Support a Black Woman Falsely Accused of Assaulting a PC

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Date: Monday 12th October
Time: 1pm
Venue: Stratford Magistrates’ Court, 389-397 High St, London E15 4SB
Facebook event

“I was ashamed and treated like a criminal when I did not commit a crime.” – K

“K”, a young black woman and student, was a passenger in a road traffic accident with a friend a few months ago. When police officers arrived at the scene, “K” says “they treated us like criminals instead of following proper protocol.”

K continued:

“I was very on edge as I felt they had made assumptions based on our race and didn’t even take anything into consideration. I chose to keep my distance from the officers to avoid confrontation. Before I knew it one officer had crept towards me and tried to step into my personal space, as he did so I stepped backward raising my arm to separate him from me but without making physical contact. Within seconds the officer claimed I had to push him and later stated I had done so in his chest with both arms though this was impossible because I had my mobile phone in my hand.”

This accusation by the police officer resulted in “K” being arrested and charged with assault of Police Constable.

We believe “K” has a strong case and supporting evidence to support her story against the officer and that it is highly probable that the officer’s actions were malicious. If found guilty, “K” will face a fine, a criminal record endangering her career and future prospects and a possible prison sentence.

In our experience, the police do this a lot to young and particularly black people. A false claim against of police assault can be made against anyone who the police officer happens not to like.

Please support “K” by sharing this story and if possible attending her support rally at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 12th October at 1pm. For more details, contact us via e-mail: LCAPSV (at) GMAIL (dot) COM

Grant Nigerian Lesbian Aderonke Asylum Now | Court solidarity 3 March 2015

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This is a call out for court solidarity at a judicial review hearing for asylum for Aderonke Apata, a human rights and LGBT rights activist from Nigeria who would be seriously at risk if deported to Nigeria. We are joining a long list of other organisations in demanding #AsylumforAderonke.

Details

When: Tuesday 3 March

Where: Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL. Meet at the main massive court arches on the Strand, by the zebra crossing (https://goo.gl/maps/Lhljl).

What time: Meet at 8:30am at the court, although you’re still welcome if you can only come later in the day!

Also:

  • Share the Facebook event, and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/774059142690902/
  • Bring PLACARDS AND SIGNS about Aderonke’s case. You can use the ones Aderonke made (at https://drive.google.com/folderview…), or make your own! Aderonke’s suggested a few phrases you may want to use: Asylum for Aderonke Now; Grant Nigerian Lesbian Aderonke Asylum Now; Aderonke, LGBT Positive Role Model Must Stay; Aderonke, Human Rights Activist Must Stay.
  • Bring RAINBOW FLAGS if you have them. This is a specific request from Aderonke! If not, we have rainbow badges!

Important: Aderonke has also asked that we do not chant outside the court or cause any hassle inside the court because she doesn’t want to annoy the court and affect her case.

About Aderonke

Aderonke, as part of her determined campaigning on LGBT issues and more. Feminist and human right activist, Aderonke is a Nigerian-born out and proud lesbian seeking asylum in the UK. She fled torture and the threat of death for being a lesbian in Nigeria, and has proved to be an unstoppable force in fighting for justice. In spite of terrible violence and human rights violations, Aderonke has chosen to stand up not only for herself, but for others who have experienced injustice.

Aderonke grew up in Nigeria where being gay or transgender is illegal. Aderonke was arrested, tortured and extorted by the Nigerian Police and forced to endure the murder of three members of her family and girlfriend. When sentenced to death by a Nigerian Sharia court, Aderonke had no other choice than to flee to the UK and seek asylum.

Aderonke has garnered almost 320,000 signatures online for her personal campaign to remain in the UK because she is a lesbian from Nigeria who is open, out and proud. Setting an example through this struggle fighting for her own freedom to stay here in the UK, she fights tirelessly for other people’s freedom too and continue to challenge the government and legal system that penalises the many LGBT refugees seeking asylum in the UK.

Please sign Aderonke’s petition.

Other groups supporting this call out:

* Africanrainbowfamily
* Manchester MiSol (Migrant Solidarity)
* London Black Revs
* Sex Worker Open University
* NovaraMedia
* Out And Proud
* LGBT Unity + Unity Centre Glasgow
* The Glass Is Half Full
* Never Again Ever
* South London Solidarity Federation and North London Solfed
* London Campaign Against Police and State Violence
* UK Black Pride
* Proud2Be
* Unite The Union NW/389
* Broken Rainbow UK
* Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG)
* Right to Remain
* Unison LGBT
* Safety4Sisters
* Women Asylum Seekers Together
* SOAS Detainee Support (SDS)

Friday: Support D, a victim of police violence at Inner Crown Court

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Date and Time: Friday 16th January at 9:30am
Location: Inner Crown Court, Sessions House, Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6AZ
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1495109154060614/

D, a Brixton resident and a person of African descent was brutally victimised by violent police officers in June, last year. Details about his case can be found here.

He is asking for as many people as possible to support him at court tomorrow where he will be facing charges of Police Obstruction.

He was given only 18 hours notice yesterday about his court case so any turnout would be very appreciated.

Support an African woman in court who was wrongfully imprisoned

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JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF “A”

Date: Tuesday, 9th December 2014
Time: 9.00AM
Venue: City of London Magistrates Court,  1 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4XY

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/345664595612090/

Tube station: Bank
Bus routes are: 8, 11, 21, 23, 25, 26, 43, 76, 133, 141, 242, 388, 4, 56, 172

This has been written by “A” herself 

Greetings

Please join me and other campaigners on the picket line at the court house which is at the corner of Queen Victoria Street and Walbrook Street Outside exit 8 of Bank underground station.

My case could not be concluded on 31st July 2014 because the police did not produce the specific material they were asked to. So they were ordered again to produce this material so that the case can be heard on Thursday, 14th August 2014. Yet again on 14th August the case was not heard as only part of the ‘ordered’ information was produced; and so I am back in court on Tuesday, 9th December and I really, really would like you to come out and support me. As you can imagine (and the many who turned up to support me will know) this is a very stressful matter for me. Knowing that others care and seeing you there on the day helps to keep me strong.*

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 9th December.

Background

I was protesting peacefully outside Downing Street for a month during winter 2013 and into 2014 with an art placard about racism and Institutional racism and the impact of this on Black women and families.

The police arrested me there on 6th January 2014.

I was refused a solicitor. I was refused any call to family or friends. I was locked up and hidden from the world for four complete days. I was brutalised and attacked and falsely imprisoned by Police officers. I went on hunger strike and refused their water or food for the four days. They denied me the right to contact the Consulate/ Embassy for support. I believe that any English person arrested abroad or any other white citizen is never treated in this appalling and inhumane way, and that they would be able to contact their Embassy right away. I am an Afrikan woman, a mother, a qualified teacher and I am determined to fight for my rights.

The Metropolitan police officers accused me of refusing to leave Downing Street; of being inside a car and of trying to break some doors outside Downing Street corridor. So the racist police sent me to jail and molested and assaulted me. And standing up for my rights and fighting for justice to them meant that I was mad and they wanted to commit me to a psychiatric institution. It is pertinent to say that I do not own any car and I have never in my life driven inside any car in Downing Street. This experience has traumatised me and has shown me that nationality, education, religion etc doesn’t matter when you are African and there is nothing in place to protect you.

I am asking you please come to our campaign demonstration outside City Magistrates Court; and also explore how we can organize ourselves pacifically and rally together to fight against ‘Institutional Racism’ and its inhumane practices.

**UPDATE- VENUE NOW STRATFORD MAG’S COURT – Support G – on trial for standing up to the police

Friday 28 November 2014, 09.30am

Venue:
Stratford Magistrate’s Court
389-397 High St
London
E15 4SB
nearest station: Stratford or Stratford high st

FB event: G on trial for standing up to the Police

On 30th January 2014, G, a young asian male wearing a puffa jacket and other ordinary street clothing, observed the aftermath of a stop and search in Newham. As a concerned bystander, G monitored the stop and search, and protested when he saw the police officers’ conduct. This encounter resulted in G being charged with the following: one count of words/behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress; two counts of assault/resist of a police officer; and two counts of obstruction of a police officer.

G strongly feels that these charges are malicious and represent an attempt to prevent the peaceful monitoring of police activities including stop and search, by concerned members of the community. It is not a criminal offence to monitor the police’s activities, nor is it a criminal offence to question the police’s conduct. LCAPSV is standing in solidarity with G and demanding these charges be dropped.

G would greatly appreciate your support at his trial, at Stratford Magistrate’s Court at 9.30am. We will meet outside the court with banners, and will be present in the public gallery during the hearing. We must let the police and Crown Prosecution Service know that we are watching them in G’s case, and in every other instance of police harassment in London.

G has requested that people dress smartly where possible, this is to support him in demonstrating that he is a man of ‘standing in the community’.

Call out to support A, a victim of brutal and racist policing

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DATE: 14 August 2014

TIME: 9AM

A, a black woman, was arrested in January as she held a peaceful protest outside Downing Street against state racism. She was imprisoned for four days, and also denied her basic rights including access to legal representation and contact with family and friends. A feels strongly that the treatment she experienced was because she is black. When she was eventually released A was charged with ‘willful obstruction of the highway’. Details about her ordeal have been provided by A, below.

A attended court on 31 July – but due to the incompetence of the CPS and the police, the trial did not go ahead on that date. The CPS had not provided the necessary evidence, the cops were late and when they did eventually show up, one of them contradicted his own witness statement. This means that A has been subjected to a further two weeks’ wait.

We are calling on our supporters to stand with A as she attends court.

I was protesting peacefully outside Downing Street for a month in the cold during winter 2013 with an Art placard about racism and Institutional racism and the impact of this on Black women and families.

I was arrested there on 6th January 2014.

I was refused a solicitor. I was refused any call to family or friends to my embassy . I was locked up and hidden from the world for four complete days. I was brutalised and attacked and falsely imprisoned by Police officers. I went on hunger and water strike and refused their water or food for the four days. They denied me the right to contact the Consular/ Embassy for support. I believe that any English person arrested abroad or any other white citizen is never treated in this appalling and inhumane way, and I believe they would be able to contact their Embassy right away. I am an Afrikan woman, a mother, a qualified teacher and I am determined to fight for my rights.

The Metropolitan police officers accused me of refusing to leave Downing Street; of being inside a car and of trying to break some doors outside Downing Street corridor. So the racist police sent me to jail and molested and assaulted me. And standing up for my rights and fighting for justice to them meant that I was mad and they wanted to commit me to a psychiatric institution. It is pertinent to say that I do not own any car and I have never in my life driven inside any car in Downing Street. My experience has shown me that what matters to racist Police Officer is that you are black and they are unleashing their bestial brutalities against Africans when they are on duty. Sex, Age, nationality, education, religion etc doesn’t matter when you are African and there is nothing in place to protect you.

I am inviting you to our Campaign outside the tribunal and to explore with others how we can organize ourselves pacifically and rally together to fight against Institutional Racism practices. I will always refuse to surrender to injustice and to State lies, violence and to let others design a future based on sustained discrimination and racism against Africans.