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.