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Another Month of Delayed Justice for Fouad Kaady

I think by now, most readers of Indymedia are aware of the circumstances surrounding the death of Fouad Kaady. If not, search out a copy of a very fine video (now on DVD!), "28 Seconds: The Killing of Fouad Kaady." You will be astounded. If you ever believed that the system of justice works, you will re assess your views. Since another month has passed without justice, I need to publish a reminder. It is all I can do.
A short synopsis here: On September 8, 2005, 27 year old Fouad Kaady was involved in several wrecks, described by police as hit and run incidents. Investigation reveals that he was probably on fire at the time, so he might be forgiven for failure to stop and render aid. He was transporting gasoline in his father's vehicle, in an attempt to bring fuel to his own vehicle which was out of gas. At some point, apparently the gasoline burst into flames.

Fouad was first observed, driving erratically (go figure) , and appeared to be waving his arms wildly. The car appeared to be cloudy inside, possibly from smoke. After striking a couple of vehicles (no injuries), he ran his father's car off of the road, and bailed out, shedding his remaining clothes which were on fire. He was pretty likely in shock, and a great deal of pain (police described him as very badly burned, skin hanging from his body, and bleeding.) He ran into the woods.

Enter the first responders: Fire department and EMTs were first on the scene, which was soon saturated with police. Two intrepid officers (Clackamas County Deputy David Willard, and Sandy Police Officer William Bergin) were first to locate the victim who was (in the officer's words) "seated Indian style alongside the road, rocking back and forth, moaning, and catatonic." The officers both stated that they knew immediately that the naked man was unarmed, but for some reason began shouting unreasonable orders (to lay his burned body on the hot pavement), and when they were not obeyed, began discharging both of their tasers into the victim. When this senseless response to an obviously injured and in shock victim failed to immediately achieve the desired results (results which neither officer could articulate), the victim fled the pain. He jumped up to the top of the police cruiser, which in Oregon is apparently a capital offense. At this time, because neither officer was willing to touch his bloody body, they chose instead, to exterminated him.

This obvious miscarriage of any form of justice was given sanction by the District Attorney, who could not seem to find an indictment to save his career. Then, the Sheriff even went so far as to state that good police guidelines were followed, and no policies were violated.

We disagree. Apparently, we are not alone, as the Gerry Spence (Ruby Ridge, Silkwood, and many other high profile cases) Law Firm has taken the civil case pro bono. See the film, see if you agree. It is available on You Tube at the following links, but the DVD is much easier to watch. Keep watching in your local library or supermarket, for free copies.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8WijDe5BhQ
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVS-Fba0ExU&mode=related&search=
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-JPZOI8hbc&mode=related&search=
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_0zb02wORc&mode=related&search=
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJNNG4o0d1A&mode=related&search=

More Small, Direct Actions 07.Jun.2007 19:37

LN

One additional note: As has been previously mentioned, some of us have been spreading the word by dropping a few copies of the dvd at several areas about the county, including unwatched police cruisers, libraries, stores, and such.
We started contemplating how best to get the word to cop circles of influence, such as the local Elks club, etc., and we noted that most cop types tend to congregate at local gyms and health clubs, where they can commiserate with like "minded" guardians of public safety and justice(read: blow off any left over aggression and testosterone after a hard day of patrol and prayer).
Therefore, health clubs and gyms are on our circulation routes now. Hopefully, some of the cop wannabes and groupies that also hang at these places will get curious, and get educated, before it is too late. Also, some folks who may be mistakenly thinking that because they are associating with these thugs, they are somehow endowed with friendship, may see that they do not really wish to pal around with Rambo.

FYI: more Sandy cop "hangouts" 08.Jun.2007 21:33

me

In Sandy, try Joe's Donuts (go figure!), and the Paris Cafe (by the Sandy Cinema). There's also the new Mt. Hood Athletic Club, and Skelton's wife owns the Hot Dawg Shack (across from the Shell gas station at the west end of town).

It Shall Be Done 09.Jun.2007 06:34

other me

Thanks for the info. Synergy. I like it.
Activists who play together stay together.