It’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:
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org / ACLU
(209) 526-4852 email@example.com
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.