Since 1996, October 22nd has been marked as a national day of protest against police brutality. As the September 6th murder of Botham Jean by a Dallas police officer has reminded us, the scourge of police terror ‒ and the racist criminalization, harassment, and mass incarceration that go along with it ‒ is as acute, unjust, and outrageous as ever.
Over the past few months, the District of Columbia has not been exempt from this trend. On May 4th, 22-year-old Jeffrey Price was chased to his death by DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. On May 9th, 24-year-old D’Quan Young was shot to death by an off-duty MPD officer near a recreation center.
Two weeks later, Metropolitan Police officers brutally beat Samuel Cooper on the same street where Young was murdered.
On June 12th, Marquese Alston, 22, was murdered by MPD officers in an alley in Southeast Washington, and two days before that 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White was killed by Montgomery County Police in Silver Spring.
We have also seen numerous videos emerge of outrageous stop-and-frisk incidents and the beating of a 24-year-old woman by Metropolitan Transit Police. The former issue was so serious as to inspire a two-part DC Council hearing on brutal police practices.
All of this is taking place against the backdrop of major unanswered questions regarding a documented internal police culture of racist and violent imagery and logos and ongoing attempts to hide data on clearly racist police practices.
It is clear that this October 22nd, more than ever, it is crucial we raise our voices. Tens of thousands have been murdered by police, tens of millions have been harassed and mistreated, and hundreds of thousands have been railroaded into prisons.
Join us on the evening of Monday, October 22, 2018, as we march and rally to condemn racist police terror, remember those who have been lost, and vow to continue the fight to put an end to racist police terror, harassment, and mass incarceration.
We will meet at the Gallery Place Metro at 6:30pm.