Ramsey Orta is Catching Hell

   

On October 21, 2017, we received information that Ramsey was in “The Box”, a term used for being put in disciplinary solitary confinement without contact to the outside world. We immediately reached out to his lawyer to begin the process of getting Ramsey the support he needed. On October 22, 2017, we received this letter from Ramsey outlining an incident involving threats and physical abuse.

The letter reads as follows …

10/16/2017
On the above date at around 5:30pm C.O D. Mortiz called someone on the phone, next thing I know 5 to 7 officers came into the dorm walking towards my cube. C.O M. Titus grabbed me by my neck and walked me in between the doors that allow you to exit the dorm. During this time C.O M. Titus shoved my face into the wall very hard and started to pull my hair from behind and began to slap me on the right side of my face a few times. When CO. M Titus stop and starting securing me down all over. When he got to the groin area, my dick, he grabbed it and pulled it twice. I was then slapped again and put in the van to get sent to Building 16, “The Box. When I got to The Box Sgt. J. Raymonda and C.O B. Fourner were the one’s who did the intake process. I asked to speak to a nurse due to the abuse that took place against me and nobody wanted to report it nor did the nurse when I told her. I fear for my life in this facility and can’t take the ongoing abuse anymore. Please help me! Ramsey Orta, 16A4200

Illustrations by Jonathan Burkhardt

We are concerned about Ramsey’s well-being. This is the most recent and worrisome ordeal that Ramsey has had to experience, but it’s not the first. As many know, Ramsey was poisoned while imprisoned at Riker’s Island in 2014. Since his incarceration in October 2016, Ramsey has been cut, harassed, put in solitary confinement, and shipped to a facility on the Canadian Border in an attempt to disconnect him from his Family and his support network.

                                Letter written by Ramsey dated 10.18.17

By now, Ramsey has been released from “The Box”, and he is grateful for the support he has received. For now, we ask that you pay attention, and support in any way you can.

Pictures from Copwatch Documentary

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT RAMSEY

1. Donations are crucial in keeping Ramsey connected with his Family and community. If you want to make a one-time donation, or give a little every month, feel free to use this PayPal
“OfficialRamseyOrta@gmail.com “ or send postal order (only) to

Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010

2. You can send food packages to Ramsey. We have an Amazon wishlist that has food items that the jail accepts.
Link: http://a.co/0ptyH6P

3. You can send Ramsey books. He loves to read political work, know-your-rights books, history books, etc.
You can send books to

Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010

4. We need more people sharing posts on Twitter and re-posting content from his https://www.facebook.com/SupportRamseyOrta/ page. If you have online reach and want to be part of Ramsey’s support team, email us at WeCopwatch@protonmail.com

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Pictures from Copwatch Documentary

Media coverage of Ramsey’s recent incident
http://fair.org/home/ramsey-orta-cant-breathe/
http://www.silive.com/news/2017/10/post_1784.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ramsey-orta-jail-guards-beat-eric-garner-death-video-article-1.3596164

Other News

https://indypendent.org/2017/11/what-the-hell-does-it-take-to-convict-a-cop-of-murdering-a-civilian-in-america/
http://solitarywatch.com/2017/10/29/seven-days-in-solitary-102917/

Ramsey Orta is still behind bars. Here’s how you can support him

Like so many families across the nation, WeCopwatch is tasked with supporting one of our loved ones serving time in the Prison Industrial Complex. As Ramsey comes up on his first year of incarceration, and with three to go, we at WeCopwatch have been reflecting on our strengths and our weaknesses, so that we can continue to be a better support network for the years to come.

Comic Book sketches of Ramsey by Jonathan Burkhadt

Our Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths
1. Ramsey has received a lot of sporadic support in the form of donations, letters, and visits.
2. We have been able to visit Ramsey.
3. We have been able to fundraise when Ramsey’s commissary is empty, and we send out food packages when we can, we also keep photos coming in to him.
4. And do our best to be a connection point for Ramsey to the outside world.

Weaknesses
1. Beyond a few dedicated people, we have no formal support network in place to support Ramsey.
2.WeCopwatch has no online reach and has difficulty fundraising, or getting information out to large populations of people.
3. When Ramsey was in solitary confinement, we couldn’t find a lawyer that would be willing to call or visit Ramsey.


August interview with Ramsey Orta

We want/need to do better for Ramsey. But we need more people involved to make this possible.
Ramsey is in good spirits, but in his first year in prison, Ramsey has already been put in solitary confinement, he has been cut, and Ramsey has been moved around several times, and is currently at Franklin County Corrections Facility in UpState New York, on the Canadian Border making it hard for him to stay connected to his community.

We as a community can do more to keep Ramsey safe and healthy. We want to plug you in. In any way you can. Consider the following. First and foremost Ramsey needs continuous donations of any form. Keeping his communication open to the outside, and money in his commissary is a must. WeCopwatch helps manage his PayPal donations in the areas mentioned.

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT

1. If you can donate one time, or a little every month, feel free to use this PayPal
“OfficialRamseyOrta@gmail.com “ or send postal order (only) to

Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010

2. You can send food packages to Ramsey. We have an amazon wishlist that has food items that the jail accepts.
Link: http://a.co/0ptyH6P

3. You can send Ramsey books. Ramsey loves to read political work, know your rights books, history books, etc.
You can send books to

Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010

4. We need more people helping post on twitter and content on his https://www.facebook.com/SupportRamseyOrta/ page. If you have online reach and want to be part of Ramsey’s online support team, email us at WeCopwatch@protonmail.com

Ramsey is keeping busy though.
He’s enrolled in classes,
reading the books and letters sent to him.
And recently Ramsey, Jonathan Burkhardt, and WeCopwatch have begun working on a Comic Book showcasing Ramsey, his life, Copwatch, and Know Your Rights information. It’s sure to be a hit.


Ramsey Orta Can’t Breath – Produced by WeCopwatch

To my Brother in Arms. David Whitt

As I reflect on these past three years, it’s often hard to see where we are, where we are heading, and where we came from.

But today I see so much clarity both in what we have accomplished together and apart. David when I met you in Ferguson, I couldn’t conceive what was about to happen. Who would have ever imagined that we could effectively kick racist police out of your neighborhood using video cameras.

Who would have ever thought that we would help bring copwatch to the people, and the communities that needed it the most.

From Ferguson to Oakland, to Baltimore, to NYC, to Standing Rock, I thank you and am forever grateful for taking this journey with me.

We’ve sacrificed everything, and we’ve lost so much.
But I think about how large our family has grown, how many people have joined this struggle and stood with us.

We’ve been targeted, surveilled, even infiltrated by police provocateurs, yet here we are today. Stronger than ever. It didn’t start with us and certainly won’t end with us either. But I love you. You are my Brother and have been one of the most important contributors in this struggle.

Thank you, David. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Jacob Crawford/WeCopwatch

Ramsey Needs Our Support

Here is how you can help

1. Ramsey needs legal support. He has been cut, harassed, and put into solitary confinement.
If you are a lawyer, and can make welfare phone calls, or are interested in helping support Ramsey with a few issues that he is dealing with behind bars, please contact us at WeCopwatch@protonmail.com

2. It would be great if more people were writing him. Let him know he is not alone. You can write him and send it to this address.

Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
​Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010

3. We send pictures to Ramsey. Feel free to take a picture with a sign, and email it to us a WeCopwatch@protonmail.com and we’ll be sure to put it in the mail.

4. Ramsey needs financial support. You can donate directly to him at his Paypal using this email. OrtaRamsey@gmail.com(which was not in his control for many months) You can also send money orders to

5. Ramsey’s official pages are now RamseyOrta.org or com. RamseyOrta.info has not been updated for many months, and it had inaccurate information on it.

Ramsey Orta is in Trouble

In the past few months Ramsey has been cut, abused by guards, moved to the Canadian Border, and put in isolation.

As of today, we’re having a difficult time finding a lawyer to do welfare check on Ramsey. We don’t know how he is, we don’t know what is happening to him.

We need someone to call Ramsey.
To find out what happened
Who did it
We need to know what Ramsey needs

Are you a real deal lawyer willing to make a phone call?
Contact WeCopwatch at WeCopwatch@gmail.com for more info

Ramsey is currently at Franklin Correctional Facility:

Visiting Hours at Franklin Correctional Facility:
Inmates are limited to four visitors per session. Visiting occurs on Saturdays, Sundays, and state recognized Holidays from 7:30am-2:50pm.

Physical Address:
Franklin Correctional Facility
62 Bare Hill Road
Malone, New York 12953
Telephone:
(518)-483-6040

Inmate Mailing Address:
Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
​Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010
Send money via us postal order only

Copwatch Cameras for Standing Rock

As Police attacks on Water Protectors intensifies at Standing Rock, a Native led Copwatch group is formed. We need cameras, and fast!

Copwatch Cameras for Standing Rock on Crowdrise

https://www.crowdrise.com/copwatch-cameras-for-standing-rock/
Copwatch Cameras for Standing Rock

FBI surveillance planes, drones and low flying helicopters are ever present over camp and armored vehicles and snipers are positioned on hilltops nearby at the ready.


Undercover provocateurs and DAPL employees frequently infiltrate the camp perpetrating violence against people.

Water Protectors are being met with violence as riot police indiscriminately swing batons and deploy tasers, gas, water cannons, and projectiles at peaceful people. But theres hope. The resistance continues to grow, and recently a Copwatch group has been formed on the groud at Standing Rock

WeCopwatch has been at Standing Rock for the past week supporting the formation of a Copwatch at Standing Rock. This is a Native run group who have been holding it down on the front lines.These cameras will be used for actions, police assaults, and security at the camps.WeCopwatch will be helping train trainers and different groups about their rights when interacting with law enforcement and while cop watching.


The situation on the ground is volatile. People involved in this project have already been targeted.

Right now we need to purchase at least 20 cameras. Ten for our group, and the rest for varies camps and tribes who are also on the front lines documenting the police. Donate what you can. Money will purchase cameras, but we need plenty of resources as well such as computers, video cards, hardrives, and literature.

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Help WeCopwatch Go Further


In 2015 WeCopwatch deployed on atleast 20 out of state missions ranging from Oakland, St. Louis/Ferguson, Baltimore, North Charleston, NYC, Chicago and Detroit.

It should be known that WeCopwatch receives no formal funding, but rather has been able to travel due to a few donations, and money contributed from it’s internal membership.

It’s 2016. We’ve already deployed to NYC, Baltimore, and Austin.

In NYC we interacted with a lot of our Copwatch constituents and trained with WITNESS on video evidence collection

In Austin we deployed to engage in a week long Copwatch operation that included nightly shifts, and several Copwatch College sessions.

In Baltimore we deployed to support some Copwatchers we work with who had been arrested while copwatching.

These journeys often come at great cost to our pockets and our bodies. If we fly, we risk spending heavy out of pocket. If we drive, we wear out our bodies and lose time.

We’ve come to the conclusion that are the best option for missions and rapid deployment are to travel by air. Multiple times over the years people have approached us with frequent flyer miles and so we have decided to reach out to the public and see what’s out there.

If you have miles, and you believe in the work that we do locally, and around the country, consider donating some our way. We generally find ourselves needed to get somewhere every month or so and if we had our flights covered, it would really make what little money we do have be better applied to the Copwatch work we do day in and day out.
Give us a holler. WeCopwatch@gmail.com

The STL First Responders

The STL First Responders
A project of the Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch.

What do we do when the police shoot someone in our community?
In Oakland California, a coalition under the Anti Police Terror Project have been deploying to the locations of shooting to conduct independent investigations.

Here in St. Louis, we have begun to do the same. . .

The Function
First Responders are a coalition of people trained and dedicated to responding to police shootings and other high profile incidents involving police with the intentions of collecting evidence, identifying witness, and conducting independent investigations.

The Purpose
Within 24 hours of a police shooting, “official statements” are almost always released to justify the officer’s use of force. These narratives are often disseminated to convey an officer in fear for their safety and to demonize and criminalize the person shot. These “official statements” often change in the falling months as more accurate information surfaces. But by then it is too little, too late.

Deploying first responders after a police shooting allows concerned citizens to challenge and scrutinize the police narrative, encouraging police investigators to do more honest and transparent investigations.

When deployed to a shooting, First responders wear many hats.
1. They are collecting information and evidence to contrast and challenge the “official narrative.”
2. They are documenting evidence that can be used for records requests, independent investigations, and to help in criminal and civil cases.
3. They locate witnesses and help link them to lawyers so they are protected from police retaliation.
4. They pass out information to recruit more first responders and to educate people about the dangers of talking to the police and the media.

The Roles
There are four different groupings of people who can be essential in a First Responder Network, and they often overlap and are not mutually exclusive.
1. The local community
2. The activist community
3. Lawyers
4. Journalists

First Responder deployment
When responding to a police shooting, people are often walking into chaotic, traumatic events. It is crucial to have people from the local community to lead in these deployments. It is also helpful to have activists and journalists to follow their lead and assist in helping where they can with documentation and evidence collecting. It’s also crucial to have a lawyer on the scene who can immediately connect with the family and with witnesses.

The Investigation
When conducting an independent investigation it is important to involve the people who were First Responders to the incident. It is also helpful to have lawyers and journalists who specialize in investigations and in requesting/demanding information. Activists and advocates can also play a helpful role in using the case and information collected to advocate for justice and more lasting change.

Training
Another aspect of building an effective coalition of First Responders is providing trainings to build capacity. Trainings include

  1. Evidence Collecting
  2. Filming crime scenes
  3. Supporting people dealing with trauma
  4. Interviewing witnesses
  5. Filing records requests, preservation letters, discovery
  6. Authenticating video and photos
  7. Releasing findings and investigations

Spring is near. Are you interested in becoming a first responder in the St. Louis area?
Contact us at WeCopwatch@gmail.com or get in touch with us at TheSTLFirstResponders