CASA Condemns Lack of Justice in Murder of Michael Brown Immigrant Rights Group to Join Protests Today in Baltimore and Washington, DC

Posted November 25, 2014 /

November 25, 2014; Immediate Release

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CASA Condemns Lack of Justice in Murder of Michael Brown

Immigrant Rights Group to Join Protests Today in Baltimore and Washington, DC

Langley Park, Maryland – CASA de Maryland and Virginia, the region’s largest Latino and immigrant rights organization, condemns the verdict in the Michael Brown murder case, legal impunity on the part of officials in Missouri, and a culture in which young people of color do not feel equally protected under the law.  On behalf of its almost 60,000 members, CASA expresses its deepest regrets for the suffering of the Brown family and calls on Marylanders and Virginians to address epidemic racism here and elsewhere.

CASA members will be joining several protests today in response to the verdict.  In Baltimore, CASA will join a press conference hosted by the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP at2pm.  At 4pm, dozens of CASA members will join a protest hosted by the Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference at McKeldin Square near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At 7:00 pm, 50 CASA members will join a protest at Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, DC hosted by Black United Front.

Police misconduct and differential treatment of people of color is unfortunately not limited to Missouri.  The City of Baltimore is embroiled in controversy after investigative reporting in the Baltimore Sun revealed multiple occasions of police brutality, millions in secret settlements paid by City, and repeated violations by officers who remain on the force.  Advocates accuse the unusually stringent protections for police in the state’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights as having shielded cops from truthfully testifying about misconduct.

“An official and public devaluing of black lives is just one of many symptoms of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement that Latinos share with our African-American brothers and sisters.  We weep for Michael Brown and recommit to organizing for permanent change in the structures of oppression,” said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA.