Bring Diaz Down! The Next Step: March on City Hall

Bring Diaz Down! The Next Step: March on City Hall

The Seattle Police Department is under enormous scrutiny. After the Department of Justice reports were released, giving a legitimized shape to what people feel every day, Diaz has been out to protect his cops and their ability to brutalize people. He needs to go down, we need some justice for once.

Gather at 12:30pm at Seattle Central, Speak out and tell your story
March on City Hall at 1:30pm

All those who have used excessive use of force should be prosecuted.

We will carry torches for our dead, murdered by the SPD and police everywhere.

On February 27th we’re going to make clear that Diaz is not the SPD chief.

Come march with us, there is room for everyone.

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The Occupy Seattle General Assembly has passed the following resolution, here in part: “In consideration of the Seattle Police Department’s systematic use of excess force on the citizens of Seattle, its violent and unnecessary repression of nonviolent protesters and its disproportionate targeting of the most disenfranchised members of society, whether they be people of color or simply people without houses, Occupy Seattle hereby calls for the resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct…”

Check out the Occupy Seattle Calendar for more info.

Full proposal below:

In consideration of the Seattle Police Department’s systematic use of excess force on the citizens of Seattle, its violent and unnecessary repression of nonviolent protesters and its disproportionate targeting of the most disenfranchised members of society, whether they be people of color or simply people without houses, Occupy Seattle hereby calls for the resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct.

John Diaz has been Chief of Police since August of 2010. Shortly after his inauguration, the city was thrown into uproar over the vicious murder of native woodcarver John T. Williams by a Seattle Police officer. The officer, though resigned, has never been charged for the crime. This murder brought to the surface many of the long-standing forms of repression that exist in the city of Seattle, all of which are directly facilitated by SPD, especially those officers who engage in repeated acts of excessive force.

The SPD disproportionately targets the homeless, who, through the passage of so-called “civility laws” have been deemed an effectively illegal population of economic refugees, constantly harassed, told to “move along” and, if they do not comply, violently beaten, arrested and even murdered. The department also disproportionately targets communities of color, whether by enforcing foreclosure evictions on behalf of the big banks, maintaining enormous Stay Out of Drug Areas which ban those with certain charges from entire regions of the city, or simply through direct racial bias.

The Department of Justice has clearly found SPD to be engaged in a pattern of excessive use of force, in which officers tend to escalate rather than de-escalate conflicts by verbally and physically abusing suspects. In addition, the DOJ has criticized the complete lack of oversight within the department, which very rarely brings repeat offenders up for administrative review. These practices have continued under Diaz, whose initial response to the findings was that they were simply wrong. He claimed that “the department is not broken” and is stubbornly refusing to make even the relatively mild changes in protocol suggested by the DOJ. Additionally, those officers outlined in the report as repeat offenders have yet to be held accountable for their actions.

Moreover, under Diaz, the city of Seattle has seen one of the most concerted, militant and violent repressions of a non-violent protest movement since the WTO protests. SPD has engaged in a systematic attack on Seattle’s Occupation, earning the city international infamy as news got out about the pepper-spraying of 84-year old Dorli Rainey, as well as the pregnant Jennifer Fox, who was pepper sprayed, kicked in the stomach and soon after miscarried. The department sent in a SWAT team with automatic rifles drawn in order to arrest protesters who had occupied a community center slated for demolition in Capitol Hill, to be replaced now by high-income condominiums. They threw percussion grenades at occupiers demonstrating for workers’ rights in the Seattle Port Shutdown, where police horses spooked by these very grenades then proceeded to trample protestors. Early on in our Occupation they sent in the special Gang Unit to dismantle our encampment at Westlake, taking down tents, tarps and even umbrellas and arresting those who resisted.

Diaz, as Chief of Police, is not only responsible for continuing SPD’s regular practice of escalation, racial profiling and excessive force, he is also directly responsible for giving the orders to crush the most vital, hopeful protest movement in the world’s recent history. This police department enforces the rule of the 1%, an untenable, unjust dominion which will not be allowed to continue.

For all of these reasons, we call for the immediate resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct.

22 Responses to Bring Diaz Down! The Next Step: March on City Hall

  • REPUBLIC says:

    I informed you guys in the forum what to do. You are wasting your time, breath, and resources. You are a bunch of backwards thinkers. I am going to be nice and repeat what I said.

    In order to get rid of Diaz is to vote out your Mayor and other elected officials, then demand the new politician to investigate and resignation for Diaz. You guys better start get your acts straight and do it right. Quit thinking backwards. I am not a betting person, but I feel confident that after you protest Diaz will still be in power laughing at your face.

  • Dale Johnson says:

    What the hell does this have to do with income disparity and corporate corruption of government? Not much!

    Occupy seattle as a part of the occupy wall street movement is dead and stinking.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      I understand what you saying about income disperaty and government corruption, but in order tyo have resolution for one you need to change the other.

      What I am trying to say is first you need to vote out politicians that are corrupted and elect the ones that will listen to the people. Second, let the new elected official know that it is time to work the income inequality.

      What you are trying to do is pumping water out of your boat while living the hole unpatched or not even trying to cover it.

  • Dale Johnson says:

    “The department sent in a SWAT team with automatic rifles drawn in order to arrest protesters who had occupied a COMMUNITY CENTER slated for demolition in Capitol Hill, to be replaced now by high-income condominiums.”

    ***that “community center” was a run down warehouse.

    I won’t go through this post sentence by sentence and point out it’s many exaggerations and inaccuracies. I’ll simply suggest that you read it carefully and notice the rhetoric used.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      I believe you are a smart person, but you need to sit back for a second and analyze what you are going to say. You are just going with the flow and that is dangerous.

      I don’t know much about the old warehouse but this is what I know.
      1. Someone paid and owns the property and holds the deed.
      2. Everyone has the right to protect their property
      3. If you want a community center than buy a property
      4. The owner of the property has the right to make anything out of it even if they wanted to make a satanic establishment

      I am not justifying SPD how they enforce their laws. If what was said is true than they infringed with people’s rights.
      Next, to occupying of the warehouse infringed the rights of ownership.

      You are trying to tell me that anyone that feels have rights over someone’s property, then what is the sense to own property run down or not.

      As far as rethoric used you neef to see the mentality of the OS and their rethoric used.

  • Dale Johnson says:

    And after you read the juvenile rhetoric, the exaggerations and inaccuracies, you’ll understand who these losers have so much difficulty attracting serious thoughtful activists to their actions. Why the general public thinks they are wierdos not worthy of their attention. And why no one who needs to be influenced to enact the change they are supposedly advocating takes them seriously. Look at who controls the megaphone at these events. Listen to the nonsense they spew. Follow them if you want to waste your time.

    These losers who have been ineffectively waving signs and talking shit for years have co-opted occupy seattle and made it as unproductive as they are. Being unproductive and ignored is what they are good at.

    Occupy Seattle needs to be reborn.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    I agree that this disorganization is not organized and jump from one topic to another. I tried many times in helping to be better organized, but I was called names and saying that I think backwards. Honestly, if a person tells another that he or she thinks backwards they need to examine themselves.

  • BoogaBooga says:

    I am unhappy with this movement and wish to express my displeasure on the Internet, because I know the secret Illuminati leaders of Occupy read this website all the time.

    Stop running the movement your way, because that’s not the way I want to see things done. Do it my way, or I will post more whiny bullshit on your website.

  • Dale Johnson says:

    The movement is doing fine–in other places–but in Seattle it’s just the same old losers walking around hollering pig and breaking a window here and there. The only effect they have is to be a PR gift to the “pigs,” and those they work for.

    BoogaBooga

  • BoogaBooga says:

    Republic’s momma is so ugly, I told her to take out the trash and she moved out of my house.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Don’t pay attention to boogabooga. This person is the idiot village of the OS. A very biased childish individual that makes the whole OS look bad. Besides, the idiot’s parents did not pay too much attention so now he seeks attention by google.com mama’s joke. Perhaps booga was abused phisically, mentally, and sexually by his parents.

    • BoogaBooga says:

      Wow, it was almost too easy to reduce you to this level. Finally we get to see the pure filthy hatred that’s been lurking behind your mask of superiority.

      • REPUBLIC says:

        You just described yourself. You just fell for that one. I knew all along that you have pure filthy hatred. Thanks for letting the world know your true color. Go ahead another mamaKs joke.

        • BoogaBooga says:

          Dude, if all you’ve got is “I know you are, but what am I?” then just say that. Don’t try to tart it up to look intelligent.

          Verily, thy mother art so poor that when I ringeth her doorbell, she sayeth “DING!”

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Are you frastruated that I am not going away. I know I am getting into your skin and perhaps you have nightmares and think about me all day long on how to get rid of me. I don’t anger easy because I know lowlives like you cannot handle life. My advice is to go back home to your parents, if you are not living there already, and ask for more abuse from them. I bet you enjoy being abused by them. Make sure you say “please master, I want more”. Make sure you use protection when having sexual affairs with your parents. You don’t want to have inbred children. Speaking of inbred, are you inbred? Are your parents brother and sister. Your idiotic comments is a tale tale of being inbred. Find out if you are one inbred idiot.

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Friends;
    There is no question that the S.P.D. needs new leadership at the top; and also everywhere else where illegal, unconstitutional excessive force has been used by officers on a routine basis. I suppose it’s POSSIBLE for an officer to have a “BAD DAY”… I doubt VERY MUCH that NOV.2nd, 2011 at the Broadway and E.Thomas branch CHASE BANK DEMONSTRATION was the only “BAD DAY” that bicycle officer SUNDERLAND has had in his career with S.P.D.
    Sunderland hit ME in the JAW with his bicycle handle bars, AFTER I ASKED HIM about 4 or 5 times if I could retrieve my prescription eyeglasses from the pavement. Sunderland’s only verbal response to these repeated requests was a continuation of orders for the demonstators to “MOVE BACK”. My requests were made from less than 5 feet away, and VERY LOUDLY. Unless he is DEAF, I AM SURE HE HEARD ME!
    I observed the rest of the demonstration; “melee”; “police riot”; or whatever it was…( BOYS WILL BE BOYS???…LOL…:-)and GIRLS!!)
    It lasted an additional 15-25 minutes. During that time, I PERSONALLY OBSERVED SUNDERLAND HIT 4 OTHER, DIFFERENT, SEPARATE demonstrators, with his BICYCLE, IN THE FACE or UPPER CHEST AREA!!
    So, long story short: My letter the next day, hand delivered to the office of Mayor McGinn and copy hand delivered to the office of Chief John Diaz; and also via e-mail to a Seattle complaint site; got the ball rolling on “investigating”…(LOL!!) SUNDERLAND by O.P.A. (The internal so-called “OFFICE of PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY” within the S.P.D….ROUNDLY CRITICIZED for years by CITIZENS groups as a cover-up office, and agreed with to at least some extent officially by the recent FEDERAL DEPT. of JUSTICE report, after a nearly year-long investigation of the S.P.D.

    MY BAD…LONG STORY LONG!!!…LOL!

    RESULTS SO FAR: Sunderland is still a bicycle cop with the EAST PRECINCT. I saw him and even spoke with him very very briefly on the MARCH to the EAST PRECINCT. He was manning the southern barricade on 12th avenue. He declined to discuss how the “investigation” of him was going, saying only that “he does not work at the OPA.”

    If ANYONE ELSE who reads this knows who any of the other at least 4 people hit by SUNDERLAND and his BICYCLE on NOV.2nd are, please contact or tell them to contact me, LOUDMOUTH KARAOKE BRAD, at:
    bradbmor690@hotmail.com

    JOHN DIAZ…with ALL DUE RESPECT for your OFFICE….First, FIRE SUNDERLAND, and then RESIGN YOURSELF!! The fine CITIZENS of SEATTLE
    WANT and DESERVE a BETTER S.P.D., with WAY LESS BRUTALITY and EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE! (ESPECIALLY the UNCONSTITUTIONAL KIND!!)

    Thanks for Listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Friends;
    LET’S GET A LOTTA BODIES OUT THERE TODAY!! BRING SUN-TAN LOTION…(LOL!) (I NEVER USE THE STUFF…it actually may CAUSE rather than PREVENT, skin disease, according to some research!!

    PEACE
    LUODMOUTH KARAOKE BRAD

    P.S. HEY, REPUBLIC,why don’t you show up so you can instruct us PERSONALLY how to DO IT RIGHT…(LOL!!)…I DARE YOU!!

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Friends; JUST A TYPO;
    LOUDMOUTH WILL BE MY NAME UNTIL THE DAY I DIE!!!