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Short Update (9/14/11) from Martin Cotton Trial in Oakland: Eureka Cops Beat Him To Death

by Redwood Curtain CopWatch Thursday Sep 15th, 2011 11:13 PM

Currently, the civil rights trial about the August 9, 2007 police murder of Martin Frederick Cotton II is in its last couple of days. The Eureka Police beat Martin Cotton brutally- in fact- beat him to death in broad daylight, in front of the Eureka Rescue Mission and many (other) houseless people. The civil trial, brought by Martin Cotton’s father, Marty Cotton, and Martin’s young daughter, Siehna Cotton.

Support for the Cottons has been wonderful from the Oscar Grant Committee, Redwood Curtain CopWatch, and Transport Workers Solidarity Committee.

On Wednesday (9/14) and Monday (9/12), two Eureka cops have been testifying, Justin Winkle and Adam Laird. Thursday, EPD Officer Gary Whitmer.

While the Eureka cops have admitted that Martin Cotton was unarmed and on the ground defenseless, and that they inflicted many baton strikes, knee strikes, multiple pepper spray canisters, bending his wrist back, and doing nothing for him medically, they’ve blatantly lied, denying that any of them punched Martin Cotton in the head many times.

Two civilian, unrelated witnesses testified Wednesday (9/14) that they saw one of the Eureka cops hammerfisting Martin’s head. One witness said he heard fist-to-skull bone-on-bone from very hard blows.


Trial is from 8:30am – 2:30 pm, on the 4th floor of the 1301 Clay Street, Oakland Federal Building. Bring ID to come in and be present at the trial.

Trial Update from 1st day of Trial: LINK

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