NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR A DAY OF ACTION IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA RELATED TO THE DEATHS INVOLVING POLICE IN MISSOURI, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, OHIO, TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA
National Bar Association
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
L.L. White Hall at Holman United Methodist Church
3320 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
In light of the recent incidents involving police officers’ use of deadly force which has caused the deaths of Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego (Los Angeles, CA), Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO), Rodney Mitchell (Sarasota, FL), Eric Garner (Staten Island, NY), John Crawford (Beavercreek, OH), Marquis Jones (San Antonio, TX), and a number of other unnamed, and unarmed, individuals, the National Bar Association (NBA), along with its affiliate the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles are hosting a “Know Your Rights, Because It Could Save Your Life Town Hall” meeting in Los Angeles, California, to educate the community and call for justice in the killings of Ezell Ford, Omar Abrego, Dante Parker, Alesia Thomas and Ronald Weekly.
“During the Town Hall, attendees will learn how the Fourth Amendment (Search & Seizure) of the United States Constitution applies to them, whether it is legal to record the police activity and how citizens should behave/respond if, and when, they interface with police officers. In addition, panelists will address issues of inequality and racial bias in policing, the justice system, and violence against members of minority communities,” stated Pamela J. Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.
Shortly after the 2013 manhunt of Chris Dorner, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck proclaimed that he was committed to weeding out corruption and racism, increasing transparency and, most ambitiously, admitting when his police force made mistakes. “While Chief Beck said all the right words at the right time, it’s his actions that the National Bar Association and community must, and should, judge. Because it is action, not words, that matter,” said President Meanes. “The lack of accountability and criminal prosecution in police abuse cases, such as, Allen Harris (November 2009), Steven Eugene Washington (March 2010), Aibuidefe Oghogho (October 2010), Reggie Doucet, Jr. (January 2011), Alesia Thomas (July 2012), Ronald Weekley, Jr. (August 2012) and Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego (August 2014) leads the National Bar Association to conclude that during his first term, Chief Beck’svision failed to translate into reality,” stated Pamela J. Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.
Accordingly, the National Bar Association is headed to Los Angeles, California to call for a full and independent federal investigation into the Ford and Abrego cases. “These families deserve more than empty words and promises. They deserve a full and fair investigation and we plan to stand behind them until a proper investigation is conducted,” stated President Meanes.
The National Bar Association renews its call for the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into deaths involving police in Staten Island, New York; Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Beavercreek, Ohio.