Ceres Community Reacts to Department of Justice Organized MeetingsSan Francisco Bay Area 07 Mar 2005 06:00 GMT
With Police in Modesto and Ceres stepping up "gang sweeps" in various areas, the Department of Justice has organized a series of meetings to discuss various issus of "public safety", and community based tensions. Community organizers have more concerns, largely those of racial profiling by the police, harassment, police misconduct, and police carrying large automatic weapons. Last week, the DOJ conducted a large meeting in which various questions were withheld from a panel it had selected, ignored and opposed the Brown Act, the Cheif of Police refused to answer questions from people in the community on an open mike, and several community members walked out of the meeting. This weekend, more meetings took place, with activists continually calling for and end to racial profiling and harassment. Reports 1, 2, 3.