March against "police terror" tonight in honor of Marvin Booker, Oleg Gidenko and other victims

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Against the backdrop of Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal's conclusion that Officer Eric Sellers should have been fired, not suspended, for brutalizing volunteer firefighter Jared Lunn comes the latest protest against "police terror." According to an item on West Denver Copwatch featuring the graphic seen here, the march, scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. at Sunken Garden Park, 8th and Speer, is being staged in memory of Marvin Booker, Oleg Gidenko and "all the victims!"

Booker, of course, is the man who died in the Denver County Jail on July 9, 2010 under controversial circumstances. The Denver District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against jail personnel in the case, but a lawsuit about the incident is still pending.

The death of Gidenko, twenty, has gotten less publicity. In late March, he was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Aurora that also wounded Yevgeniy Straystar, eighteen, and led to the arrest of a third man, Ruslan Giriyev, also eighteen, on the minor charge of criminal trespassing.

The item by West Denver Copwatch -- whose reps say they're helping to advertise the event, not hosting or sponsoring it -- notes the May 3 mayoral vote before declaring that "no matter who is elected, the police will still terrorize our communities."

The release continues like so:

High profile cases of police violence fill the headlines of local media. Officers beat, taze, and pepper spray residents of the Denver Metro Area with impunity. Though several tolkeinized terminations have recently taken place, these firings will ultimately not stop the police terror raging in our neighborhoods and streets. In Aurora, police execute Russian migrant youth merely for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Denver, police raid homes and beat whole families.

This isn't a case of a few bad apples. The whole orchard is diseased and rotten.

As the U.S. military occupies countries across the world to maintain control over a global economy that impoverishes billions, police forces across the United States occupy neighborhoods to maintain a social order that impoverishes millions in this country.

The poor and working class are beaten, murdered, imprisoned, evicted, raped, abused, and tortured in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. soldiers and in Denver by local police officers and other state agents.

We've marched three times in the last year, and our rage has become something that cannot be dismissed.

On May 6th, on a weekend that will see celebrations honoring the memories of struggles, revolutions, and people's victories from centuries ago, we will fill the streets.

This tone is echoed on the Queen City Antifa site, which claims that representatives of the Denver Police Department tried to "broker a deal" with march organizers, but "failed to reach anyone taking responsibility for the organizing." Not that the DPD would have capitulated to demands like the following:

1. The abolition of the police department and the capitalist State in order to make way for a horizontally organized society based on the concepts of solidarity and mutual aid.

2. The immediate release of all material relating to the Marvin Booker case, specifically the video of his death, which we request be looped and broadcast on the side of one of Denver's high rises.

3. The home addresses of all officers involved in excessive force and police brutality cases.

4. All police resources relinquished for recycling and re-purposing.

A number of anti-police-violence protests have taken place in recent months, including one this past January that attracted between 200 and 300 people. Photos and a video can be viewed in the following post.

More from our News archive: "Marvin Booker protest rally and march on the 16th Street Mall: A photo gallery."

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LP
LP

In regards to Oleg Gidenko...

 Those who say "these kids got shot but they didn't even have any weapons on them while they were driving a huge SUV towards officers on foot!"... please, feel free to stand in front of my vehicle and continue to argue that a large vehicle in motion is not a deadly weapon. I will happily prove you wrong.  

 And in regards to the complaint, "oh they were only trespassing on private property! what a minor crime!"... - they're lucky they didn't bypass my fence on to my private property. As a victim of sexual assault and two attempted burglaries, and as someone who witnessed their neighbor get involved with a physical struggle with a burglar who came in while their family was home... I would have shot and killed all of them, before they charged me with their vehicle (with very few exceptions such as a child or adult w/ developmental disabilities, etc). People don't break in to private property in the middle of the night with good intentions.  

 All in all, there are three things that stand out to me. One - that 99% of the time, if you're not victimizing other people (yes, burglary is a crime and a violation of a person's right to safety and property, even if it's a business) you don't get into this kind of trouble with the police. Hmm funny... I don't worry about getting shot or arrested.. maybe because I'm not a jack*** and don't try to steal stuff, commit crimes, or trespass.  

 2nd of all, my favorite thing about all of these activists, is the fact they think the best way to combat police brutality is to throw a molotov cocktail at them. Hmmm... violence is the answer, always!

Lastly, these groups are blasting "corporate media" for their portrayal of these stories, and scream "don't believe what they feed you!!!" but then cite the same sources as "proof" that there were bullet holes to the rear window. Apparently picking and choosing your "facts" from the mainstream media is a lot more convenient that thinking for your self and realizing there are about 800 sides to this story.

Charles
Charles

Take a look at the pictures of the shooting published by the Denver Post -Oleg was not shot from anyone standing in front of the truck. There were many shots fired through the rear window of the truck - right into the back of his head.   

Artist against protesters
Artist against protesters

Why do protesters have to screw up such a great event like first friday? They are not in it for the art. Next time westdenvercopwatch comes down to a peacefull non political first friday art walk maybe they will get pelted with paint balls, then they can be part of the art on the street. Thanks so much westdenvercopwatch for bringing the police and swat to such a great event. Go get a life and make sure your ready to get paint on your clothes at the next first friday.

Robert
Robert

Thank-you for embodying the clueless narcissism of so many who fancy themselves artists -- I knew you were out there!

As for your proposal to shoot paintballs at unprotected passers-by, it sounds like fun (if you are heedless of liability, that is). I don't think that the DPD are under orders to ignore flakey artists shooting potentially dangerous missiles at pedestrians, but you could find out.

Artist against protesters
Artist against protesters

Yeah well if we use the same tatics as your anachist brothers do then we will wear hoodies, bandanas on our faces and dark eyewear. And then when confronted by the law we will run as you cowerds do. Screw the Aniachist and screw Denvercopwatch!!

Robert
Robert

the Aniachist? Anarchist? Antichrist?

by the way, it's West Denver Copwatch and Denver Anarchist Black Cross (among others) participating in the protest (the subject of which I suppose you remain blissfully unaware). Surely the gallerygoers and guzzlers paused but a moment before returning to their commercial activities (or, as you would have it, "art") -- why are you and your friend's iPhones registering such disapproval. Have you ever heard of performance art?

Dcotter649
Dcotter649

Go ahead bleeding hearts cry about what a great guy he was .... You are all so stupid, you must believe everything you have seen on fox, have you bothered to even read the DAsreport, if you did you would have seen that the taser was not even known about by the medical examiner!! He had to be told he was tased!! Also where was the "loving family" when he was a homeless crackhead?? Nowhere? Now there's deep pockets to reach in there all there!! And the term homicide used by the corner is the medical term not to be confused with the legal term simply put it's the death caused by another, so if you kill someone in self defense, guess what you committed homide!!! And there has still YET to be one report shown where the taser was the DIRECT cause of death, when ur high on crack ur heart is already racing, any upset can make it stop! Why is it every time a cop fights back it's always brutality but if he's assaulted is just part of the job? I bet you all won't be crying so much when they all refuse to help you because the media will. Make it look bad. O no you call and you get upset if there not hauling over there!! And NO I am not a cop!!! Just have friends who are, 50 thousand volts?? Soooo scary ,,,well it's the amps that kill you the volts merely let electricity travel large distances!!!a freaking pacemaker has more amps, Booker deserved what he got how many time do you have to be told no and although it seems petty, every little thing criminals start doing on there own builds and builds until they loose al comtrol of the jail. You all don't tell a dr how to take out a liver but you sure do Monday morning quarterback cops!! Let them do there f$@?&$! Jobs!!!

Johnbrown
Johnbrown

Yeah. Dude deserved to die because he wanted his shoes. He definitely had it coming. Why didn't I realized that the proper punishment for disobedience to Sheriff's deputies is just straight up execution?

Robert
Robert

According to his fiance, Oleg Gidenko was in a car whose driver tried to evade the police. DPD cornered them in a parking lot and then deliberately shot Gidenko in the head, killing him. I think that there are any number of officers who calculate whether they will be called to account for their behavior. Because of incompetent police and police administrations and a District Attorney determined to cover up most crimes by police, they continue to get away with murder.

SCO
SCO

Hey, while I don't think it's too much to ask that police officers are held to a higher standard than the general public, those demands are batshit insane.

#2 is the only valid and reasonible request.

Johnbrown
Johnbrown

These demands were a joke. They're part of a longer writing dismissing the attempts by the police to try to negotiate with the protesters. It was a joke. That was the point. No one made these demands seriously. The point was that there were no demands that the cops could actually grant that would honestly change anything. The demands are worthless, because no matter what the cops capitulate on, the basic underlying issues that make this terror in our communities continue will still exist.

Robert
Robert

DPD (weirdly) has tried to establish contact with Miguel Lopez (who attended the last Marvin Booker march as a Copwatch observer, i.e. he was not a participant) through the Community Relations Service, a division of the USDOJ established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to mediate disputes. Besides indicating that the DPD is clueless, this may signal an intention on its part to confront marchers.

Take a quick walk along Santa Fe for First Friday, then come over to 8th and Speer to commemorate those murdered by the Department of Public Safety. Bring your iPhones and cameras to document the behavior of DPD -- the marchers need legal observers to help to protect their civil rights.

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