Cases

These are cases PJ member organizations are working on or have supported in the past.

Demand Justice for Akai Gurley!

Date of Incident: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014

On November 20th, NYPD rookie Officer Peter Liang shot and killed Akai Gurley, an unarmed, Black, 28-year old father, while conducting a vertical patrol in the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York. Akai was with his girlfriend, who lives at the Pink Houses, and had just entered the stairwell to return to her apartment after akai had his hair done ata neighbor's place. They had done nothing at all wrong, Officer Liang simply fired into the stairwell from the floor above them, after hearing a noise in the stairwell.

Demand Justice for Eric Garner!

Date of Incident: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Please join us in demanding justice, including a full and thorough investigation by the Department of Justice into the chokehold killing of this beloved family man and community member, begin the process of firing and prosecuting all of the officers involved in the police killing and call for an end to the dangerous and discriminatory “Broken Windows” policy.

Demand Justice for Kyam Livingston!

Date of Incident: 
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Join Peoples' Justice member organization the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in demanding justice for Kyam Livingston! To get the latest updates and learn how you can help, email: Justice4Kyam [at] gmail [dot] com.

Demand Justice for Ramarley Graham!

Date of Incident: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
North Bronx: Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old youth of Jamaican descent, was shot and killed by NYPD Officer Richard Haste in the bathroom of his home in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother. This occurred after NYPD officers followed Ramarley home and busted into the house without a warrant. Ramarley was unarmed.

Rexford Dasrath

Date of Incident: 
Monday, November 18, 2013
Bushwick, Brooklyn: Rexford, a 22-year-old Dominican-Guyanese man born with a psychological disability, was shot and killed by NYPD officers in front of his family's home. Police claim to have been responding to a call from Rexford’s landlord. They also claim officers shot Rexford when he threatened them with a knife. However, family members say Dasrath was just holding a kitchen knife he used to eat with, and community witnesses say there was no need for police to shoot him.

Kimani Gray

Date of Incident: 
Saturday, March 9, 2013
East Flatbush, Brooklyn: Kimani Gray, 16-year-old Black youth, was shot seven times by NYPD Sergeant Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova. Several of these shots entered his back as he lay on the ground. The two officers involved in the killing had been named in a total of five federal civil rights lawsuit, which cost the city $215,000 in settlements. The NYPD claims that Kimani had a gun, but numerous witnesses say otherwise.

Mohamed Bah

Date of Incident: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Harlem, Manhattan: Mohamed Bah, a 28-year-old Manhattan Community College student from West Africa, was attacked and killed by Emergency Services Unit Officers after his mother called 911 for an ambulance and the NYPD came instead. Mohamed's mother Hawa Bah had recently traveled to New York from Guinea to care for her son after becoming concerned about his psychological and physical health. When officers arrived on the scene, they ordered Mrs. Bah outside, refused to let her speak with her son, called for back up, entered Mohamed's room against his will and shot and killed him.

Shantel Davis

Date of Incident: 
Thursday, June 14, 2012
East Flatbush, Brooklyn: Shantel Davis, a 23-year-old Black woman, was murdered by infamous NYPD officer Phillip “Bad Boy” Atkins, after chasing her in a car that the officer wrongly assumed to be stolen. Shantel's car crashed at the corner of Church Ave and East 38th St, and she was shot by Bad Boy Atkins as she sat in her seat trapped behind the car's airbag. She was unarmed.

Iman Morales

Date of Incident: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: Iman Morales, a 35-year-old Puerto Rican man, was Tasered by NYPD Officer Nicholas Marchesona while standing on the ledge of a store front awning 10 feet high without an inflatable bag to break his fall. Despite NYPD protocol disallowing the use of tasers on people who are elevated, Iman’s mother Olga Negron's cries for an inflatable bag to break her son’s fall, and clear indications that he was experiencing a mental health crisis, the officers still tased Iman, causing him to fall to his death.

Khiel Coppin

Date of Incident: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: NYPD officers shot 20 bullets at Khiel Coppin, an 18 year old young man with a psychological disability, striking him eight times. The officer involved say they thought Khiel was holding a gun. After the police ceased fire, they found the object he was holding was a hairbrush.