2 Neighborhood homes were raided by the DA's office Yesterday
The Officer's refused to give the search warrants to the Families at the begining of the search. Police in full riot gear showed up
They were looking for evidence in a case from May 2010.
Contact: Celes King, CORE: 213-494-3950;
Ian Thompson, ANSWER Coalition: 310-490-8595
COMMUNITY RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE:
D.A.’s office sends message to residents of L.A. County through Gestapo tactics targeting people who recorded police misconduct.
Who: Community organizations, human rights attorneys, Jeremy Marks and his family
What: Press conference and community rally
When: This Friday, January 28, 12 noon
Where: Office of the Los Angeles District Attorney: 210 West Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Why: This week, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Los Angeles Police Department carried out Gestapo-style police raids on the home of Jeremy Marks, 18-year-old African American falsely accused of “attempted lynching” for videotaping an L.A. school police officer beating another student in May 2010, and the home of a youth who witnessed the incident and posted videos on Youtube.
Jeremy’s case has received media attention because of the obvious injustice involved. He spent nine months in adult jail simply for videotaping police misconduct.
This week’s raids were ordered by Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. At Marks’s home, nearly 30 officers burst in with guns drawn at 7:00 a.m. When asked for a warrant by Jeremy’s mother, Rochelle Pittman, the police refused, failing to produce a warrant for 45 minutes. Officers also refused to give their names.
“These raids bring to mind what it must be like to live in a police state,” said Celes King, director of the Congress on Racial Equality. “D.A. Cooley is on a fishing expedition. Nine months after the incident, it is hard to understand why he would need to order a vicious raid on an African American family’s home to gather evidence that has been available since May. The D.A.’s office should be investigated for terrorizing these families.”
Ian Thompson, an attorney with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), added: “Jeremy’s house was overturned. All of the family’s cell phones, computers, cameras and papers were taken, including privileged communications with Jeremy’s attorney. The raids were unlawful. Guns were drawn on small children and innocent bystanders. This is not justice. This is intimidation and harassment to make people fear the criminal ‘justice’ system.”
Rochelle Pittman, Jeremy Marks will make statements about the raid, along with organizers and attorneys. All are available for interview.
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