FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2016
Collette Flanagan, 214-989-8888,email@example.com
Sara Mokuria, 214-454-3980,firstname.lastname@example.org
John Fullinwider, 214-683-2493,email@example.com
Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB), denounces the decision of a Bush-appointed federal judge to block a civil trial in the case of the police homicide of Jason Harrison in 2014. District Judge David Godbey ruled in favor of the City of Dallas motion for summary judgment in the case, effectively denying Jason’s mother and family from any redress for the death of Jason at the hands of two Dallas officers, John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins. The judge based his ruling on the video of Jason’s killing, which you can see for yourself here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y_9oj_-sAo.
Ask yourself, what threat did Jason pose to the lives of these officers that they had to kill him in front of his mother 10 seconds after their arrival? The officers claim Jason lunged at them. Look for yourself. You will not see it happen. The tape begins with two officers driving up to the Harrison residence. About 53 seconds into the tape, they knock on the front door. At 57 seconds you see Jason’s mother come through the door. Then you see Jason standing in the doorway. The tape is at 1:02, and Jason will be dead in 10 seconds. His autopsy showed 5 gunshot wounds, 2 shots in the back. The officers who killed him, John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins, were cleared by the internal affairs department and the grand jury. They are back on armed patrol. For more information, visit Mothers Against Police Brutality on Facebook, or at www.mothersagainstpolicebrutality.org
Click here to read MAPB’s Plan to End Police Brutality.
About Mothers Against Police Brutality
Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) is an emerging, Dallas-based multi-generational, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic coalition uniting people nationally, from all walks of life, to hold law enforcement agencies more accountable. Collette Flanagan founded MAPB in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, an unarmed young man in custody, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer. MAPB works for an immediate end to the use of deadly force against unarmed persons; for changes in the overall use of excessive and deadly force to stop unnecessary injury and death; for changes in the treatment of mentally ill persons by police; for assistance to the families of the victims of police violence; for transparency and objectivity in the investigations of police misconduct; and for other changes in police policies and procedures to protect the lives of civilians, with a particular focus on protecting the lives of African American and Latino youth. Transforming grief into determination, Flanagan and MAPB are leading the charge to change deadly force policy in Dallas and throughout the U.S., to support families who have lost loved ones to police violence, and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.