Friday, October 26, 2007

Interviews on KPFK

Cop Watch LA Interview on Uprising Radio 4/18/07

Maywood Police Department Accused of Brutality and Abuse

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The City of Maywood's police department has come under increasing criticism in recent months. Community members and organizations, such as Padres Unidos de Maywood, have accused the department of corruption, brutality and abuse. A recent Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that at least a third of Maywood's 37 member police force had been hired despite having questionable past records which included terminations from other agencies for misconduct and brushes with the law. Following the investigative report, interim police chief, Richard Lyons, who himself has a criminal background, promised police reforms. Among the officers hired by the Maywood Police Department are Frank Garcia, who was charged with drunk driving and firing his weapon negligently. Among the allegations of police abuse is the case of a Maywood police officer impregnating a 15 year old teenager who rode along with patrols as a police explorer. Community members and lawyers have filed numerous lawsuits against the city. The Maywood Police Department is also being currently investigated by the FBI, the California attorney general, and the LA County district attorney.



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On Tuesday May 8th, 2007, hear Joaquin Cienfuegos of Cop Watch and Elmer Roldan of Community Coalition discuss the May 1st attacks by the police against protesters and members of the media; get information on protesters attending the May 8th Police Commission Hearings. Also as he prepares for his sentencing having been found guilty of voter fraud by an all white jury, hear from anti-racist activist from Benton Harbor Michigan, Rev. Edward Pinkney discuss the criminalization of anti-racism and his next steps. And hear from a student hunger striker at Harvard University, where several students are in their 6th day of a hunger strike in support of Harvard's security officers and from Dr. Logan of Bethel AME Church in South LA about attempts to organize security officers in Southern California.

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