Oct 24 2013

October 22 anti-police brutality rally at Lynn City Hall

Dr. Q

For years now, October 22 has been set as the “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation,” a day when people gather around to country to hold grassroots rallies to protest police violence in their communities. I attended one such rally in Lynn, Massachusetts where family members of Denis Reynoso and their supporters gathered outside the Lynn City Hall.

Reynoso was an Iraq war veteran who was shot to death in his own home by Lynn police officers who entered without a warrant. Police have claimed that they shot Reynoso in self-defense after he tried to grab a police officer’s weapon.

The investigation into the shooting is being handled by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, but the family has called for an independent investigation.

At the October 22 rally, people gathered outside city hall. After a while, an open mic (and later, a bullhorn) was set up. A number of people talked about Denis Reynoso while others recounted their own personal experiences. I recorded most of the speeches, but I made an amateurish mistake and ended up losing my video. A number of other people were recording the speeches, so I’ll post links to their videos if they are shared online.

There was also a rally for Reynoso on October 5 which I reported on. At that rally, protesters first gathered at the Lynn Commons then marched to the police station. Reynoso’s wife Jessica Spinney entered the police station and handed in a petition asking for an independent investigation and changes to the Lynn Police Department’s use-of-force policies.

The Daily Item reports that Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger has said that “If anyone else wants to come in and look at this [the shooting] — a legitimate entity or agency — you will have our full cooperation. We have nothing to hide.” However, James Lamanna, the attorney for the city, has refused to share records about the shooting with the family’s attorney, Howard Friedman. Lamanna told the Item that the DA advised him not to disclose the records yet.

You can sign an online petition calling on Lynn Mayor Judith Kennedy and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to provide an independent investigation of the Denis Reynoso shooting here.

Below, you can see some photos I took at the rally.

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You can see a few additional photographs here.


Oct 7 2013

Rally for Denis Reynoso — Iraq war vet killed by the Lynn police

Dr. Q

On September 5 of this year, police entered the home of Iraq war veteran Denis Reynoso in Lynn, Massachusetts without a warrant and shot him to death. The police have said little about the shooting, but claimed that Reynoso was shot because he tried to grab a police officer’s gun. The shooting investigation is currently being handled by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

On October 5, exactly one month after the shooting, family members of Reynoso and their supporters gathered in Lynn to demand an independent investigation of the shooting. The protest began at the Lynn Commons where several people gave speeches criticizing the Lynn police. After the speeches ended, we all marched to the Lynn Police Station. Jessica Spinney, Denis Reynoso’s wife, entered the police station to hand in a petition calling for an independent investigation and changes to the Lynn Police Department’s use-of-force policies.

After Jessica left the police station, the protest continued on for some time. Many of the protesters eventually began marching a second time. I heard they were marching to the church the family attends, but I left the protest at this point.

I took dozens of photos at the protest and shot some video as well.

You can sign an online petition here calling on Lynn Mayor Judith Kennedy and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to provide an independent investigation of the Denis Reynoso shooting.

Raw videos:

The mainstream media’s reporting on the shooting:

Boston Globe:

Lynn Daily Item:

Lynn Journal:

Fox 25:

WCVB:


Dec 19 2011

State trooper tries to run down Lynn cop after caught with prostitute

Dr. Q

Off-duty state trooper Efrain Montanez was arrested on Friday by Lynn police officers. Montanez stands accused of nearly striking a Lynn police officers with his department-issed pickup truck after he was caught engaging in a sex act with a prostitute.

WBZ-TV has the story here: