MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS CALLS ON GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO REVIEW USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS
Resolution Details Michigan Cases of Abuse by Law Enforcement in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Inkster and Redford Township
(Detroit) -The Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus (MDPBC) passed a resolution Monday, April 20 reaffirming its position against police brutality and the oppression of Michigan’s African-American residents through militarization and excessive force. The resolution identifies various cases of the death of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement across the state of Michigan, beginning with some of the most recent cases of police brutality in Inkster and some less publicized cases in Ann Arbor and Redford Township.
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The Black Caucus calls for the immediate action and termination of any officer of the law who exhibits misconduct through police brutality or use of excessive force. The resolution will be followed by letters to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Michigan State Police and the United States Department of Justice, Eastern District of Michigan.
Danny Craig, Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Black Caucus released the following statement on the organization’s direct action against police brutality. “This resolution is right on time; Black residents both men and women, young and old, are being aggressively targeted by law enforcement in nearly every corner of our community. Our civil rights are being violated at every turn and our caucus is calling for an immediate end to this civil oppression.”
Craig was elected chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus during the Michigan Democratic Party’s winter convention earlier this year. He returns as chair after successfully organizing local caucuses in Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Genesee and Kent counties over the past few years. The Michigan Democratic Party has over twenty-two thousand Black Democratic activists across the state.
The MDPBC points to Michigan’s Emergency Management and “Right-to-Work” legislation as public policy that expands the exposure of civil rights violations and direct oppression of Michigan’s Black residents, the state’s largest minority population. The caucus also points out that historical stereotypes and racial bias have encouraged a “consistent expression” of police brutality and excessive force; exhibited in the deaths of Aura Rosser in Ann Arbor, McKenzie Cochran in Southfield and Malice Green in Detroit.
The caucus also raises attention to the use of excessive force against Carl Leatherberry, a resident of Redford Township who was assaulted by Redford Township police outside his home in August of 2014. Mr. Leatherberry, who is blind in one eye, has filed a federal lawsuit against Redford Township and the municipality’s police department.
The Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus encourages the Michigan Democratic Party and the Democratic elected officials at every level of government to support its call to action.
“Congressman John Conyers has asked for the U.S House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee to investigate the beating of Mr. Floyd Dent we support that call. Our community is experiencing domestic terrorism across the country, from the people sworn to protect and serve us,” said Craig. “We need our young people to learn how to serve and protect our own communities.”
The Michigan Democratic Black Caucus promotes the interests and concerns of Blacks and minorities within the Democratic Party. To find out more on the MDPBC visit our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/mdpbc.