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We are terrified, but we will not stop fighting.
On Oct 20, the judge in Breonna Taylor’s case ruled that the Kentucky grand jurors could speak freely about the grand jury proceedings. That ruling led to a second anonymous juror issuing a statement that the jury was never presented with homicide charges for the police officers who unjustly ended Breonna Taylor’s life- over a botched drug raid. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron did not fight for justice or stand against police brutality–but we have, and we will continue.
The Detroit & Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has been fighting against police brutality all summer–from representing over 300 arrested protestors to filing a civil lawsuit in federal court against the City of Detroit, Detroit Police Department and even Detroit Police Chief James Craig for aggressively violating people’s constitutional rights. Several of our Board of Directors are founding members of the Coalition for Police Transparency and Accountability, which formed this summer in response to Detroit police executing 19-year-old Hakim Littleton after subduing him so that he posed no continuing threat to the officers. The NLG has been flooded with calls to show up and fight for our comrades whose lives are in constant danger under a government that doesn’t believe their lives matter.
We are at war. We are terrified, but we will never stop fighting for what we believe in – fair and equal justice, an end to police terror, and policies that reflect Black Lives Matter.
Please fight with us, and contribute now. Your efforts will ensure that the work and infrastructure supporting our legal teams, collective defense efforts, and Legal Observers can continue. We need your help for the battles in the courtroom as well as on the streets.
We know when we fight, we win. We cannot fight without you. This fight will be a long one–for we know we are not free until we are all free. Sincerely,
Victoria Burton-Harris, Detroit & Michigan NLG Board Member
Julie Hurwitz, Detroit & Michigan NLG Vice President
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