Democracy Now! Ju;y 11, 2002

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Democracy Now! Ju;y 11, 2002
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From Inglewood, California to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: police brutality caught on videotape leads to police and FBI investigations as outrage mounts Then, as Bush infuriates African Americans by refusing to talk with NAACP leaders, we'll hear about bush's civil rights record from NAACP chairman Julian Bond. All that and more coming up. 9:01-9:06 Headlines: INTERNATIONAL ACTIVISTS ACCOMPANY PALESTINIANS UNDER FIRE TO REPAIR WATER WELLS IN GAZA Early this morning, international activists accompanied Palestinian repair workers to the two main wells that provide water to municipalities in the Gaza strip. The wells are only 6 meters from the fence that encloses the Israeli settlement of Net Sarim. Palestinian workers have been shot at repeatedly by settlers and the Israeli military when they have tried to repair the wells. Guest: Gerrick Ruiz, activist with the International Solidarity Movement in the Gaza Strip Guest: Naomi Braine, Jews Against the Occupation, at the checkpoint in Hebron 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20 FROM INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA TO OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA: POLICE BRUTALITY CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE LEADS TO POLICE AND FBI INVESTIGATIONS AS OUTRAGE MOUNTS Incidents of police brutality captured on videotape are sweeping the country. Last Saturday, a black man, Coby Chavis, and his 16 year old son Donovan Jackson-Chavis, stopped for gas in the small city of Inglewood, California, outside Los Angeles. Two white Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies followed them into the station, alerted by the expired tags on the car. Donovan went inside the station and the officers started questioning his father. When Donovan came out, eating a bag of potato chips, officers told him to put down the chips and handcuffed him. Then, without any warning, officer Jeremy Morse slammed Donovan hard in the face. Coby Chavis was handcuffed. He watched as his son was punched in the head and eyes, body-slammed to the ground and choked by a silver chain he was wearing until he was unconscious. The officers' version says the boy was slow to follow their instructions. Donovan is a Special Education student who suffers from a hearing disability that makes his responses slow. It is the kind of incident that happens all over the country. But this time, it was caught on video, sparking outrage around the country. And it is not the only example of "excessive force" by a white police officer against a black man caught on videotape this week. A videotape released on Tuesday showed two white police officers in Oklahoma City striking an unarmed man with their hands, knees and tactical batons during an arrest. After the Inglewood video was released to the press, Officer Jeremy Morse was suspended. The Inglewood police department and the Los Angeles county sheriff's department opened investigations. And the FBI said it has opened a civil rights investigation. Protesters surged through the city and descended on Inglewood City Hall on Tuesday. The mayor of Inglewood, Roosevelt Dorn, declared that Morse should be fired and charged with assault. Representative Maxine Waters is one of the people calling for an investigation by Attorney General John Ashcroft. Earlier this morning, I spoke to Representative Waters. Guest: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), US Congresswoman from California Contact: Talibah Shakir, cousin of Donovan Jackson-Chavis, the 16 year old boy who was beaten in Inglewood, CA. Shakir is a sixth grade teacher in Los Angeles. She spoke at the press conference yesterday held by the Coalition Against Police Abuse and the Donovan Jackson-Chavis Justice Committee held a press onference in Los Angeles Guest: Ron Hampton, executive director of the National Black Police Association. He was a Washington DC cop for 24 years. He just got to in LA this weekend from the NAACP conference in Houston Contact: 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:40 AS BUSH INFURIATES AFRICAN AMERICANS BY REFUSING TO TALK WITH NAACP LEADERS, WE'LL HEAR ABOUT BUSH'S CIVIL RIGHTS RECORD FROM NAACP CHAIRMAN JULIAN BOND The 93rd annual NAACP convention opened in Houston Texas on Sunday. Its theme is "Freedom Under Fire," and much of the discussion has focused on the President, who speakers charge with dismantling civil rights and pandering to ultra conservatives. NAACP President Kwesi Mfume said, "You can't be president of all the people when you only want to be president for some of the people." Bush had been invited to speak at the convention as he did when he was running for President in 2000. But he declined the invitation as he has on every occasion since moving into the White House. When asked why he was not addressing this year's convention, Bush gave a dismissive answer. Here is the complete exchange between the President and the reporter who questioned him: Reporter: "Mr. President Bush: "Let's see. There I was sitting around the table with foreign leaders looking at Colin Powell and Condi Rice " Well, on this last day of the NAACP convention, we are going to turn to an excerpt of a speech by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond. The speech is a powerful reminder that when wars are fought for democracy, democracy is often the first thing to go. Bond is a former Georgia legislator and civil rights activist who was elected NAACP chairman in 1998. He opened the convention with this speech on Sunday. Tape: Julian Bond, chair of the NAACP 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:58 JULIAN BOND, cont'd Tape: Julian Bond, chair of the NAACP 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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July 11, 2002
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Ju;y 11, 2002
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