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Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/18/18)
SCPD and Santa Cruz NAACP to Cosponsor MLK March
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/18/18)
Social Justice Organizations Continue Partnership with Police
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Santa Cruz branch of the NAACP and the Santa Cruz Police Department are co-sponsoring an event titled "March for the Dream: Honoring the Past - Impacting the Future" on January 15. In an open letter to police chief Andy Mills, former city council candidate Steve Schnaar questions if SCPD's dream for a better society is really in line with the dream of King.

Steve Schnaar writes: "The department has a long way to go to be a champion of King's dream. For example, just a few years ago a SCPD officer was filmed slamming Richard Hardy, a homeless man who was already hand-cuffed, face first into a curb, opening a gash in his face. Although the public was promised an investigation, the City sealed the results from public view. From what I could gather, it seems the officer involved was neither charged with a crime nor removed from the force, and Mr. Hardy received no compensation."

Collaborations between social justice organizations and the Santa Cruz police have yielded questionable results in the past. In 2016, the NAACP partnered with the RCNV and Garfield Park Community Church to throw a party with the goal of bringing together the police with the social justice community in Santa Cruz called the "NAACP Peace Party". Among the officers that showed up to that party was Santa Cruz Police Lieutenant Christian LeMoss, who broke the arm of a 60-year-old disabled woman when he arrested her on May 9, 2008.

Read More: SCPD to Cosponsor MLK Event - Questions for Chief Mills | Demands of the New Police Chief and His Initial Response | imc_pdf.gif Flyer Distributed in the MLK Police-Led "Peace and Justice" March in Santa Cruz

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