Thursday, January 5, 2017
12Noon – 1:00pm
Hall of Justice (Steps)
850 Bryant St.
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.