FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 30, 2020
Subject: Peaceful and nonviolent rally
Where: 316 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601
Time: 5:00 PM
In the wake of brutal murder of George Floyd in the hands of four Minneapolis police men the Black and Brown communities grieve and demand swift justice for all members of the Black communities who have been the target of police brutality
Raleigh comes together in solidarity with a peaceful non-violent protest to have our voices heard in response to the ongoing police excessive force and police militarization in the US and demand immediate criminal law reform.
While police in this country are sworn to “protect and serve,” they instead kill, terrorize, and prey on Black and working-class communities of color. Across the country, we see incidents of police violence daily. In North Carolina, this trend is no different. It has only been three months since Raleigh Police killed Keith Collins, as the Raleigh PD continuously forces the Raleigh community to suffer endlessly the deaths and brutalizations of Black people. Akiel Jenkins. Kyron Hinton. Braily Andres Batista Concepcion. Joshua Satterwhite. Kyle Garcia. Soheil Mojarrad. And so many more.
In the wake of the slew of murders of Black people by police in Louisville, Minneapolis, and Tallahassee just this month, we stand in solidarity with organizers, protesters, families and communities demanding accountability and justice. On Saturday, May 30, 2020, we gather to honor the lives and families who have suffered at the hands of police. We are committed to a non-violent and peaceful protest, with the understanding that the violence enacted by a system of racist police, policy, and governance is the preeminent producer of violence.
As a North Carolina community, we know that police have never carried out their duty to keep everyone safe. In fact, they bring more violence and fear to our communities by arresting, beating, and ultimately murdering us. Under the leadership of PACT, we demand the following:
– We demand subpoena power to the oversight board to strengthen their ability to effectively review and investigate grievances through a RPD policy change.
– We demand a full restoration of CAC’s with a policy requiring at least a one-month notice of a public hearing before changing community engagement policies.
– We demand that police stations are not built in Black areas and to close stations that are close to each other to reduce the over-policing of Black communities.
– We demand a policy requiring officers to intervene when a fellow cop becomes abusive
– We demand an investment in community-led health and safety strategies instead of investing in police.
– We demand that those in power do everything in their power to compel the Raleigh Police Department and all law enforcement agencies to immediately cease enacting violence on community members.
– We demand transparency in police disciplinary actions following internal affairs investigations.
– We demand that Mary Ann Baldwin resolve her conflict of interest via her employment with developer Barnhill Construction Company. She must resign to choose to continue working first and foremost for the people of Raleigh.
Join us at the #RaleighDemandsJustice protest on May 30th, 2020 at 5pm at 316 Fayetteville St. This will be a non-violent protest and face masks must be worn.
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Disclaimer: This is a peaceful and nonviolent rally to amplify the voices of voiceless. This is a peaceful event to shed light on racism in our country. We ask all citizens and participants to follow the rules and laws of our state and country and respect and honor people and property.
Peaceful and Nonviolent Rally