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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.
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I hear this exact quote several times a day when discussing the City of Orlando’s six week escapade of jailing peaceful people for sharing food at the large downtown Lake Eola public park. The City of Orlando’s centerpiece, Lake Eola … Continue reading
Whether this officer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in car 301 with License Plate ZFB30 was investigating a situation or simply there to enjoy the scenery, officers are individuals too. Their badges do not grant them any more rights … 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
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
July 6, 2011 – The organization known as Food Not Bombs continued to share food in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park in spite of over 30 of their members or supporters having already been arrested for it….
Orlando Police are seen blocking a TV news photographer attempting to videotape the scene of an accident in which may of been caused by Police car in pursuit.