Made it down to the courthouse late this AM with one of my signs and some fliers; everyone else was already inside. I figured there was a good chance nothing would happen, so I took my position on Jefferson with my message about Queers being cool, and stirred folks up about not trusting cops. I went home while the troops inside were still toughing it out, though. Apparently about eight of us made it to court this AM, and waited for hours.
As of the latest report on the Spacebook "Preliminary Hearing" event page, Wilson's case wasn't called this morning, and the gang was thrown out of the courtroom for creating a disturbance before it recessed for lunch. What kind of disturbance there was, if any, I don't know. I find the whole reason we had to be there disturbing, frankly.
The next scheduled court hearing for Chris Wilson is Friday, August 17 at 8:30 am in the new Superior Courthouse, 175 W. Madison St., PHX 3rd Floor, Courtroom 3A (today it was moved to 3B, so ask when you get there).
"In the United States, Red Squads were police intelligence units that specialized in infiltrating, conducting counter-measures and gathering intelligence on political and social groups during the 20th century. Dating as far back as the Haymarket Riot in 1886, Red Squads became common in larger cities such as Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles during the First Red Scare of the 1920s. They were set up as specialized units of city police departments, as a weapon against labor unions, communists, anarchists, and other dissidents." (wikipedia 8/13/2012)
Resisting the PHX Police Red Squad
AUGUST 13, 2012: This blog is to document the struggle of Arizona's radical activists against the tactics of the Phoenix Police Planning and Community Relations Bureau Community Response Squad, AKA The Red Squad. It's being launched in the wake of a grave violation by a Red Squad detective, Chris Wilson, who was arrested last week for multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with 2 minors. His victims, apparently, were young activists whom he had befriended in the course of his work as the Phoenix Police liason to the GLBTQ community. He confessed when confronted and sits in jail awaiting prosecution.
This post from another blog describes the concerns some community activists had with our Red Squad long before Detective Wilson's transgressions. It provides a starting point for those unfamiliar with protest policing in the city of Phoenix. The body of this blog will be a critical analysis of Red Squad tactics as they've affected our liberation movements - as well as individual activists - and a diary of our resistance. More than just resisting, we're fighting back.
PHX Red Squad busting Occupy "campers"
Lessons in resistance: Come armed with your video cameras, folks, to every protest our community has and film the Red Squad in action. Call them on their BS and send the link or embed code to us to post. Lets teach each other how best to deal with them from experience...