TRUE DEMOCRACY SPRING 2001 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Police Brutality: The Effort to End It and Resulting Actions by
by Onaje Muid
Do not allow the police to criminalize another one of our community
activists. These actions are an attempt to hault the Msgm Central Brooklyn
Copwatch Program. We need your help.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is asking for your support. One of
our members, Lumumba Bandele is under attack by the New York Police
Department(NYPD) due to his uncomprimising stand against police brutality.
Last Easter Lumumba participated in a demonstration to support the families
of brutality victims and to bring awareness to the, at that time, recent
killings of Malcolm Ferguson and Patrick Dorismond, two unarmed young black
men. The mother of Malcolm Ferguson was present at the peaceful rally, which
was sponsored by the House of the Lord Church.
At previous demonstrations MXGM members had complained about the
blatant and constant video monitoring of it's leadership. Lumumba in
particular had been followed and video taped. Subsequently at the Easter
Sunday demonstration he was targeted by the NYPD and singled out for arrest.
Lumumba was identified by the police and picked out of a crowd of
hundreds of people. During his arrest, Lumumba witnessed police officers
reading a list of political prisoners he had visited. The judge in this case
has refused to subpeona police video tapes of previous demonstrations proving
that Lumumba has been targeted. The prosecution is also withholding a tape
of the demonstration in question.
Lumumba has been charged with harassment of a police officer, obstruction of
government, and disorderly conduct.