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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.
Tag Archives: Arrested
by Wendy McElroy, July 13, 2011 Original Source: The Future Of Freedom Foundation Few activities are as dangerous as watching a cop too closely, as John Kurtz knows well. Kurtz is the founder of the Orlando, Florida, branch of CopWatch, … Continue reading
An Orlando activist was convicted on a misdemeanor charge in Orange County last week, stemming from a controversial New Year’s Day confrontation with Orlando police officers. A jury acquitted John Kurtz, of Orlando Copwatch, on a felony charge of battery … Continue reading
John Kurtz fields an interview while the jury deliberates. Later that same evening John was convicted of Resisting Arrest Without Violence and sentenced to 30 days in jail, 7 days already served and 1 year probation. One of the probation … Continue reading
CASSELBERRY, Fla. — A Casselberry police officer has been accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Eric Tomasello was arrested Tuesday on felony charges, and is being held on $1,500 bond. The Altamonte Springs Police Department arrested Tomasello after conducting a criminal … Continue reading
CONWAY, Fla. — An Orange County sheriff’s deputy is accused of breaking the law he’s sworn to protect. The sheriff’s office said Deputy Christopher Story used excessive force to arrest a 16-year-old boy after a 60 mph chase through a … Continue reading
Gestapo like police tactics continued to be used in Orlando, 26 peaceful people arrested this month.
The outrageous of this whole situation continues. In the month of June 2011 alone, 26 peaceful people have been arrested at an approximate cost of $3000 per person per arrest to the tax payers of Orlando. Not including the cost … Continue reading
The Jury is out after 2 long days of trial; the second day running all the way to 10PM on Thursday June 30th. John Kurtz has been convicted of resisting arrest without violence. John’s sentence, 30 days in a concrete … Continue reading
For Immediate Release: Contact: Tips@OrlandoCopwatch.Com Activists Gather at Orange County Courthouse in Support of John Kurtz As John Kurtz is scheduled to stand trial at Wednesday June 29th 2011, Room 18A at the Orange County Court House, his story has … Continue reading
On June 8th, 2011, five volunteers with the organization “Food Not Bombs” were arrested for the horrendous crime of sharing
Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr.’ Administrative Order # 2011-03 is in direct contradiction of the US Constitution and is potentially