While police brutality is gaining national attention, the October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation will take place for its 17th year on Tuesday in nearly 50 cities across the country.
The protest was first organized in 1996, by a diverse coalition of
groups and individuals who wanted to bring about resistance to police
brutality on a national level.
Kathie Cheng, an organizer with the coalition, said that while
national dialogue around police brutality declined after 9/11, there has
since been a resurgence as more people are standing up and
documentation has increased.
The coalition also works on the Stolen Lives Project, which monitors killings by law enforcement agents.
Cheng said the October 22 rally is important in reminding people that
police are supposed to serve the people, not behave in a brutal
She said, “If there isn’t a very visible alternative to how people
see police brutality, we’ll just accept that ‘Well, this is just what
She added, “It’s also a platform for many families of those who have
been killed by police to be able to have a voice. Very often in media
they just go by the police report, and the victims’ names are just
dragged through the mud. And so this is a chance for others to hear the
truth about what’s going on.”