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June 19, 2007

2007.06.19: Police Abuse: 3 p.m. Protest Today

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:24 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 10:42 AM
To: Graciela Lopez; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS; James Bernal
Subject: Police Abuse: 3 p.m. Protest Today

Media Advisory

*For Immediate Release*

*WHEN*: 3:00 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2007

*WHERE*: 350 Jay St. in front of Charles Hynes’ Office

*City Councilman Charles Barron and the Student Coalition Against Racial Profiling (S.C.A.R.P) Meet with District Attorney Hynes In Response To Mass Assault on Black and Latino Students in Bushwick*

Media Advisory

*For Immediate Release*

Contact: Kevin McCall 646 584 7148, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff to Councilman Barron Lurie Daniel-Favors – 917.326.0615 Oona Chatterjee � 347.268.1892

*City* *Councilman Charles Barron,* *Black and Latino Students Wrongfully Arrested En Route to Funeral and Community Members to Meet with DA Hynes to Demand All Charges be Dropped.*

*Community Outraged Over Continuing Pattern of Racial Profiling by the NYPD 83 rd Precinct in Targeting Bushwick Youth of Color.

In response to the arrest of over 70 students en route to the wake of a recently deceased friend, City Councilman Charles Barron, members of the Student Coalition Against Racial Profiling and concerned community members will meet with District Attorney Charles Hynes to demand that all charges against the students be dropped and that the police involved in the wrongful arrests face charges.

The Coalition further demands that the police officers involved be fired, that the precinct issue a public apology, and that Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and Chancellor Klein commit to ending police misconduct and racial profiling.

Councilman Charles Barron and the S.C.A.R.P. members will hold a press conference after meeting with the District Attorney. “We are calling for District Attorney Charles Hynes to drop the charges and to charge the police,” said Councilman Barron.

“These young people were unable to mourn their friend’s death because of the outrageous police department and ongoing police harassment in our communities. We must demand that all the charges be dropped and all the police officers who were involved are themselves charged to the fullest extent of the law.”

The community insists that this is only the latest example of how youth are under attack from the NYPD, an organization charged to serve and protect.

Local teacher Tabari Bomani stated, “This is one of the worst cases of police racially profiling innocent people and the media has largely ignored the true story. We can’t allow this to be pushed under the rug.”

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