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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: John Kurtz
Charges Against Food Not Bombs Activists Dropped by John Kurtz August 26, 2011 On August 19th Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that he will drop the charges against the recently arrested Food Not Bombs activists. This includes 25 people charged … Continue reading
Julian Heicklen Arrested By Chief Judge Belvin Perry August 22, 2011 By John Kurtz Following Judge Perry’s arrest and sentencing of Mark Schmidter to 151 days in jail for handing out jury information at the Orange County Court House, civil … Continue reading
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
Orlando Copwatch’s John Kurtz was arrested on January 1, 2011 after he video taped OPD Officer Adam Gruler tasing and then pepper spraying a subdued and already handcuffed man. John was charged with Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer, Battery … 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
NEWS RELEASE July 7, 2011 – Orlando, FL Kurtz Seeks Appeal on Misdemeanor Convictions On June 30th Orlando Copwatch’s, John Kurtz, was found not guilty on the felony charge of Battery on a Law Enforcement , stemming from an incident … Continue reading
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