Youth and Mothers Arrested at U.S. Justice Department Office in Miami
Leaders from the Miami Workers Center joined black and brown youth to demand U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer an end to Police Violence
On Thursday, August 14th, leaders from the Miami Workers Center joined the Dream Defenders, Power U and other community organizations to demand that U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer responds to the killings of black and brown youth and men by Police, such as Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; John Crawford in Denton, Ohio; Eric Garner in New York City; and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles.
The groups were specially seeking justice for the case of 18-year-old graffiti artist Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, who was tasered to death by Miami Beach Police Officer Jorge Mercado. One year later, Officer Mercado has not been charged with the teen’s murder.
After over an hour of demanding a meeting with the U.S. Attorney, Miami Police closed the building and arrested approximately 8 community leaders who decided to stay until their demands where heard. Marcia Olivo, a mother of 2 and organizer for the Miami Workers Center, was among the group arrested.
"We’re the voice of the mothers in our community who live in constant fear of not seen their children comeback," said Marcia Olivo prior to the arrest. "We will continue to hold our hands up and demand justice until those who have sworn to protect and defend us, stop killing our children."