police brutality

No justice, no peace: National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area chapter turns up the heat against police violence and racism

As huge crowds around the U.S. cried “Black lives matter” on Saturday, Dec. 13, thousands marched down San Francisco’s Market Street and rallied in Civic Center. Prominent in the mostly Black and Brown crowd were supporters of two of the most recent police murder victims in the city, O’Shaine Evans and Alex Nieto. – Photo: Adriana Camarena
The San Francisco Bay View
December 14, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for an immediate end to police violence, the taking of Black lives and the terrorizing of Black communities. We are inspired by the determination and courage of the people of Ferguson, Black people across the United States, and solidarity protests. Their actions express the outrage so many people feel at the systematic use of police violence against Black and Brown, queer and transgender, immigrant and poor communities across the United States. In the face of such incredible injustice, we openly support this people’s rebellion.

Protesters Sue Berkeley Police for Violence

Courthouse News
November 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Berkeley and Hayward police clubbed and gassed protestors and journalists during a Dec. 6, 2014, demonstration against police brutality in Berkeley, 11 people say in a federal civil rights complaint.
     Curtis Johnson et al. say they joined the "March Against State Violence" protest in Berkeley three days after a New York grand jury refused to indict a white New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, who was illegally selling cigarettes.

Guild Notes: Vol. 40, No. 2/3 (Summer/Fall 2015)

  • NLG publishes complete Radical Law Student Manual
  • Guildies gear up for annual Law for the People Convention in Oakland, CA
  • New column, "Beyond Bars": Voices from NLG Jailhouse Lawyers
  • People's Tribunals Deliver Justice for Victims of Human Rights Violations
  • Chicago Activists Obtain Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors
  • NLG Legal Observers Monitor Toledo Nazi Counter-Protest
  • NLG Goes to Cuba
  • NLG-NYC Parole Prep Project Sees Sucessful Results
  • Remembering Detroit Newspaper Strike 20 Years Later

It is Time We Discussed Abolishing the Police

CounterPunch
August 25, 2015

Brian Platt opines for CounterPunch:
“If I was an anarchist or even a regular protester,” explained the president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Ron Smith, “I would probably not want to be infiltrated by the police… Just like the dope dealer on Third and Pike doesn’t want to get busted. That’s the price of doing business. It’s the whole package.” This startling bit of honesty from the Seattle police regarding their imperative to infiltrate and spy on social justice protests came as Ansel Herz, a reporter for the local newspaper The Stranger, questioned Smith regarding undercover cops at a Black Lives Matter protest last December.

TUPOCC Condemns Ferguson Arrests of NLG and Other Activists on the Anniversary of Michael Brown's Murder

The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)

St. Louis County has declared a state of emergency in response to the protests and police officers have targeted activists with tear gas and arrests. Among those arrested and in custody today are Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, Abi Hassen (former Mass Defense Coordinator of the NLG and Member of Black Movement Law Project) and many other activists and TUPOCC members.

Reparations: A Blueprint to address systemic police violence

The City of Chicago made history on Wednesday May 6 when it passed legislation providing reparations to survivors of racially motivated police torture committed between 1972 and 1991. Once implemented, it will offer a measure of hope to survivors, their family members and African American communities devastated by the legacy of torture committed by infamous former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command.

NLG-Madison Chapter Statement on the Exoneration of Officer who Killed 19-Year-Old Tony Robinson

May 14, 2015

Protests continue and 28 people were arrested in Madison, Wisconsin in reaction to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s announcement that no charges will be filed in the March 6 police killing of Tony Robinson, 19.

Baltimore Needs Much More than Just Indictments

Photo by Devin Allen (instagram.com/bydvnlln)

by Oren Nimni, TUPOCC Chair and Sharlyn Grace, National Vice President

As police violence against Black community members and protesters continued this week in Baltimore, we were again reminded why we are proud to be a part of the National Lawyers Guild. The NLG quickly worked with other groups to mobilize legal support for the #BaltimoreUprising by assisting through Legal Observation, jail support, and legal defense coordination for those protesting the police murder of Freddie Gray.

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