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  • Kathleen Espinosa
    ... From: rita akayama To: kathleen espinosa Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 9:06 PM Subject: Endorse and
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 27, 2011

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    From: rita akayama <ritaakayama@...>
    To: kathleen espinosa <kespinosa1@...>
    Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 9:06 PM
    Subject: Endorse and sign:STATEMENT OF OUTRAGE for police killings of Kenneth Harding & Charles Hill--for endorsement & passing on (Sept.6th leaflet for press conf./rally enclosed in attachment}


    October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression
    & the Criminalization of a Generation 
    STATEMENT OF OUTRAGE (ENDORSE & PASS ON)   
    A CALL FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE FOR KENNETH HARDING AND CHARLES HILL!
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! NO MORE STOLEN LIVES!
    A CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF THE POLICE   
    AN END TO THE POLICE OCCUPATION OF BAYVIEW-HUNTERS POINT
    NO RETALIATION AGAINST TRUTH TELLERS
     
    On July 16th, in broad daylight in front of many witnesses, San Francisco police fired several shots at Kenneth Harding, a 19 year-old Black man, as he was allegedly evading a $2 train fare. Two weeks before that, on July 3rd, Charles Hill, a 45-year old intoxicated Caucasian homeless man was shot three times by BART police on the civic center stop platform. These police killings are outrageous and intolerable!
    As clearly seen in video footage (see You Tube—Kenneth Harding), after shooting Kenneth,  police stood by, guns drawn, and watched as he lay on the ground writhing and trying to get up, asking for help, while people are yelling in outrage. Another young Afro-American shot down in America, another stolen life at the hands of police brutality, this time in Bayview-Hunters Point, a mainly Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific Islander district under virtual military occupation by the SFPD, shot down at the Oakdale-Palou T-train station, the transit point to downtown San Francisco, one of the metro stations in San Francisco patrolled day and night by armed San Francisco police in an area where youth are routinely stopped and harassed.  
    Righteous expressions of outrage, including angry protests and community meetings erupted quickly with vociferous denunciations of the actions of the police. The mainstream press has mainly supported the police claim that they were firing in self-defense.  The “official” version of what happened changes day by day: whether Kenneth had a gun or not, what kind of gun, how many bullets did he fire and when and what caliber are the bullets. The most recent police version is that Kenneth, according to new police chief, Greg Suhr, either ‘accidentally’ shot himself in the neck or committed suicide. The authorities have also spread claims, repeated in the press, that Kenneth had a criminal past, was “a person of interest” in criminal activities, was the aggressor and deserves no sympathy. And persons who have publicly questioned the official police version have been intimidated and even jailed. A positive development is the emerging unity between Black, Latino and Asian members of the community who are speaking out against the actions of the police.
    The killings of Kenneth Harding and Charles Hill in San Francisco take place in the context of an epidemic of police brutality and murder nationwide. In Chicago, there have been 42 PEOPLE SHOT SO FAR THIS YEAR, including 13 year-old Jimmel Cannon shot in the back eight times while his hands were raised, along with a 21 year-old friend, Joe Banks. In recent years, we recall the brutal killings of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell in New York, 7 year-old Ayanna Stanley-Jones in Detroit, Oscar Grant in Oakland—and the list goes on.*
    At a community meeting where SFPD Chief Suhr was shouted down, a longtime Bayview resident made a comment that hits home:  “ A boy gets gunned own. We don’t know if there was a gun there, but we know that for 40 damn years, people have been getting gunned down in this community. People are angrier now than when they were when they walked in the door. We’re a community that’s truly in pain, that’s truly frustrated, and really needs some respect.”
     WE SAY NO MORE STOLEN LIVES. WE WANT REAL ANSWERS. OUR DEMANDS:
    1) The San Francisco Board of Supervisors conduct an independent investigation of the  killing of Kenneth Harding and Charles Hill
    2) Prosecution of the police officers responsible
    3) An end to the police occupation of Bayview-Hunters Point
    4) No retaliation against truth tellers
    This statement was initated by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, and the Labor Black and Brown Committee Against
    Police Brutality and State Repression. To endorse this statement, e-mail: OCT22bayarea@... or call 510-206-0742. We plan to gather signatures of people from all walks of life and to present the statement to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and publish it in various news media. If you are endorsing as member of an organization, please indicate if your organizational affiliation is for the purposes of identification only.
     
    SIGNATURE, NAME/ORGANIZATION………………………………………………………….............................
     
    PARTIAL LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS:
    Education Not Incarceration
    Jon Eckels, Poet & Minister
    Danny Garcia, brother of Mark Garcia, killed by SFPD, founding member of October 22nd
    Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation   
    and National President of FAMLE (Families Against Murder by Law Enforcement)
    Cristina Gutierrez, Labor Black and Brown Committee Against Police Brutality
    and State repression, and Companeros Del Barrio
    Mesha Irizarry (Idriss Stelley Foundation), mother of Idriss Stelley, killed by SFPD
    Elvira Pollard, mother of Gus Rugley, killed by SFPD
    Carole Seligman, Socialist Viewpoint magazine
    Henry Taylor, Bayview community activist, eyewitness to the killing of Kenneth Harding
    L. Zadik Shapiro, Attorney
    Annie Tims, sister-in-law of Richard Tims, killed by SFPD
    Jacob Brainerd, student, San Francisco Art Academy
    Rodney James
    Richard Morthole
    Oakland Education Association Peace & Justice Caucus
    Gregory Ledbetter
    Bruce Allison, Poor Magazine
    Raheim Brown Sr., father of Raheim Brown Jr., killed by Oakland Unified School District police,
    Kristopher Brown, brother of Raheim Brown
    Kamala Duplessis
     
     
     
     
    *Bayview-Hunters Point has a long history of police violence, going back to the 1966 killing of 16 year-old unarmed Mathew Johnson, shot down after running from a joy ride in a stolen car, which sparked “the Hunters Point riots,” when the National Guard was called in to control the angry protestors. Other police killings in recent years include: 1988—Tony Groshe, a 13 year-old mentally challenged 7th grader killed by police while playing with a water pistol in Potrero Hill; 1992—Jerrold Hall killed by Bart police; 1995--Aaron Williams, killed by SFPD in the Western Addition; 1996--Mark Garcia, crying out for help after being robbed in the Mission district, was pepper sprayed and hogtied by SFPD and died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital (at the time, Greg Suhr was a Lt. of the Mission District Police Station and the  supervising officer at the scene) ; 2001—Bruce Seward, shot down and killed after he was found naked on a bench outside a Bart station; 2001-Idriss Stelley,  an honor student shot 48 times by nine SFPD inside San Francisco’s Metreon Theater; 2004—Gustavus Rugley, shot 36 times as he sat in his car at Alemany & Ocean Streets by the gang task force; 2009—Vinh Bui, a Vietnamese Bayview resident shot and killed while holding “a metal object”; 2010--Derrick Jones, an unarmed barber shot repeatedly and killed by Oakland police; 2011—Randall Dunkin, shot by SFPD while in his wheelchair; 2011--Raheim Brown, 20 year-old African American shot & killed by Oakland Unified School District police


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