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Protesters March On the Most Racist Police Department on the SF Peninsula
by Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville, Kentucky Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. In response to a lack of indictments for murder announced on September 23, hundreds marched down the El Camino Real taking the streets and descending on the Menlo Park Police Department (MPPD) two days later. An organizer said the location was chosen because MPPD is "the most racist police on the Peninsula by far."
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Photos by Simona Martin, Pro Bono Photo

Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville, Kentucky Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. She was shot six times in her apartment.

On September 23, a state grand jury indicted Hankison not for Taylor’s death, but on three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering a neighbor with his shots. The two other officers involved in the raid were not indicted. Announcement of the grand jury's decision led to national outrage and multiple protests in the San Francisco Bay Area's larger cities of Oakland and San Francisco but also in smaller cities including Menlo Park on the Peninsula.

Tha Hood Squad and Justice Vanguard, two local community service and awareness groups, organized the march, which began in the courtyard in front of Kepler's Bookstore and moved on the Menlo Park Police Department approximately half a mile away.

“Taylor was murdered in her sleep, and the only charge was for the bullets that missed,” Tha Hood Squad Founder JT Faraji, who led the march, said. “We need a new system. It’s broken. It isn’t working, it has never worked. It only works for those who are rich and are in power, and we have to do better than that.”

The crowd of a couple of hundred people blocked the intersection at Ravenswood and El Camino Real for between 15 minutes to half an hour, then crossed train tracks to their ultimate destination... the police station. “The MPPD is the most racist police department on the Peninsula by far,” Faraji said, explaining why the protest was held in Menlo Park.

JT had some choice words for the MPPD once all the marchers got to the brick station building. Speaking through a microphone he announced, "This is the new normal...we on the streets and you inside! We're not going anywhere. We're here for the long haul."

Not a single cop was spotted through the glass doors of the building, prompting another call: "Are you scared to come outside are you scared to let people see what you really are? With your intimidation tactics and bullshit you been doing for years? It's over with. It's over with."

JT referred to the fact that Facebook has contributed millions of dollars to the over-policing of neighborhoods near the company's headquarters in East Menlo Park. The resulting outsized police department is referred to as "occupational forces" by local activists.
He said, "In the beginning you saw Facebook money police in big vehicles blockading, standing in tactical form. Now they don't even wanna come outside. We're not going away ...EVER."

§KKKcops
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Enough is Enough
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§MLK's Dream
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Tha Hood Squad Tent
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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Set up in the courtyard in front of Kepler's Books
§Kepler's Books in Solidarity
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Lining the ECR
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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ECR = El Camino Real
§Blocking
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Crossing the train tracks heading to the police dept.
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Abolish!
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Crossing into the park where MPPD has its HQ
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§A Raging Granny's sign
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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We are one
§Raging Grannies brought headstones
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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Rest in Power Breonna
§Tha Hood Squad Farms T-shirt
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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Tha Hood Squad raises chickens in East Palo Alto and holds omelette breakfasts to feed people in the community
§Police Station Approach
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Facing the Building
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Remember Selma
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§This gate blocks off the police dept. parking lot
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Police dept building
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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§Protest continues in moonlight
by Justice for Breonna Taylor
Monday Sep 28th, 2020 2:05 PM
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