Civil rights leaders who sided with bureaucrats in a debate on whether a Philadelphia man was unarmed when killed by police have switched sides and are now calling for justice.
At 9am this Wednesday morning, Mrs. Tanya Brown-Dickerson’s plane will land at the Philadelphia International Airport.
By 11am, Mrs. Brown-Dickerson, refreshed from a vacation in South Carolina, will be across town at the site where her son, Mr. Brandon Tate-Brown, was murdered by Philadelphia police officer, Mr. Nicholas Carelli, who has yet to be disciplined for lying about why he shot the 26 year-old North Philadelphia man who his mother often describes as “the life of the party.”
Joining the grieving mother at 6600 Frankford Ave will be unlikely allies: civil rights leaders who, in the debate on whether or not Mr. Tate-Brown had a gun on his person or was attempting to retrieve a gun when he was shot on December 15th 2014, took the word of Philadelphia’s savvy District Attorney, only to learn, upon the admission of the police commissioner, that Mr. Tate-Brown was in fact not reaching for a gun when Mr. Carelli, a rookie, discharged his firearm.
Among the prominent Philadelphians who are, for a lack of better words, outraged at Mr. Seth Williams, Philly’s first black District Attorney, and Mr. Charles Ramsey, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner and co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, for not disclosing all the evidence during a private viewing of the fatal shooting – a gathering to which Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E rejected due his non-transparent nature – are Ms. Paula Peeples, Chairwoman of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Action Network and Mr. Rodney Muhammad, the President of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP.
Mrs. Brown-Dickerson, in an exclusive interview with Techbook Online today, said she feels as though she now has the support she “should’ve had in the beginning,” though her family and a handful of activists have provided more than enough comfort and company on the front line.
Mr. Ramsey, who Mrs. Brown-Dickerson caustically referred to as a politician incapable of saying anything genuine, yesterday appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and stood strong on the idea of officers being held accountable when they commit transgressions.
“That’s bullsh*t,” exclaimed Mrs. Brown-Dickerson, who noted that months after Mr. Tate-Brown’s death, Mr. Ramsey defended his officer and, with equal rigor, portrayed her son as a common thug.
“A mother knows her children. If they would’ve tried to say this about my middle son, I may have believed it, because he wouldn’t have gone down without a fight. But Brandon feared cops more than he respected them, he wouldn’t have done the things they claimed he did.”
The moments leading up to Mr. Tate-Brown’s death, though not recorded by a dashboard camera, body camera or citizen journalist, is eerily similar to the narratives of traffic stops gone wrong that seem to regularly populate the media and news arenas nowadays.
Watching the video of the controversial arrest of Ms. Sandra Bland outside of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Brown-Dickerson said she could clearly see how routine traffic stops involving African-Americans quickly escalate into brutality.
“The officer slammed her head into the ground, and officers tortured and beat Brandon before he was killed,” she said, as she tossed around the idea of releasing the never-before seen photos of Mr. Tate-Brown battered and bloody – an attempt to draw attention through shock and awe – if Philadelphia officials don’t reopen the investigation into her son’s death.
Mr. Greg Brinkley, one half of the private investigating team who uncovered initial evidence – like footage which proved Mr. Tate-Brown’s headlights were on moments before he was pulled over for having them turned off – said he doesn’t understand how the officers involved in this matter are still on the street or how they were cleared by Internal Affairs.
Mr. Brinkley asserted that Mr. Williams has violated his oath of office and that he should be bought before the disciplinary board for prosecutorial misconduct.
As for Mr. Ramsey, Mr. Brinkley wants him to resign.
Mrs. Brown-Dickerson has refrained from calling for impeachment of elected officials, as her main focus is “justice for Brandon Tate-Brown.”
In addition to leaders of the local chapters of NAN and NAACP, Mrs. Brown confirmed that the Philadelphia Black Clergy and Vicinity will be at Wednesday’s press conference, as will Ms. Rochelle Bilal, the fiery leader of the Guardian Civic League of Philadelphia, the local chapter of The National Black Police Association.
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