HOUSTON– A boisterous protest against Police Brutality marked the two year anniversary of The Black Justice Tuesday Coalition’s (BJTC) efforts to bring an Independent Civilian Review Board with subpoena power, prosecutorial power and proper funding to the 4th largest city in America.
“The police can’t police the police” said Krystal Muhammad, Chairperson of the New Black Panther Party. Bystanders readily agreed then signed the petition for a civilian review board, and joined the protest.
The crowd grew larger and larger as pallbearer’s dressed in Black marched a casket down Franklin street placing it squarely in front of the Harris County Court House. Protesters circled the casket, when it was opened pictures of people that had been killed by Houston Police where respectfully placed inside.
Pictures included: Camp Logan Soldiers (1917), Carl Hampton (1970), Jose Campos Torres (1977), Ida Lee Delaney (1989), Pedro Oregon (1998), John T. Barnes (2009), Brian Claunch (2012). Organizers have consistently made the case that police brutality is about a system not an specific case. The pictures illustrated this point.
The BJTC has protested, petitioned and done political education every Tuesday at 12noon in front of the court house or Houston city hall for two years straight and has no plans to stop.