Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011-02-09 "Protest the murder of Raheim Brown"
4:30 pm in front of OUPD building at 1025-2nd Avenue.
The Brown family will be there and asks the community to come out, speak out and stand with them against the terror of the police murder of their son and brother. Raheim was a young black man who was murdered on January 22nd in Oakland by a police officer on the Oakland Unified School District police force.
(text of flyer produced by "Oscar Grant Committee, To Stop Police Brutality and State Repression")

On Saturday January 22nd, 2011, 20-year-old Raheim Brown, a San Francisco resident, and his date, a 20 year-old woman, were parked on Joaquin Miller Road in Oakland enjoying conversation. Shortly after 9pm, Sergeants Barhim Bhatt and Jonathan Bellusa, school district police officers, approached the two youth. That is when another unnecessary and outrageous tragedy occurred in our community!
According to Oakland Schools Police Chief, Pete Sarna, the pair of Oakland Schools’ Police officers was patrolling the area outside of a Skyline High School dance at a park facility. The tragedy occurred as Brown was sitting in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord. As the officers approached Brown and his date, police statements and media claim that Brown tried to “stab an officer with a screwdriver,” resulting in Officer Jonathan Bellusa shooting Brown five times “once in each arm, once in his chest, and twice in his head.” The driver, Brown’s date, an eye-witness, asserted that the police fabricated the story, as racial slurs and bullets rang out in the night.
At the time of the incident, the two youth were not engaged in any harmful behavior to anyone, nor was Brown posing a threat to anyone.
Who was Raheim Brown? According to friends and family, Brown worked part-time as car-detailer, had recently applied to music school, and was a great older brother to his four younger siblings. Brown’s parents describe him as intelligent, loving, and very giving and generous, with a great sense of humor.
The Oscar Grant Committee and Brown’s Family join together in demanding that both officers be fired immediately and that they be brought up on charges of 1st degree murder.
The Brown Family asserted that “the real danger lies in these officers who in all probability will kill again and bring untold trauma to another hard-working family!”
Raheim Brown Senior added that the entire community should ask itself “do you want a known killer to be protecting your children?”
Please join the Oscar Grant Committee and the Brown Family in demanding Justice for their son and the entire community!
For more info: contact (510) 225-9212 or email

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