Dozens rally and speak out against the trial criminalizing General Dogon, in solidarity with the protest of the release of Johannes Mehserle

On Monday, June 13, organizations and resident from around the city spoke out and fought back against police abuse, brutality and murder.

At 12:01 am Monday morning, Johannes Mehserle — the officer who murdered Oscar Grant at an Oakland Bart Station on January 1, 2009 — was released from jail after serving less than 1 year for involuntary manslaughter.
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On the same day, a trial was set to begin that criminalizes General Dogon (Steve Richardson), LA CAN community organizer who has dedicated his life to upholding civil and human rights and holding police accountable for the same.

On May 21, 2010, dozens of members of the LA Human Right to Housing Collective were assaulted by LAPD in City Council chambers and three were beaten down and arrested during a non-violent protest of Councilmembers’ failure to act to protect tenant rights. Only Dogon, an outspoken critic of LAPD, is being prosecuted.

The trial has since been delayed to June 27. Nonetheless, the dozens of people who gathered outside the courthouse Monday morning for a rally and press conference made it clear that police abuse — specifically in low-income communities of color — has reached an alarming state. And it is absolutely critical that residents come together to ensure that our communities are free of police violence and to protect ourselves from retaliation against those speaking otu against the violence.

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4 Responses to “Dozens rally and speak out against the trial criminalizing General Dogon, in solidarity with the protest of the release of Johannes Mehserle”

  1. Theresa Moore Says:

    DOGON HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION to many. I want to thank Dogon for the many sacrifices that he has made, the courage in which he has displayed and the hope that he hasexpressed in his actions and words. L.A.P.D. cannot bring a good Man down. You must continue to keep the faith.

  2. I have worked closely and extensively with General Dogon for a number of years. I respect him tremendously, as he has the most conviction and courage of any activist I’ve ever worked with – fearlessly advocating for the community, literally in the face of LAPD. LAPD, specifically Central Division, has been trying to silence this fierce community activist and remove him from the community by arresting and incarcerating him. A number of attempts to do this were made, none to any avail – until now.
    General Dogon continued to work fearlessly, knowing full well that LAPD was out to have him jailed and prevent his work on behalf of the community. Dogon has now joined the ranks of Mumia and Leonard Peltier, now that he has been convicted. One thing i do know, knowing Dogon, is that HE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!!
    Know that I respect you, my Brother, and that you are well-loved and admired by your community. We’ll be here fighting.

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