Date(s) - 02/18/17
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Come join SURJ in a door-knocking campaign to collect signatures for our petition demanding that Garden City officials investigate and respond to the racial profiling and excessive use of force against Ronald Lanier by Garden City Police. We will also be asking for donations to Ronald Lanier’s Investigative Support Fund, encouraging receptive white people to get involved with SURJ, and to display a (free) Black Lives Matter sign on their lawns.
On November 30, Ronald Lanier, a 53 year old black retired Corrections Officer, was grocery shopping at Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola when he was racially profiled and beaten while handcuffed by white Garden City Police. The shoplifting suspect whom they were pursuing was later found on the roof. Mr. Lanier was released with no apology or medical attention. The officers refused to give their names or badge numbers, and the Garden City Police Department is withholding the officers’ identities and sheltering them from accountability. Western Beef and the GCPD are also withholding surveillance footage of the incident. Mr. Lanier sustained physical and psychological wounds as a result of this racist attack, and he is currently bringing a lawsuit against Garden City. He is represented by local civil rights attorney Frederick K. Brewington.
Mr. Lanier’s family and Mr. Brewington’s office are both aware and in support of SURJ engaging in this action.
We will meet by the basketball courts of Tullamore Playground at 3:00 PM. We will do a short training and practice session and assign routes prior to beginning our canvassing.