Police Harass Food Not Bombs in Hurt Park

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Food Not Bombs was serving their weekly meal in Hurt Park, Atlanta, on August 18th 2010, when a Georgia State University police officer, who later identified himself as Sgt Simms, began harassing a man for lying on the grass. Copwatchers who were present began to film the incident. Two other officers, Lt Brinkley and Sgt Mack, arrived on the scene and demanded to know who was serving food and whether they had a permit to feed in the park. The activists were ordered to leave the park and Sgt Mack threatened to "dispose" of the food if they refused.

APD Seizes Camera, Tries To Suppress Footage of Raid

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On April 22nd, 2010, Copwatch of East Atlanta observed APD officers searching a local business (Kloud9) with a drug sniffing dog. We approached the scene and tried to document the situation with a camera phone.

Several officers demanded that we stop filming them. When we continued to exercise our right to observe, officer Anthony Kirkman grabbed the cameraperson (Marlon) and, with the help of other officers, physically wrenched the camera out of Marlon's hands.

Officer Larkin refuses to identify himself

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Copwatch observers were documenting the police force homeless people out of Hurt Park in Downtown Atlanta. The activists approached one of the officers involved and asked him to identify himself, as all Atlanta Police are required to do. The officer refused, and covered his name tag to hide his identity from the observers. As the officer rode away, one observer was able to get a look at his name tag, and identified him as Officer Larkin.

North Ave. Traffic Stop

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Two copwatchers came upon a police stop at North Ave and Boulevard and began filming. Police stated that the copwatchers were not allowed to film, accused them of blocking the sidewalk, told them to "leave, right now," and ignored requests for identification.

Interview with Police Insider on Department Corruption

James Griffin was deputized to work for the Sumter County police department in Georgia. He gives Copwatch a report on corruption and misconduct within his department. He also offers insight into police policies and culture which contribute to corruption in the APD and other departments.

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