*Project Islamic HOPE – a leading civil rights group – will lead a coalition of civil rights groups and activists in a march and rally against CHP Police abuse and in support of CHP beating victim Marlene Pinnick.
They are also calling for Califonia State Sen. Holly Mitchell, Assembly member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and their colleagues in the California Legislature to mandate an independent civilian oversight agency for the CHP.
When: Saturday July 12th 2012 ( March and rally)
Where: Leimert Park ( Crenshaw and Vernon )
3415 west 43rd place Los Angeles CA 90043
Why: The California Highway Patrol is the largest state police agency in the United States, with more than 7,500 sworn officers.
It has patrol jurisdiction over California highways and acts as the state police. CHP officers enforce traffic laws on public roads anywhere in the state and possess full law enforcement authority to enforce all state laws.
When the conduct of CHP officers is called into question, internal inquiries into the allegations are not subject to any form
of independent oversight. Rather, these allegations are handled exclusively by their Internal Affairs Unit, which is staffed by
In the wake of the Marlene Pinnock incident, in which she was brutally beaten by a CHP officer we must demand that the California Legislature mandate an independent civilian oversight agency for the CHP. In this way, something very good may come of something very bad.
Perhaps the CHP’s Internal Affairs Unit may conducts objective and thorough investigations of its fellow officers. But that isn’t the point. It is the independence of the oversight agency that gives the investigations credibility and builds trust. Credibility and public trust fall by the wayside when the police police themselves without independent oversight.” Najee Ali Director of Project Islamic HOPE
Rally sponsors : Project Islamic HOPE
The National Action Network