On the evening of Monday 16 March 2009, a number of clearly identifiable police officers engaged in an unprovoked riot in front of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco. They beat demonstrators at random, for no apparent reason, with clear malice and intent to inflict serious injury. On behalf of the Peace and Freedom Party, I join in the demand that these clearly identifiable officers, whose images can be seen on multiple videos of the event, be arrested and charged with assault.

This demonstration at the Israeli Consulate brought together members of the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in opposition to certain policies of the Israeli government, including the beatings and false arrests of demonstrators in Israel and the occupied territories. The demonstration was entirely peaceful up to the time of the police riot. I know that a number of members of the Peace and Freedom Party were there, but I do not yet know whether they were among those injured, or arrested on clearly false charges.

This statement is being provided to the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. I would point out to the District Attorney that a failure to bring charges will be a declaration of bloody war on the citizens of San Francisco who wish to assemble peaceably to petition for redress of grievances. The people need to know that the city will back up the Constitution's guarantees, and if it won't, the people need to prepare appropriate action to remove corrupt officials who unleash violence against free speech.

After viewing video of the event, and I certainly hope that the District Attorney is now doing so, it should also be clear that the charges against the arrested demonstrators are false, and made up after the fact to attempt to conceal the nature of this police riot. Those charges should be dropped.

This criminal assault shows us that after the murder of Oscar Grant, it is apparent that more members of Bay Area police forces need to be reminded that they can no longer get away with violent crime in this age of video.

I hope that as many people as possible view the available video, and communicate to the District Attorney and other city officials their reaction. If justice is to be done, many people must immediately make clear that this behavior is not acceptable, charges must be filed and pursued, and the police who decided to join in the criminal assault must be removed from their positions.

(signed) Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party  17 March 2009


Latest news

PFP Archive

Want to travel back in time?

For a complete online archive of the Peace & Freedom Party's official website with content published from 2008-2020, just click the logo at right.

Support PFP

Support our campaigns!

spacing image

Donate to the Peace and Freedom Party by clicking the PayPal link above (PayPal membership is not required).

To send contributions via post, checks or money orders may be sent to:

Peace & Freedom Party
P.O. Box 24764
Oakland, CA 94623


Recent videos

Random Image

socialism-solidarity.jpg

In California, voter registration is very important to political parties. The very existence of a political party as “ballot-qualified” is determined by the number of votes its statewide candidates receive or by the number of voters registered with the party. As the only feminist socialist political party on the California ballot, it is imperative that the Peace and Freedom Party continues as a qualified party.

Quite simply, the Peace and Freedom Party will not be able to provide Californians with candidates that will represent us unless we register and vote Peace and Freedom.

For all the information you need on registering to vote, visit the California Secretary of State's homepage at SOS.Ca.gov or just click here.

Thank you for registering Peace and freedom Party, and thank you for your vote!

 

PFP Net

 



Cookie policy

You may have noticed that the Peace and Freedom Party official website contains no warnings about cookies. The reason for this is simple: we will never ever record user information temporarily or permanently. Further, we will never use cookies to “personalize content”, to “provide social media features” or to analyze website traffic. PFP will never share information about your use of our site with anyone for any purpose.