Drop the Charges Against the Anaheim 3
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On February 27, 2016 activists and community members decided that the Ku Klux Klan should not be allowed to spew their racist ideology in our neighborhoods. Dozens converged at Pearson Park, Anaheim and confronted the group to make it clear they were not welcome. The KKK responded by stabbing several anti-racist protestors with knives and other home-made weapons.
The Anaheim police arrived hours after the rally was scheduled to start and decided that the victims of the stabbings should be handcuffed while raising the caution tape for one of the KKK perpetrators to go free. When three brave anti-racist fighters (Mark Liddell, Hugo Contreras and Nicole Schop) attempted to detain this violent criminal, they were arrested and held in jail for more than two days. Then, the “justice” system followed suit with the police and showed their allegiance to the Klan. The DA filed misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest charges against these three heroes while no charges were filed against any member of the KKK.
With an openly racist president, the Klan, and groups like them have been emboldened. Time and time again we have seen the police and the courts protect them. In the face of this, these courageous fighters deserve to be celebrated, not prosecuted! The undersigned demand that the Orange County District Attorney take a stand against racism by dropping all charges against the Anaheim 3.
The trial of the Anaheim 3 is set to begin in May 2017.
Endorsed by the Peace and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.
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