The Symbolic Knee

Mayor Steinberg released a video and the Sacramento Bee published an article about the Mayor of Sacramento joining the protestors by taking a knee in remembrance of George Floyd who was murdered by the Minneapolis Police Department.
I have to say that I was angry and conflicted as to how the Mayor could at the same time take a knee with protestors who are taking a knee not only in solidarity with the community members of Minneapolis but also taking a knee for how powerless they have felt when it comes to confronting police brutality that has happen in our own Sacramento Community.

 

Read more

Press Statement Regarding Faison v. Jones Lawsuit Settlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Tanya Faison, Black Lives Sacramento
(916) 581-0061
[email protected]

 

Press Statement Regarding Faison v. Jones Lawsuit Settlement

Tanya Faison, founder of Black Lives Matter Sacramento made the following statement:

Read more

Racial Violence During Covid

Ahmed Aubrey.   25   2/23/2020 Brunswick, Georgia

Breonna Taylor  26   3/13/2020.   Louisville KY

Jah     14    4/27/2020     Rancho Cordova, Sacramento

Isaiah Swift       23    5/2/2020    Norfolk VA

Dreasjon "Sean" Reed, 21 5/6/2020.    Indianapolis

McHale Rose, 19    5/7/2020.  Indianapolis

Adrian Medearis  5/8/2020

Christian Cooper   57.   5/25/2020  Central Park, NY

George Floyd   5/25/2020   Minneapolis, MN

Tony McDade  5/25/2020 Tallahassee, FL

Sha' Teina Grady 5/26/2020 Michigan (beaten by police)


West Sacramento Disproportionate Arrest Reports

This is just an informative update on some of the work we are doing, stats we are following, and accountability we are trying to take..



As you know all the cities in California are on lock down. For that reason most govt business is being conducted from cameras in homes. Virtually. 

We decided to look at the agenda of the West Sacramento City Council meeting and it turns out that the May 20, 2020 meeting had an agenda item (#7) that was a report on "21st Century Policing." 

The fact that they have a quarterly report is a good thing. Whats even greater is that the demographics of this council is representative of the demographics of its population. 
We will see how that pans out tho..

Well here is the PDF to the report: https://blob.cityofwestsacramento.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=17615

And here was my emailed public comment: 

 

 

Read further for the response...

Read more

Demands for the Rancho Cordova Police Department Regarding the Beating of a 14 y/o Boy

On April 27th 202 Rancho Cordova police Officer Brian Fowell beat a 14 yo boy for an adult buying him a Swisher cigar. Fowell punched the boy several times, held his face to the ground and to the curb by his neck, and twisted his arms around as if he was trying to break them.

Black Lives Matter Sacramento will be fighting for this family to get justice.

Video of the incident

 

 

Read more

Demands for the Sacramento Police Department and Officer Chad Lewis

 

 

Dear Cheif Hahn,

 

On March 27th 2020 at around 5pm, Sacramento Police terrorize a Black family at their home. They first said they were coming for a probation search. They demanded all people leave the home with guns drawn on the home and on the family. The search, if that was why they were there, would have only had to have been on the room of the person on probation, who was not present.


Recent incident

 

Read more

City Council Funds SacPD's War on the Community

In 2019 at the State of the City address Mayor Steinberg promised the underdeveloped and over policed neighborhoods of Sacramento investment and relief.
Steinberg also echoed Attorney General Xavier Becerra sentiment that the Sacramento police should conduct themselves as guardians as opposed to enforcers.
The question is why 8 days before the anniversary of Stephon Clark being murdered in a joint action of the Sacramento police and Sheriffs did the Sacramento City Council consent to purchase of a 404K armored vehicle for the police.  
Read more

Demands for Antonio Thomas

On December 23rd 2019 at 11am the family and Black Lives Matter Sacramento held a press conference to speak with the media about Antonio Thomas being found unresponsive in the Sacramento County Jail no more than 2 days after his arrest.

Media at Antonio Thomas Press Conference

 

12/7-12/8 - Antonio Thomas was arrested by Citrus Heights Police Department and brought to jail (we dont know the actual date because Sac Sheriff and CHPD is not giving us any information and Antonio's info has been wiped from the Sacramento County Jail website)

12/9/19 - We are assuming this is the day the Sacramento Sheriff Department found Antonio unresponsive in the Jail.

12/9/19 - In the morning at 10 am (according to the hospital) Antonio was brought to the hospital with no brain activity and in a coma.

12/10/19 - The Sacramento Police Department drove all the way to another jurisdiction (Citrus Heights) to tell Antonio's mother that he was at UC Davis and that she should go see him. This was after telling her on the phone that no one is hurt and not to worry.

12/10/19 - Present - Antonio's mother and family have not left his side in ICU. Not one law enforcement agency involved has provided her any information, video, calls, nothing...

We brought this to the attention of the community through media...

 

 

Read more

Sac Sheriff, What Did You Do to Antonio Thomas?

Antonio Thomas, a 39 year old Black Man from Citrus Heights was arrested on the 7th or 8th of December. 

This information is still unclear because the family has not been provided the original reason for arrest by Citrus Heights Police, and detention by the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

The mother of Antonio Thomas was contacted on December 10th, by The Sacramento Police Department and was told at that time that there was not a problem and that no one had been killed or hurt, they just needed to speak with her.

Antonio’s mother agreed to meet with the Sacramento Police Department. 

Antonio’s Mother was informed that the Sacramento Sheriff's Department had found Antonio in his cell and he had been transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she was informed that she needed to visit him.  

Read more

Open to Letter to Sacramento (and beyond)

#JusticeForStephonClark
I got a lot of people I associate with that have faith in the processes. They have faith in the system.
 
- Some of them have faith in good police
- Some of them have faith in people being good
- Some have faith in people that make laws
- Some of them work at the Capitol and wreck themselves trying to make change from with in
- Some have faith in Black folks in the system
 
I always say its gonna take all of our methods to make this shit crack
 
But after they announced that the DOJ is not finding fault in the officers that murdered Stephon Clark, I want you all that have faith in all these things...to look at this shit for what it is.
 
Read more


Donate Find an Event

connect