End Gascon’s Double Standard! Try Amilcar’s Killers!

Thursday, January 5, 2017
12Noon – 1:00pm

 Hall of Justice (Steps)
850 Bryant St.
San Francisco

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District Attorney George Gascon says he’s about to decide whether to file charges against the officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez in February 2015 by six bullets to his back.

This Thursday, the Justice for Amilcar Coalition will once again demand the DA charge the officers with murder. And we will join Public Defender Jeff Adachi in calling out the DA’s double standard of consistently exonerating officers who kill civilians while relentlessly prosecuting civilians who allegedly harm an officer.

Whenever a civilian allegedly harms an officer, DA Gascón files every charge in the book, often with little evidence. But when a police officer harms or kills a young black or brown person like Amilcar, the DA not only refuses to bring the officer to trial but even tries to paint the victim as the criminal.

Despite many officer-involved shootings since he took office, many of them fatal, DA Gascon has charged not a single officer. By contrast, young Mission District Latinos committing relatively minor crimes are often prosecuted and punished severely. If the law is applied so harshly in one instance, why not the other?

We’re calling out the DA’s double standard. We want justice for Amilcar, Luis Gongora Pat, Mario Woods, Jessica Williams, and all the other victims of police violence.

Check out this recent article in 48hills.org. Although the DA can’t seem to charge the officers who killed Amilcar, he relentlessly pursues a young black man who defended himself from wrongful arrest by BART police–even after a jury had found the young man innocent.

DA Gascón tries to shirk – Wednesday’s vigil

The DA is Balking

This Wednesday’s Vigil for Amilcar, 6pm, Mission Police Station

Mission Station is where the officers who killed Amilcar are stationed. We continue to shine a spotlight on them. We haven’t forgotten what they did!

Please join us for this week’s vigil.

When: Wednesday, August 3, 6-7pm
Where: Mission Police Station, 17th and Valencia Streets

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District Attorney Gascón tries unsuccessfully to tell us why he doesn’t want to charge the officers who killed Amilcar

On July 25, several of us asked San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón why, after a year-and-a-half of investigation, he has not filed murder charges against the officers who killed Amilcar.

Gascón said he expects to complete his investigation in 6-9 weeks from last Monday.

He claimed that, even with solid eyewitness testimony and two separate autopsies, he still lacks enough evidence to prosecute them. He also blamed the current rigged system that protects officers who kill from prosecution.

We don’t buy it

As Public Defender Jeff Adache notes, despite whatever obstacles the rigged judicial system puts in his way, the DA already has all the evidence he needs to bring this case to trial.

But it takes courage. True, the DA will face much opposition from the California Law Enforcement community if he files the charges. But he can’t let fear keep him from doing his job.

District Attorney Gascón:

  • Don’t be a coward
  • Do the right thing
  • Charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder

We demand our day in court.

What YOU can do:
Call the DA: (415) 553-1751 

Tell Gascón to do the right thing.
Say what’s in your heart. If it helps, use this script:

Hello, my name is __________________. I am a registered San Francisco voter. I want justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez, and I stand with my community in demanding DA Gascón charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder. The DA must do the right thing. We are waiting and watching!

Save the date

Friday, August 26, 6pm, at the site where Amilcar was killed (Folsom between 24th and 25th).

We’ve invited the DA – we want answers. Stay tuned for more details.

 

City of San Francisco Giving Human Rights Awards While Continuing Human Rights Abuses

[Below is a joint press release from an alliance of community groups, reposted to the J4Amilcar website]

For Immediate Release:

City of San Francisco Giving Human Rights Awards While Continuing Human Rights Abuses

An alliance of community organizations in San Francisco that have been working to hold the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Police Department accountable for the deaths of brown and black people who have been killed by the police have been called to receive a human rights award by the City of San Francisco.

These groups, including the Idriss Stelley Foundation, Amor for Alex Nieto, Justice 4 Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Do No Harm Coalition, Justice for Luis Gongora Pat, and Justice 4 Jessica Nelson-Williams express deep concern at the actions of the City which seeks to praise their activism while failing to address any of the systemic issues that lead to the disproportionate killing and economic displacement of people of color with no mechanism in place for justice. In response to the lack of justice from the City of San Francisco, the SFPD, its District Attorney, the Attorney General of California and the lack of any binding investigation from the Department of Justice, these groups have contacted the UN Committee on Torture and will be filing a complaint with the International Court of Justice, seeking assistance now from the international community to respond to the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the City on people of color and the economically disadvantaged in San Francisco which continue. In light of the findings of the damning Blue Ribbon Panel and the community’s call for justice, it is crucial that the City acts immediately to suspend the ongoing intimidation by the SFPD, to allow for the prosecution and removal of killer cops from its force, to cease evictions that are destroying the cultural integrity of neighborhoods of people of color and to stop its intimidation and harm of the unhoused.

With the police killings of Idriss Stelley, Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez Lopez, Luis Gongora Pat and Jessica Nelson, we see a City that is unable to guarantee the protection of human dignity and justice for all of its citizens.

Dr. Rupa Marya, professor of medicine with the UCSF Do No Harm Coalition: “When the body is fighting cancer, you need medicine, not awards. And the body of San Francisco is suffering from the cancer of disparity in income, safety and respect. The medicine here is justice.”

Please join us to document the Human Rights Awards Ceremony where each of these groups will voice their respective thoughts on this award and the state of Human Rights in San Francisco. Immediately following, there will be a press conference to answer specific questions from the press.

San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hero Award Ceremony

San Francisco City Hall

Room 250

Thursday, July 28th at 5:30pm

Media Contact:

Rupa Marya rupa.marya@ucsf.edu

Coalitions unite to demand an end to Police Impunity!

Coalitions unite to demand an end to Police Impunity!

On the 2nd Anniversary of the killing of Alex Nieto by SFPD (March 21, 2016), the Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition set forth a list of demands to end police impunity. Since then, these demands have been taken up in discussions by a broader coalition of justice groups including Justice & Love for Alex Nieto, Justice for Mario Woods, Justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez, and Honor & Justice for Luis Góngora Pat.

Based on our ongoing conversations, we have adapted these demands in the following manner.Specific Coalitions have additional demands that the mayor should address. Initially, therefore,

We demand that Mayor Ed Lee:

Fire Chief Suhr – A first and old demand at last met on May 19, 2016.

  • Despite the hunger strike of the #Frisco5 calling for Mayor Ed Lee to #FireChiefSuhr, despite the fact that this demand became the battle cry of the #Frisco500 to 5000 that took City Hall on a weekend in May 7th ending in 33 arrests, it was the loss of the life of twenty-nine year old Jessica Williams (#SayHerName) to a police bullet on Thursday May 19th 9:45am in the Bayview district (on the birthday of Malcolm X) that finally forced Ed Lee to face-up to the people’s anger and ask Chief Greg Suhr to resign.
  • Jessica Williams was the 22nd fatality under the command of Suhr, the twelfth since 2014, all these fatalities are unaccountable murders (found to be within policy, the latest shootings since 2015 still under review).

Carry out acts of restoration

  • Establish a permanent memorial for Alex Nieto, in collaboration with Elvira and Refugio Nieto at the site where their son was killed in Bernal Heights Park, and where community members have maintained a memorial for two years, as a gesture towards restoring community relations.
  • Establish a permanent memorial for Luis Demetrio Góngora Pat, in collaboration with his family in San Francisco.
  • Inquire of other families who have lost loved ones to an officer-involved shooting if they too would like a permanent memorial, and take actions to create such a memorial.
  • Provide immediate financial relief and specialized services to the families victimized by officer-involved shootings and other conduct resulting in trauma or injury since at least 2014. (Edited by request of survivors of police behavior that caused harm.)

Enforce demand for a fair and independent federal investigation into salient officer-involved shootings since 2014:

  • Enforce the January 26, 2016 Board of Supervisor’s resolution that “requests the United States Department of Justice to undertake independent investigation of the shootings of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Lopez-Perez (sic), and Mario Woods and the process by which the SFPD investigates use of force incidents” by establishing an action plan with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division for an independent federal investigation into those salient cases, including SFPD’s investigation of each case.
  • At this juncture, we demand that said DOJ investigation include all officer-involved shootings since 2014 in which complaints were filed against SFPD or the City, including the killing of Luis Demetrio Góngora Pat on April 7, 2016 and the twenty-seven year old woman murdered by SFPD today.

End the culture of impunity in SFPD:

  • Order the interim Chief of Police to issue bulletins that make alternatives to lethal use of force by SFPD officers unequivocally mandatory in volatile or potentially volatile situations.
  • Ensure adequate training for SFPD officers in line with our demand.

Support deep structural reform to raise SFPD accountability:

Alongside our demands to the Mayor, we are currently working with Supervisor John Avalos on developing a package of reform initiatives to raise SFPD accountability including. We demand that the Mayor, the Police Commission, and SFPD support our legislative package of reform once presented to the appropriate committee within the Board of Supervisors, and support implementation of any such reforms.

Deep structural reforms demanded of BOS:

We demand that the BOS take action to end police impunity through a package of legislative reforms that should include:

  • Modify legislation (to override the current SFPD General Order) that makes alternatives to lethal use of force by SFPD officers unequivocally mandatory with the aim of preserving life of civilians even in volatile or potentially volatile situations;
  • Radically increase transparency of the SFPD by requiring public and online permanent record keeping of complaints and incidents of use of force by officers, in line with best open government practices and in consideration of the Leno Bill SB1286;
  • Establish a Special Prosecutor’s Office that is a true and autonomous investigative and prosecutorial body in cases involving police misconduct including officer-involved shootings;
  • Establish an elected Civilian Police Commission that will substitute the current Police Commission (a proposal of Idriss Stelley Foundation);
  • Require peer review processes in the Office of Medical Examiner when facing an officer involved shooting;
  • Provide specialized victims services and financial relief for family and community members affected by a lethal use of force by officers, taking into consideration cultural, linguistic, and other special needs; and
  • Increase availability of witness protection programs and options in officer involved shootings, taking into consideration cultural, linguistic, and other special needs; and
  • Provide adequate training for SFPD officers derived from implementation of reforms, including adequate deescalation and crisis intervention training.

We’re just getting started.

#EndPoliceImpunity