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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Police victims’ families and support groups join to condemn deadly former NYPD detective

Parents Against Police Brutality
CONTACT: King Downing    kingnetic@yahoo.com    212-534-1081
Parents Against Police Brutality will hold a rally and press conference Thursday, July 25 to support the mother of a police shooting victim and two NYPD officers of color beaten by white on- and off-duty NYPD police.
The events are timed to coincide with the witness stand appearance of former NYPD detective Patrick Brosnan. Anthony Rosario, son of Margarita Rosario, and her nephew Hilton Vega were killed on Jan. 12, 1995, by detectives Brosnan and James Crowe. They were shot 22 times-11 times in the back. The City of New York agreed to pay $1.1 million to their families.
“18 years later I still have only memories of my son and nephew, while Patrick Brosnan has continued with his life,” said Ms. Rosario. “With Trayvon Martin on our minds and in our hearts we keep pushing to end police brutality.”
Brosnan is testifying today in court where he is being sued for the brutal beating of Black police officer Scott Thompson and Latino police officer Antonio Echevestre. Also sued were off-duty officer Kevin Tracey and on-duty officers Anthony Tetro and John Rossi. All defendants are white.
In addition to Ms. Rosario, speakers will include:

            Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez, who was strangled to death by NYPD officer Francis Livoti on Dec. 22, 1994
            Juanita Young, whose son Malcolm Ferguson was killed by NYPD police officer Louis Rivera on March 1, 2000
            Nicolas Heyward, Sr., whose 13-year-old son Nicolas, Jr. was killed on Sept. 22, 1994, by housing police officer Brian George
Speakers will also include other victims of police brutality and their families, attorneys from the Brosnan beating and Central Park 5 cases, representatives from police officer of color societies, and community advocates.
            Court begins at 9:30 am at 111 Centre St. 4th Floor, Room 490
            The press conference will begin at 12:50pm in front of the courthouse


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