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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Solidarity With Kofi Adu-Brempong/Latest development: PBA Supports Officers Involved In Adu-Brempong Shooting

Diana Moreno The video was released! It is difficult to watch, but a powerful reminder of why we can't stop fighting until there's justice for kofi.
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UF Police Shooting - Kofi Adu-Brempong:

PBA Supports Officers Involved In Adu-Brempong Shooting

"The Police Benevolent Association is representing the five officers who were involved in the shooting of U-F student, Kofi Adu-Brempong. Union members believe the results of F-D-L-E's investigation on the shooting will show the officers acted accordingly and by the book."
by Jamel Lanee · Apr 19th 2010 · Source: wcjb.com/

Rush Transcript:

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TV20 News Apr 19th 2010

David Snyder: "Good evening,... It is one step forward in the prosecution of a case against a U-F student who police say he started an incident that led to his shooting by U-F police, but it maybe the last step forward, before the Department of Law Enforcement completed its investigation into what led to the shooting of Kofi Adu-Brempong on March 2nd. Now it is up to the State Attorney's office to determine whether they would prosecute him.

Protesters have been calling for an investigation into the officers involved in the shooting. The TV20 Jamel Lanee is here to report that the police union says they did nothing wrong."

Jamel Lanee: "David, the Police Benevolent Association is representing the five officers who were involved in the shooting on March 2nd. The investigation was in the hands of the F-D-L-E but was completed on Friday and turned over to the State Attorney. PBA members say they believe the results in the investigation in a comment Adu-Brempong made to a local newspaper will show the officers acted accordingly and by the book:

Brandon Kutner: "Reference was made to the metal rod being a cane he used, errh, to walk possibly, urh, because of his, errh, childhood disease with polio, errh, by his own admission and by his own statement given to the Sun, he was lucid that night, urrhm, he knowingly pulled off that, errh, rod off his computer desk and swung it on the officers."
Jamel Lanee: "We were able to contact Adu-Brempong's attorney, Larry Turner and he released a statement,
Larry Turner:  'I have not seen the report, and I hope to see it soon. I hope that it reflect a fair and impartial judgement. I will reserve judgement until we see the report.'
The state Attorney says they are in the process of reviewing F-D-L-E's findings and it could take weeks before they decide to put forward with the case against Adu-Brempong. He is charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault. The officers involved were on administrative leave but have since returned to work. Jamel Lanee, TV20 News."

 --- Rush Transcript I TV20 News, Apr 19th 2010 · Source: wcjb.com/   This transcript has been made and certified by Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro. Watch Video --


“We will not let up until we gain justice for Kofi. We are taking a stand against police brutality and racism on our campus and throughout the country... It is astounding to see so few reporters covering the point blank shooting of an African man in the face here. This is the same campus where you could not walk ten feet without bumping into a reporter or TV crew following a white student’s famous ‘Don’t tase me bro!’ incident.” -  Fernando Figueroa, of Gainesville SDS



University of Florida Students Protest Police Shooting of African Graduate Student

Democracy Now! Headlines for March 17, 2010

In Florida, hundreds of students rallied at the University of Florida on Tuesday over the shooting of an African graduate student by campus police. The student, Kofi Adu-Brempong, has been hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot in the face by an officer in a raid on his home earlier this month. Police say they were called to the home after neighbors reported the student to be visibly distraught. According to police, Adu-Brempong tried to attack officers with a knife and a metal rod. But supporters and family members have rejected the allegations and say the rod was actually a walking cane used by Abu-Brempong as a result of a childhood bout with polio. On Tuesday, a crowd of over 300 students marched on the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees.
UF Student Fernando Figueroa: “We’re demanding that all charges be dropped against Kofi, because they’re trying to do, you know, kind of something what’s called extortion. Like they’re saying, ‘Oh, we’ll drop the charges if you don’t file a lawsuit.’ And so, we’re demanding that all the charges be dropped and that more severe action be taken against the offending officer, Keith Smith.”
The officer who shot Kofi Adu-Brempong has been identified as Keith Smith. He has previously been reprimanded for an incident in which he allegedly harassed and threw eggs at African Americans while off-duty."

- http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/17/headlines

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