The march was a success. Roughly 150 people showed up. We made our demands known and hopefully spread our message to the Denver community. Further coverage will come as soon as we chop up some footage. No Justice No Peace, Fuck the Police.
Justice for Marvin Booker!!!!!!
Glenn Spagnuolo (All Nations Alliance) – 720-771-4669
Omar Gutierrez (West Denver Copwatch) – 970-314-1671
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2010
COMMUNITY MARCH AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY: RESIGNATION IS NOT ENOUGH!
The Denver community will be joining West Denver Copwatch, Aurora Copwatch, the All Nations Alliance, the LGBTQ community and other community organizations for a march in response to the spree of civil rights violations and criminal behavior carried out by the Denver Police Department (DPD) and the Denver Sheriff’s Department. The event will take place Saturday, August 28th at 2:00 p.m. The march will begin at the corner of 20th and Little Raven, where Mark Ashford was viscously assaulted by DPD officers. The march will proceed to the corner of 15th Street and Larimer, which is the scene where DPD officers brutalized Shawn Johnson and Michael DeHerrera. The march will conclude at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, where Denver deputies murdered Marvin Booker. A short rally will commerce once arriving at the Detention Center.
The resignation of Safety Manager Ron Perea may have been a first step in restoring trust within the community regarding community and law enforcement relationships, but much more is needed from Mayor Hickenlooper’s administration and city officials. West Denver Copwatch, The All Nations Alliance and others demand that the officers involved in the above mentioned cases be terminated from their positions and be charged criminally for their illegal behavior. Additionally, justice must be served for Marvin Booker’s family, who are seeking answers to his homicide. We demand that the videotape showing the murder of Mr. Booker be released to the public. Furthermore, we demand an increased level of community input in the hiring of the new Safety Manager as soon as possible. Anything less, only serves to distract from the fact that Denver Law Enforcement Agencies’ behavior has become so egregious that they have caused the death of a beloved community member. Something must be done to prevent yet another murder in our community!
It is anticipated that Denver police will be present during the march. We want to be clear in our position that due to the actions of its officers, we no longer trust DPD with the ability to protect our community. We request for the safety of the community members present at the march and rally, and that law enforcement officials keep a reasonable distance from the participants. We are engaging in a peaceful, non-violent exercise of our federally protected First Amendment rights and DPD interference is not welcome.
COMMUNITY MARCH & RALLY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY
Join West Denver Copwatch, Aurora Copwatch, the hood, the barrio, the community, and concerned folks for a tour of police brutality.
Denver Law Enforcement has been brutal for years, however the situation has reached a pinnacle.
We will be marching to the sites of the most recent incidents of brutality
The march will be begin at 20th St and Little Raven where Mark Ashford was brutalized.
It will continue to 15th street and Larimer where Shawn Johnson and Michael DeHerrera were viciously assaulted.
The march will end at the Van Cise Justice Center where Marvin Booker was murdered by the hands of Denver deputies, and the rally will ensue.
Be there to demand JUSTICE, TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, OVERSIGHT, and an END TO POLICE BRUTALITY
Where: Gather at 20th and Little Raven
When: Saturday August 28, 2010 @ 2:00pm, Step off @ 2:30pm
Bring your love and your rage
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MARCHA & RALLY COMUNITARIA CONTRA LA VIOLENCIA POLICIAL
Unase con Denver Copwatch Oeste, Aurora Copwatch, la comunidad, el barrio, y las gente preocupada; para una gira contra la violencia policial.
La policia de Denver ha sido brutal por años, sin embargo la situación ha alcanzado un punto critico.
Marcharemos a los sitios de los incidentes más recientes de la brutalidad
La marcha comenzará en la calle 20 y Little Raven donde Mark Ashford fue tratado brutalmente.
Continuará sobre la calle 15 y Larimer donde Shawn Johnson y Michael DeHerrera fueron asaltados viciosamente.
La marcha terminará en el Centro de Justicia Van Cise donde Marvin Booker fue asesinado a manos de diputados de Denver.
Acompañenos a demandar JUSTICIA, TRANSPARENCIA, RESPONSABILIDAD, y un FIN a la VIOLENCIA POLICIAL.
Dónde: Reunanse en la calle 20 y Little Raven
Cuando: sábado el 28 de agosto de 2010 @ 2:00pm
Traiga su amor y su rabia
Ron Perea, who held the position of Safety Manager resigned today after outrage regarding his lack of response toward the vicious beatings of Michael Herrera, Shawn Johnson, and Mark Ashford. Also during his minute tenure was the murder of Marvin Booker by the hands of several Sheriff department deputies. Its a step, however we can assume that another like minded, system appeasing, jack-a-lope will be his replacement.
The Coroner’s office has ruled the cause of Marvin Booker’s death to be homicide. Now we all already knew this, but now it is confirmed.
According to sources, Mr. Booker was put into a sleeper hold, was tased in his lower abdomen, and eventually succumbed to heart failure.
Our deepest remorse goes to the Booker family.
Still no video.
JUSTICE FOR MARVIN BOOKER