I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Richard Chrisman Trial UPDATE: Court-watching the cops.

UPDATE: October 25, 2012: The murder trial of former PHX Police officer Richard Chrisman has again been postponed. It should begin February 13, 2013 at 8am.


 signs of protest at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association's fundraiser for Chrisman
  after he was charged with murder and eventually canned from the force.
(April 2011)

As those of you Googling this guy know, Chrisman is the Phoenix police officer standing trial for the murder of Danny Rodriguez in October of 2010 - check out this account of it in the Phoenix New Times. Here's the actual police report on the shooting in which another cop provides the eyewitness testimony that gets Chrisman charged.

Chrisman's trial was supposed to start this summer, then this fall, but it was postponed again.

Meanwhile, this sociopath is not only running loose in our community, he spent some time traveling this summer (with the court's blessings). Chrisman shot an unarmed man fleeing him in his underwear point blank in the chest, yet travels freely throughout the Southwest, while all sorts of other folks face violence and disease in Arpaio's jails awaiting trial because they lack the measley $500 bond that was put on them for "camping" one too many times (aka being homeless). That seems really twisted to me...

1 comment:

  1. How can we thank Sergio Virgillo for his courage to tell the truth? Sergio "Serpico" Virgillo is putting his life on the line without regard for his saftey we need to go out to the courthouse with signs to let him know that this is the type of courage that we hope humanity has is appreciated.