He was arrested for "riding his bike on the sidewalk?!?!"
Qdawg wrote:Protest today over 7-year-old's detention
Mar 19, 2007
BALTIMORE - Protesters will take to this street this afternoon in a “call for justice” for a 7-year-old who was handcuffed and fingerprinted by Baltimore police last week.
Activists and local politicians are expected to take to the steps outside Baltimore City Hall at 4 p.m. today to demand a personal apology for the detention of Gerard Mungo Jr.
The child was taken into custody last Wednesday as he was sitting on a dirt bike outside of his home.
“It is a call for justice for little Gerard Mungo Jr. and his family,” said Daren Muhammad of Baltimore City’s Community Forum think tank and primary organizer of the demonstration.
“We are demanding an apology, not from the comfort of City Hall, but the mayor and the police commissioner should go to the mother’s home where the crime actually took place.”
Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon issued a public apology to Mungo’s parents at a news conference Friday. Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm also acknowledged at the conference that the arresting officer could have acted differently.
Muhammad said the protest also will demand the firing of the officer who arrested the boy, because what he did was “a violation of the boy’s civil rights.”
“The officer is back in the community, which is an intimidation factor toward the young man and his family,” Muhammad said. “There are a number of individuals who could have stopped the procedure at any time, but nobody did what somebody should have done. We will continue to keep the family in our prayers and support them.”
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Qdawg wrote:Protesters: 'Gerard is a symbol'
Mar 19, 2007
BALTIMORE - Shouting such chants as “save our children, save our community” and “no justice, no peace,” a crowd of about 50 gathered in front of City Hall on Monday in protest of a 7-year-old’s arrest last week.
Carrying signs and fliers, the demonstrators demanded the firing of Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm and a personal apology to the mother of Gerard Mungo Jr., the boy who was handcuffed and interrogated by city police last week for allegedly sitting on a dirt bike on a city sidewalk. All charges against the boy have been dropped.
“We will stay out here as long as it takes,” said Mungo’s aunt, a woman who referred to herself only as “Big Mama.”
“Our case is not the first case, and we are out here to recognize civil rights,” she said.
Mungo’s family was joined by community organizers, activists, religious leaders and the occasional bystanders.
Bishop Carl Montgomery, of the Greater Grace Harvest Church of Baltimore City, said he came to the protest “in support of the young people in the black community and their parents.”
“Gerard is a symbol for broader problems, and the situation is an indicator of an ongoing problem in the black community,” Montgomery said.
“It was wrong to drag him off that bike, because that boy was innocent, he didn’t know any better,” said Aaron Allen, 40, of Baltimore City.
Though he was not originally part of the protest, Allen said he stayed because “the whole situation hurts him.”
“Police need to keep their hands off people’s children,” Allen said.
Although Mayor Sheila Dixon issued a public apology last Friday, Montgomery called the action an “insult.”
“Public leaders have the responsibility to step to the front line and help bring resolve to these issues.”
Also protesting was the mother of Kevin Cooper, the 14-year-old shot to death by a police officer in his home last year.
Mark Willis, 45, a resident of Baltimore City, said he was protesting for both the Mungo and Cooper situations.
“Police injustice is an ongoing problem, and people need to realize it’s not a myth,” Willis said. “Police are violating constitutional amendments.”
Despite a slow start to the protest, which was set to begin at 4 p.m., by 5 p.m. a larger group moved from the War Memorial to the sidewalk in front of City Hall.However, despite a loud presence, some bystanders didn’t think the protest would garner the results the organizers sought.
“What is going to change? These things happen every day,” said Danny Gibbs, 45, of Baltimore City who watched the demonstration. “Nothing’s going to change, even though things like this can mess up a child for life.”
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^ youtube clip of rally
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