Supporters Demand Drop the Charge on Jamel Mims
NYPD Acting as Prosecutor in “Professional Protester” Case May 11
Supporters will gather at Midtown Community Court Wednesday, asking the court to drop protest charges filed on Jamel Mims. Mims was arrested with five others on Times Square October 24, 2015 as part of the #RiseUpOctober protest to stop murder by police,
Mims is set for trial Wednesday, facing a possible 3 months at Rikers Island for a summons. The others arrested have all been given Adjournment Contemplating Dismissal, meaning that they do not face charges.
In an unusual development, an NYPD attorney is acting as prosecutor in the case. The Daily News reported earlier this year, “The NYPD has taken on a prosecutorial role in a new effort to fend off lawsuits — a move civil rights advocates consider a conflict of interest and an attempt to chill political protest.”
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network, organizer of the October protest, said, "Think about it. The cops who murdered Mike Brown and Eric Garner did not even face a trial – nor were they punished in any way. This injustice goes on every day all over this country – Black and Brown people are killed at the hands of the police and the killer cops go free. Yet the people who protest police terror are the ones who are attacked, arrested and hit with criminal charges."