Raleigh protest organizers outline demands
Raleigh Demands Justice, one of the organizers of recent local protests, outlines demands for change to in police conduct, accountability and racism.
thank you is a coalition. Our hearts, our prayers and thoughts go out to George Flies, family and loved ones and friends who are going through a grieving process. Loss of George Floyd, who was brutally and barbarically killed by four police officers in the police department. My name is Faizal Khan, founder of Carolina Peace Center. I want to talk about George Floyd, Mr George Floyd, because there's been a lot of talk about how you was killed. But I want to talk about who he was as individuals. The family called him by his middle name, Perry. Mr. Floyd moved to Minneapolis three years ago to be closer to his on Harrelson to build a new life to start a new life. He was a father of three Children. Mr. Flight was 46 years old. He wanted to escape the low income Houston neighborhood where he grew up and come to Minneapolis and have a fresh start, a new life. Miss Harrelson. Mr Floyd On set, they live in a tough environment. So he said he was coming to make a fresh start and she was very happy. He took a job as a bouncer as a retail clerk was a hard working man. Dedicated man. I was interested starting a new chapter in his life. Angela Harrelson. The Count Will grew up in a shack surrounded by piney woods and tobacco fields in eastern part of North Carolina, was thought by her sharecroppers parents how to get along in a slowly degrading America. He started getting America. He said that sitting at the back of the bus, do what life will tell you. Stay strong and hold on, she was told by my parents. That's what she did when she boarded and local bus in the 19 seventies in eastern part of North Carolina, and white students blocked the cease with their feet, making a stand in the aisle. The bus driver also white what's severe and threatened flat black students if they felt some days he wouldn't even pick her up from a rest stop. What we witnessed in Minneapolis is a continuous process of dehumanization, black communities and brown communities in this country. This is not an isolated incident. We've been witnessing this for over 400 years, a systematic and institutionalised process while keeping the black Cos marginalized and underprivileged. We as a nation needs to start talking about history, not just police brutality, but also very inequities in education and employment dealing short across America. We're deeply disappointed and saddened to see that the rally Police Department chief Brown did not mention the tragedy off George Floyd or the surrounding circumstances. We were expecting her to be bold and strong social solidarity, Mr Floyd's family and loved ones what's taking place in Minneapolis across the country, and reach out for black around committees by showing some sense of humanity to us, Disappointed to say that she came short of doing that. We're here to continue demand our demand list. They are non negotiable way intent. We have intentions to make sure that those demands are met until that we will continue. Will continue, will continue to fight for justice. Thank you, Good evening. My name is career Web. And today, as Faisel said, we are thinking about the George Floyd family. Our hearts and our minds are with them, and we want to do everything in our power as our demands layout to prevent a tragic and equitable inhumane that, like George Floyd's from happening here in the capital city of North Carolina last night. We were amazed by the community, some of whom just a little bit are behind us. We were amazed at the turnout. We were amazed that they spoke up. We were amazed and we were so happy that they reiterated our demands. Communities demands. This is what Raleigh is probably standing is standing together way are united wear demanding these things from our city council wear demanding these things from our chief of police. As you may be well aware. Today, the Minneapolis City Council passed the policy mandating that police officers intervene, went over. Use of force is committed against the suspect or detainee. Our message today is it's just that easy Do that here today, Raleigh can be sponsored by our police department and pass a policy like that that is on our demand. Lis, also on our demand list, is that we invest more in the community that we take away police stations from black and brown communities and divert funding into community health initiatives. These are no longer requests. Community members have come to city council and spoken for years and years and years. These air now demands we stand united as you as older folks in our community white, black, Latin, X, Asian, American native wear standing here, united together to demand these things. And we will not stop until we get justice. Not only for George Flory, but for everyone in Raleigh that wants a fair chance to live and go about our day to day activities and live who complete lives. Thank you. My name is Sarita Johnson. I am first a black woman who lives here in a city of a mother. I'm an advocate for orchid little nonprofit and also represent Wiley. This took place in Minnesota is something that we see all too often here in Raleigh has never addressed what we want to see happen. And what Pack has been working for for the past four years 2015 and after the death of Akio because we really became active in the community about police accountability is for the City Council members to stand up and do something about it in equity and what's happening in our community. It was happening to those black and brown people. Rally Pack has been active for an oversight board with subpoena power, investigatory power and discipline power for over four years, we haven't got any feedback from City Council. About something in Busan is inevitable board that has been introduced to City of Raleigh. Now it does not address issues with policing. It only does address policy issues. Therefore, when an incident like George Floored comes up and is presented, we cannot discuss those topics and don't own that board. Has that Borgen assert for police accountability cannot address issues with policing. So what we're acting for the City of Raleigh do the mayor and the police chief and those members that we elected into office on City Council is to step up and be vocal about what needs to happen in Raleigh Way haven't get lip service and planning and meetings for the last four years. This is not a new issue that's been introduced to Riley. This is something has been going on for years that we've been discussing with Raleigh Pack for years, and a fact that the mayor and the chief came up and spoke today like this is the new issue. This is a new topic is very disrespectful to the work that we've been doing for the past four years. City Council had a meeting last night. They had over 96% of the people that spoke, said they went overview war with subpoena power, investigatory discipline, powerful officers one name that today at their press conference, they mentioned nothing about them. So the work that we've been doing a rally packets getting out in the community there, speaking on it, they're disgusted with RPG in their actions of rubber bullets and tear gassing. A two year old travels tear gas this weekend by the rally police offices. So now the embarrassment that RPG has to face they're gonna give us lip service. We're not taking lip service anymore. We're not accepting their words and their meetings, and their planning's. We've been planning this for four years. Way gave them a layout of what we want it. For four years, people have spoken now for four years and advocated for this change. So what we want to for the public to know this is not new. This is not something that the Chief isn't aware of. She has not been president any of our meetings. She has not been present whenever someone is shot and killed even in her own neighborhood. So where was shot and killed by police officer. She has not stood up at all. She does not represent what she says she represents for hard comment. To say that all lives matter was disrespectful and disregard what black and brown people have been going through for over 400 years in this country. As an example off how she knows accountability should happen. She has that prove that with pen and paper, it says and write a policy that an accident hold officers accountable. Thank you. My name is Carl with people. I'm the executive director rips. And as we stand before you today, citizens of Raleigh Rollie Demand Justice Coalition. As people want to see a change, we will no longer continue to take the empty broken promises in our city. And the police are giving us way at a time in history, we have the opportunity so right roams off the past. But yet you see a mayor and police chief, you want to speak about property over people, this type of action, this type of lip service will not be tolerated no more way. Do not hold these individuals accountable for their actions. Brutalization of citizens from police will continue on for years and years and years to call the war in which they are proposing to implement. It's nothing more than a board that reviews policies it has no power to hear. The citizen's complaints has no about no problem to review complaints against officers. It has no subpoena power. It has nothing what they are proposing for board. You could do from your home on your phone. No longer will we sit idly by while they sit in their homes in the office and do nothing about oppression, the brutality that's being played in our city, a Rolly, let alone the country. We have an opportunity right now to get it right, being a model example for the country. What a steak. But what do they come out and talk about? Pure fluffing air their property? I'm a poll. I am ashamed. I am disappointed. So to the mail robber May and bone for police. Cassandra Deck Brown. If there is no justice, there will be no peace. My name is Rolanda Byrd. I'm executive director Rally. Also, remember this coalition. Roddick demands justice, and I'm here today as Archeo Dinkins, his mother, George floors then and I'm calling out for his mother. Brought something over me that I didn't know it was left in me. Probably City Council and chief of police know all too well what has happened here in Raleigh, North Carolina, before Joyce Floyd left his left. His world. This isn't something that just started here. This is something that we're trying to get our community to understand, that mothers like me shouldn't be the only ones out here fighting for justice for our families. And finally, they are understanding. We had 8000 people out here on Saturday. They heard my story. They continue to come back. This is what is going into. So it's not just me standing along anymore. We're together. We're in this together, this fight for justice. And I'm here speaking on behalf of all the other mothers who lost their Children Sovaldi Police Department, all the other family members that can't stand the way I stand and represent our families that are hurting because they took our Children away from us. This is in me is in me because of you. It will not go away until I get some type of justice. So we get justice. So what? The families get justice to the community, gets justice, It won't go away. We're gonna fight. We're gonna march. We're gonna We're gonna run up and down the streets were gonna come around. Whatever you wanna call it wrong. We're gonna do what I feel is right. Until something changes. I tried this other side of being politically correct to sit down with you guys. I tried. You know what I've done. But now you pushed us to action. And that's what we have left in this. And it's going to be more strongly than you ever seen before. That's right. So if our demands are not met, we will continue our actions. Thank you. My name is Dana Baloch from? Yeah, young Americans protest this past weekend rally Police Department violated international human rights law by tearing bye bye, throwing tear gas, shooting rubber bullets and using flash grenades on the people of Raleigh and on on Children. Raleigh Police Department used a weapon banned in war on our Children this weekend. I was at the march where thousands of people peacefully, powerfully in passionately smart and stood up for what's right because there's no question about George Floyd's murder. George, there's no question about it. George Floyd was a murder in the world, watched the humanity of our police force. If we allow this type of behavior, what does this say about us as a society? What I saw this past weekend from the Rally Police Department and the lack of accountability the police chief has not taken is utterly disgraceful. I witnessed a There was a 15 year old girl who lost her four front teeth. Why a tear gas can thrown by police. There were Children in the crowd when Raleigh Police Department, through a tear through tear gas the crowd for literally just standing there. I was tear gassed five times for doing nothing. It was a war zone. People did not write that night. The police did. Why? We cannot accept. We're not accepting. If we do, we should all bow our heads in. Shame way. Keep saying the city can do better than do better, saying the city is better than this, but we're not doing better. I I call on the tea that if we accept that it's okay to tear gas Children, we cannot call ourselves just people from Raleigh. Anyone that's just not who we are. And these actions should be investigated immediately, and these officers should be charged leaders. The leaders of this city will be held accountable that they allowed people to be tear gas, that they allowed Children to be tear gas. And they allow the elderly to be here. Yes, and they will be held accountable for that. So Cassandra Marianne Roof in Hall Nicole Sage Jonathan David, David Patrick I As someone who knows you personally, I am questioning your morality right now and I urge you that you you act with urgency on meeting the demands of the people. Thank you. Hello. My name is Attorney Don Blake grow. I am the executive director of Emancipating See, And what I want to talk about is one very important actor who we haven't addressed up until this point, but who we will be talking a whole lot about from this point for Mary Baldwin told us today that the small businesses were the heart of rock, not the people, the small businesses. And if the small businesses are the heart of rally in the district attorney is the heart of the criminal justice system. I stand here before you to say and call out unequivocably Lauren Freeman, who is the district attorney of White County and every district attorney across the state of North Carolina who fails to hold police accountable, who failed to bring criminal charges when law enforcement become Wallace, the only agency within our criminal justice system not just here but all over the country who can hold law enforcement accountable. Who can bring charges against law enforcement? Is the district attorney. The district attorney's in this country in this state have been derelict in their duty to police the police. We call on you the people of rally the whole George District attorney Lauren Freeman accountable for why she is not pressing charges against people who have committed international war crimes. Why she is not pressing charges against law enforcement officers who tear gas Children. And let me be clear, I'm not speaking about all district attorneys because I will tell you this. Tana de Berry and Durham, her 14 year old daughter, was in that crowd with us on Saturday, and she was tear gas. Her mother is the epitome of what we want to see in all district attorneys. We have an example here in North Carolina of what it should look like. Lauren Freeman, however, is not it. But she could be way Call on her right now to use the power that she has been given by the people of Weight County toehold every lawless person responsible for their actions that includes law enforcement and Lauren Freeman. And every day in this city and excuse me in this state and in this country do not have the wheel to hold law enforcement accountable. Then you we, the people, should give them another job. If they don't want to do the job that we elected them to do, we should find somebody who wants to do that job. So I say to you right now, while we call on the resignation of Mary Baldwin, the firing of cheap that ground I stand here before you would say on that list should be Lord free. If Lord Freeman has no intention about holding the power and the responsibility of her office and charging law enforcement officers when they become long list, then she should remove herself from the position and make way for someone with the will and the moral compass to do the job. Thank you. Well, when you say next steps are very simple. It we and all of us are wearing T shirts right now and we will be distributing T shirts, everybody that we can over the next 24 hours. The steps are simple. We've laid them out. Remove deck brown, give us oversight power and nervous investigatory and subpoena power for oversight boards not just in rally, but all over the state changed policies within the police department that holds law enforcement officers responsible when they or their fellow officers engaged in activity. That is an abuse of the trust in the power that the people of Raleigh and whoever they wherever they exist have given. We want to see. We want to see law enforcement in rally be funded. What does that mean? David Cox made a post on Facebook a couple of days ago, saying that if we defund law enforcement, then we end up with crafting because we can't pay them or we pay them. We do what we're doing right now. I offered to him. 1/3 alternative is that we get rid of all the bad cops, the unqualified cop, the law enforcement officers that we don't need, reduced the budget before the rise of Police Department and reinvesting the people of rally. And what you end up with is a lean law enforcement agency that is responsive to the community. That is part of the committee community that understands the community and that it works. And we make sure that everybody that we invest in the people of Raleigh so we don't need $1.5 million for one city police department. And we also want to see folks bring, invest in the people of rally, reinvesting healthcare, reinvest in school social workers, take SA rose out of our schools and give us nurses. That's what we want. And if your demands aren't men, what do you plan? If our demands aren't met? We do what we beg what rather pact has been doing for the last four years. But here's what's different. The entire world is watching right men. We have all of these people, for whatever reason, who didn't realize the importance of this issue. Now see it. The people who have always been with us have the courage and the strength right now in this moment, to stand with us, to be visual, to be vocal, that is what will happen. What will happen is that we will keep pushing. What will happen is that we will place them. What will happen is that we will not let a day go by what we do not demand the resignation of any elected official or appointed official who does not take their job or their duties to the community. Serious? You said this this years here, this is the most visible and fly well, he was out there. Question. I shoot. It is my fun. What's called for her resignation for inaction for her not holding office is accountable. She now tries to me community relations and going out and giving individuals 15 more minutes before they want to be hurtle into their houses before they're all arrested. It's not a first step in minute community relations. Way have requested numerous meetings with Cassandra Deck Brown. She's responded to no way point. It is no what's open. She must go. Leadership starts from the top from their actions. You obviously see what happened no more. She will not promise us lip service. She will not give small gestures talking to try to mean anything that we know is not sincere. So I ask you to ask yourself, She's been a police chief for what, 13 years? How many times have you seen in the streets? How many times have using our whole officer's account? She says She's about discipline and about doing right, but we know for effect. There have been numerous times Iraqi police officers was in the role. How many times have you heard her say, How many times have you or speak out against How many times have you seen her fire Any of the bad? What it once it's full and she is at the top of the list. She must go. First time I saw Dick around in the street and they the first time I saw Dick Brown in the street in the hood. It was when I did this killed. She stood in the middle of the street. That day I was with me explaining, first of all, not even let me a dead body. I never knew it was my son that was killed till three three days later Okay, then when they wouldn't let me update for his body. She and as Mr Ms Bowman said today, tried to show compassion on that day on that morning that mid evening, she tried to show compassion. I thought she had compassion. I felt that she will be the Black Sea for police that would assist me and my family and some of these justice that we were looking for. I was sadly mistaken, sadly mistaking the next time that, um, miss Miss Deck Brown show her face was when I left her residence the night that the young man was shot near the seats on his plane in her backyard, which it was once one of the reasons why we decided to go to our house that night. We asked her to come outside and address her community. Does she go? So, no, they quietly escorted her out of her house. So she have addressed community. Another way of hiding from the truth off what's going on in her community by her black and brown. The next time I saw a big round in a news press release this morning after everybody on that City Council called last my ass were to step down. So yes, she only shows his face. What's up is I'm trying to use the right words. Him. I'm trying to be nice when she knows that something is at risk in her life. And that's all. I have my name, this Bryant E Riddick set. If it does, you don't know. I was one of those that actually spoke with the police that night, face to face one of the main things. Trying to ask who gave the order from that Saturday evening to gases. Who gave the order who approved before and she deliberately did not respond to that question. I'm a hearing all across social media. Not all cops are bad. I will tell you did. You're going to say that then that proves that you recognize that you do have bad apples in your group into a precinct. But you stand by and do not correct that we should treat it like leprosy. Because what did he do in the days old? There's one lepers in the town. They drove them out outside the gates. I did not allow them to return today have changed a cure racism in this country is we were not tolerated any longer. You'll be a cool called Dave Hill. I will stand by and let another my brothers and sisters die in the hands of Does who swore who swore to protect us. He can't breathe. He can't breathe. Can't free. She can't read. We all can't read before 100 years you are have a knee on our necks, people being we've been paying you let cute incinerated incarcerated corn on the art of my mother's never to be seen again. Father is taking out of middle of the night, only to be found the next day hanging on a post in the middle of town. He must have accountability. My name is Conrad James. I'm executive director of Living Ultraviolet. I'm send here in coalition with my brothers beside me on today's writing. On Wednesday, I actually went up to the headquarters by myself before protests and talk to misstep ground about the atrocious activities has happened across the country, and she, uh, blockaded the entrance so we wouldn't be able to process there even though it is a public. Over the past three days, she has also done that every single day now we're not able to go to the headquarters and hold her accountable for the actions that she has taken. That happened today. We went their way, went there with about 50 people still signing the same letters and advance trying to give it to her. And when we get there, there's nine cop cars, 12 cops, one sergeant, one captain and one deputy. But she is nowhere to be found. So when is she gonna start standing up for the main main question? And she likes to play dirty. I was unfortunately arrested this morning. Um, I would like to say well played because certain things weren't able to get done today. But they will be done on Monday and we're gonna keep knocking after doors, just like the walls of Jericho. They kept going around in circles around circles around circles. City is going to crumble, and it's just who is going to take the blame on who's going. Take the consequence. At this point, it's ceiling as the City Council mayor, city attorney, city manager and the chief. Please are all held accountable for their actions, and we will find this punitively and demanded in your life. Ah, I got a message. I got a message for that ground for all the police officers, all the leaders of all across the state. We're not going anywhere anymore. Growing getting resilient. And there's any question left that this was gonna die. You should see what's been going on for the last nine days. We're not going anywhere is gonna grow. It's gonna continue, girl until our demands are met. Until we have leadership. I think we all realize now that mistake Brown is not qualified to be a chief of the police department. She must show leadership by stepping away along new leadership to take it. We have too many people have been suffering mothers and fathers and daughters and everybody else black and brown communities. And I ask others who are still silent, complacent to get out of their shells. Because one day you're gonna be affected by that. I can guarantee you so our demands must be met Their non way shall not surrender to silence. We will continue to speak up, continue to advocate on behalf of the marginalized Black Brothers Sisters in this state and all across the country way demands justice. You can find out More information about us at Raleigh demands justice dot com, and people will be giving individual interviews, if you would like, thank you.