UCPD now making house-calls!!

As if holding students up at gunpoint wasn’t enough, UCPD is now amping its commitment to Mark Yudof’s plutocratic plan to dismantle public education by making house-calls to well-known rabble-rousing students.

As ThoseWhoAbuseIt report, UCPD’s selfless foot-soldiers of privatization have started going well beyond the call of duty (not to mention the law!!) by volunteering their own time to intimidate at least 6 students of color at home for having the gall to practice free speech:

Late last week we reported that [UCPD] showed up at a recent graduate’s home the morning after the Regents’ meeting.  This individual had been maced multiple times last Wednesday at UCSF.  Pepper spray still in his eyes, he gave a relatively lengthy interview to KTVU.  UCPD showed up the next morning, informing him that they were not there in an official capacity, but instead to let him know that officers on every UC campus now know his face.

An egregious overstep immediately following a perceived threat?  If only.  These pigs have the audacity to continue to threaten students and non-students alike.  We have learned of at least two further incidents that have occurred within the last 24 hours.  This morning UCPD officers showed up to the home of ASUC External Affairs Vice President Ricardo Gomez and asked the building manager to put them in touch with him.  If you recall, Gomez was not only pepper sprayed and severely beaten last Wednesday — he was hit with such force in the face with a baton that he received a concussion — but was subsequently arrested and slapped with vague obstruction and resisting charges (along with a dozen others).  UCPD then proceeded to phone Gomez and told him they wanted to interrogate him about the Regents’ meeting.  We are thrilled to hear that Gomez refused to talk to these pigs.

Is it a coincidence that every student who has been harassed at home by UCPD is an active student organizer and a student of color?  We’d like to think otherwise, but granted that only one of them was actually arrested on Wednesday, it’s hard to come up with any other explanation than a blatant intimidation attempt.

Although the troublemaking Trotskyists at ThoseWhoAbuseIt sensationally describe this behavior as unbefitting of UCPD, we here at UCMeP like to think the glass is half full on this one.

In the spirit of the season, shouldn’t we all give thanks to these low-level bureaucrats with guns for donating their own time to serve the UC Regents and Mark Yudof? In such times of austerity when everyone but the upper echelon is having to tighten their belts, UCPD’s selfless service is something to be respected and emulated, not maligned and defamed.

And you can be sure that once UCMeP has the names, badge numbers, and personal e-mail addresses of those gun-waving paragons of public safety who are making these voluntary house-calls, we will pass them along so that you too can show your thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  1. what did you all want to be called, Dunayevskayistas?

  2. sally

    reagan: get over it…these cops are just doing their jobs and taking orders from their superiors…most of them did not even want to be there at your stupid protest. Yes it is terrible that people have to tighten their belts but you act like these cops are millionaires…get a life and rant about something of importance…

  3. so i assume these cops also doesn’t want to be at the homes of the activists they are visiting off–duty?

  4. Joseph Anderson

    ~

    Reference – copied from Indybay.org video and transcript article:

    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/11/29/18665225.php?show_comments=1#18665267

    UC Police: Don’t Need A Reason
    by Citch Melaya
    Monday Nov 29th, 2010 12:12 AM

    THE COPS ARE *NOT* YOUR FRIENDS.
    by STAY AWAY FROM PORK!!
    Monday Nov 29th, 2010 7:50 PM

    So, here are these cops trying to play Officer Friendly.

    IT’S TRULY SAD, WHAT’S GOING ON IN THAT VIDEO, because the PIGS are trying to play that guy in the video.

    (And besides, the PIGS know what they’ve been doing to him — then and before — but the PIGS are acting like they _don’t_ know.)

    The moment the cops ask you, all buddy-buddylike, if they can talk to you, the first thing you should bluntly and loudly say — so that other witnesses can hear you — is, “I’VE GOT NOTHING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT” — and keep walking without even stopping if you are already walking. Otherwise, walk away from them to indicate that you do not wish to be in their ‘company’. If they try to pursue conversation — using “Officer Friendly” style tactics — then LOUDLY say again — so withnesses can hear — “I’VE GOT NOTHING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT”.

    If the PIGS try to physically cut you off, say, again loudly, “AM I BEING DETAINED?” If the PIGS say no — although, the PIGS will probably just try to cajole you with, “We just want to talk to you” (then LOUDLY ask again, “AM I BEING DETAINED”) — then just LOUDLY say again, “I’VE GOT NOTHING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT”, and just walk away.

    Especially if you are a progressive political activist, or a minority, the PIGS are only approaching you to get something on you or some other progressive political activist. I.e, the PIGS — although they may try to act all like ‘Officer Friendsly’ — have a legally adversarial relationship — and goal — from the minute they approach you and from whatever you say: i.e., they are looking for something to use again you or one of your fellow activists. And if you ever end up getting arrested — by, after all, one of the PIGS — and getting arraigned in court, you’ll find out just how ‘friendly’ the PIGS are.

    If you are NOT being detained YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL THE PIGS ANYTHING!

    If you — after you ask them LOUDLY and if they say so — are being detained, as them LOUDLY on what basis — and then repeat what basis they tell you LOUDLY so any witnesses can hear. The PIGS may or may not tell you why. But if you are being detained, the only information you HAVE to give them is your name [and, if you are driving, you license, registration, insurance proof], if they ask (which they probably will).

    What information you give them after that, should be VERY JUDICIOUS and VERY GENERAL, depending on the situation: if you’re a student, you might want to say so (although, if you’re a student activist, the PIGS will already know you’re a student, because the PIGS already will have been spying on you); if you live in the neighborhood, you might want to say so (but you are under no obligation to give them your specific address); if you are going to class, or to an event/meeting if you are not a student, you may want to say so (but you don’t have). That general information can establish and reinforce your right to be where you are.

    BUT WHATEVER VERY CAREFUL AND JUDICIOUS INFORMATION YOU GIVE THE _PIGS_, YOU SHOULD KNOW, OR HAVE A GOOD FEEL FOR, HOW IT CAN BE USED IN YOUR LEGAL FAVOR — OR DISFAVOR.

    You just, perhaps, in the most GENERAL, judicious way, MAY want to tell the PIGS where you are going in the most GENERAL way (you don’t have to give the PIGS an address or anything), but YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL THEM WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN. (The PIGS may actually try to use your telling them where you have been against you in some manufactured way to arrest you — the PIGS may then try to detain/arrest you saying, “Oh, there was just a robbery in that area and you, your passenger/s, and your clothing/car ‘fits the description'” — unless you want to say, “I’ve come from my dorm/apartment/class”)!

    If you are not being detained, the PIGS do NOT have a right to search you or even to ‘pat you down’. If you are being “detained” the PIGS, at best, can only LIGHLY pat down the OUTSIDE of your clothing. The PIGS do NOT have a right to go inside you pockets or clothing — or to even grab or bunch up your clothing in their hands — unless you are being arrested.

    The PIGS, when you are merely being “detained”, will often start to search you without your permission or verbal objection: IF you do not verbally object and LOUDLY — again for any witnesses — say “I DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH”, that lack of verbal objection itself will be taken and used as legal CONSENT — and will stand up in court! So, if a PIG says, “You don’t mind if I search you”, before, or even AS, they start searching you, if you are _not_ or _are_ being “detained”, abruptly and LOUDLY say, “I DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH!”

    EVERY PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL ACTIVIST — STUDENT OR NONSTUDENT — SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A KNOW-YOUR-LEGAL-RIGHTS CLASS/COURSE — TO LESSEN, OR HOPEFULLY EVEN ELIMINATE — THE CHANCE THAT THE _PIGS_ WILL FUCK WITH YOU, LIKE THEY ARE DOING TO THE FELLOW IN THE VIDEO.

    FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE PIGS GO TO YOUR HOME — ON SOME FISHING EXPEDITION — WITHOUT A SEARCH/ARREST WARRANT, YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO LET THEM IN — AND IT’S WISE TO NOT EVEN LET THEM SEE IN.

    JUST SAY, AFTER ASKING THE _PIGS_ IF THEY HAVE A WARRANT (AND IF THE _PIGS_ DON’T), “THEN I’VE GOT NOTHING TO SAY TO YOU”: …MAKE THE PIGS MAKE THE TRIP FOR NOTHING! — AND LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU’RE NO FOOL AND THAT YOU KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.

    THE MORE THE _PIGS_ TRY TO ABUSE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS — AND IF YOU LET THEM — THE *MORE* THE _PIGS_ WILL PUSH.

    WHEN THE _PIGS_ KNOW THAT YOU KNOW AT LEAST YOUR BASIC LEGAL RIGHTS — AND THAT YOU CAN ARTICULATE THEM — THE *LESS* THE _PIGS_ WILL TRY TO FUCK WITH YOU OR VIOLATE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.

    CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL BERKELEY / OTHER COPWATCH FOR WORKSHOPS OR GUEST LECTURES / SEMINARS ON YOUR RIGHTS.

    Otherwise, STAY AWAY FROM PORK!

    For more information, see:

    “Why Fearing the Police Is Not Irrational”
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/why-fearing-the-police-is-not-irrational.html

    Addendum:
    by STAY AWAY FROM PORK!
    Monday Nov 29th, 2010 8:02 PM

    Of course, the PIGS might just go ahead and — with force — violate your rights anyway — don’t physically fight them — but just later take that up with your legal representation and in court: you’ll be on much better legal ground if you have asserted your rights in the first place, than if you didn’t.

    If you are a student, you should file an official typwritten complaint (keep copies of everything you submit and a date diary of everything you do and every agreement you make, and every official deadline THEY have to respond, and make it obvious that you’re doing this) with the appropriate vice-chancellor’s office: that’s where I’d go first! I mean, why go to the very police department that has sent out the PIGS to _violate_ your rights?

  5. Joseph Anderson

    Reference — copied from:

    UC Police: Don’t Need A Reason
    by Citch Melaya
    Monday Nov 29th, 2010 12:12 AM
    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/11/29/18665225.php?show_comments=1#18665272

    addendum:
    by STAY AWAY FROM PORK!
    Monday Nov 29th, 2010 8:40 PM

    If you are being approached by the PIGS, carefully take out your cell phone in a very nonthreatening and obvious way: say LOUDLY, “I am taking out my cell phone to call an earwitness!” — unless the PIG/S order you not to (say, because they think your an armed robber) — and call a friend / attorney to let someone know you’ve been stopped, especially if you’re otherwise by yourself, so someone can be on the line to hear what’s going on.

    Or, especially, if you are stopped in your car, have your cell phone out on the dashboard (better yet, put it on Bluetooth, otherwise the PIGS may take the cell phone from your hand even if they are just “detaining” you) and someone on the line to hear what’s going on before the cop gets up to your car.

    I usually make it damn obvious that I have called someone who’s listening in and I tell that person everything that’s going on.

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