Note:  This was received from the Alan Blueford Coalition back in October 2012, and we thank them, and apologize for the late posting.

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition (http://justice4alanblueford.org/) stands in solidarity with Jamel Mins, Carl Dix, Robert Parsons, Morgan Rhodewalt and their eight companions, standing trial in New York City on trumped-up charges brought by the Queens County District Attorney, Richard Brown, for peacefully protesting the unconstitutional Stop & Frisk policies of the New York Police Department.

Alan Blueford, an 18-year old black student, was murdered as the consequence of an illegal stop & frisk in Oakland, California on May 6th, 2012. Recognizing this, the Coalition has made the elimination of stop & frisk -- a de facto policy of the Oakland Police Department -- one of its five demands in seeking justice for Alan Blueford.

Countless youth and men of color have been harassed and their lives put in jeopardy by this police tactic designed to intimidate an entire generation. The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition salutes all those in New York City who have taken up the battle against Stop & Frisk. We here in Oakland are watching as events unfold in New York City: every
march and every press conference, developments in each trial and lawsuit, and your struggle to legislatively end Stop & Frisk by enacting the Community Safety Act.

We call on everyone from coast to coast and in between to demand that District Attorney Richard Brown drop all charges a against these peaceful protesters, and we also ask everyone to sign the Stop Mass Incarceration petition calling for dismissal of all charges at stopmassincarceration.org/resolution.html.
 
 
Thursday January 24 through Saturday January 26 we are going to the area where the NYPD beat Jeffeth James last March, and where Noche Diaz was arrested while observing the beating.  We are building support in the neighborhood, and looking for people who saw the beating, so that we can verify video footage to be used at trial.

JOIN in Thursday & Friday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, and Saturday afternoon 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  Meet at McDonald's, near the Elder Avenue Station of the 6 train in the Bronx at Westchester & Boynton Avenues.  Call 347 979 7646 for updates.
You can help post a flyer in the area with this message:

Can You Help Keep Noche Diaz from Getting Locked up Because He Observed the NYPD Beating Jeffeth James near this corner?

March 12, 2012 , in late afternoon at the corner of Westchester & Boynton, Noche Diaz saw NYPD beating Jeffeth James, right, in the street as they pulled him out of his car.  NYPD beat Jeff so badly, allegedly because of a faulty license plate light, that his dreadlocks were left on the street. 

Many people gathered in outrage, and pulled out their phones. Noche Diaz, left, told the police he had the right to observe them without interfering, but got hauled to jail with two other observers.

Noche, a revolutionary freedom-fighter, goes on trial Monday January 28 in Bronx Criminal Court.  IF YOU SAW what NYPD did to Jeffeth James, we need you to verify video footage of the beating. Jeffeth's trial is Monday February 4.

Contact:  Stop Mass Incarceration Network

347-979-7646 or

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Noche Diaz 2012
Originally posted on No War No Torture by Nancy Van Ness

Police can and do make errors and give orders that are not legal, sometimes accidentally like every other human being and sometimes on purpose. It is chilling that a judge, who is supposed to be impartial and not a tool of the police, would tell someone that he has to do what the police tell him.  The moment that we citizens allow the police to think for us, we live in a police state and when judges back that up, we are in real trouble.

It appears from the following incident in the Bronx court today that we are in real trouble. Below is a report from that court room today:

“Josh [Norkin, attorney for Noche Diaz, activist against the Stop and Frisk police, see more here and here] went in front of the judge, who immediately started lecturing Noche that when a cop tells him something, he has to do it.  She went on at length speculating that, whatever Noche had done, he didn’t want to obey the cop, or tell the court what he was doing.  Josh took her on in a loud clear voice.  ‘We know exactly what was going on. The police were beating a man terribly in the street, and a crowd gathered.  Noche was in the crowd, observing.’ The judge said Noche had to follow the police order to move.  Josh said no, he didn’t.  ‘It wasn’t a lawful order.’

“The judge didn’t like this at all.  ‘I suppose he wants to stand on his constitutional rights, but he doesn’t have them here.’  She asked the DA if they would offer an ACD (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal).  They did offer it.  Josh told the court, “‘We will refuse an ACD’

“Hell, yeah.  The whole point of defending ourselves against these unjust arrests is to establish that people have the right to observe and document police abuse.  Just because the NYPD arrests you while doing it, doesn’t mean they’re right.  It’s great to have attorneys on our side who see this, and who are just as outraged as we are.”  See the rest of Debra Sweet’s report here.

Are you outraged at the way the NYPD treat people of color in this city?  Are you outraged that the judge lectured Noche and wonder if she would lecture a Wall St criminal?

If you are, what are you doing about this?  Go the Stop Mass Incareration website, learn more and sign the resoultion.  Go to the fundraiser on Thursday for legal expenses for these defendentants who are standing up to police abuse in this city and to a policy that targets black and brown persons.  If you can’t make the party, you can still contribute online.  Link that site to your facebook page and other social media.  Go to a hearing yourself if you are in NYC.

Stop Stop and Frisk protesters are making an impact.  Though the corporate media don’t give this very much attention, alternative media in this city do.  Maybe most importantly,  the people in the courtrooms where these hearings are held, many of them from the populations being targeted, are getting to see resistance for a change.  They may be gaining some hope for a better world.

WE WON’T STOP TILL WE STOP STOP AND FRISK

 
 
by Debra Sweet

Noche Diaz appeared in Bronx Criminal Court today on a disorderly conduct charge from an arrest in March when the NYPD was trying to beat Jeffeth James.  Noche, as is his right, stood and observed the police abuse, got arrested with two other observers, and has refused to take an ACD to make the arrest "go away." 

So the prosecution once again wasn't ready.  Fine with us -- we don't care if it ever goes to trial -- but Noche needs to have charges in four boroughs off his back.  (He's on trial Wednesday December 5 in Brooklyn on another disorderly from a group protest against stop-and-frisk from November 2011).

We had yet another judge today, this time a retired Supreme Court judge whose role is to get pleas to violations.  The room was filled with adult and middle aged people of color.  Probably most of them were charged with "open container" or other so-called "Quality of life" issues like public urination, disorderly conduct or other things not considered misdemeanor crimes.  They are violations and some can bring fifteen days in jail.

Legal Aid attorney Josh Norkin has been representing Noche at what seems like ten appearances so far. Noche and Josh went in front of the judge, who immediately started lecturing Noche that when a cop tells him something, he has to do it.  She went on at length speculating that, whatever Noche had done, he didn't want to obey the cop, or tell the court what he was doing.  Josh took her on in a loud clear voice.  "We know exactly what was going on. The police were beating a man terribly in the street, and a crowd gathered.  Noche was in the crowd, observing."  The judge said Noche had to follow the police order to move.  Josh said no, he didn't.  "It wasn't a lawful order."

The judge didn't like this at all.  "I suppose he wants to stand on his constitutional rights, but he doesn't have them here."  She asked the DA if they would offer an ACD (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal).  They did offer it.  Josh told the court, "We will refuse an ACD".  

Hell, yeah.  The whole point of defending ourselves against these unjust arrests is to establish that people have the right to observe and document police abuse.  Just because the NYPD arrests you while doing it, doesn't mean they're right.  It's great to have attorneys on our side who see this, and who are just as outraged as we are.

This trial is now scheduled for Monday, January 28.