“We are informing you that the police department is scheduled to be reclaimed by its citizens today”
Ferguson, MO — Protesters have occupied the police station in St Louis demanding that the “occupiers of the St. Louis Police Metropolitan Police Department….be removed from power.
— deray mckesson (@deray) December 31, 2014
According to the post on the facebook page for We Copwatch, the occupation began this morning.
Ferguson comrades have occupied the STL Police Dept as of right now!!
Spread the word!
Their press release:
Jonathon Pulphus (314) 489-3879
Elizabeth Vega (314) 488-4849
Rasheen Aldridge (314) 517-6142
Dhruba Shakur (816) 591-2900
We have received a cry for help, that as mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, brothers and sisters we can NO LONGER IGNORE.
The full content of this plea can be found at the link below.
In response to this dispatch, we intend to evict injustice and blight, by occupying St. Louis Police headquarters on December 31st, 2014, at 11am. The decision to reclaim our police department is the result of willful neglect and violence on behalf of the department toward the community, which they are bound, by oath, to protect and serve. Violations include: Committing crimes against humanity, by ending the life of men, women, and children, and then labeling these executions as “justified” without regard for your humanity, and without thorough investigation. Hiring officers, who are unfit to wear a badge, like Randy Hayes, a known animal torturer, and Jason Flannery, who publicly declared he wanted to “shoot Muslims.” Both these men shot and killed two members of our community and have not been held accountable for these egregious actions, but rather have been protected behind a blue shield. Despite thousands marching in the streets; despite our community having to sue our own police department to stop the use of tear gas and rubber bullets; despite urgent demands for broad and substantive reforms, our cries have been ignored. For all these reasons, we intend to occupy St. Louis Police Headquarters as part of our New Year’s resolution to take back our Justice System, and in doing so reclaiming the promise of our future.
Below is a copy of the eviction notice give to Chief Sam Dotson.
Watch the live stream below: