Marvin Booker’s murder on July 9, 2010 has proven to be one of the most heinous examples of police brutality in recent memory. Marvin was a street preacher that met his end in Denver City Jail. He was murdered by five deputies as he was choked, squashed, and tased to death.
Despite the horror that was inflicted on Marvin and thus upon the entire Denver community, Denver has reacted with rage, love, and resistance. To keep things in prospective WDCW would like to give a timeline of events that have occurred since the devastating summer day in Denver’s then brand new Jail. It is important to note that the movement that has come into fruition as a result of Marvin’s murder has been multi pronged and branched to various communities, peoples, and generations throughout Denver. This is only a sample of events, rallys, protests, and resistance that has occured in the past year.
Immediately following the news of a jail house murder people began to piece together what had occurred
Though there be have been misinformation at this point Denver citizenry began to come together to put the puzzle together and demand justice for Marvin Booker.
Within a weeks time of the murder a rally and vigil was hosted by organizers and The Booker family Lawyers
On August 12, 2010 a Press Conference was held outside the Denver City Jail. Marvin’ s kin came to Denver on a pilgrimage as an attempt to come to terms with what happened to their beloved, son, brother, and friend.
August 20, 2010 The Denver County Coroner’s Office ruled Marvin’s death a homicide, yet no charges were filed against the murderers.
August 28, 2010 a march that highlighted various points of police brutality throughout lower downtown Denver is held. The march concluded at the very site of Marvin’s murder.
September 8, 2010 a Press Conference is held by Marvin’s Father, brother, and attorneys on the steps of the City and County Building. Boss Hick was in attendance and states that he did not have the power to release the video footage of the murder.
September 28, 2010, DA Mitch Morrissey determines that no criminal charges will be issued against the murderers of Marvin.
September 29, 2010, Shorter AME Church and Pastor Tyler hold a rally at their church to protest Morrissey’s decision to not press charges.
October 1, 2010 The names of Marvin’s murderers are released: Sgt. Carrie Rodriguez and deputies James Grimes, Faun Gomez, Kenneth Robinette and Kyle Sharp. It is discovered that Faun Gomez was also a key player in the death of Emily Rice just years prior.
October 22, 2010, the International day against police brutality, a march demanding justice for Marvin is lef through the streets of downtown.
January 29, 2011, We ain’t takin this no mo’ march occurs zig zagging through Denver’s streets
February 24, 2011, a press conference is held outside the Denver County Court house by Marvin’s family and attorneys to announce their filing of a lawsuit against the City and County of Denver, and the deputies involved
February 26, 2011 a panel is held to discuss police brutality and strategize against police brutality
March 3, 2011, Manager of Safety Mary Malatesta resigns marking the 4th Manager of Safety in less than a year
May 6, 2011, the March Against Police Terror occurs. It is at this march that Amelia Nichol is arrested.
May 9, 2011, City Officials finally release the video of Marvin’s murder. They reiterate that none of the deputies will be charged criminally and that they did not violate any policies or procedures.
May 9, 2011, An adhoc rally meets at the Denver City Jail.
May 10, 2011, A press Conference is held by Marvin’s family and attorney’s to discuss the video release.
May 26, 2011, Trumped up charges are released against Amelia Nicol, which include attempted murder, inciting a riot, and arson.
June 8, 2011, A rally is held outside Morrissey’s office demanding the release of Amelia Nichol
June 27, 2011, Felony charges against Amelia Nichol are dropped
July 9, 2011 March for the 1 year anniversary of the Murder of Marvin Booker occurs.
October 22, 2011 International Day Against Police Brutality
Rest assured we will not stop. The resistance will continue. RIP Marvin Booker and all other victims to police brutality.
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