Tell NYC Parks Department Commissioner Mitch Silver to fire officers for assaulting vendor
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On Sunday, April 30, 2017 a 27 year old Colombian Vendor was arrested, while her child, who intervene to protect her, was assaulted by three Flushing Meadows Corona Park Enforcement Agents. In the traumatic and painful video released on social media, the agents are seen utilizing excessive force to arrest her, ignoring the pleas of her son, people around her and the fact that one of her children was a baby. Moments later the police arrived at the scene and proceeded to assist in the arrest of the vendor, who was screaming to be released while wrestled down on the floor. There is no justification for this senseless and violent behavior from these agents, who acted carelessly and inhumane.
Video (trigger warning for excessive physical force): http://bit.ly/2qXH8Ub
We have seen this use of excessive force being displayed against our communities time after time. We have witness how these instances of abuse of power have killed members of our communities. We have felt this pain burning within us too many times. And we are fed up. These agents had no justifiable reason to brutally attack and infringe on the rights of this vendor, while her children bear witness to such a traumatic event, and they must be held accountable.
Our community has been advocating, fighting back and organizing to bring an end to these systems that continuously lash out against hard working people, like this vendor. But she is not alone and we are here to show her we got her back. Will you show her your support? Will you let her and her children know that we won’t back down until justice has been served? Until these three agents are fired?
Please sign this petition to demand all three officers be fired. Please also call and email the NYC Parks Department Commissioner, Mitch Silver and demand all three officers be fired. You can also call the number below or send a tweet to make this demand.
Rise up with us, Rise up with all vendors, Rise up with all immigrant women, and say no to violence by the state.
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