150 Dudley St
For Immediate Release
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Enough is Enough – Justice for Philando Castile Terrence Coleman
and all victims of police brutality!
What: Rally and March
Where: Dudley Square Plaza
When: 6pm Wednesday June 21 2017
After 5 days of jury deadlock in the killing of Philando Castile just outside of St. Paul, MN, the jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez. The officer had shot dead Philando Castile on July 6 2016 in a car, with his daughter in the backseat. The shooting was broadcast live on Facebook and was one of the highest profile cases of 2016.
This not guilty verdict comes on the heels of injustice delivered on every other high profile case of 2016. These include the recent not-guilty verdict of Tulsa officer Betty Shelby in the Terrence Crutcher case in Tulsa, OK, the Department of Justice non-indictment in the Alton Sterling case in Baton Rouge, LA, and the earlier non-indictment in the Keith Scott case in Charlotte, NC. All of these murders were captured on video.
In Boston we as part of Mass Action Against Police Brutality (MAAPB) continue to expose the cover-up and murders by the Boston police and other agencies. We demand the immediate arrest and indictment of officers Kevin Finn and Garrett Boyle for the murder of Terrence Coleman. We demand to conviction of ex-MBTA officer Jennifer Amyot Garvey for felony assault of Roxbury resident Mary Holmes and filing a false police report. We demand the reopening of the case of the shooting of Usaamah Rahim by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI and the Boston police department.
The recent not-guilty verdict in the trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez for the murder of Philando Castile last July underscores the deep denial that exists about the widespread abuse of power and blatant disregard for the rights and very humanity of Black people in the United States. The courts have again failed to produce any justice for the family of a man who committed no crime yet was subject to profiling, harassment, an illegal stop, and ultimately murder by deadly force by a representative of the government.
In the astute words of Philando’s mother Valerie Castile, “We as a nation are devolving.” It took the bias of a judge to help engineer a stacked jury as well as a racist disconnect in the virtually all-white jury to come to these conclusions. Exactly what did Philando do to cause his own death? As Valerie says, it’s ‘open season’ on Black people in the US.
What are we to do?
Clearly the almost three years of protests have failed to produce justice. Ironically, without the protests, Yanez probably would never have been indicted. We need to continue to fill the streets with even greater numbers. It should be clear to more and more people that our power lies in the streets and not the courts. Nevertheless we continue to make our demands known. Mass Action Against Police Brutality pledges to remain vigilant and to organize a response to any trampling of rights by the hands of the police. Our response increasingly needs to be immediate, overwhelming in size, and spread throughout the country.
We call on all individuals and organizations of conscience to draw a collective line in the sand and bring our full weight to bear on the fight for justice for the families of victims of police brutality, which is in reality a fight for all of our basic rights. Our basic rights come under attack when the government can trample our rights and then justify it. Join us at Dudley Square plaza today at 6pm and make your voice known!
Immediate charge and arrest of officer Jeronimo Yanez for violating the civil rights of Philando Castile!
Arrest and charge Boston Police Officers Kevin Finn and Garrett Boyle for the murder of Terrence Coleman!
Convict ex-MBTA officer Jennifer Amyot Garvey for felony assault, falsifying a police report and violating the civil rights of Mary Holmes!
Reopen the case of the shooting death of Usaamah Rahim by the hands of the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Boston police department and the FBI now!