How To Report A Cop: Modesto CopWatch Update

copwatch1203It’s a crazy time for Law Enforcement-Community relations in America right now. The police are beating, abusing, and killing people all over the country. From California to Texas. Alabama to New York. Over and over again. Here in Modesto, Officers Leap and De Leon won’t see any kind of punishment. Instead the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department would rather arrest citizens who give out clean needles and help curb the spread of hepatitis and HIV in the Central Valley. What do they expect when they vote against a legal needle exchange? Obviously our elected officials are not reacting to the needs of the people. The same can be said for our police officials as well. The Modesto NAACP held two town hall meetings where a few hundred citizens expressed their concern to a U.S. Justice Department representative about police abuse of power and the need for a civilian review board in the Central Valley. When asked if they wanted a review board, officials from the Modesto, Ceres, and Turlock police departments unanimously replied “No.” What do they have to hide? Maybe they don’t want any more lawsuits after MPD officers beat down the wrong man who turns out to be a lawyer. Oops! I guess Chief Wasden is jumping ship at the right time. Now he gets to run a whole town, thanks to a former employee who helped get him hired (don’t you just love the central valley good ol’ boy network?) After MPD kills an 11 year old boy and  a mentally-ill man, gets sued, and commits one of the biggest acts of blatant racism at a Hip-Hop show downtown, Wadsen gets to walk away to his $200K paying job. Of course the Modesto Bee gave him a shining review as it does with all police.  Instead of a racist act, the Bee describes the event as a “Hip-Hop inspired melee.” I wonder if they would describe a redneck bar fight as “country music inspired violence.”  Of course not, because the Bee is just as racist (if not more) than the police it pretends to report about. And let’s not forget about the fight for justice in the Bay to convict BART Officer Johannes Mehserle who murdered Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day. There are struggles against the police state going on all around the world. Join them by getting involved locally. We can start by helping Modesto and the surroundings Central Valley areas get “citizen review boards” for their local police departments.

HOW TO REPORT A COP:ep38_01

 “The Modesto Police Department considers the investigation of complaints regarding an employee’s actions or our policies to be one of our most important missions. All complaints are investigated objectively and thoroughly, and the investigation findings are provided in writing to the complainant” For more lies go to http://www.modestogov.com/mpd/

 

Although there are several groups you can submit a complaint about a cop to, most people think they have only one choice. Reporting a cop to the police seems a bit unfair. Where’s the checks and balance right? That choice can be very intimidating, stressful, and is the reason why most of us don’t report it at all. 

Here in Modesto and the central valley we have more than one option. Modesto, Fresno, Stockton and other blooming Copwatch communities, along with NAACP and the ACLU take claims from the community about police that violate your rights or abuse you in any way.

We believe it is very important to submit a complaint about a cop to several groups or representatives.

Turning in a report to the police is important because even though the officer(s) may not get disciplined or have to face any consequences your case will be reviewed, plus a complaint remains in their file for 5 years.

If you or someone you know would like to make a complaint about a cop you can submit one to the police department, you can pick up a form in person, print one on line, or have someone get you one. Modesto Copwatch ACLU and NAACP can also provide you with one.

If you or someone you know want to submit a complaint to the NAACP or the ACLU they have forms you can fill out. Modesto/Stanislaus NAACP (209) 882-1480 P. O. Box 5224Modesto, CA  95352 naacpstanislaus@yahoo.com / ACLU
(209) 526-4852 stanaclu@earthlink.net

If you want to submit a complaint or know someone who does, they can also submit one to MODESTO COPWATCH. Simply tell us what happened and be as specific and truthful as possible. You can send your story or official complaint to: MODESTOCOPWATCH@LIVE.COM

MODESTO Copwatch will support you by getting you the complaint form and submitting it. We are also willing to go to your interview if the time is right. We can help you research laws and your rights in a particular case and much more, let us know how we can help.

Check out Modesto Anarcho’s Timeline of Police Repression



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  1. Visit http://www.usdoj.gov to educate yourself on protecting your civil rights and the penalties & punishment for those law enforcement officers who choose to violate them @ http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/pressindex.php

    Why you should NEVER, EVER, EVER talk to the police:

    1. People can sometimes get carried away when talking to the police. Simply put…TMI. If you are mostly truthful, but exaggerate certain facts, it will be used by police and the prosecuting attorney to crucify you. It is not uncommon for cops to lie to you in an effort to gain information, but if you slip up and tell one lie to police, you are toast! If you are being questioned by police, it is best to simply tell the officer “I do not want to answer any questions” and ask the officer “am I free to go?” If they detain you, demand to know why you’re being detained. Continue to assert your right “I do not want to answer any questions” and keep asking them “am I free to go?” Police cannot detain you indefinitely (usually no longer than 20 minutes) so they must release you unless they have enough evidence to arrest you. Everyone should become familiar with their surrounding law enforcement agencies and supervisors. KEEP the supervisor’s contact numbers in your cell phone so that if an officer does get out of hand, YOU can place that call to request his supervisor come to the scene.

    2. If they eventually place you under arrest, continue to remain silent! Once you have been arrested, there is absolutely no story you can tell that will convince them to “let you go.” Story telling is over; especially if you know you’re guilty. Trying to “talk” your way out of a situation is useless and actually prolongs your release. Even if you are guilty as sin, talking to the police leaves you without any benefit in return. Keeping your mouth shut may increase your chances of being released for lack of evidence or working out a plea deal later. Don’t be in a rush to convict yourself!

    3. Once at the station for questioning, even if the interview is recorded, unless you have 100% accurate and total recall of all the details of your life, you will make statements that are somehow inaccurate and they will be used against you. Again, it is best to simply SHUT UP and LAWYER UP! Even completely truthful information will be used against you.

    4. Even if you are 100% innocent and 100% truthful, have total recall, give a recorded statement, and don’t say anything that would incriminate you…the police may have evidence that is mistaken, unreliable, or false. The police may tell you they have an eye witness or that your partners’ “confessed” or may perhaps try to “trick” you into confessing by offering you a “better deal” if you just “come clean” and tell the “the truth.” Remember, cops don’t make deals, cops make arrest! The television show “The FIRST 48” which airs on A&E displays numerous examples of how staying quiet during questioning is always paramount but if you don’t get an opportunity to watch the show, just remember: IF YOU TELL …. YOU ALL GO TO JAIL! IF NO ONE TALKS …. EVERYBODY WALKS!!

    5. You run the risk of giving a false confession. The Innocence Project has estimated that incriminating statements were a factor in 25% of all DNA exonerations. That means that one out of four cases where a defendant was wrongfully convicted, their own words helped put them in prison or on death row.

    6. REMEMBER! In addition to never talking to police, DON’T EVER, EVER, EVER GIVE POLICE CONSENT TO SEARCH your person, home or automobile without a search warrant! The police are trained to ask for your consent in a way that seems as if you must let them. Simply tell them “I do not consent to any searches.” Most small town cops, however, will search you or your vehicle without probable cause and simply do not care if you consent to it or not, so if police ask you to “step out of the car”, do as they ask but LOCK THE CAR behind you and put the keys in your pocket. Although these cops may possess a working knowledge of the constitution, most believe that the ends justifies the means and they are simply “just doing their job” even if it takes violating your rights to get an arrest and remove another “bad guy” off the street. Small town police officers know their county’s judicial system is designed to take their word over yours most of the time.

    7. The POLICE OFFICER IS NOT TRAINED TO BE COOL! The police officer is not your friend, daddy or momma, so use “officer” instead of “dude”, “sir “or “mam.” Most police are professional but some are power hungry, ego driven thugs and if you fail to pass the “attitude test” with them, you’ll most likely find yourself taking a little trip with the taser while being personally introduced to their original swat air footwear and a police baton. That is precisely why, if at all possible, you should always VIDEO/AUDIO RECORD every encounter and conversation with police. This not only protects the integrity of the encounter, but is also yet another tool that will assist the state in ridding itself of the few remaining “good ole boys” that choose to break the law and violate the rights of the citizens with impunity. If the encounter is not recorded, some police will on occasion “misrepresent” what exactly happened, manufacture evidence, make up charges and/or simply LIE!

    If your rights have been violated or if you are a victim of racial profiling, abuse or brutality by any law enforcement officer under color of law, please visit http://www.reportacop.org to obtain important information and procedures on how to report those violations and abuses to the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, you may also call your local FBI Field Office to report it immediately. Exercise your Rights every day. Visit http://www.flexyourrights.com.

  2. i was bet up by the cops and dont know who to trust now. i also went to court because they game me resisting arrest charge when i was clearly not resisting arrest. i have 3 people that watch the whole thing also cops that say they wernt there. the cops came to my house for a noise complaint and insted bet me up and took me to jail. i pled not guilty to the resisting arrest then went to the county clearks office and got the a report that has 23 lies in it. they gave me a court apointed lawyer but have not talked to him and i dont know if i can even trust him. i dont know who to trust and would like to talk to someone that i can trust and to help me to find justice for the cops that kicked my butt. this happend in Williamson county and the officers were Round Rock Police officers.what officers did was wrong. my girlfriend wrote a report to the Internal Affairs department and they said its to weak to do anything about. this is not right and my rights were violated.

  3. I’m sorry that this happened to you, I went through something very similar in Hanover/Louisa Va because of corrupt cops and sheriffs who were stealing innocent citizens’ homes. At least you have someone who cares for you and is there for you. I had no one, I was completely abandoned, especially after cops crippled me. I will say a prayer for you–that you find justice. I pray this for myself as well.

  4. my 17 yr old son is being accused of being a suspect in a drive by shooting.that happen on the west side modesto.MY son doesnt even know how to drive and never in his live touch a gun.what MPD DID TO MY FAMILY THAT HAD NOTHING WHAT SO EVER TO DO WITH THIS CRIME WAS NOT RIGHT MY SON IS INNOCENT AND WHAT THEY DID TO HIM WITHOUT ME BEING WITH WHILE MPD WAS QUESTIONING UNTIL 4AM WAS NOT RIGHT HE WAS VERY SCARED TELLING HIM HE IS LYING. MY SON HAS DISABILITY OF BEING SLOW.THE REAL CRIMINALS JUST SO HAPPEN TO RUN INTO MY BACK FIELD AND TOSSED THE GUN IN MY YARD.WE DO HAVE A WITNESS THAT SAW THE 2 GUYS DROPPED THE GUN IN OUR YARD AND HE ALSO WAS TRYING TO TELL MPD WE HAD NOTHING DO WITH THIS CRIME THAT THEY HAD THE WRONG PERSON BUT THEY WOULDNT LISTEN TO HIM EITHER.IM JUST SO UPSET THAT NOW WE HAVE TO PAY FOR A LAWYER FOR MY SON THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS SHOOTING.AND HIM BEING AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY THE MPD NOW ARE SAYING THAT HE CONFESSED TO BEING INVOLVED .I CAN JUST INMAGINED WHAT HE WENT THROUGH WHILE BEING QUESTIONED IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT THE MPD WOULD DO THIS TO A KID THAT HAD NOTHING TO WITH THIS CRIME MY SON TOLD ME HE KEPT TELLING MPD THAT HE WANTED ME THERE BUT NOONE CALLED ME TO COME TO BE WITH HIM.YES THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT THE MPD WAS WRONG FOR WHAT THEY DID TO ME AND MY FAMILY .ITS KILLING ME INSIDE THAT NOONE WILL LISTEN TO US WE TRIED TO HELP MPD BUT INSTEAD MPD MADE US THE CRIMINALS.DRAWING GUNS ON US SHOOTING AT MY DOGS. I MYSELF WITH MY TWINS BY MY SIDE FLAGGED DOWN A OFFICER TELLING THEM THAT GUYS WERE IN MY FIELD.THATS THE REASON MPD WAS TAKING TO MY HOUSE I WENT TRIED TO FILE A COM-LAINT AGAINST THE 2 OFFICER THAT QUESTION MY SON BUT MPD SAID THEY HAD THAT RIGHT TO TAKE MY 17YR OLD WITHOUT ME BEING THERE.BEFORE THEY TOOK HIM I TOLD MPD I DIDNT WANT HIM BEING QUESTION WITH ME OR A LAWYER WITH HIM THEY TOLD THAT THEY TELLING WHAT HAPPEN TO HIM MPD TOLD TO GO BACK IN MY HOUSE SO I DID NOT EVEN A MINUTE MPD DROVE OFF WITH HIM.THEY BROKE MY WINDOWS .WHAT MPD DID TO US I WOULD NEVER WANT THAT ON ANYONE WE ARE FAMILY THAT KEEPS TO OURSELVES MY TWINS DONT RUN THE STREETS.I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR SIDE CAUSE WHAT MPD ARE SAYING ABOUT MY FAMILY ARE SO UNTRUE.PLEASE HELP GET OUR STORY OUT..

    • This Story Is disgusting, none the less a familiar story to too many young people. Mr Nunez, Modesto Cop Watch would like to help you with 4 things. 1)-talk to a lawyer that might be able to help your family for FREE 2)File a legit complaint against the officers. It sounds like you talked to someone instead of filing a written complain.3) provide forums to tell your family’s story and 4) Direct Action in the community for more support. Modesto citizens need to let MPD know they cannot get away with this, we will not tolerate it, we will not forget, we will not stop until we get the popo off the block. please call us at 730-6744 leave your phone number and we can call you back. You can also e-mail us at modestocopwatch@live.com we are also on facebook. Remember: you are not alone and you can win this fight.

  5. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A HIGHWAY PATROL WHO IMPOUNDED MY 1999 TAHOE ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO, EVEN THOUGH MY CAR WAS LEGAL. HE PULLED ME OVER AGAIN YESTERDAY AND THREATENED TO IMPOUND MY 1994 SUPER SPORT IMPALA, IF I DONT HAVE SOME INFORMATION FOR HIM BY SUNDAY.HE STATED HE WILL FIND ME ON SUNDAY AND TAKE MY CAR IF I DONT CONTACT HIM WITH SOME INFORMATION ABOUT ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. HE MENTIONED CAR THIEVES, DRUG ADDICTS AND OR DEALERS ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. THIS OFFICERS NAME IS MCCAIN AND I BELIEVE HE WILL DO AS HE HAS THREATENED.I DONT BELIEVE FOR A ECOND THAT I AM THE ONLY ONE HE IS HARASSING.

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