Bobby Seale: Community control of police waz on the Berkeley ballot in 1969

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August 13, 2015

An update follows: Berkeley Copwatch blasts change in police policy restricting right to observe

by Bobby Seale

Bobby Seale

I was the founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party. I created an organization, my BPP, in October of 1966, and our first organizing tactic was to legally observe the police in our Oakland and Berkeley Black communities.

We had law books, tape recorders and very legal loaded arms as we recited the law to the police. When the police said to us, “You have no right to observe me!” we responded with:

“No, a California State Supreme Court ruling states that every citizen has a right to stand and observe police officers carrying out their duty as long as they stand a reasonable distance away. A reasonable distance in that particular ruling was constituted as 8 to 10 feet. We are standing approximately 20 feet from…

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