Activists announce “Justice 4 Joey’ rally will take place in front of Tullytown Borough Police Department.
Demanding a full investigation into the brutal beating of an unarmed Levittown African-American teenager by the hands of Tullytown police officers who were arresting the minor for shoplifting last Tuesday, two Philadelphia-based activists – who have stepped up to become the frightened boy’s advocates – have announced plans to rally in front of the Tullytown Borough Police Department (500 Main Street, Bristol, PA, 19007) next Wednesday, November 27th, at 2pm.
Appropriately titled “Justice 4 Joey,” Edward Lloyd and Greg Brinkley, private investigators on the case, tell Techbook Online exclusively that civil rights organizations and renowned activist from across the country have begun to reach out wanting to support and attend next week’s protest.
Hoping to spark a national movement against police brutality, even going as far to say he wants a Congress to hold a hearing on police brutality, Brinkley, former President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Action Network, mentions he is personally reaching out to Reverend Al Sharpton tonight, and also plans to respond to the massive amounts of emails he’s received from active citizens who want to help turn Tullytown upside down.
Brinkley says he’s not surprised by the national outrage this story has sparked, “that boy got his a** kicked,” he yells, adding that Joey Williams – who weighs no more than 100 pounds soaking wet – was no threat to police when they attacked him.
“He was running away from them, handcuffed, how much of a threat could he have been?” questions Brinkley.
Lloyd confirms that Williams was tasered in the shoulder and in the face, but believes that the frail adolescence ran away not trying to resist arrest, but because the cops were severally beating him, and he was terrified.
“These cops wanted a laugh and so they tasered him, for fun. They had several options, like rubber bullets, for example,” explains Lloyd.
Lloyd also confirms that Williams, who is homeschooled and was visiting with his grandmother the day the incident occurred, was pressured into stealing from the Wal-Mart by his 19 year-old uncle, who has been arrested and charged with corruption of a minor.
“This was the boy’s first mistake, he doesn’t have a record. And the despite the inaccurate reporting by the Bucks Courier Times, he was never on probation,” Lloyd confirms.
Lloyd and Brinkley are currently establishing a “Justice 4 Joey” fund, so that people can contribute to his medical bills.
“He’s going to need surgery to repair his face,” says Lloyd, who reveals that after the meeting yesterday with the family’s attorney that people on the street who recognized Williams from his picture stopped him and asked if they could give him a hug.
“I saw him smile just a bit,” says Lloyd, who declared there’s a “war on black and brown children in this country and it needs to be stopped.”
Brinkley says Bucks County has no idea what they’re in for, and assures me this will be a day Tullytown will never forget.
“Tullytown here we come,” he shouts.
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