Friday, July 24, 2015

Non-Violence Etiquette, Rally Tonight, Jaw-Boning Monday

Here is a Dropbox link to some information about non-violent protest and how a citizen should act if confronted by police

Justice for Darrius Stewart rally tonight 6 p.m. at 5777 Winchester in Memphis.  This is a peaceful protest honoring the 19-year-old Memphian who was shot and killed by a police officer on July 17. 

Mayor Wharton has pledged that police will not interfere or intimidate.  

Upon seeing that a girl posted on social media that she planned to attend the rally, a Memphis police officer contacted the girl and told her she needed a permit "to attend the riot."  Let's be cool, y'all.  Hopefully, Mayor Wharton's sentiments will be shared by MPD officers.  A young son with a bright future has been lost, so give people room to grieve or vent.

The effort to revive Memphis Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board has been stalled and delayed, and the next move is a meeting at 2 p.m. Monday on the 5th floor of City Hall, 125 N. Main.  This meeting is open to the public, although at a similar meeting in April, the press was shut out.  CLERB board members are expected to be present as well as representatives from MPD, the police union and a people's group called Memphis United coalition who have been leading on this issue. 

Terms of an ordinance to revive the police oversight board and to strengthen its authority have been wrung out and boiled down into a form that will get a majority vote to approve from city council.  The proposed ordinance has been before the full city council since April 21.  On July 7, the police union achieved its main, stated goal -- the striking down of subpoena power on the part of the citizen board.  Yet, police and police union representatives reportedly continue to pick at the ordinance.  The police do not want the citizen board to investigate citizen complaints independent from Police Internal Affairs, but only as an appeals outlet after the police have completed their own investigation. 

The CLERB board has no standing to negotiate any terms of the ordinance.  That is strictly in the province of the city council. 

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