It was the 50thanniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assignation and the day residents, activists, students, and organizations came together to rally against police brutality in Boston. The protest was organized by Mass Action Against Police Brutality (MAAPB) and the Not1MoreRally Against Police Brutality and the group of nearly 120 people gathered outside in front of the Boston Police Headquarters. Although there has been a significant amount of talk regarding gun violence, these protestors felt more light needs to be shed on police gun violence as they too play a role in the number of lives that are taken by a gun.
While some say they showed up to support the families of the victims, the families themselves who lost a loved one were out there as well demanding that justice be served. The mother of Terrence Coleman, 31, was at the protest on behalf of her son who was shot and killed by police. Hope Coleman says her son was mentally ill and after calling 911 for an ambulance, officers opened fire on him after they said he came at them with a 5-inch knife. She claims he wasn’t armed with a knife[Source: WCVB.com]. Coleman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Boston.
Another mother whose son was shot and killed by police was out and actively participating in the rally as well. Rahima Rahim says the case involving her son, Usaamah Rahim, 24, should be reopened. Rahim was shot and killed by FBI agents and police who had been tailing him. They claimed he planned to kill officers and that he pulled out a military knife when they approached him. Rahim was on the FBI’s terror watch list and it was ruled that the shooting was justified. Rahim’s mother, however, believes otherwise because she stated that officials lied as they had no proof indicating that her son came had come at them with a knife.
More Needs to be Done to Combat Police Shootings
Because we continue to see innocent and unarmed people being shot and killed by police, these organizations and many others are demanding to see a change in the system. It starts with holding those officers who engage in such behavior accountable for their wrongful actions. When we look at the case involving Jennifer Garvey, she was only sentenced to six months in jail for assault, battery, and filing a false police report. MAAPB “insists that the prosecution needs to change to include the additional officers who were involved with Garvey and helped her file the false police report.”
Too many officers are able to walk away from a killing with no criminal charges filed against them and no consequences for them to serve. The fact is, the issue has become much more widespread than just involving unarmed black men and women. It involves everyone which is why these rallies, protests, and other gatherings are occurring as it is going to take a team who has each other’s back to combat this recurring issue.
According to the Washington Post, as of April 5, 2018, 294 people have already been shot and killed by police in the U.S. [Source: Weave News]. And these numbers will likely continue to rise until more and more people come together to fight back against unlawful police killings.
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