Irv Sutleyirvsutley@yahoo.comshooting of 13 yr old Latino boyby Sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, CA
A protest is being planned.
A Child is DeadOct 23, 2013
My name is Elbert “Big Man” Howard
, and I am a founding
member of The Black Panther Party and also of PACH, the Police AccountabilityClinic & Helpline of Sonoma County. PACH, an all-volunteer organization, wasformed to take reports of police misconduct after community meetings whichoccurred because of a series of killings which took place in 2007. I am making thisstatement on behalf of myself and PACH and in response and protest to the killingof Andy Lopez, 13 years of age, by law enforcement.One of the reasons that the Black Panther Party was formed in 1966, and why theyfought so hard many years ago, was to have community control of the police
tomake the police accountable to the community. In the present atmosphere that stillexists of racial profiling and police abuse, the politicians and law enforcementagencies are accountable to no one. Now, 47 years later, here I am, waking up to the news that yesterday, Oct 22nd, onthe very day we recognize as the National day of protest against police brutality,this 13 year-old child has been shot down and killed by Sonoma County Sheriff'sdeputies.Clearly, police misconduct remains an on-going issue in our community as thecivil and human rights of people in our communities are ignored and violated.We
need to protest the police abuse, racial profiling, and the killings by lawenforcement that continue to occur in our community.
Law enforcement, in this county, is a system against the people. The treatmentof people at the hands of law enforcement remains an ongoing issue, and