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Evidence Points to the “Abuse of State Power” and Revengeful Retaliation by the Greensboro Police

From ALKQN Support

The following press statement was written by the Jorge Cornell and ALKQN Legal Defense Coalition and released through the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC.

The RICO Case Against Latin King Jorge Cornell:

Evidence Points to the “Abuse of State Power” and Revengeful Retaliation by the Greensboro Police

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Several government documents have surfaced recently that reveal the failure of the U.S.  Department of Justice ( DOJ) to conduct an  investigation into a 22-page Civil Rights complaint that was  filed on behalf of Mr. Jorge Cornell  by Attorney Anita Earls, a former DOJ Attorney.

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Attorney Anita Earls filed the Latin King Title VI complaint with the Justice Department in October 2010. In an attempt to follow up on the complaint, Mr. Cornell’s current attorney, Michael Patrick, made  a Freedom of Information Act request and was told that there were no investigative documents because no investigation was done.

The DOJ is required to investigate civil rights complaints. Since an investigation into the police misconduct alleged in the complaint could yield exculpatory evidence for Mr. Cornell and the Latin Kings, the failure to attend to the Title VI complaint is an extremely serious violation of the standards and obligatory procedures of the Department of Justice.

Instead, about a year after the Title VI letter was filed by Attorney Earls, Mr. Cornell and over a dozen other members of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) were handed criminal indictments under the RICO Act. Ironically, the complaint in which they had entered a detailed expose of local police malpractices and violations of their First Amendment Rights occasioned further infringement on their civil rights and, evidently, retaliation by the Greensboro Police Department, backed by the U.S. Justice Department.  The 36-page federal indictment by the DOJ includes among its outrageous charges: murder, with no name of a person, no body, no missing person, no weapon, no date, no place, just allegations meant to frighten and drive people away from Mr. Cornell. (more…)

Raleigh police union: New evaluation process is ‘thinly veiled’ quota system

From the other side of the barricades…

RALEIGH — The Teamsters union on Friday announced that it had filed another grievance on behalf of 100 officers and civilian employees of the Raleigh Police Department.

That means that 200 police officers and employees have signed grievance letters opposing the department’s new evaluation system, known as Priority Performances Measures, that was implemented July 1.

The union said the new system relies too heavily on officers handing out citations and making arrests and amounts to a “thinly veiled” quota system. (more…)

David Graeber: New Police Strategy in New York – Sexual Assault Against Peaceful Protestors

By David Graeber

A few weeks ago I was with a few companions from Occupy Wall Street in Union Square when an old friend — I’ll call her Eileen — passed through, her hand in a cast.

“What happened to you?” I asked.

“Oh, this?” she held it up. “I was in Liberty Park on the 17th [the Six Month Anniversary of the Occupation]. When the cops were pushing us out the park, one of them yanked at my breast.”

“Again?” someone said.

We had all been hearing stories like this. In fact, there had been continual reports of police officers groping women during the nightly evictions from Union Square itself over the previous two weeks.

“Yeah so I screamed at the guy, I said, ‘you grabbed my boob! what are you, some kind of fucking pervert?’ So they took me behind the lines and broke my wrists.” (more…)

Yates Defendants Protest Court, Avoid Jail Time

raidFrom News and Observer

BY TAMMY GRUBB

HILLSBOROUGH — Seven people arrested in connection with a police raid on the Yates Motor Co. building last fall will avoid jail time if they stay out of trouble. An arrest warrant is out for the eighth after she failed to show for court.

Judge Charles Anderson awarded four deferred prosecution verdicts and three prayers for judgment Monday for charges filed in the Nov. 13 occupation of the vacant car dealership building on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. (more…)