Essie Berry, activist widow of Fred Berry, unleashes 2014 anthem against police killings
Civil Rights Activist Essie “Rerun” Berry, also the widow of Fred Rerun Berry from the hit TV sitcom, What’s Happening, wants answers and demands them immediately.
Police killings around the world is not a race thing, it is a real thing. This time around Essie screams out with the release of her new 2014 Anthem: Who are you? “Hear My Voice,” That can be downloaded on CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/essieaberry4).
This Anthem is in support of those who have fallen victim to police brutality, killings and misconduct. Over the past centuries these violent acts have become the highlight of conversations near and far, Essie, believes there is an immediate need for a mass movement. These situations take place very often, but unfortunately there is no statistical data showing the truth behind the stories told. Mrs. Berry says as a unit, we cannot allow such heinous acts to take place and remain reluctant to react.
It is clearly stated in the 4th Amendment “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall be issued without probable cause.” If this is the case why do so many violations exist? The use of lethal force against innocent people has become a new epidemic which is running widespread. Mrs. Berry pleads for everyone to take a stand and let their voices be heard. She exclaims “let’s not forget, the memories of the many men and women who has been executed by those who are appointed to protect and to serve. Although a majority of the victims are African American, she asks you the people, not to make this an issue about race when its simply issues with police misconduct.
Ms. Berry reminisces on several cases that should have gotten more notoriety, and should have never become extinct. She clearly states, “we need to keep these individual’s tragedies alive or simply fall victim to these violent acts.” She highlights cases such as Amadou Diallo (1991) an unarmed West African Immigrant who was shot at 41 times while standing in the doorway of his Bronx apartment building. Abner Louima (1997) a Haitian immigrant who was arrested outside of a Brooklyn nightclub and when taken to the precinct, he was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with a broken-off broom handled by New York City Police Officers. Then, you have the most recent incidents such as Eric Garner who was placed in a choke hold and murdered by NYPD on July 17, 2014 for selling cigarettes. Kelly Thomas a mentally ill white homeless man beaten to death July 5, 2011 by California police. Then, the recent killing of 18 year old Ramarley Graham who was gunned down in his bathroom by NYPD after they followed him to his house and used excessive force to enter his home without a warrant. Michael Brown was an 18 year old who was shot down August 9, 2014 in Ferguson Missouri. August 27, 2014 John Crawford III who was shot dead by Beaver Creek, Ohio police for carrying a BB gun while walking the aisles in Wal-Mart.
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