District Attorneys, Prosecutors and Their Incestuous Relationship to The Police That Impedes Justice

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For the past several years, police in the U.S. have come under an extreme amount of scrutiny and criticism in the public eye, in the wake of numerous high profile police killings of African-American citizens, such incidents include, but are by no means limited to: Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Grey, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Philando Castille and literally too many more for me to list all here. All of these events, in conjunction with other documented instances of police brutality and violence have sparked countless protest in various cities and states across the entire country questioning the legitimacy and integrity of not just of police departments nationwide but the institution of U.S. policing as a whole.

Even prior to these highly publicized police killings very few would argue the fact that it is extremely difficult to convict police officers in this…

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Dear chalk outline, 


(This is the speech that I made at the national day of protest against police brutality)

I stand before you tonight to share my story of the aftermath of losing my father to please brutality when I was seven. To hopefully illuminate a universal language that can transcsend race. the language that comes from children who are suffering from the horrible trauma of losing their father to police violence. I recognize that simply because of the color of my skin this somehow translates into what is known as white privilege and for me to be silent about racial inequality is to be on the side of the oppressor and this I will not do. I wrote the following poem called “dear chalk outline” in which I am writing a letter to a friend turn foe; the yellow chalk that was the last thing that I saw my father .


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Santa Clara Co. Jail Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary! Hunger Strike Suspended Pending Sheriff’s Fulfillment of Demands

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Hunger Strikers have been released from solitary with handshakes and hugs. In 90 days, Strikers will be able to downclass in to general population. Additional clothing has been ordered. The sheriff’s department has agreed to subsidize lowering Commissary prices through the Welfare Fund. The Hunger Strike will continue its suspension until lasting changes are met.

The community can still put pressure in the form of a petition to insure lasting change in classification, administration, and Gang Intel both in policy and practice.

Be a part of the process to have lasting change!

Share & Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/support-the-santa-clara-county-jail-hunger-strikers


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National Day of Action Against Police Brutality: Family Testimonials

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We are honored to have the family of Lamontez Jones join us forO22/October 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Terror Repression and Criminalization of a Generation

The following is a fundraising request from the mother of Lamontez Jones, Victoria to support in fundraising for legal services
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#O22 in San Diego

Saturday OCTOBER 22nd, 2016

O22/October 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Terror Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation

Join the efforts of United Against Police Terror – San Diego Af3irm San Diego Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego Artful Activist San Diego and La Flor De La Resistencia as we mobilize for the 21th Annual October 22; National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.

Those killed by every branch of Law Enforcement in SAN DIEGO is up to 605!

October 22nd is a day that people around the nation have mobilized every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It is crucial that we bring forward a powerful National Day of Protest in cities and towns across the U.S. to challenge the ongoing violence against the people. This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system.


Most recent killed #AlfredOlango: “El Cajon PD Aware Unarmed Black Man Was in Mental Distress Before They Fatally Shot Him”

According to activists on the ground in El Cajon, the police department informed media that they were aware they were responding to a 5150 call when Olango was killed.

A “5150” call is defined as:

When a person, as a result of a mental disorder, is a danger to himself/herself or others or is gravely disabled, a peace officer, a member of the attending staff, or another professional person designated by the county may with probable cause take the person into custody and place him or her in a facility for a 72-hour treatment and evaluation.

This information appears to be confirmed by police scanner audio shared by United Against Police Terror – San Diego Copwatch & Campaign for Justice. Calls to El Cajon PD to confirm authenticity of audio have not been returned.

Read full article from TheRoot.com

Justice for Sergio Weick Killed by San Diego Sheriff’s Department August 12, 2016


Jose Armando Garcia, 47, was believed to be suicidal

RECENTLY THIS YEAR, Thongsoune Vilaysane, 30, of San Diego was shot 40 TIMES in Encanto on May 11, 2016



Lamontez Jones, 39 years old 10/20/2015


We are honored to have the family of Lamontez Jones join us forO22/October 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Terror Repression and Criminalization of a Generation

The following is a fundraising request from the mother of Lamontez Jones, Victoria to support in fundraising for legal services
T-Shirt Fundraiser

Anthony Ashford, 29 years old 10/27/2015
Rayshaun Cole, 30 years old 10/17/2015

in 2011 San Diego police Officers Steve Schnick and Richard Widner opened fire on 26-year-old Marc Anthony Carrasco in a back bedroom of the Dawne Street house early on the morning of March 5.

To this date, Uaptsd.org has recorded 600 KILLED BY EVERY BRANCH OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SINCE 1980.https://uaptsd.org/victims/stolen-lives-killed-by-sd-law-enforcement/

More from our community partners…



Daniella Navarrete, AF3IRM SF Bay Area Chapter Coordinator, sfbayarea@af3irm.org
Leah Sicat, AF3IRM Central Coast Chapter Coordinator, centralcoast@af3irm.org
Carly Ritter, AF3IRM Central Coast
Catherine Mendonça, AF3IRM San Diego Chapter Coordinator sandiego@af3irm.org

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA—As an anti-imperialist, transnational feminist organization, AF3IRM condemns the predatory actions and systemic oppression perpetuated by the Oakland Police Department (OPD). Allegedly committed to combatting the sex trade and entrusted to serve victims of gender violence, the Oakland Police Department has instead given badges, weapons, institutional power, and impunity to abusers, traffickers and johns. Officers who are valorized under the guise of  “protecting the community” have repeatedly shown themselves to be the very predators who endanger our existence. Specifically,  AF3IRM denounces the OPD’s perpetuation of sexual abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and rape of Celeste Guap. We also unequivocally condemn OPD’s corruption and potential cover-up of intimate partner homicide against Irma Huerta Lopez. We in AF3IRM see the victimization of Celeste Guap and the suspected murder of Irma Huerta Lopez as attacks on transnational women of color’s bodily autonomy, survival, self-determination, and liberation.  We name this malfeasance and violence for what it is: the ruthless triple oppression of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.

For over 25 years, AF3IRM has waged the Purple Rose Campaign against the trafficking of women and children. The most impacted communities in the sex trade are women of color, girls of color, and queer & trans people of color. Globally, women and girls comprise 97% of those trafficked for sexual exploitation. Every 2 out of 3 trafficked youth are girls from the global south. California is one of the primary hotspots for domestic and international human trafficking in the U.S and local conditions in the Bay Area mirror international trends.  Trafficking reports from Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara Counties, and the city of Oakland demonstrate that Black and Latina women and girls are the most susceptible to sexual exploitation. In the Bay Area alone, 46% of all prosecuted human trafficking cases came from Alameda County, with the most common form of sexual exploitation in Oakland being homegrown domestic minor sex trafficking.   Oakland is also the epicenter of the Bay Area’s largest “trafficking triangle,” with International Boulevard as the city’s most active area for street prostitution — the same street where Celeste Guap ran from her pimp towards Officer Brendan O’Brien, who later became the first police procurer.

Contrary to opinions which express that the OPD “sex scandal” detracts from “the real issues”, we in AF3IRM recognize that the fight against police terror and sex trafficking are interconnected and aim to abolish both! We echo some of the same demands made by other organizations and collectives, such as the Anti-Police Terror Project, but as transnational women of color who recognize the deep machinations and intersections of oppression, we must demand much more.

AF3IRM’s Demands:

1. Investigate & hold OPD accountable for Celeste Guap’s sexual exploitation, trafficking, & rape!
All predator police, as previously stated by Anti-Police Terror Project, should be arrested and all officers who were aware of trafficking but failed to act should be fired. Furthermore, we in AF3IRM want a release of the names of all implicated officers and a full investigation launched by an outside agency that will investigate predatory officers participating in the sex trade. Their simultaneous roles as first-responders and perpetrators of rape and trafficking are undeniably dangerous to youth and women of color and should no longer be tolerated. Additionally, OPD must publicly state that coercion and enticement of a minor is never the fault of the child or youth.

2. Release the autopsy report to Irma Huerta Lopez’s family!
On June 16, 2014, Irma Huerta Lopez, wife of OPD Officer Brendan O’Brien, was found dead in his apartment. The death was first classified as a homicide, but then ruled a suicide. The investigating sergeants maintain that Irma Huerta Lopez shot herself twice in the head with O’Brien’s gun.  However, Paulina Huerta, sister of Irma Huerta Lopez, remains unconvinced: “Why were there two shots if she killed herself?” Even the coroner’s report stated that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands; it also noted her death to be suspicious. The family of Huerta Lopez believes that O’Brien murdered her and that OPD did not conduct a thorough investigation. AF3IRM supports Paulina Huerta’s call for accountability and justice and the family’s repeated demands for a copy of the autopsy report.

3. Defund the police!  Commit funds to the community! 
In Oakland, nearly all services provided to sexual exploitation victims begin after arrest, often resulting in criminal records. AF3IRM stands against the criminalization of people in the sex trade since the policing of those victimized does not end sexual violence and instead seek an investment in the community.We demand that the Oakland police budget be cut by 50%. In addition, law enforcement funds for anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault response should be redirected into community-based programs–independent from police departments–that center survivors’ self determination and benefit the broader community. Here are a few places to begin:

  • Services for Self-Determination: Trauma-informed & survivor-centered services as designated first responders (such as Sexual Assault Response SART or Domestic Violence Response DVRT teams), reentry programs, community-run job centers, legal aid;

  • Health: Sexual/reproductive health care, community health clinics & low-income dental, community mental health & recovery services;

  • Housing: Tenant protections, low-income housing, emergency & homeless shelters;

  • Education: Public schools , after-school tutoring programs, extended library hours, trafficking awareness education (not to be mistaken for more cop trainings);

  • Children & Youth: Low-income child care, youth programs, foster & transitional-aged youth services.

4. Resignation of Libby Schaaf!
Time and time again, the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf has demonstrated that she is a threat to transnational women of color and our communities. From the ban on nighttime street protests, which were instituted aggressively on the evening of the #SayHerName campaign to end police violence against Black women, to the seven deaths of Black men under her watch, and the diminishing of Celeste Guap’s abuse as “sexual misconduct” and “frat-house” behavior, Libby is not a feminist ally. Her role in political repression, her investigation on whistleblowers, and the violation of women of color and Black lives shows that her power is harmful, oppressive, and deadly. Libby Schaaf poses as an ally, co-opting the language of “toxic masculinity,” while sanctioning white supremacist, patriarchal violence against our communities. AF3IRM calls for Mayor Libby Schaaf’s immediate resignation!

5. Decriminalize Sex Trafficking Victims/Survivors!
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office blames Celeste Guap for not reporting her own sexual exploitation. According to their spokesman J.D. Nelson, “She never came to our agency with any sort of complaint,” thus they “had no way of knowing about this sort of conduct.” However, 28 East Bay law enforcement officers were directly involved in the trafficking of Guap, including 14 Oakland police officers, 5 Richmond police officers, 3 Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, a Livermore police officer and a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy. It is outrageous to expect the victim to report their sexual abuse to the police, when the cops are the very people perpetuating the harm.

In the case of Celeste Guap, Oakland police officers extorted her for sex in exchange for avoiding arrest. Coercion is not protection. The business of this trade and the criminalization of the sexually exploited puts the most vulnerable in the hands of oppressors to coerce, to violate their autonomy under the threat of arrest, and consequently channel them into the prison industrial complex. By ending the criminalization of those prostituted and trafficked, we enhance the possibilities for survival and safety. AF3IRM demands the decriminalization of people exploited in the sex trade and denounces all systems of sexual enslavement!

We in AF3IRM believe deeply in the liberation of womankind and in dismantling systems of oppression. We see through this state institution’s  so-called  “protection” and challenge the patriarchal violence that has run rampant to abuse and subjugate transnational women of color.

We are most vulnerable to sexual violence. Our bodies are already deemed accessible, criminal, and violable by the state. We must build real power, demolish the systems that ensnare us and our communities, and create structures, systems, and resources that can protect us and our families.  Denouncing the patriarchal violence, trafficking, rape, and murder of women perpetrated by the Oakland Police Department is just one step.  If we call for the abolition of one arm of the state, such as the system of policing, we also have to dismantle the systems that maintain it, namely patriarchy, white supremacy, and imperialism. We know “the existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery.”  We aim to abolish all systems of enslavement- racial, sexual, and waged.

We call upon transnational women of color to get organized. Collective struggle calls for collective resistance. Together, we will apply pressure. Together, we will get our demands met. Our liberation depends on the work that we do together and the strength which our voices speak to power. Our oppression as transnational women of color has not only been social, emotional, and cultural but also material – and so must be our liberation.

Remember to connect what’s happening at a national level is also happening in San Diego, The same issues that were exposed in Ferguson are in San Diego. The system of power, White Supremacy, is well and alive in San Diego, hurting marginalized communities. Let’s make sure we seek justice for them. Let’s end the occupation of our communities by Police.
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Call For Renewed Actions In Solidarity With The US Prison Strike, October 15-22

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It hardly seems necessary to summarize what has gone down inside U.S. prisons since September 9th. Hunger strikes, work stoppages, and riots have spread throughout the country on a scale that we likely aren’t even fully aware of yet. Some uprisings appeared took us by surprise, such as in several Florida prisons, while others presumably grew from recent organizing endeavors on the inside, such as at Kinross in Michigan or Holman in Alabama. By rough estimates, over 20,000 prisoners were involved in some way. That’s huge.

On the outside, solidarity burned so brightly all over the world. Banner drops, graffiti slogans, noise demonstrations and more showed that we had the backs of all who would partake in the strike. It is worth noting however that the vast majority of this took place the first weekend of the strike. But this prison strike—and the struggle against prisons more broadly—is…

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Via #SDCityBEAT “Aaron Leaf pays tribute to police shooting victims The artist and United Against Police Terror activist creates stirring protest portraits..”

 The artist and United Against Police Terror activist creates stirring protest portraits


Activist and artist Aaron Leaf has been relentlessly organizing the community since 38-year-old Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango was shot and killed by El Cajon Police. It’s Sunday afternoon and protests haven’t started yet, but he and fellow United Against Police Terror(UAPT) activist Catherine Mendonça, who is also Leaf’s girlfriend, are working away in their City Heights apartment. Leaf is editing video footage from Saturday’s protests while Mendonça updates the organization’s social media. They expect more protests later on especially since 12 protestors—including a member of UAPT—were arrested earlier that morning.

“This should be happening every time someone is killed by police,” Leaf says of the community uproar.

For years, Leaf has been using art to document the lives of Olango and others killed by San Diego police with various graphic designs, including a series of portraits he calls “San Diego Stolen Lives.” The 37-year-old Leaf started UAPT with Mendonça about five years ago. They met through the Occupy City Heights movement and bonded over activism.

“We noticed there isn’t a lot of people involved in police accountability,” says Leaf. “There are organizations that are doing other things in San Diego but police accountability is something that is definitely lacking.”

Leaf and Mendonça decided on a mission for their grassroots watchdog organization: Document police and support families of individuals killed by law enforcement. Besides filming police interactions for their Copwatch YouTube series, UAPT’s documentation includes an ongoing list of San Diegans killed by law enforcement called San Diego Stolen Lives: Killed by San Diego Law Enforcement. The list includes details of 602 police-related deaths dating back to 1980. Inspired by the Stolen Lives Project created by the anti-police brutality group October 22nd Coalition, Leaf and Mendonça gathered information for their own list by reading relevant news articles and speaking with families of victims. Leaf began creating graphic designs of some of the victims on the San Diego Stolen Lives list. “To get the names and pictures out there and let them know that they’re human beings,” says Leaf of the project’s purpose. “They’re normal people. Just because they got shot by a cop—guilty or not—they have a life, they have a family, they have kids. We think about the other side.”

Aaron Leaf
Photo by Lara McCaffrey

The designs look like a stencil with the victim’s face shaped out of bold white lines against a black background. They’re each labeled with the person’s name, the date they died and the San Diego police department involved with the death. To create the portrait, Leaf finds photographs for his portraits through his research for the San Diego Stolen Lives list. News articles, online obituaries and sometimes families will provide a photograph he can use.

He then uploads the victim’s photograph into a program similar to Photoshop and changes the threshold until the image looks like a black-and-white photocopy. Leaf then uses a paintbrush tool to smooth out lines and highlight details until he has a clear image of the person’s face. The simplicity of the design allows for the portraits to be easily printed onto various mediums, such as t-shirts and banners.

“We have also done fundraisers with those designs,” says Leaf. UAPT sometimes sets up an online campaign where people can buy the t-shirts and have the profits sent to a victim’s family. Leaf created such a campaign for his late friend, Victor Ortega. Before making a portrait he usually gets permission from the family of the victim.

“Some of them are from back in the day, so we don’t have contact with all the family,” says Leaf. “We actually have families that don’t mind the work that we do, but they just kind of want to be left alone because it’s a touchy topic.”

The portraits are bold, upfront, raw and unforgiving about their political message, much like Leaf’s other artwork. Creating under the name IRATE Productions, there’s images of cops with scythes à la the Grim Reaper, police clashing with protestors, revolutionaries and portraits of people killed by police. All are done in black, red and white—UAPT’s colors. Leaf draws influences from graffiti artists such as Shepard Fairey and Banksy, as well as propaganda art.

Looking at Leaf’s artwork hung in their apartment, Mendonça describes his style as dark. “The edges are hard and it’s very raw,” she says. “It highlights what is necessary. It’s not soft. When you look at these pieces you don’t say it’s just a soft photo, you see the action happening. He emphasizes what you need to see, what is the injustice.”

His artistic style, color choices and subject matter reflect Leaf and Mendonça’s activism style: upfront, confrontational and anarcho-syndicalist. Leaf, Mendonça and the handful of activists that make up UAPT are often on the ground filming police interactions for accountability purposes, and they are unrepentant about the harsh language they use regarding the San Diego Police Department (e.g. see their “San Diego Killer Cop” list) and they don’t look to bigger organizations for direction.

This type of aggressive messaging has provoked many a response—some good and some bad. Last year, UAPT received hate mail sent from the office of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. UAPT was able to trace the IP address used to send the email to the sheriff’s office. The department launched an internal investigation into the email, but did not report on taking any action. With the “San Diego Stolen Lives” portraits and all his designs, Leaf has enough material for an art show but he isn’t interested in that. At this moment and into the future, he reiterates that all his creative endeavors will be devoted to activism and that the best use for his art is to communicate the desire for more police accountability.

“I think it’s a way to really get it out there and to burn an image into somebody’s brain,” says Leaf.

Olango is only the most recent portrait. Leaf has created more than 50 portraits of victims and plans to make as many as he can.

“The more that we show, the bigger message it makes.”

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Alfred Olango’s Celebration of Life

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#FamiliesFirst #October22nd #SanDiego

Join the efforts of United Against Police Terror – San Diego Af3irm San Diego Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego Artful Activist San Diego and La Flor De La Resistencia as we mobilize for the 21th Annual October 22; National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.

Those killed by every branch of Law Enforcement in SAN DIEGO is up to 605,

October 22nd is a day that people around the nation have mobilized every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It is crucial that we bring forward a powerful National Day of Protest in cities and towns across the U.S. to challenge the ongoing violence against the people. This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system.

5pm Set up and poster making
5:30pm, KYR’s and information distribution
6pm Opening Blessing (Grupo Danza Azteca Quetzalhuitzilin) , Rally at City Heights Performance Annex, Speakers and Performance Artists
Candlelight March then have an OLB Action on the I-15 Overpass

Uaptsd.org was formed as a direct response to raising up the voices of those brutalized, traumatized and killed as a result of police terror in San Diego county and southern California . Victims/Survivors and victim families are FIRST priority, this event is centered around them, as it should. Organizations in solidarity of this effort are welcome to join us, endorse etc. We do ask this be a survivor centered space of unity and support. thank you.


2016 Oct. 22nd. Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Brutality San Diego
| Promo Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eG-aKuPEWc

How does Uaptsd.org count law enforcement perpetrated fatalities?
So far, we count with traditional reporting on witness statements, by monitoring regional news outlets, research groups, police scanner info and open -source reporting projects – crediting appropriately though our creative commons mission.

What is included in Uaptsd #StolenLives database?
Any deaths arising directly from encounters with law enforcement – by both on and off duty as well as retired officers. This will inevitably include, but not be limited to, people who were shot, tasered and struck by LEO (government and state) officers vehicles, a high speed chase initiated by an officer which led to the death of person suspected of a crime and any bystanders, family members and domestic partners of law enforcement as well those who died in custody, including jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers. We also report on MTS and other private security companies which equipp guards with police grade weapons who have used brutal force which was responsible for their death.

*******WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK!*******

***UPDATE, this event will be recorded, filmed by many and have media outlet’s there. FOR THE PROTECTION of individuals, people are welcome to wearing bandanas or something to conceal their face if they choose. IT is PERFECTLY LEGAL IN CA to conceal your face (be it mask, bandana, etc) of course any suspicious behavior from individuals we don’t know who are wearing masks- will also be recorded… Thank you.

United Against Police Terror – San Diego is disability and LGBTQIA affirmative, for any accommodation requests, please let us know as soon as possible.

Endorsing Organizations*
Artful Activist San Diego
Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego
La Flor De La Resistencia
IM MY OWN Blessing
South San Diego Inmate PP
The Movement Productions San Diego
Coalition Against Police Violence – CAPV
Endorsing Artists
Guerilla CON (Captivitized Opressed Neglected)
DJ Kuttin Kandi
High Desert Community Copwatch

***If your organization would like to endorse this event, and help out please let us know***

More info to be announced. Check back for updates.
United Against Police Terror – San Diego
Twitter: UAPTSD
San Diego Killer Cops
Victims Murdered by San Diego Law Enforcement


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