Filed under: Action, Anarchist Movement, Police, Southwest
Report back on recent mobilization in Long Beach, California in the wake of a video showing police beating a man going viral. Local organizers have also exposed lies of the police and are calling on court support in the coming days for the man who was beaten.
On February 18th on 4th and Atlantic in Long Beach California a video was taken of Long Beach Police savagely beating Eugene Martindale a black man who was restrained face down while an officer with a baton continued to administer multiple blows inflicting extreme violence and most certainly severe and permanent physical and psychological injury to Eugene.
WE WANT ANSWERS!
This video was taken on 4th & Atlantic today in Long Beach.
Is this what half our city budget goes to!? pic.twitter.com/aDmb4euDnv
— People's Revolutionary Party Long Beach (@PRP_LB) February 19, 2020
The Long Beach Police Department claim that Eugene was trying to carjack multiple people culminating in the attempted carjacking of a parking enforcement officer which is why they had to restrain and beat Eugene.
Whose streets?!? OUR STREETS!!! pic.twitter.com/De3oxjGF8w
— solidarity:(v) (@BeSweetLBC) February 23, 2020
Members of the People’s Revolutionary Party have been in contact with Eugene Martindale’s father. It turns out, to no one’s surprise, that the Long Beach Police Department is lying about the entire event. Eugene was in the middle of a mental episode and was asking people for help. He didn’t try to steal a car because he can’t even drive!
— prole wave (@prolewave) February 23, 2020
The following Sunday many people gathered at Harvey Milk Park in downtown Long Beach for a rally and march in solidarity with Eugene Martindale and his family.
— Long Beach Antifa (@LBCAFA) February 23, 2020
It is clear that the community members of Long Beach are sick and tired of living under the racist boot of the Long Beach Police Department and the local city government that LBPD is obviously in bed with. Sadly, this is but one of many incidents in the sordid history of LBPD and local government’s violent and discriminatory campaign to whitewash and gentrify the City of Long Beach.
On Thursday February 27th at 8:30am we will be packing the Long Beach Superior Court to show our support and solidarity with Eugene Martindale and his family.
Court Code: SO01
Court Date: 02.27.2020
Court Time: 0830
Court Case: NA11389601
Court Name: Long Beach Superior Court Dept J
Court Address: 275 Magnolia Avenue
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