FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2020
Contact: Justin Daniels, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-254-3463
DC Protestors Unlawfully Arrested by Metropolitan Police Department and Continue to Organize
Washington, D.C. — Today marks one week since DC Protests co-founders were unlawfully arrested while peacefully protesting on the evening of Thursday, August 13th. They were among the 41 protestors taken into police custody that evening. Most of the protestors were charged with felony rioting including one of DC Protests’ co-founders, Bella, who was detained for nearly 36 hours without any arraignment or reading of her Miranda rights. DC Protests co-founder Justin was charged with assault on a police officer and crossing a police line. Upon arrest, he was choked, crushed by several officers, and wrapped in police tape as officers struggled to locate handcuffs.
“As a community and organization, we cannot stand idly by after police erroneously violated the rights of our founders. The Metropolitan Police Department not only used excessive force against protestors but gravely impacted their lives as some lost jobs, fellowships, as well as personal property as a result of being imprisoned. We are releasing this information today to tell the Metropolitan Police Department we will not be silent and that our organization, in conjunction with the other protesters arrested last Thursday, plan to pursue legal action.”
DC Protests will march from Malcolm X Park this Saturday, August 22nd, to bring awareness to the brutality and excessive force, not only that the founders faced, but in solidarity with all who were unlawfully arrested.
In addition to organizing frequent protests, DC Protests works to elevate the stories of those who have experienced police brutality and serves the community by providing food, supplies, and first-aid. DC Protests also raises funds through their newly launched website, www.DC-Protests.com. Donations support legal fees and aid protesters whose livelihoods were severely disrupted due to unlawful arrest.
DC Protests is a grassroots organization (pending 501(c)(3) status) dedicated to confronting injustices that disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities, and providing education on anti-Blackness and the systemic racism within our governmental institutions.
"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment." — Mahatma Gandhi
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Your donation does not start, nor does it end with a financial offering. We need volunteers who see the direction and can envision themselves fitting within the storyline of change. We stand for true change, not something that comes in a flash and is gone too quickly. We fight for lasting transformation where human rights are not monikers pasted on billboards but are the words grafted into pavement that will not fade nor will it be wiped away. March with us, protest with us, let the community see the solidarity within its diversity.
Let us rally to inspire all as we endeavor to move forward. Let us be the change that we desire to know. We are one community of the same human race.