For centuries, killings of Black people have been condoned by our society and our elected officials.Just last month here in D.C., June 27, Sherman Evans was killed by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers in Northeast DC. This follows the murders of several other black DC residents by MPD officers in the past year, including Alonzo Smith. MPD officers continue to use militarized police practices that end with the murder of our black neighbors, without being held accountable.This must end. We’re calling for the transformation of policing in our society, so that Black people are no longer tortured, brutalized and murdered by police.
SURJ-DC is joining chapters throughout the country on Thursday to take action in solidarity with Movement for Black Lives organizers who are occupying, demonstrating, marching and chanting for a new future - a future in which they can be free from state-sanctioned violence and oppression. White folks may not have a bullseye on our backs - we aren’t targeted for execution over and over, with no consequences for our murderers - but we aren’t free until our Black neighbors, colleagues, comrades, friends and family members have dignity, justice and respect. So we echo the call for #FreedomNow.
Thursday morning, July 21st, at 8 am, we will be outside the DC Office of Police Complaints at 1400 I St. NW, as we call on OPC to investigate MPD’s murder of Sherman Evans and say#blacklivesmatter!
Join us! You can RSVP on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1076842552395205/
Can't make it at 8 AM? We are asking supporters to join us by calling or emailing OPC all day on Thursday. Stay tuned to your email and the facebook event for more details on how!
1400 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005
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