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NEW BRUNSWICK — In reaction to the police forum Mayor James Cahill is conducting tonight, a community activist once again is calling for police reform.
Marchers protest fatal shooting by police New Brunswick Mayor Cahill is target of criticism by Bob Makin (Courier News)
About 200 protesters marched on Saturday in reaction to the Sept. 22 death of Barry Deloatch, the third victim of a fatal police shooting under Mayor James Cahill’s 22-year watch.
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Lawrence Hamm, chairman of POP, said the main reason for the march and demonstration was to bring attention to the issue of police brutality and to support a petition by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking a federal investigation of the Newark Police Department. The ACLU petition, filed in September, claims the police department routinely violates residents’ civil rights through excessive force and false arrests.
Lawrence Hamm, Chairman of the Newark-based organization Peoples Organization for Progress explained to The Final Call why his organization believes that the heat must be turned up against police misconduct. “You talk about Guantanamo, we got torture and murder right here. Cops think they are judge, jury and executioner.”
Protests over deaths while in custody of New Jersey police departments
On Dec. 15, a march sponsored by the People’s Organization for Progress was held in Newark, N.J., to demand justice for Warren Lee. Lee died on Oct. 12 while being beaten and arrested by Newark police. Other rallies were organized by the New Black Panther Party and the October 22nd Coalition.
NEWARK-The Newark-based People’s Organization for Progress (POP) hand delivered a letter to New Jersey State Attorney General Zelima V. Farber on April 11, regarding re-opening the murder case of Earl Faison. It has been seven years since the aspiring rapper died at age 27 at the hands of five Orange, New Jersey police officers, who had arrested him as a suspect in the murder of a fellow police officer.
The U.S. Attorney said that Faison died in a “stairwell of torture” because he was brutalized out of the sight of those who were present in the Orange police station where they were holding him. Police officials stated in 1999 that Faison died of an asthma attack. While he remained handcuffed, Faison was beaten and pepper sprayed in his mouth and nose.
The POP letter to the attorney general stated that the case should be reopened because Taison lost more than his civil rights, he lost his life and someone must be held accountable for his death.” It also stated in the letter that if “the murder case of Emmett Till can be reopened after 50 years…then the case of Earl Faison can be reopened after seven years.”