Fwd: Activists Call for Support for Veteran Activist
- From: thandisizwe chimurenga <tchimurenga@...>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Activists Call for Support for Veteran Activist
Supporters allege he is a target of unlawful police activity
LOS ANGELES Activists and concerned residents
of South Los Angeles are calling for the dropping
of charges against Dhanifu Karim-Bey who is
scheduled to appear in a Norwalk courtroom on August 5, 2011 at 8 am.
Karim-Bey, a co-founder of the Coalition Against
Police Brutality, a member of the Southern
California Black Panther Party and an at-risk
youth counselor, alleges the car he was driving
was illegally stopped by Los Angeles County
Sheriffs in Norwalk. He was charged with
possession of an unloaded weapon and is being
charged by the District Attorney with a felony
and a Third Strike. Karim-Bey could be sentenced
to 25 years to Life if he is found guilty.
His supporters maintain he was singled out for
his activist work with youth in the community and
that the charges should be dropped.
According to Karim-Beys attorney Kwaku Duren,
His convictions are over 20 years old and there
is some question about the actual character and
status of the charged priors. We intend to
challenge the use of these priors His case is a
classic example of racial profiling and should be
opposed by anyone concerned about the abuses of police authority, said Duren.
The community is asked to attend Karim-Beys
court appearance on August 5, 2011 at 8 am at the
Norwalk County District Court Department J, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., in Norwalk.