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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Family members of people impacted by raids and grassroots community groups rally against NYPD and Federal "gang" raids, protesting militarized sweeps and conspiracy prosecutions
New York, NY – Family members of people impacted by NYPD and federal "gang" raids (Taylonn Murphy Sr. and several affected family members), lawyers (Prof. Babe Howell of CUNY Law School) and community groups (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee - NYC, Coalition to End Broken Windows, Why Accountability, Copwatch Patrol Unit, El Grito de Sunset Park, Black Youth Project 100 NYC, Universal Zulu Nation, ANSWER Coalition, FLO Harlem, Black Lives Matter NYC, ICE-Free NYC, No Separate Justice campaign, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, NYC Shut It Down, People's Power NYC) held a rally April 27th, 2017; at City Hall steps followed by a march to the U.S. Attorney's Office and MCC federal prison to protest against the NYPD and federal "gang" raids that are devastating communities of color across the city as well as the prison system.
Under the banner of fighting "gangs", local and federal law enforcement agencies are conducting militarized raids that lead to harsh prosecutions of young people from poor neighborhoods of color – especially in public housing. More than 1,000 people were arrested in over 40 so-called takedowns last year alone, according to the NYPD. Those people are now facing torture and solitary confinement in New York City’s federal prisons.
Most arrested are vilified through the media before they've even seen a judge and never see trial as they're pressured to take plea deals. Some young people have been swept up in indictments in large part due to the loose gang criteria, designed by police, that imply whomever associated with alleged "gang members" or wear certain colors are involved in a complex criminal syndicate. Police and prosecutors are also using social media to build cases. This is a recipe for wrongful convictions and follows in the footsteps of the era of mass incarceration and fear-mongering hysteria of the 'Super-predator' days.
The rally falls on the 1 year anniversary of the massive NYPD and federal takedown, which included the Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE, last April in the Eastchester Gardens section of the Bronx, the largest "gang" takedown in NYC history. 120 people, mostly young Black public housing residents, were indicted as a result of that massive, multi-agency operation.
The group rally to defend all families from across the city who've not only had to deal with pre-dawn military-style raids but also RICO and conspiracy charges and even efforts to evict them from their
housing. There are solutions to community violence that work to help people and that don't rely on raids and incarceration.
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