SWAT Raid at Wesley Ave Home

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Jan 4th 2013 7:23AM
The APD APEX Unit (formerly REDDOG) raided a house in the Edgewood neighborhood.
Tear gas caused coughing and irritation in the surrounding area.  Witnesses say flashbang grenades were used inside the house.
Police searched the house and seized items, but no weapons were ever seen.  However the SWAT police were equipped with assault rifles, armor and gas masks.  It's unclear what (if anything) prompted such overwhelming force in this raid.

Public Meeting About Copwatching

Copwatch is a tactic for stopping police harassment and brutality.  Basically it means recording the police when you see them messing with someone.  It can be a powerful tool, and we want to see it used more.

So we are calling a public meeting for everyone who is interested in this idea.  We will discuss:

- Who already watches the cops in Atlanta, and what their experiences have been

-  Organizing street patrols in different communities

- How to incorporate copwatch into existing movements

- New ideas for taking action against police violence

Man arrested for questioning police in Troy Davis Park

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On June 18th, 2012, "Ambassadors" at Troy Davis Park (a.k.a. Woodruff Park) tried to force a few chess players to leave the park.  Ambassadors are private employees and do not have authority to force individuals to leave public property, so the chess players refused.

Child held in handcuffs at Edgewood Apts.

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Sergeant Stephens (assignment# 3696) held a young boy in handcuffs during an investigation of a robbery.  As we approached the scene, police were heard warning Stephens that he was being filmed.  We initially assumed the boy was a suspect, but as soon as we arrived with cameras, Stephens took off the handcuffs and released the boy.  It is unclear what - if any - justification there was for detaining him.  It is also unclear why the officer felt physical restraints were necessary for someone who clearly posed no threat.

Atlanta Citizen Review Board Findings

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board is responsible for reviewing and investigating complaints against APD officers and determining if those officers were in the wrong. Since the board's creation, each complaint along with the ACRB's finding has been publicly available at http://acrbgov.org/ . Recently, the board's newly appointed interim executive director Sharese Shields ordered that all ACRB findings be removed from the site.

Copwatch and BLOCS Release Review Board Information To the Public

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) is charged with independently reviewing and investigating complaints against officers of the Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Department of Corrections. The ACRB was revived in 2007 after Atlanta Police Department officers killed English Avenue grandmother Kathryn Johnston, as she lay in her bed. Since its revival, the Board has investigated dozens of complaints and has repeatedly urged APD to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

Union City Police Refuse to Identify Themselves at Rally for Ariston Waiters

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On January 17th, 2012, Copwatchers requested the names and badge numbers of several officers who were monitoring a protest/rally in Union City. All but one refused to identify themselves, and most had their name tags and badges covered over by their jackets. 

The protest was regarding the recent police murder of Ariston Waiters by Officer Luther "Machine Gun" Lewis on December 14th, 2011.

Arrests and Police Violence During Occupy Atlanta Protest

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This is a rough edit of video recorded during the police actions against Occupy Atlanta protesters. It takes place in and around Troy Davis Park (previously known as Woodruff Park). The footage shows various protesters being arrested, sometimes violently. Several members of the press were arrested, and protesters reported being beaten and injured by police.