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The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World and the Idriss Stelley Foundation. APTP is not a non-profit organization.

 

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Emeryville Police with AR-15s: Are We Safer?

On February 2nd a Black mother of two was gunned down by the Emeryville Police Department after being confronted by a security guard at Home Depot for alleged shoplifting. Yuvette Henderson was murdered in a hail of gunfire by police armed with AR-15 military-grade machine guns.

Since that day, many in our community have asked - why does a police department with a small number of officers, patrolling a community of less than 11,000, need military-grade assault weapons? Are the people of Emeryville any safer because of it?

On Sunday December 13th the Anti Police-Terror Project will host a public forum to examine the militarization of local police departments and the implications for public safety. Where do these weapons come from? Who pays the bill for expensive toys like this armored personnel carrier purchased by a police department in Florida? And who benefits?

We’ll also explore the ways that agencies like the Pentagon have played a role in accelerating the militarization of local police departments, as well as the direct connection between the Oakland Police Department and the Israeli Defense Force. Policy experts and local activists will examine the impact of coordination between police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Latino communities.

The day will also feature spoken word and music performances highlighting the damage done by police violence. This forum is the launch of a broader campaign to end militarization of the Emeryville Police Department, and will include opportunities to get involved.

Speakers and performers include:

Cat Brooks - Anti Police-Terror Project
Ras Ceylon
Yuvette's brother, Jamison
John Lindsay-Poland - American Friends Service Committee
Omar Ali - Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Opium Sabbah
Sagniche Salazar - Stop Urban Shield Coalition
Alia Sharrief
Maddy Taylor - Standing Up for Racial Justice

 

WHEN: Sunday, 12/13 from 2:30 - 5:00 pm

WHERE: NUHW Hall, 5801 Christie Ave # 525, Emeryville

Venue is wheelchair accessible.

Richard Perkins was the 1,000th Person Killed by Law Enforcement in the US This Year. Cops Are Mum About the Contents of the Actual Video.

Thirty-nine year-old Richard Perkins, father of two, was the 1,000th person killed by police in the United States this year according to the Guardians's The Counted Project

A video featuring Ada Henderson-Perkins, mother of Richard Perkins.

The narrative given by Oakland California police officials at a press conference last week is sketchy at best. The shooting took place on the night of November 15 at a gas station on the corner of 90th and Bancroft in East Oakland while officers were cracking down on sideshow activity. Richard Perkins's mother, Ada Perkins-Henderson, is a nearby resident of where the shooting took place. Officers concede that Perkins was not part of the sideshows but per usual, OPD sought to dehumanize the victim by only talking about a former charge he had while showing the media pictures of the pellet gun they allege he pointed at them out of the blue. Witnesses claim Richard never touched the pellet gun or pointed it at the officers. The officers who shot Richard all wore body cameras, however, police say they didn't have them on. The entire scene was captured and recorded by the gas station's video surveillance cameras that are a mere 15-20 feet away from where Richard was gunned down. Officers took that footage but have yet to disclose its contents.

On the groups Facebook page organizers with the Anti Police-Terror project ask "Why are they so quick to tout flimsy evidence which supports their narrative but are quiet about the actual footage?"

People can donate to the Perkins family funeral fund at https://www.youcaring.com/richard-perkins-473065

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