Opening day of the the 100th year Anniversary conference of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the New Afrikan Independence Party organized the National Mobilization in protest of Police Brutality & the FOP. This clip includes excerpts from speeches from Ramona Jones, Khalid Raheem, Shanea Leonard,Celeste Scott, Jacquea Mae, with music by the Mayday marching band.
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a gathering of people between buildings. multiracial crowd is listening to a person holding a megaphone. people have signs and expressive t-shirts. most prominently visible is a sign held high stating “there is no protective and serve without humbleness and understanding”.
three white-appearing people standing together, two wearing bright neon green hats that read “national lawyers guild – legal observers”. they are standing among parking lots and construction signs in the background. in the distance the buildings of downtown pittsburgh business district are visible. context, in the general area of the lower hill – turned civic arena development area.
multiracial group of people standing near the curb in the street and on the sidewalk, in the hill district. buildings of downtown visible far behind. large sky blue banner held high reads ‘black lives matter’. a red sign close to foreground reads a statistic “685 KILLED by COPS so far in 2015”. people seem focused and likely listening to a speaker out of the photo.
A group of black – appearing people marching, one person is holding the megaphone for a woman walking next to them who is chanting. A woman in the forground holds a sign that says “Demand Police Accountability”. There are other people in the background marching with signs.
Close-up of a white poster-board sign with writing in black marker. The sign reads: “US MILITARY KILLS THOUSANDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. COPS KILL HUNDREDS IN OUR STREETS… ALL WITH IMPUNITY. STOP THE WARS AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR.”
folks listening to a speaker, a Black appearing person, who is standing atop the steps of a church. behind the speaker, a banner being held out that states “national mobilization against police brutality and the f.o.p.”. most prominent in the foreground is the back of a Black appearing person’s t-shirt that says “BIG isn’t a weapon. BLACK isn’t a weapon.”
Black-appearing people of color standing in a group, looking determined, some using microphones and megaphones to speak. some with arms raised and or holding up signs. one person using a camera to photograph. in the background is a red brick wall covered with green ivy growth.
A multiracial (but predominantly white-appearing) group of marchers walk down a downtown Pittsburgh street. Many of them have instruments — including a drum, saxophone, and trumpet. Some people carry signs, including a yellow sign with black printed writing that reads, “Stop Racist Police Terror.” A white-appearing person with a blue tee shirt, sunglasses, and shoulder-length hair is in the right corner, towards the front of the group. They wear a neon green hat that says “National Lawyers Guild Observer.”
A mostly white-appearing group stands at the back of a crowd in downtown Pittsburgh. Some bushes, trees, and a building with purple awnings are visible in the background. A few people hold signs facing right, probably towards a speaker. A white-appearing person with a short beard and glasses faces the camera with a sign held to their chest. The sign is white with black marker writing, and it reads: “DOJ: STOP COPS AND VIGILANTES FROM MURDERING OUR BLACK BROTHERS & SISTERS.”
A black-appearing person wearing sunglasses, blue and white sneakers, and black knee-length pants stands on the curb of a parking lot in downtown Pittsburgh. They face the camera, holding a red sign with white handwriting that appears to be painted. It reads: “FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE ~ 100 YEARS OF STATE VIOLENCE ~ SHAME.” There is a tree to the left of this person, and a white-appearing person in a red shirt and neon green hat sitting on the curb next to the tree. In the background, a multiracial group of people, including some with bikes, stand in a crowd and appear to be listening to a speaker. Some large brick downtown buildings are also visible in the background.
A multiracial group of people stand in a crowd at Freedom Corner, with their backs to the camera as they listen to a speaker. Many people hold signs in the background. In the foreground, a person with long straight brown hair, a black tee shirt, and a black backpack holds a white sign with large black writing close to the ground. The sign reads: “ABOLISH THE FOP.”
a multiracial group of people walks through the lower hill-uptown down fifth ave, the front of the marching group coming through a crosswalk carrying two signs. these signs are not very visible from this distance but one states ‘national mobilization against police brutality and the fraternal order of police’. the crowd of people behind the two front banners are carrying various signs of protest. in the background is the consol energy center.
A note from the organizers:
August 9, 2015 marks one year since the violently racist and brutal murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darrin Wilson. It also marks the beginning of a concerted movement by Blacks/New Afrikans, people of color, youth, students, workers, LGBTQ and ALL affected and concerned people to challenge and change the criminal justice system regarding police brutality and terror against civilians, especially people of color.
Militant protest and rebellion throughout the United States and supporters from around the world continue to emphasize that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and that any system that fails to hold police accountable for targeting, profiling, beating and murdering Black people cannot be tolerated and must be changed.
August 9, 2015 also marks the opening day of the national conference of the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.), a union and lobbying group for police officers throughout the United States.
Founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1915, the F.O.P. has developed into a police union and lobby apparatus which historically comes out in support of racist, violent police actions against civilians.
Notable examples include the notorious beatings, bombings and murders of MOVE members: the murder of Jonny Gammage: numerous shootings, maiming and murders of countless civilians including Manea Bey, Jerry Jackson, Jordan Miles and more recently, the police shooting of Leon Ford Jr.