One week ago on Tuesday March 22,2016 at night a young African American male (name anonymous) walked into the AMPM Arco gas station on Euclid Ave. (Crosstreet Federal Blvd.) and took a bag of hot cheetos. The young man was asked to return them and he ran away about a block away. At that time the store notified police and several cop cars arrived in the area looking for the man. Several cop cars, 2 K9 police Dogs and a helicopter chopper began roaming in the area for the man who took the hot cheetos out of the store. The cops found the man hiding behind bushes and immediately put the K9 Dog on him. While putting the K9 Dog on him they bring him into custody while the dog is constantly biting him. At this time the man is screaming for his life. The cops continue with allowing the police dogs to be on him. This was yet another example of how excessive force is used by the SDPD particular and how in communities of color it is more likely that this will happen. One week from this incident Reverend Shane Harris and the National Action Network will hold a K9 for $1.49 Rally on March 31ST 2016! It will be the beginning of a major push and campaign around excessive force and the data provided by the SDPD also with the continued partnership and effort with the Women Occupy San Diego group fighting for a more independent Citizens Review Board for police practices. It’s time to stand up as communities of color and fight the unnecessary use of force that is being used in the communities! It’s time to ask as taxpayers why K9 Dogs, Several police cars, and a Helicopter chopper is necessary for someone who stole a bag of chips? This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last if we don’t stand on this as a community! Come stand up!
WHO: PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK REVEREND SHANE HARRIS, WOMEN OCCUPY SAN DIEGO, AND SEVERAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND LEADERS.
WHAT: REVEREND SHANE HARRIS AND THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK TO BEGIN LAUNCHING A CAMPAIGN CALLED “K9 FOR $1.49” DEALING WITH THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE IN THE SDPD AND THE NEED FOR A INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD FOR POLICE PRACTICES.