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Mod: Those attending Monday evening's City Council meeting in Pasadena could find it to be quite an interesting experience. As those who have followed events there know, the Rotten Rose has become something of a racial flashpoint as a state of considerable tension now exists between the Pasadena Police Department and many in that troubled community. Here's how the Star News describes what could be going down.
link): Local activists incensed over the violent arrest of an Altadena man by Pasadena police in November will present a list of demands to the City Council at its Monday meeting, including calls to fire the officers involved and to install a permanent, independent auditor for the Pasadena Police Department.
Community members gathered at the offices of the Pasadena NAACP on Wednesday evening to discuss the list the organization will deliver to council members next week, according to an NAACP statement.
The demands were prompted by the arrest of Christopher Ballew, 21, at the Mobil gas station at Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road on Nov. 9. The encounter left Ballew with a broken leg and a bloodied face.
Bystander video released on Facebook about a month after the arrest showed a tug-of-war over a baton between Ballew and one of the officers before the second officer punches Ballew in the head and slams the man’s head on the ground multiple times. The video also depicts the first officer hitting Ballew’s leg with the baton three times while the man is on the ground.
Mod: The rest of the PSN article is available at the link. The following is taken from a website called Pasadena Black Pages. It also discusses tomorrow evening's Pasadena City Council meeting.
link): The Pasadena Police Department’s baton beating of Christopher Ballew is the City’s Rodney King moment. Videos of his senseless attack have made national and international news, and have again put the spotlight on a department with a history of using excessive force on its residents.
The Ballew incident follows on the heels of the Department’s killing of Kendrec McDade in 2012, shooting of Paris Holloway in 2013, killing of Reginald Thomas in 2016, and shooting of Matthew Hurtado in 2017.
Along with the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police, Pasadenans and Altadenans Against Police Violence, ACLU of Southern California, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress, and the San Gabriel Valley Progressive Alliance, we, the undersigned, urge the Pasadena City Council take immediate action to hold the Department accountable for its beating of Mr. Ballew and to ensure that Pasadena communities are protected from unnecessary police violence.
To stop police violence and over aggressiveness in Pasadena click here and sign the petition to the Pasadena City Council. This is the only way to get things going. It has to start this way for change to be made. When it comes to matters like this the pen is mightier than the sword so become involved.
Don't just sit back and complain when the excessive force affects you personally.
Mod: Here is a screenshot of the petition.
Mod: Like I said, it should be quite a meeting. The public part of this confab starts at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers. Address is Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S249. You might want to get there early. Before 6 PM is my guess.