PUBLIC STATEMENT - 16 year Old with Broken Back After Sac PD Intentionally Rammed Him With a Police Car
July 23, 2018
Black Lives Matter Sacramento
Tanya Faison, 916.581.0061, email@example.com
Sonia Lewis, 916.581.0061, firstname.lastname@example.org
16 year Old with Broken Back After Sac PD Intentionally Rammed Him with a Police Car
Sacramento - On July 22, 2018 at around 11pm in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood on Eleanor Ave near Rio Linda Blvd. Sac PD chased down a 16 year old boy on his bike and violently hit him with a police vehicle. The officer intentionally rammed him on his bike with a vehicle, causing him to fly over another car. The boy was hit and flew in the air approximately 10 feet, where he landed in a neighbor’s yard. It took more than 15 minutes for ambulance to arrive. Sac PD prevented the boy’s mother, who was on the scene from seeing her son irrespective of his serious injuries. The injured boy was even handcuffed, although it was obvious that he was not able to move.
A lot of people have criticized the Black Lives Matter Sacramento chapter for its latest strategy toward healing and Black liberation. Particularly, Black people. Among the critiques have been charges of the chapter’s supposed focus on “the wrong things.” But when you say that BLM is focused on the wrong things, how would you know what the right things are if you don’t understand what liberation truly looks like? Several people have their own ideas about what BLM’s goals SHOULD be. They seem to be stuck in their own heads, wanting us to protest without strategy, or march without organization and without knowledge of the system that oppresses us. Remember, BLM members are human beings, with families, students, teachers, and connections to people from several walks of life, several ethnicities, and several social classes. We have family members who are impoverished, imprisoned, or deceased, family without access to mental health resources and/or treatment. All of these are the effects of oppression. And we still listen when you have critiques. But we also know that many of the critiques come from people who are socialized by the same white supremacist system that we are trying to dismantle.