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We have ongoing criminal charges against the other gentleman. Lastly, we fully expect a civil suit from both parties. With that said, we will not be making any other public statements.The statement that was issued later was terse:
After reviewing Monday's arrests of John Walker and Omavi Kushukuru on charges of obstructing governmental operations, the decision has been made to dismiss the charges against John Walker. A letter of apology will be issued to John Walker later today. Charges will proceed against Omavi Kushukuru.Police also released the letter of apology, shown above, that said the chief had concluded after reviewing video that Walker should not have been arrested. It said the charge would be dropped and Walker would be reimbursed for the $1,000 bond he posted.
An Internal Affairs investigation has been opened into whether any policy violations took place. A review of future training opportunities is also being conducted.
Yesterday, my boss, Rep. John Walker, and I were arrested for observing an excessive display of police force. Four police SUV’s and approximately five officers surrounded a single car, in which sat a shoeless man, a wheelchair bound man and a woman, who fortunately was allowed to go home that day. The shoeless man and disabled man were arrested for being black poor people that fell into the debt trap of the endless fines and fees that riddle the local traffic and petty crime judicial system. My boss and I were arrested for being black, privileged and giving a damn about these men and their sister; for not being pacified in our second-class citizenship. Throughout the process, the most cooperative, empathetic and responsible people we encountered were in the cell full of exclusively black men arrested that day who gave us a warm reception during booking. Although I can still hear one of their desperate pleas for food as the deputies had refused to feed him all day in order to send him a message.Commenters noted that Roberts was involved in a police killing that prompted a lengthy examination from The Guardian in 2013. A case over the death was settled.
Several people have asked what they can do to help us in this time: give a damn. Demonstrate that you give a damn not through your words alone, but through your courageous, collective actions. If you stand with us, then stand up and unapologetically exercise your right to record the police or engage in some other action to combat these rampant injustices.
Jason Roberts, a LRPD police officer, arrested us in your name. He is our employee. We pay his mortgage, we feed his children, our children will provide his welfare as he grows old and lives off his pension. If you are outraged by his actions, then act like the boss you are and demand the LRPD discipline Jason Roberts. Let LRPD know that you will not tolerate Jason Roberts’s bigoted, racist and foolish actions being carried out in your name. Tell Jason Roberts to go back to his community, where surely he wouldn’t behave in such a brutish manner. The time for being silent or insular dissenters has long past.
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