Copwatch of East Atlanta is a group of civilians organized to protect our communities from police abuse. We monitor police stops, using video cameras to document any brutality or violation of rights. We also educate people about their rights and how to file complaints about mistreatment by the police.
Monitoring the police puts them on notice that they cannot get away with abuse, and creates evidence which victims of illegal police actions can use in demanding justice.
We need many "eyes on the street" to stop police abuse. If you have ideas about where copwatching is needed, information about police abuse, photos, video, or any advice, let us know! Anonymous tips are welcome.
- We work for police accountability. We use police monitoring to give victims of police abuse the chance to seek justice.
- We work for community safety. We use police monitoring to prevent brutality and keep our communities safe.
- We especially seek to support people of color, undocumented immigrants, GLBTQ people, sex workers, youth, homeless and working class people, because police often target these groups for abuse.
- We are committed to a non-hierarchical grassroots approach to organizing.
- We are part of a larger effort to re-assert community control over the police. Police should be servants – not oppressors – of the community.
- We believe that power should be shifted away from the police and towards community based solutions for safety.