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Video: Drop The Charges - Jazz Hayden in Court - July 31, 2012

Coverage on NY1

Jazz Speaks to NY1's Natasha Ghoneim outside Manhattan Criminal Court

Jazz Hayden along with a large group of supporters packed Manhattan Criminal Courthouse inside and out on the morning of July 31, 2012.  They were there demanding that District Attorney Cyrus Vance drop the charges against Jazz Hayden.  The charges against Jazz are seen to be retaliation for his filming and scrutiny of police activities in the Harlem community.  

The Judge set another date for Jazz's case on October 11, 2012 in anticipation of a grand jury indictment.  The grand jury will be convened sometime during September (TBA).  The supporters plan to mobilize around both events of these dates.    

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David Galarza speaks to the importance of filming police activities in our communities to show the truth in whats going on.  He describes a recent video he shot of an NYPD officer fondling and body slamming a young teenager.  He tells of how the news reported it as a good job by the officer while his video tells a different story.  

While David is speaking you will notice that one of the court officers behind him is filming him and the group of supporters.  Why? And what will they do with this tape we don't know.

Brother Shep speaks about his upcoming case in Bronx court.  He was harassed, arrested and charged with disorderly in the Bronx Criminal Court while there supporting fellow community activist Shaka Shakur.


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Suffolk County, a Municipality in the New York State, hereinafter Suffolk, has allowed and fostered illegal police ‘fiefdoms’ to be set up in Suffolk County in defiance of the laws of Suffolk County, New York State, and the United States of America. Suffolk County is aiding the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in allowing municipalities to create and maintain unauthorized policing units and illegally carries firearms and other weapons.

7. The participants who were employees Suffolk County Police Auxillery impersoanting NYS Constables.
8. Upon information and belief, the time of the happenings of the wrongful acts in which the injuries were sustained and the time when the claims arose is from on or about 1992 through the present. The wrongful acts were and have been concealed from the Plaintiff and other victims by Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service (hereinafter Suffolk County, Suffolk ) and therefore the time to bring this action is tolled. The nature of Plaintiff’s claims are as follows:
9. Suffolk County aided and abetted and engaged in schemes to have others illegally impersonate New York State peace officers and execute policing functions which were not allowed or authorized by law. The Suffolk County Department of Civil Service allowed for numerous Village employees [see definition below] and other individuals to be paid who Suffolk County officials were aware were working outside of their job functions, illegally carrying weapons, and impersonating peace officers.

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhenry r terry

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