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Rally Against Police Murders in Oakland and Berkeley
by Bill Hackwell ( hckwll [at] yahoo.com )
Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM
Family and friends of Anita Gay, the 51 year old grandmother gunned down by the Berkeley Police on February 16, held a 2 hour street rally at the corner of Ashby and Martin Luther King Drive in Berkeley to draw attention to the epidemic of police murders in the East Bay.

Community members joined organizers from Justice for Anita! Justice for All! passing out hundreds of informational flyers to patrons of the Ashby BART flea market and cars stopping at the light. Oakland Police Department has already killed six people this year indicating that these are not just isolated incidence but a pattern of violence that appears to be condoned in both the Oakland and Berkeley Police Departments.

Officer Rashawan Cummings has been cleared in the murder of Anita Gay and is back on the streets. While the Berkeley Police Commission drags its feet in the investigation of Anita Gay's murder, there has been no admission of guilt on the part of Berkeley Police Department. The lone officer who failed to secure the situation, violated department policy and shot a 51-year old woman in the back has been returned to active duty,

On July 19th, Oakland resident Lesley Xavier Allen was shot and killed by Oakland police. On July 25th Oakland officer Hector Jimenez shot and killed unarmed, 27 yr old Mac "Jody" Woodfox in the back. This is the same officer who shot and killed another unarmed youth, Andrew Moppin eight months earlier. People are asking the question why is lethal force the answer to every situation?

Today's event was organized by the Justice for Anita! Justice for All! Coalition that includes family members, Cop Watch, Critical Resistence and the ANSWER Coalition and was widely covered by Bay Area TV stations.

§Hundreds of Flyers Against Police Brutality Where Passed Out.
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Stop Police Brutality Now!
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Stacey King from Critical Resistence
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Family and Community Members Outraged About Police Murders
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Justice for Anita Gay
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Youth Who Are the Most Profiled By Police
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Patricia Johnson Speaking About Her Sister Anita Gay
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Forrest Schmidt, ANSWER Coalition
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Berkeley Police, Guilty of Murder!
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Gwen Johnson, Anita Gay's Oldest Sister
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Anita Gay's 4 Sisters
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

§Justice For Gary King Jr. and All the Victims of Police Murder
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 7:12 PM

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