Members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) at their Monday night meeting voted unanimously to hold a demonstration on Sat. Sept. 2 at 1:00pm to demand justice for Desmond Grimes, a 15-year-old youth killed as a result of being tased by the Michigan State Police on the east side of Detroit.
Grimes was unarmed when he was chased on a ATV and shot with a taser gun plunging to his death. The Michigan State police officer involved has not been arrested on indicted. Instead he has been granted paid leave.
Although the Detroit police claim they are conducting an “independent investigation” if this had been a resident who caused an officer’s death undoubtedly a suspect would have been detained with no bail and subjected to a swift prosecution.
We will also demand that tasers be banned in the city and that no military hardware from the Pentagon be utilized after the lifting of the partial ban by President Trump.
In addition, we condemn the president’s pardon of Chief Arpaio in Arizona, along with the justice department’s suspension of consent decrees involving police departments across the United States. These measures are giving a green light to law-enforcement agencies to utilize lethal force against civilians.
This protest action will take place at 1:00pm on Woodward at Congress next to the beginning of the Q-Line route near City Hall.
All progressive organizations in the city are encouraged to endorse and attend.
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