(Posted in solidarity with maapb617)
Postermaking & Chantbuilding Workshop
Saturday, 3/31 2-4:30pm
at Grove Hall Library
RALLY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY
Boston to Sacramento… Justice for Stephon Clark, Justice for Terrence Coleman
50 Years Since the Murder of MLK
MAAPB Rally for Justice
Wednesday, 4/4 6pm
at BOSTON POLICE HQ
1 Schroeder Plaza, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
(near MBTA Ruggles Station)
Hundreds of thousands of took to the streets in recent weeks protesting gun violence in America. Largely left out of the discussion however, is the fact that police violence is gun violence. Once again this was underscored dramatically with the shooting of 22 year old black man Stephon Clark in his grandma’s backyard in Sacramento, California.
Police on the scene did not identify themselves and shot Clark 20 times within 20 seconds of their arrival. They waited 5 minutes to administer first aid while Clark’s lifeless body bled out. They claimed Clark had a weapon. All that was found on Clark was his cell phone. The Sacramento community has been enraged and numerous protests have found their way into the headlines and across the internet demanding justice.
Just nearly a day after this event took place mothers in Boston who lost their loved ones to police violence held a press conference in front of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office demanding justice and speaking out against recent police abuse in the Boston area. Rahima Rahim, mother of Usaamah Rahim, who was killed by FBI and Boston police in Roslindale on June 2nd, 2015 demanded her son’s case be reopened. Hope Coleman, the mother of Terrence Coleman who was killed by two Boston police officers Garrett Boyle and Kevin Finn on October 30th, 2016 demanded the same. Neither are giving up on the criminal prosecution of the police who killed their sons. Also Rahim spoke out against state trooper Matthew Sheehan who is being investigated for shooting an unarmed Cape Verdean ATV Driver during arrest. Sheehan was exposed for posting many racist comments online including celebrating the death of her son. Mass Action Against Police Brutality also spoke in support of the mother’s quest and announced a rally to take place onApril 4th, in front of the Boston Police HQ near Ruggles station to amplify these demands.
Come out on what is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King to commemorate his legacy and underscore that the struggle still continues and that equality is far from a reality in America. Don’t let supporters of this tyranny get away with sweeping these crimes under the rug. We demand justice now and we will continue to take the streets until we get it. Join us in demanding:
- Immediately indict and arrest the police who killed Stephon Clark!
- Stop any police harassment of witnesses, family, or protesters of this outrage!
- Immediately indict and arrest state trooper Matthew Sheehan for the shooting of an unarmed Cape Verdean ATV driver!
- Attorney General Maura Healey immediately appoint a special prosecutor to reopen the cases of Terrance Coleman, Usaamah Rahim, Burrell Ramsey-White, Ross Batista, Santos Laboy, Michael McInness, Randolph McClain, Denis Reynoso, and Daniel Gillis!
- Immediately fire Boston Police Officer Zachary Crossen, who was recently seen harassing and racially profiling a Black resident who was not engaged in any criminal activity in a viral video!
- Immediately fire and convict Off-duty Boston Police Officer Domenic A. Columbo, drunk and speeding, caused life threatening injuries to Dorchester resident Jose Teixeira on New Year’s Day!
- Fire state trooper Sheehan for racist online postings! Fire BPD officers Garrett Boyle and Kevin Finn!