On October 22, “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality” was observed by demonstrators in several cities across the United States.
People took to the streets, protesting against what they believe is an “epidemic” of police brutality. According to them, the year 2013 has witnessed a significant increase in violent attacks carried out by police officials.
“The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has been mobilizing every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest on October 22nd, bringing together those under the gun and those not under the gun as a powerful voice to expose the epidemic of police brutality,” states the official website of the protest organizers.
Cases of police officers shooting unarmed people are becoming increasingly common. The protesters said the more disturbing aspect of it is the fact that most of the assaults are the result of racial and ethnic profiling.
A participant of the demonstrations told Press TV that police view “all blacks and Latinos as criminals” in New York.
"In LA, three or more black or brown youth standing together are considered a gang with no rights and are allowed to be rounded up,” the protestor claimed.
In April, an African-American college student, Cary Ball Jr., 25, was shot by St. Louis police officers. Protests followed demanding justice for Cary by people, who claimed the boy had put down his pistol when he was gunned down.
Earlier this year in May, disturbing cell phone footage of an unarmed 14-year-old black kid being pinned down to the floor by officers in Florida emerged in the news. The video sparked outrage over possible abuse of power by the Miami Dade Police Department.
In the same month, a defenseless 33-year-old Latino, David Silva, was savagely beaten to death in California by law enforcement officers.
In September, another case emerged when an unarmed African-American, seeking help after a car crash, was shot 10 times by a white police officer in North Carolina.
Participants of “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality” said that killings based on racial, ethnic discrimination affect the nation as a whole. When protectors become predators, people would naturally come out on the streets to ask for change. It’s their fundamental right. And that’s what October 22 is all about.