After being pulled over for a "routine traffic stop" in Albany, Michael and Stephanie Williams report that they were brutalized by the Albany police department on June 5th in front of their children. Michael was tasered multiple times and Stephanie was searched under her clothing by a male officer. Both parents were arrested, while their crying children were picked up by their grandmother. The family spoke about their ordeal at the Uhuru House in East Oakland on June 14th.
Reposted from Indybay.
On Saturday, August 1st, an Oakland police officer shot and killed carpenter and handyman Brownie Polk at a liquor store in East Oakland. Police claim he was threatening people, but employees and other witnesses have contradicted the police account and say they didn’t call the police.
“He was not some drunk that was wielding an ax, walking around threatening people,” Tiffany Townsend told KTVU. “He didn't do that. He carried tools with him all the time. Your car would be broke on the side of the road and my uncle would see you and help you.”
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July 21 Health Update
This has been a very trying time for all of us. Tristan’s recovery has not followed a straight linear path of “better-better-better”, but rather has gone up and down. He has suffered and come back from several very serious complications including hemorrhaging, pneumonia, swelling, meningitis, and unusually large leak of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); as well as periodic fevers and more minor infections.
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In Greece, a period of widespread state repression and brutality followed the rebellion of December 2008. During and after the rebellion, the extreme right wing political party LAOS (Popular Orthodox Party Alert) and the Greek state investigated the IMCs of Athens and Patras, Greece, on the grounds that they were used as centers for the "coordination of rebellion," ignoring Indymedia's contribution of vital counter-information to state- and corporate-controlled media.