Hey NC amig@s (specifically my Durham peeps!): Need your help! I am acquainted with Boots Riley who has worked side by side with us in the streets here in Oakland and do community organizing and work with his father Walter Riley, an amazing Civil Rights attorney and activist, here in the Bay Area. My heart goes out to them and their family. If you or someone you know in/around Durham is in a position to help, please holler. Either way, please spread the word!

The message below is from Boots Riley:

My 21 year-old cousin, Carlos, Jr, was stopped by a cop in Durham, NC the other night. 

During the stop, the cop shouted expletives, physically attacked Carlos, verbally threatened to kill him and attempted to draw his weapon to shoot at my cousin.

While attempting to draw his weapon, the cop shot himself in the leg. This is actually a common occurrence for police while drawing their weapons.

Fearing for his life, Carlos fled the scene in his car. According to the police, at this point he also took the cop’s weapon and badge away from him (If this happened, it was a smart move to make sure the cop didn’t shoot him in the back).

After a few hours, and after Durham Police savagely tore through 3 neighborhoods looking for him- at one point using grenades, my cousin called police and turned himself in.

Carlos is now charged with “assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon”. Of course, in a case like this, they would like to throw the book at him to cover up their own oppressive actions.

This is another case of police brutality, with the twist that this time the young man who would have been the victim of police murder got away. My family and I are happy that whatever actions Carlos chose to take that night obviously saved his life. 

We’d much rather have a campaign- to clear his name, get him out of jail, and expose police brutality- than one that mourns his death as another victim of murderous police.

In many states, including North Carolina, you have the right to physically resist unlawful arrest. “Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense.” (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).

That being said, we need the help of any folks doing social justice work in the Durham area to help us expose this case of a victim of police brutality defending themselves. Message me.


Note: Please forgive the wonky camera movement. Was so caught up in hearing Boots and the energy of Occupy Oakland folks around me, almost forgot I was holding a camera!

"My name is Boots Riley…and I’m honored to be here with you today, for this moment which is sure to go down in history. The police all over the country are trying to attack the Occupy Movement. This morning, the raid on the Occupy Oakland Camp, was a test! The test was to see how the community would react. I’m proud to see all of you showing up here in Oakland, to show that you will not stand for it."

"All over the world, people are wondering, ‘What’s going to happen, here, today in Oakland?’ People that are not involved in the movement are looking to see if this is a movement they want join. People that are in the movement, want you guys to win."

"We are the 99%! We will stop the world and make those mother fuckers jump off!"

"I’ve been told that we are going to march and take back Oscar Grant Plaza..For our comrades that are in jail, for the people watching all around the world, and for your grandchildren who you’ll want to tell that you were here!" — 10.25.2011 @ Oakland’s Public Library, Main Branch.


(Source: youtube.com)