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Orlando Copwatch Goals
1) Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, documenting incidents and keeping police accountable. We maintain principles of non-violence while asserting the rights of the detained person. We provide support to victims whenever possible. We also seek to educate the public about their rights, police conduct in the community and issues related to the role of police in our society.
2) Empower and unite the community to resist police abuse.
3) Encourage people to solve problems WITHOUT police intervention. We want to explore alternatives to calling the police.
4) Most importantly, we encourage people to exercise their right to observe the police and to advocate for one another.
An OPD Officer driving an unmarked Black Chevy Impala SS with License plate X22 XXX pulls over a women in downtown Orlando Thursday night only to quickly split once noticing the presence of Orlando Copwatch.
And that folks is how you stop a cop from harming a peaceful person.
2 Camera angles of the traffic stop below.
ATTENTION All Police who read OrlandoCopwatch.com … Orlando needs you to treat the Central Florida Residents as Lieutenant Dyac ultimately did in this video.
Lieutenant Dyac, you have earned much respect. Thank you for doing the right thing and for your professionalism.
This is the video referenced in the video above of the assault and dereliction of duty.
Great Coverage!! Don’t be afraid the record police activity. Do it from a distance or with multiple people and cameras if you have to while near a scene. Then if you’ve captured video evidence publish it!
Will Orlando Police Department’s Chief Paul Rooney follow suit amid reports and video evidence of his officers beating Luis Fernando Cabeza? Certainly Officer Frederick A Dantes needs to be fired!
BY SARAH SACHELI, POSTMEDIA NEWS
WINDSOR, Ont. — Embattled Windsor police Chief Gary Smith announced his immediate retirement Thursday amid allegations of police brutality and other misconduct by his officers.
At a hastily arranged news conference Thursday, Mayor Eddie Francis, chairman of the Windsor Police Services Board, announced Smith’s abrupt departure.
Deputy Chief Al Frederick will take over as acting chief until a permanent replacement is found, Francis said.
“We are going to take steps to change the culture at the Windsor Police Service,” Francis said. “The public is asking questions. We are asking questions.”
Smith’s contract as chief was to expire Dec. 31, 2012. He will continue to be paid until September, using up vacation days he has accrued in his 37 years as a police officer.
Smith, under fire in recent days for his handling of alleged cases of police violence, said he wasn’t going to complain about recent newspaper stories.
“I’m not going to complain about it because I didn’t complain about all the good stuff that was said about me, especially when I was appointed,” said Smith at the news conference.
Francis said he was “taking steps to change the culture of the Windsor police.”
Frederick called his appointment “an absolute honour and privilege” and referred to Smith as his mentor.
Julian Falconer, the lawyer for Dr. Tyceer Abouhassan, who has filed a $14.2-million lawsuit against the police claiming a beating at the hands of Det. David Van Buskirk, said he was disappointed Smith was allowed to retire.
“This is not the first example in this case of a police officer retiring so he didn’t have to answer any more questions,” said Falconer. “The board should not permit him to duck accountability in this way.”
Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Embattled+police+chief+retires+amid+allegations+police+brutality/5901379/story.html#ixzz1iad5Q5wt
This video contains footage of Luis Fernando Cabeza who was arrested December 30th, 2011 by the Orlando Police Department of Orange County. Cabeza endured multiple baton blows to his legs while lying on the ground. The majority of the blows were served by OFFICER FREDERICK DANTES. Luis Fernando Cabeza currently remains incarcerated.
Cabeza was refused reentry into a Blue Martini Bar. Moments before he was observed by the bar’s security holding hands and kissing his boyfriend while they smoked a cigarette outside. Cabeza stood his ground and refused to be turned away. Officer Frederick Dantes of the OPD, observing the altercation between Cabeza and security, appeared on the scene.
When Cabeza walked away from Officers Dantes he was tasered in the back. He fell to the ground and the video captures the ensuing actions taken by the police. Unable to walk due to the blows and having suffered multiple bleeding facial wounds, he was brought to South Florida Hospital.
This video captures a small portion of the incident. Cabeza’s brother, filming the incident, was arrested after refusing to put away his phone and discontinue filming. His money and phone were confiscated by the police. Only his phone was returned after his release from jail.
Please call: 321-235-5300. Ask to leave a message on the Sargent’s voicemail. Call for the RELEASE of Luis Fernando Cabeza.