‘March for Justice and Unity” Sparks Outcry to Stop Police Brutality

March For Justice - March and Rally held in the Crenshaw Distrcit of Los Angeles, California, USA. February 21, 2015. March started at LAPD Headquarters on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and proceeded to Leimert Park. In attendance were Danny Blakewell, Rev. Exavier Thompson, Congress Woman Karen Bass, and members of the Ezell Ford family. Ford was shot to death by LAPD officiers in August of 1984. This march was a protest of police violence and brutality and coincided with similar marches across the country as well as the 50th Anniversay of the slaying of Malcom X. Photo by SCOTT Mitchell
March For Justice -  March and Rally held in the Crenshaw Distrcit of Los Angeles, California, USA.  February 21, 2015.  March started at LAPD Headquarters on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and proceeded to Leimert Park. In attendance were Danny Blakewell,  Rev. Exavier Thompson, Congress Woman Karen Bass, and members of the Ezell Ford family.  Ford was shot to death by LAPD officiers in August of 1984.  This march was a protest of police violence and brutality and coincided with similar marches across the country as well as the 50th Anniversay of the slaying of Malcom X. Photo by SCOTT Mitchell
(l-r Centered) Rev. Xavier Thompson; President, Baptist Ministers’ Conference L.A. and Danny Bakewell, Sr.; Executive Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel chant for Justice at the March for Justice and Unity in Los Angeles. Photo by SCOTT Mitchell

(Los Angeles-February 21, 2015) The Black Leadership Coalition spearheaded by Los Angeles Executive Publisher,Danny Bakewell, Sr. and Baptist Ministers Conference L.A. President Reverend Xavier Thompson led the March for Justice and Unity today. The two-mile march began in front of the Southwest Los Angeles Police Department on M.L. King Blvd. and ended with a rally at Leimert Park on Crenshaw. Approximately a thousand concerned community leaders and people participated in this well planned March to protest police violence, brutality and racial profiling.

The family of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old man who was described as mentally ill by family members, was fatally shot by LAPD officers nearly four months ago and Jamar Nicholson, an unarmed15 year old was shot in the back by a police officer this week.

Some of the participating leaders included, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Council President Herb Wesson, Senator Isadore Hall, National Action Network’s Rev. K.W. Tulloss & Rev. Jonathan Moseley, Urban League’s Nolan Rollins, Brotherhood Crusade’s Charisse Bremond Weaver, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Minister Tony Muhammad, along with several union leaders, churches, fraternities, sororities, political clubs, community organizations, and the African-American community.

About the Black Leadership Coalition

The Black Leadership Coalition was the brainchild of Reverend Xavier Thompson; President, Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Los Angeles and Pastor, Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles.  Rev. Thompson resides over 300 churches in Los Angeles and Danny Bakewell, Sr.; Executive Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper.  The purpose of the Coalition is to have the individual groups who are seeking justice and unity to come together for one common goal.  For more information visit: www.lasentinel.net

 

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  1. SHOOT FIRST, LIE LATER is the LAPD policy. The whole fake gun vs. real gun debate is a smokescreen. THERE WAS NO GUN, fake or real, involved in the Jamar Nicholson tragedy. The LAPD is once again blowing smoke up our ass to deflect the focus and the blame from where it belongs – the LAPD.

    There was no fake gun. All the witnesses state: there was no gun, fake or otherwise; the cops never said “drop the weapon”, they just yelled “freeze” a split second before shooting Jamar in the back. The LAPD planted a fake gun at the scene, then started immediately to deceive and cover-up their gross incompetence, using the LA Times to spread the hogwash about a “replica gun”.

    The only “replica gun” was the one in the trunk of the LAPD squad car that all cops carry in case they have to cover-up another shooting of an innocent unarmed black man. If there was really a fake gun, why was Jamar Nicholson handcuffed to the gurney as he was being treated at the hospital? Surely the police would have identified the gun as fake long before that. And do you really think a cop’s aim is so horrendous that he can’t hit a human target 20 feet away? If they truly saw a gun, they would have fired every bullet they had until the gunman, and every other kid with Jamar, was shot dead.

    These police shootings of innocent blacks are only going to increase because no one is policing the police. They are roaming the streets unchecked, undisciplined, and unaccountable for their violent racist acts. No cops’ life was in danger; no crime was being committed; the cops weren’t provoked or threatened or endangered in any way whatsoever. They shot an innocent, unarmed kid in the back while he was on his way to school! Then they lied immediately and continuously afterwards to deceive the public. Enough is enough already!

    Here are a few no-brainer solutions to the current epidemic of police abuse:

    1. MANDATORY DRUG TESTING

    Drug-test every trigger-happy cop immediately after he shoots someone. Unprovoked anger, hostility, fear, paranoia, violence, cowardice, itchy trigger-finger, terrible aim, persistent lying – these are the traits of a tweaker.

    2. LIE-DETECTOR TESTING

    A polygraph exam administered to every cop involved in any shooting, including Chief Beck and Spokesman Smith.

    3. JOB TERMINATION

    Any cop who shoots an unarmed victim needs to be fired immediately. Period. No more “Paid Suspension” or Administrative Leave, which is basically just rewarding a cop for his abuse by giving him a paid vacation.

    4. CRIMINAL CHARGES

    The cop who shot Jamar Nicholson should be charged and tried for attempted murder and thrown in jail where he belongs. Any investigation and prosecution must be conducted completely outside and independent of the LAPD and the District Attorneys office, since they are as corrupt and dishonest as the trigger-happy cop.

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