Last week we saw once again how the legal system is stacked against Black lives.
In 2011 a St. Louis police officer named Jason Stockley pulled over a Black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. Even though Stockley was captured on camera saying "we're killing this -----", clearly showing his intent to murder Smith, a judge acquitted Stockley of murder charges.
Immediately, St. Louis residents took to the streets to protest this outrageous verdict. The police reacted harshly, using violence against peaceful protesters.
They trampled an elderly woman and pepper sprayed people who tried to help her. They "kettled" peaceful protesters and conducted mass arrests, including of journalists.
Police even mocked and taunted demonstrators, chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" on Sunday night after using riot gear and batons to beat back protests.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has stood quietly by while her police department attacks protesters. And she still hasn't shown how she will address the deeper problem of white supremacy in the police.
DFA is standing with Color of Change and community leaders in St. Louis to demand action. Sign the petition and tell St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson: Rein in the police. Stop police attacks on protesters, and instead pursue real policy changes right now.