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Occupy Wichita General Assembly at the Central Public Library at noon, 3rd floor at 12:00 noon on Saturdays. Monday GA has been changed to Tuesday still 12 Noon at the South Entrance to City Hall , 455 North Main. For protests on Saturdays, see Events, Calendar or Home Page. Sundays from 3 to 5 pm.
An open letter to the Kochs
We can’t help wondering where Charles Koch gets off telling us to be grateful for 34K when he is not satisfied with his 34 billions. He is using his money and influence to lobby, pull any string, and squeeze more money out of us any way he can, he will never be satisfied. This is happening in a state where a woman’s right to space and limit her children is under assault among other things. If Brownback gets his way, families will start to explode. I’m sure they will do wonderfully well on the 34 K that Koch thinks they should be happy with.
The Kochs are getting rich from the people that they think should be happy with the crumbs they leave us. They are making the world harder for everyone. They think the planet is their personal domain and we are a commodity strictly for their enrichment and exploitation while they turn Mother Earth into a toilet.
It is time for people to start pushing back. Corporations are a dictatorship. When corporations own the government, we live in a dictatorship. Brownback is Koch’s tool. He doesn’t give a damn about the average citizen either. They are simply helping each other get rich. What goes around comes around, there are a lot more of us than there are of you. We will overcome.
Point Proposal for a Functioning Citizens’ Review Board
(Presented on 032913)
We are a group composed of victims of police violence and Occupy Wichita. We have been demonstrating to inform the community about the problem of police violence in Wichita. We have also gone to city council to make an appeal for a functioning citizens review board of WPD. So we have come to this meeting to say what we’d like to see this board become to continue pushing for a functioning citizen’s review board.
We feel that this board needs to make the following changes to the way it operates in order to become what we believe would result in an effective and trustworthy oversight on the WPD from the community:
- The board needs to meet after every police shooting, and investigate the claims made by the police in the media to see if they have any evidence to back up their claims aside from their own testimony.
- The board needs to be independent from city politics and the people running the board need to come from the communities affected by police violence, because that’s the problem with the institutional oversight presently in place: the DA is willing to give the police a pass when it’s patently obvious that the police should be reprimanded for the use of excessive force.
- The board needs to have some kind of legal teeth so that its operation doesn’t depend on political connections and appeals. This legal power needs to be accessible to the community so that the community, likewise, doesn’t have to depend on political connections and appeals to the board. I recommend subpoena power so that people affected by police violence don’t have to fund their own KORA requests when they often don’t have the resources or time to pursue an investigation all on their own.
- The board should collect complaints about the police department and forward those onto professional standards so that there’s an archive of police complaints accessible to the community that doesn’t require KORA requests.
- The board should have press contacts so that they can release information about cases along with the police, so that both sides of any given story are told to the public.
- We’d also ask every one of you presently on the board to sign this petition which states that KS-21-3215 needs to be modified to require physical evidence to justify the police’s use of lethal force. This would go a long way to showing that the members of this board are serious about implementing real oversight of police powers.