A group that includes Black Lives Matter Detroit co-founder and former Detroit mayoral candidate, Jamielle Williams, is planning to march on the city’s city hall on July 7, 2018 to call for an end to the Baltimore Police Department’s death penalty.
The Detroit-based group Black Lives Matters Detroit plans to hold a rally on the steps of City Hall on July 5, 2018 in protest of the city receiving a death sentence for the killing of Freddie Grey, a Black man who was injured in a police custody cell on April 29, 2018.
Williams is a vocal advocate for Black lives, having led the campaign to overturn the death sentence against former police officer Jason Stockley.
Williams has called for the release of former Baltimore Police Officer Garrett Miller, who was sentenced to death by a jury in the Gray case in 2018.
Miller, a convicted murderer and rapist, was found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death.
Williams’ statement reads in part: “We need to demand justice for Freddie Gray.
We need to be free to choose how we will die, but not in a prison cell.
We must continue to demand our voices heard in the United States of America.””
We are calling for a federal jury to hear our case and decide whether to execute the sentence that we believe we deserve,” Williams continued.
“We will not be silenced by a prosecutor who refuses to hear us.
We will not allow the killing to continue.
We are calling on the President to end the Baltimore PD’s practice of executing people who are not convicted of a crime.
We urge the U.S. Attorney General to pursue charges against Officer Miller, as well as all other police officers who kill people who have not committed a crime.”
A rally to end Black lives in Detroit will be held at 7 p.m. on July 6, 2018 at the Detroit Police Department, 801 W. Michigan Ave., in Detroit.