generally abide by a policy of non-interference with the police, although this may not be true for all groups. Copwatch does not have a policy to ensure that members are obeying the law during their activities or a policy to ensure that people reporting the activities of police officers are not using the organization to interfere with ongoing criminal investigations or to hide their criminal activities.[citation needed] Bottom view of VHS videotape cassette with magnetic tape exposed Videotape is a means of recording images and sound onto magnetic tape as opposed to movie film. ... Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on April 16, 2005. ... For other uses, see Demonstration. ...


Copwatch groups also hold "Know Your Rights" forums to educate the public about their legal and human rights when interacting with the police, and some groups organize events to highlight problems of police abuse in their communities. However, the group does not advocate for more accountable law enforcement practices or abuse prevention programs.[citation needed] Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ...


Online activities

The Copwatch.com website provides a database of reports of police misconduct and forums for the general public to discuss issues of police abuse. One of the tactics advocated by the owners of this site is the "two person protest", intended to raise public awareness using a small number of people.[3]


The Copwatch Forums were created for the general public to discuss alleged police misconduct. It contains a database of police officer misconduct across the United States, although these complaints are not verified or provided to internal affairs division of law enforcement agencies. Police misconduct refers to brutality, corruption or other objectionable actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties. ...


Branching Out

Local Copwatch groups established their own chapters in several cities e.g. Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana although some chapters have either folded and/or disbanded. New Orleans Copwatch is still active, even in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ...


References

  1. ^ www.copwatch.com,
  2. ^ Veiga, Alex. YouTube.com Video Prompts Probe of LAPD. USA Today, 2006-11-13
  3. ^ How To Stage a Two-Person Mass Protest

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Further reading

  • Daniel J. Chac√≥n, "When cops allegedly step out of line, group steps up pressure", Rocky Mountain News, November 18, 2005, Sec. News, Pg. 31A.
  • Russ Schanlaub, "Anti-Police Internet Sites", Law and Order, December 2005. Online version
  • Matt Leedy, "Dozens learn to tape police - Copwatch leader gives Fresnans tips on safely monitoring officers.", Fresno Bee, Aug. 28, 2005, Sec. News, Pg. B1.
  • "Houston PD wants Copwatch on its side", Law Enforcement News, October 31, 2002, Vol. XXVIII, No. 586. Online abstract
  • "Arizona vigilantes look for police abuse", Crime Control Digest, Washington: Jan 5, 2001, Vol. 35, Iss. 1; pg. 4.
  • Tim Dees, "Anti-police sites", Law and Order, Wilmette: Jun 2001. Vol. 49, Iss. 6; pg. 25.

External links

Copwatch groups

U.S.A.

CANADA

  • Winnipeg Copwatch (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (Toronto, Ontario)

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Copwatch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (513 words)
The modern concept of copwatching is based on a model of police accountability used by the Black Panther Party, in which members of the Party followed police officers on patrols in poor African-American neighborhoods.
Copwatch organizations generally abide by a policy of non-interference with the police, although this may not be true for all groups.
Copwatch groups also hold "Know Your Rights" forums to educate the public about their legal and human rights when interacting with the police, and some groups organize events to highlight problems of police abuse in their communities.
Berkeley Copwatch : Herstory (1227 words)
Copwatch aggressively campaigns against laws, but Measure O is passed with the help of $24,000 in funds donated by property management companies and local businesses.
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Copwatch responds to the attacks of September 11th with a forum at UC Berkeley that examined the government's new laws that threaten our civil liberties, and produced a special edition Copwatch Report on the aftermath of 9/11.
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