UPDATE: 7-15-13 To our great relief the felony charges against Tremaine McMillian have been dropped! The voices of the more than one hundred ColorOfChange members who called the State Attorney and the video of Tremaine's violent arrest were all critical in stopping this grave injustice. As we saw in Tremaine's story, police brutality and discrimination is a national epidemic. We must continue to safely monitor police activity and hold officers accountable.
This past Memorial Day, while playing on the beach and bottle feeding his newborn puppy, Tremaine McMillian and his friends were stopped by police. Confused by the unprovoked police stop, Tremaine walked away only to be chased by Miami-Dade police officers who then violently tackled him to the ground, placed him in a suffocating chock-hold, and handcuffed him, causing Tremaine to urinate on himself in fear. The incident was filmed on a cellphone by Tremaine's mother who watched on in horror as police brutalized her son and then arrested him on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Miami-Dade police immediately cited a "dehumanizing stare" as the reason for the violent encounter and arrest.
Outrageously, Tremaine still faces felony criminal charges with a trial date set for July 16th. There is still time to stop this henious attack on Tremaine's humanity and future, but officials need to know this injustice will not be tolerated.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has the power to drop the charges. Can you please take a few moments to call and urge her to drop this unfounded case immediately? And when you do please ask your family and friends to do the same.More »
UPDATE: (12/01/11) Mehserle walks again in the 2008 case of alleged police brutality.
Beginning in 2009, ColorOfChange members mobilized in response to the killing of Oscar Grant, the young father who was shot dead by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer while lying facedown on an Oakland, CA train platform. In an act of police violence that was captured on camera for the world to see, BART officer Johannes Mehserle fired one round into Grant's back. Mehserle later claimed he thought he was firing his taser-- one of many unbelievable missteps that occurred that night at the Fruitvale BART station.
Just 11 months after being taken into custody, Mehserle was a free man. Many of us recognized this injustice as systemic, which is why we were not surprised to learn that Mehserle is currently standing trial for a separate case involving another incident of alleged brutality and misconduct he participated in while a member of the BART police force.More »
When Stephen Anderson testified in early October that planting drugs on people had become regular practice in the New York Police Department, the news validated what many NYC residents and victims of abusive police practices have long known. When officers face pressure to increase arrests, communities -- especially communities of color and low-income communities -- suffer. As ColorofChange celebrates a campaign victory in the fight to end discrinatory marijuana arrests in NYC, Anderson's story reminds us just how entrenched corruption is in our criminal justice system.More »