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Announcement :: Civil and Human Rights : Crime and Police

CAPCR: Town Hall Mtgs on Police Shootings

The St. Louis Police have shot another young man. Citizens investigating the case have declared it murder. They say witnesses dispute the police account that Jeremy Robinson drew a gun and was shot in "self defense". These witnesses say that Jeremy was on the ground, hands flat, when the officer shot him in the back. This officer then turned him over and shot him again. They believe they saw him drop a gun next to the body to justify his actions.
 

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News :: Civil and Human Rights : Crime and Police

Campaign to Stop the Execution of Marlin Gray

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Opponents of the death penalty, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Organization for Black Struggle, and the Missouri Catholic Conference, are calling for a delay in the execution of Marlin Gray. Gray and three other men were accused of raping and killing Robin and Julie Kerry on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in 1991. The facts of the killings have been marred by police misconduct, racist accusations, and conflicting stories.

The Organization for Black Struggle, Affiliate of the Black Radical Congress, is making an urgent plea to all justice-seeking friends to stop the state murder of Marlin Gray. Gray has an execution date of Wednesday, October 26 at 12:01 am. They are holding a vigil October 25, 8:30-9:00 pm at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Lindell Blvd & Grand.

[Jamala Rogers STL American | Prisoner Advocacy | Organization for Black Struggle | Amnesty International | Slyvester Brown STL-Post Column | various corporate news | Other vigils in Missouri]
 

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St. Louis Police intend to use hidden surveillance cameras at fair and who knows where else.

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The St. Louis Police Department has announced its intentions to install ‚Äúspies in the skies‚Ä? over crowds at Fair St. Louis this year. These are sophisticated remote controlled cameras. The technology was first used to violate the rights of those attending St. Louis Mardi Gras. The cameras will be mounted high on utility poles around the event and controlled wirelessly from vehicles where the images will be transmitted.

Other Resources [Corporate Media Report | NYC IMC | New York Surveillance Camera Players | New York Surveillance Camera Project]

 
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News :: Crime and Police : Media Reform Conference

Free Press Int'l Takes Heat for Slighting Local Affairs

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The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR), in St. Louis, has been working to support the establishment of a Civilian Review Board in the City of St. Louis. The proposed Board would be formed as an independent Civilian Oversight mechanism that would primarily allow for neutral investigation of complaints against the Police.

Free Press, a media reform group, has recently descended on the city of St. Louis with its second National Conference on Media Reform. Residents and activists in St. Louis have asked the conference to support the idea of a citizen oversight board to help diminish police brutality.

Read Confluence article [here]

 

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