Target: Angela B. Corey, State Attorney for the 4th Judicial District of Florida
Goal: Drop charges leveled at man allegedly beaten by police.
A man was allegedly brutally beaten by police officers simply for Demarcus Brown said he was just going into a convenient store to get a drink. When officers at the scene told Brown to not enter the store, he did anyway. What should have been a lecture or maybe even a citation by police instead turned into a beating, followed by a charge of resisting arrest, even though Brown hadn’t been arrested nor was he complicit in the events taking place.
The incident was caught on the store’s security cameras. Brown stated the officers had him in a choke hold, even though he told officers he could not breathe. Brown further alleges that when the officers let up, he was punched in his side twice, followed by another two shots to the side of his head. He stated that officers then put him in handcuffs and pushed him against the store’s ice maker.
Brown was not arrested on drug charges, even though officers at the scene were in the process of a drug bust when Brown arrived. Instead, he has been booked on several counts, including resisting an officer with violence. While Brown’s attorney is trying to get the charges dropped, given how incidents like these tend to play out, there is stark uncertainty as to whether or not she will be successful.
Incidents like these happen with stunning regularity in the United States. People of color are frequently subjected to a distorted, dangerous enforcement of the law from men and women who swore an oath to protect them and their communities. Sign the petition below to urge the charges against Demarcus Brown be dropped, and rampant police brutality be ceased.
Dear Ms. Corey,
Demarcus Brown was at a convenient store when he got wrapped into a drug bust of which he is not complicit. He claims to have been beaten, arrested, and wrongly charged by police officers. Brown is currently facing a litany of charges, among them resisting an officer with violence, even though Brown himself is alleged to be a victim of police brutality.
Jacksonville officers are said to have shoved him to the ground, choked him despite pleas that he couldn’t breathe, then beaten him while he lay on the ground. It is with this in mind that we urge you to drop the charges lobbied at Brown.
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