Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On Tuesday January 17, 2012, Rashidah Grinnage and I (Anita Wills), met with the Oakland Citizen's Police Review Board (CPRB). Besides myself and Rashidah, the Chair of the Police Review Board, Patrick Caseares and Kim Tom were Present. Patrick is the Lead Investigator and Karen is the Investigator who handled my complaint.  They explained to myself and Rashidah the limits of their authority regarding my complaint on behalf of my son, Kerry Baxter Senior and Grandson Kerry Baxter Junior. I was told that although they closed one of the cases, I could reopen it for cause anytime. Rashidah let them know if there was no activitiy we would be filing a complaint with the Federal Monitors. That got their attention and they opened up about measures I could take to assure cooperation from the OPD.
One measure was to call Homicidide and speak to the Officer (Sgt. Nowak), who had been condescending to me. Mr. Caeseres stated that if his attitude had not changed I could file another complaint against him. I called him the following day, and he bent over backwards to give me information. He told me that the girlfriend of my grandson, was now talking to them, and they had good leads. I mentioned a Dark Blue or Black Van parked near his body, and they said it had been checked out. Officer Nowak told me that they have a different description of the vehicle. I believe they are on the way to making an arrest in my grandson's murder case.
I attribute the change in attitude to the support and assistance from OGC, especially those who accompanied me to the CPRB hearing, in October. I also attribute it to the assistance I have received from Rashidah Grinnage, who has been with me almost from the beginning. Her son and husband were murdered by OPD and her remaining son continues to be harrassed by them. She stated at the meeting that we are living in Aparthied like conditions here in the East Bay.
Through OGC I have a forum and a means to keep my son (Kerry Baxter Senior), and my Grandson (Kerry Baxter Seniors), story in the Public Eye.
Power Concedes Nothing Without Demand - It Never Has and It Never Will!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Busted – The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters
Created by Flex Your Rights and narrated by retired ACLU director Ira Glasser, BUSTED realistically depicts the pressure and confusion of common police encounters. In an entertaining and revealing manner, BUSTED illustrates the right and wrong ways to handle common police encounters and pays special attention to demonstrating how you, the viewer, can confidently protect your rights and yourself.

2010-09-03 "10 Rules for Dealing with Police"
From the creators of the classic, BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters (2003), Flex Your Rights releases its new achievement, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police. The 40-minute docudrama is the most sophisticated and entertaining film of its kind. Narrated by the legendary trial lawyer William “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (from HBO’s The Wire), 10 Rules depicts innocent people dealing with heavy-handed policing tactics used every day in the United States.
Through extensive collaboration with victims of police abuse, legal experts and law enforcement professionals, we’ve developed a powerful multi-language (English, Spanish & Arabic) resource that provides proven survival strategies for dealing with racial profiling and police abuse. Do you know what your rights are if you’re stopped by police? Most people don’t, and the consequences can be severe. From simple misunderstandings to illegal searches and excessive force, a bad police encounter can happen to anyone. But after watching 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, you’ll be more confident and better prepared to handle every kind of police situation.
Learn How To…
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Monday, January 16, 2012

2011-01-16 "Vigil and Rally on 1st Anniversary of the Murder of Kerry Baxter Junior"
On January 16th at 6:00 pm, the Oscar Grant Committee, and Kerry Juniors family will gather to honor his memory and demand answers from the Oakland Police Department, the Citizens Police Review Board, and the Internal Affairs Division of the Oakland Police Department.
St. Anthony Parish
1535 16th Ave
Oakland, CA 94606.
The Community to join in remembrance of Kerry Junior and others whose lives were taken by Street Violence. We want solutions to the needless killing of our children.
One year ago on January 16, 2011, Kerry Baxter Junior, was executed in front of Saint Anthony Church in East Oakland. According to witnesses Kerry was sat upon by two African American males by San Antonio Park. He had accompanied two female friends and was standing by his car when approached by the gunmen. They first told him to give them all of his money before telling him to run for his life.
He was chased around the corner and shot in front of the church, where he died. One witness stated there was a Dark Blue or Black Van that sat there until the Ambulance and Police arrived.  The Police Department has done little to solve the killing even though there were two eyewitnesses.  When the family calls, they are ignored or told there is nothing new. They have not posted a description of the assailants or a reward for their capture.
“Kerry’s Murder has left a void in our family that can never be filled. We will not see him marry, have children, graduate from College, or smile ever again. Those who murdered him do not understand the pain his family is going through,” said his Grandmother Anita Wills who is a member of the Oscar Grant Committee.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2011-01-15 "Federalization of Oakland Police: It's Impact and Consequences for the Community"
6501 TELEGRAPH AVE. (Near 65th Ave.), OAKLAND
SUNDAY JANUARY 15th, 2-4pm
Presentation and Discussion Sponsored by Berkeley Copwatch [510-548-0425][]
It is possible that based on the history of Oakland Police misconduct, a federal judge might finally decide to put Oakland Police department under some type of federal supervision. The department will be back in court to answer to judge Felton Henderson this month. This could have dramatic impacts on the way our community experiences and has to deal with police. Learn about the history of the Consent Decree and other efforts to put OPD in check.
Presentation by James Chanin, one of the lawyers who sued the OPD in the Oakland Riders case and helped to write the Consent Decree that the OPD is supposed to be abiding by. Police accountability activists encouraged to attend this important strategy discussion.