A Statement by The State Street 29 Support Committee
April 17, 2010
We are a group of Olympia residents whose goal is to support the
"State Street 29". Our goal is to encourage others to view these
people from the perspective of those who rely on and care about them
as loving, well intentioned, and active citizens concerned about the
safety of our community.
The State Street 29 is a group of individuals who were arrested on the
night of April 8th, 2010 and now facing charges from rioting to Felony
Assualt on an Officer. They were arrested at a march consisting of over
60 people that took place in downtown Olympia. The march was done in
solidarity with the West Coast Days of Action against State
Violence to draw attention to the fact that police everywhere are
perpetuating and fostering fear among our communities.
The April 8th march was similar to ones that took place in Portland,
Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area on the same day as well as
April 9th. These marches were formed to speak out against recent
unjustified violent actions taken by police officers in these cities
and surrounding areas. In Portland, police have killed three people
within the last two months. In March 2010, three Seattle police
officers repeatedly tasered a visibly pregnant woman for refusing to
sign a speeding ticket. And yet, a federal appeals court has declared
that the officers who committed that heinous crime did not use
excessive force. In Oakland in January 2009, a young man named Oscar
Grant was shot in the back while handcuffed, lying face down on the
ground. The Olympia Police Department, as well, has a history of
murdering with impunity. In November 2008, Jose Ramirez-Jimenez, an
alleged suspect in a shooting that happened earlier that night, was
shot twice while in his car, once in the back and once in the neck.
The execution was justified as the three shooting officers claimed he
refused to show his hands.
Just as they did in Seattle and Portland during similar actions on the
8th and 9th, the police attacked the march in Olympia. Without orders
to disperse or statement of arrest, the police used batons, pepper
bullets and fists to ambush a majority of the march and force them to
the ground. Many of the arrestees were not read their rights before
27 of them were taken to the Olympia City Jail and 2 were taken to the
Thurston County Jail. At the Olympia City Jail, more than one dozen
people were kept in a 2 person cell, uninformed of their charges, some
for up to 13 hours without being fed, before being processed. Other
abuses included injury from improperly used zip tie handcuffs.
Property slips were never issued, and many people reported missing
property when they were released.
This diverse group of young people feel that their futures and their
freedom to express their political views is being threatened by the
police. It is important that the 29 arrested students, child-care
providers, custodians, volunteers, scientists, and other workers and
valued community members have our support for the duration of their
court processes. If we do not defend the arrested now, the future
safety of our entire community and our collective ability to exercise
our freedom of speech will be compromised. We stand in solidarity with
anyone who has the courage to demonstrate their discontent and we
encourage all who share our concerns to join us in this struggle.
The State Street 29 Support Committee wants to urge our community,
local and nation wide, to support the State Street 29.
Finally, we demand:
DROP THE CHARGES!
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