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Pennsylvania National Action Network Community Vigil in Support of Black Mothers
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Pennsylvania National Action Network Community Vigil in Support of Black Mothers

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At his press conference announcing the findings of the grand jury in the Darrin Manning case, District Attorney Seth Williams said the 16-year-old honor student’s distrust of Philadelphia police …

At his press conference announcing the findings of the grand jury in the Darrin Manning case, District Attorney Seth Williams said the 16-year-old honor student’s distrust of Philadelphia police officers is “based on the way he was raised.” It is outrageous the District Attorney would smear a black mother as he continues to shield the police. The black community’s distrust of police officers is evidence-based and rooted in the Philadelphia Police Department’s 40-year record of misconduct, excessive use of force, and practice or pattern of illegal investigatory stops.

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  • 1. MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Faye Anderson (215) 765-6181 andersonatlarge@gmail.com Pennsylvania National Action Network Will Hold Community Vigil Mothers Will Gather to Protest DA Seth Williams’ Attack on the Mother of Darrin Manning Philadelphia, PA – July 24, 2014 – At his press conference announcing the findings of the grand jury in the Darrin Manning case, District Attorney Seth Williams said the 16-year-old honor student’s distrust of Philadelphia police officers is “based on the way he was raised.” It is outrageous the District Attorney would smear a black mother as he continues to shield the police. The black community’s distrust of police officers is evidence-based and rooted in the Philadelphia Police Department’s 40-year record of misconduct, excessive use of force, and practice or pattern of illegal investigatory stops. WHO: Ikea Coney, mother of Darrin Manning Paula Peebles, PA NAN Chair Matthew Smith, Sr., PA NAN President Vivienne Crawford, Esq., PA NAN General Counsel Michael Coard, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney Mothers and concerned citizens who will bear witness to police misconduct WHAT: Community Vigil in Support of Black Mothers WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Office of District Attorney Seth Williams Three South Penn Square Corner of Juniper and South Penn Square WHY: DA Seth Williams’ attack on Ikea Coney shields the Philadelphia Police Department from being held accountable for the acts of rogue cops. PA NAN will continue to push for the U.S. Department of Justice to appoint a master to oversee the Philadelphia Police Department. About Pennsylvania State Chapter National Action Network: The Pennsylvania State Chapter National Action Network is a nonprofit organization incorporated for the purpose of advocating for equal education opportunities and equal justice under the law; promoting
  • 2. policies and initiatives to reduce gun violence, racial profiling, police brutality, and “stop and frisk” policing; and fostering civic engagement by hosting community forums, rallies and other nonpartisan events. For more information, visit www.pastatenan.org. About National Action Network: The National Action Network is the nation’s leading civil rights and human rights organization, with chapters throughout the United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. For more information, visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net. ###

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