Know Your Legal Rights Presentation
by: Attorney Mawuli Davis
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National Conference of Black Lawyers
The decision by a St. Louis County grand jury to not return an indictment against police officer Darren Wilson in the homicide of Michael Brown is a continuous indictment on a criminal system that devalues Black life. That such a result, a return of no indictment to all of the charges, should come to many as no surprise speaks volumes of a criminal system that protects police officers who kill without fear of serious consequences. Listening to the prosecutor’s statements on why there existed no probable cause to indict Officer Wilson, one could reasonably conclude that it was indeed Officer Wilson who is the victim and Michael Brown the shooter. It is time to bring the events of that night back into focus. Who had police training, backed by other police officers, all with loaded guns? And who was unarmed? The persistent tactic of the police, and most of the media, is to vilify black persons who are shot and killed, thereby rendering their lives as being of no value; menaces to society for whom no sympathy is warranted.
Witnesses’ testimony as to how they observed the events unfolded was discredited if it tended to incriminate officer Wilson. It appears only testimony and exhibits that support officer Wilson’s version was deemed reliable and credible.
The degree of police violence against black and brown males, has reached a level that can without embellishment, be characterized as epidemic. For the sale of cigarettes, Eric Garner died literally at the hands of New York Police Officers who placed him in a chokehold until he could no longer breathe. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland, Ohio Police within less than 2 seconds after they arrived on the scene. .
There continues to be cries for police sensitivity trainings, community policing and other “reforms.” Those bandages will only cover the deep wounds of the systemic racism that has so infected the criminal system. This is a system that by its lack of administration of equal justice condones these frequent acts of police violence. Why? — simply because police stop, harass, intimidate and create volatile situations, and when there is justifiable resistance, they shoot to kill. Then they retreat to their safe haven — the criminal system that almost always finds their actions justified.
A strategic approach must be part of the next step. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless other victims killed or brutalized by the police state cannot end in peaceful protests. The criminal system must be placed on full display and we must demand concrete, systemic change.
We, the NCBL, support the protestors in Ferguson, and across the world, in our continued demand for true justice and equality here in America and the world over. Dr. Martin L. king, Jr. in one of his speeches warned that people are prone to adjust to injustice. He and others died so we do not have to.
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Tips & Strategies from Attorney Mawuli Davis
(Mike Brown – Ariston Waiters – Trayvon Martin – Kendrick Johnson – Baby Bou Bou)
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Empowering Ourselves Now Conference 2014 Footage
Empowering Ourselves Now Conference:
Asserting our Rights and Educating Beyond Ferguson
Atlanta, Georgia | October 24-25, 2014
Register yourself or a group online now at www.empoweringconfernece.org
Mission Our mission is to host a dynamic conference that provides community members:
1. Organizing tools and strategies
2. Connections with existing partner organizations
3. Space for strategic thinking and exchange, and their critical resources needed to continue building a sustainable movement for political, social, and economic justice.
hosted by the DeKalb Lawyers Association
Watch the recording of this event by clicking the image below.
- Trayvon Martin Case: Legal & Political Analysis
- The Davis Bozeman Law Firm Joins the Protest:
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The Davis Bozeman Law Firm has demonstrated a genuine concern and support for uplifting our community by providing:
- pro bono (free) legal services;
- “Know Your Legal Rights” Workshops; and
- financial support to programs and initiatives that educate and empower.
- Some examples of The Davis Bozeman Law Firm’s willingness to provide legal services to community members in need are provided below:
- Representation of garbage truck driver maced in the face by police and arrested while on route emptying garbage.
- Representation of four male high school students falsely accused of burglary as they walked through an apartment complex..
- Representation of advocates for the homeless arrested in City Hall Protest.
- Mawuli representing former City Councilman Derrick Boazman and other advocates for the homeless.
- Atlanta student, youth, and community organizers for the “Jena 6” protest.
- Provides monthly support for Kilombo Institute. (Home School Program)
- Sponsors Gresham Park Youth Baseball and Football Teams.
- Sponsor for Cedar Grove Middle Grove Step Team, Annual Malcolm X Festival, and Banquet.
- “Know Your Legal Rights “ program for Let Us Make Man Gathering attended by over 500 people, the Arthur Langford Leadership Institute and Eagle Leadership Academy at Benjamin E. Mays.
- Fatherhood graduation for ForeverFamily, Inc. in the Clayton County Transition Center for men being released from prison to rejoin their families.
- “If you can see it, You can be it” 3rd and 4th grade program to encourage children of color to become attorneys in conjunction with GABWA, GAAAA, Gate City Bar Association, and MIPC.