from Eureka, California:
On this rainy, cold, windy February 10, 2009, a young houseless man told us that the cops saw him sitting on the stoop of a private business.
First, the cops LIED: They told him that they always have the right to search him (even though he is not on probation or parole) because in the past they have found illicit items in his possession.
Then, (after not finding anything illicit) they took ALL of his possessions (backpack, sleeping bag, extra pants, the glove not on his hand) and told him that they were throwing his belongings in the garbage! [That is ILLEGAL!]
No matter what the cops say, or believe, or decide to mess with or arrest you for, they do not have the right to trash your belongings!
the Politics of Cruelty continue. Remember COPS LIE.
Tell them, “I do not consent to a search.”
Ask for and remember the cops’ names and badge numbers.
Report your own experiences to Redwood Curtain CopWatch
Check out this recent successful lawsuit in Fresno. Cops are breaking the law when they destroy your stuff!