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|Emeryville Police with AR-15s: Are We Safer? - A Public Forum|
|Date||Sunday December 13|
|Time||2:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
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|NUHW Hall, 5801 Christie Ave # 525, Emeryville, CA|
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
|Organizer/Author||Anti Police Terror Project|
This public forum will examine the militarization of local police departments and the implications for public safety, inspired by the murder of Yuvette Henderson by the Emeryville Police Department. Yuvette was gunned down on February 2nd after being confronted by a security guard at Home Depot for alleged shoplifting. She died in a hail of gunfire by Emeryville police armed with AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles.
Since that day, many in our community have asked - why does a small police department, patrolling a community of less than 11,000, need military-grade assault weapons? Are the people of Emeryville any safer because of it?
We’ll also explore the ways that agencies like the Pentagon have played a role in accelerating the militarization of local police departments, as well as the direct connection between the Oakland Police Department and the Israeli Defense Force. Policy experts and local activists will examine the impact of coordination between police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Latino communities.
The day will also feature spoken word and music performances highlighting the damage done by police violence. This forum is the launch of a broader campaign to end militarization of the Emeryville Police Department, and will include opportunities to get involved.