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Justice for Anita! Justice for All! Anita Gay Vigil, Berkeley, 2/20/09: photos and audio
Family and friends of Anita Gay, killed by Berkeley Police one year ago, held a rally to demand the arrest of Officer Rashawn Cummings and for an end to police murders across the East Bay.
Audio below is an interview with Anita Gay's sister, Patricia Johnson, mixed with sounds from the vigil.
From the vigil announcement: On February 16, 2008, Anita Gay -- grandmother and longtime Berkeley resident -- was shot in the back and killed on her front porch by a lone Berkeley police officer. The bullets passed through her into her apartment, grazing her daughter’s face and narrowly missing her grandchild. The police claim the shooting was justified. The media demonized the family and blame the shooting on Anita.
Many neighbors saw what really happened.
The police report was a cover up and a lie. Anita called the police for help. She should have not been killed. The officer who killed her and the Berkeley Police Department must be held accountable. Her family, friends, and supporters have organized to demand justice. We need better jobs and housing, not more racist cops and excuses. We need your help.
WE MUST STAND UP!
Too many people have been killed by the police. We haven’t forgotten Gary King Jr., Jose Luis Buenrostro, Casper Banjo, Jody Woodfox, and so many others. One year after Anita Gay was shot in the back by a Berkeley cop, join family, friends and supporters of Anita Gay to celebrate her life, mourn her loss, and demand an end to racist police brutality and murder.
Berkeley Community Remembers Anita Gay, Woman Killed by Berkeley Police (2/20/08)
Vigil to Honor the Life of Anita Gay (6/16/08)
Rally Against Police Murders in Oakland and Berkeley (8/23/08)