Today, hundreds of signatures were gathered for an independent civilian review board with subpoena power, proper funding and prosecutorial power in front of the Harris County Court House, Houston, Texas. The Black Justice Tuesday Coalition (BJTC) honored it’s 52nd consecutive week of protest against police terrorism and brutality. The New Black Panter Party and The National Black United Front (NBUF) were joined by several victims of police brutality and a dozen different organizations and groups standing in solidarity on the call for an end to the terrorism.
In February of 2011 the Chad Holley beating video enraged community members. The people’s righteous cry for justice has not fallen on death ears as the BJTC has remained on top of the issue every week. Last week a 4’11 one hundred pound woman of African ancestry was roughed up by HPD cops when she tried to video her husband being beaten. The officers took her cell phone removing the memory card. The group held a spirited protest calling on the spirit of victims of HPD terrorism including: Carl Hampton (Black Panther Party), Ida Delaney, Byron Gillum, Jose Campos Torres and many others. The rallying cry for the past year has been “NO COMPROMISE, NO SELLOUT, NO BACK ROOM MEETINGS”