Call to Action at Citizen Oversight Board Meeting

March 15, 2012 in Event

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Location: Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, 2949 N. Federal Blvd
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Agenda: TBD

We will assemble at the Citizens Oversight Board Meeting on March 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM because of an event that took place recently. While that event needs to be exposed to acted upon by COB & by the residents of Denver, it exposes a much greater challenge to all of us.

This action is not at all intended to be a disruption of the Citizens’ Oversight Board. Instead, it is a chance for all who have experienced mistreatment and intimidation at the hands of the Denver Police Department to share their stories and to join us in demanding an investigation and affirmative steps to ending DPD’s campaign against Occupy Denver. Occupy Denver is seeking to express its grievances, in a civil, respectful manner, and discourages anyone from disrupting the proceedings of the meeting.

The Event: In what appeared to be a blatant attempt to scare the daylights out of three protesters who were standing in the bus lane on Broadway, a Police SUV accelerated towards them and nearly struck them. If roles were reversed, charges of attempted vehicular homicide would be pending right now. We will also expose separate events involving harassment. Harmony, balance and peace are achievable in this city and we must come together as a unified community with the Denver Police Department.

During a march recently near the Federal Reserve Building in Denver, a protester was shoved forcefully from behind by a bicycle policeman towards the sidewalk. The charge, at minimum, would be assault of a Police Officer if the roles were reversed. The disturbing factor is that this action was completely unnecessary because the protester was already heading for the sidewalk as directed by the Police.

Being arrested without cause is the ultimate form of harassment. It has been used against some of those associated with the Occupy Denver Movement, especially those who occupy 24/7. You may hear from some of them before the March on March 24, 2012 or at the Denver Police Administration Headquarters.

The greater challenge that this event elucidates is that the balance that is necessary for harmony & peace between the Police Department and the Citizens of Denver is seriously out of whack. Just as there are good & bad & the rest are in the middle in all professions, this is also true of the Denver Police Department. The question then remains: How do we bring this back into balance? It is your challenge as members of the COB to help us, the Citizens of Denver, to restore that balance. In their hearts, the members of the Denver Police Department know who among them has committed acts for which regular citizens would have been arrested.

We ask that the COB investigate or cause to investigate this incident & bring a harmonious resolution & further we ask that the COB make a resolution to act on behalf of the Citizens of Denver to bring harmony & balance to the interactions between us, All of Us.

We need to look beyond the fracturing events like this to unity which includes all of us, especially the Police. Balance, harmony & peace ARE achievable in this city and we must come together as a Unified Community. It is not us vs. them. It is not about the DPD vs. the Citizens. It IS about living, working & loving together in Peace & Harmony.

It IS about Unity.

– Occupy Denver Events Committee

The COB is comprised of seven volunteers appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Denver City Council. The COB is part of Denver’s civilian oversight of law enforcement. It meets regularly with the OIM, Director of Corrections, Police Chief, and Manager of Safety in order to engage in early and proactive involvement in monitoring public safety issues. The COB has the jurisdiction to evaluate and make recommendations regarding Police and Sheriff policies and procedures, and evaluates the effectiveness of the OIM program.

By ordinance, the COB must hold at least three public meetings each year. The purpose of these meetings is to allow the public an opportunity to address issues of concern in their communities. The COB will take this information into account when formulating policy recommendations with the intent of improving the services provided by the safety departments.