Black Lawyers: Know Your Rights Because It Could Save Your Life Town Hall Meeting

Source: National Bar Association

In light of the recent incidents involving police officers’ use of deadly force which has caused the deaths of  Rodney Mitchell (Sarasota, Florida); Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri); Eric Garner (Staten Island, New York); John Crawford (Beavercreek, Ohio); Marquise Jones (San Antonio, Texas); Clinton Allen (Dallas, Texas); Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, California) and a number of other unarmed individuals, the National Bar Association (NBA), along with its affiliate chapter the Isaac Anderson Bar Association and A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, are hosting a “Know Your Rights Because It Could Save Your Life Town Hall Meeting” in Sarasota, Florida to educate the community and call for Justice in the death of Rodney Mitchell and seven other individuals killed by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

“During the Town Hall Meeting, attendees will learn how the Fourth Amendment (“Search & Seizure”) of the United States Constitution applies to them, whether it is legal to record 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 Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.

Sarasota citizens who attended a Town Hall meeting after Rodney Mitchell’s murder indicated that in response to a question from Rodney’s mother, Sarasota Sheriff Thomas Knight stated, “Your son was not the only one we killed, we have killed seven others.”

“If true, such a callous disregard for life and a mother’s pain is unacceptable and does not give the community confidence that the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office can or will conduct a complete and thorough investigation into the tragic killing of 23 year old Rodney Mitchell, who was shot to death by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies on June 11, 2012,” stated President Meanes. “Accordingly, the National Bar Association is headed to Sarasota to call for a full and independent federal investigation into the Mitchell case. The family deserves a full and fair investigation and we plan to stand behind them until one is conducted.

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 an San Antonio, Texas; and Beavercreek, Ohio.

National Bar Association

National Bar Association Day of Action in Sarasota
Know Your Rights Because It Could Save Your Life Town Hall

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Bethlehem Bible Church
1680 18th Street
Sarasota, Florida 34234


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ABOUT The A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)

The A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition formed on September 14, 2001. It is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and prominent individuals and scores of organizing centers in cities and towns across the country. Its national steering committee represents major national organizations that have campaigned against U.S. intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and organizations that have campaigned for civil rights and for social and economic justice for working and poor people inside the United States.