In October 2011, our friend Brian Galaviz became a victim of police brutality and racial profiling. Brian is an amazing educator and activist in Chicago and has worked for years alongside many of us – showing up at our fundraisers, marches, and events – and supporting young people and others who are the most vulnerable in our communities. In the past 7 years, Brian has become an integral member of many movements – teacher unionization and worker’s rights, immigrant justice, anti-prison and LGBTQ justice work. Thoughtful, hard working, and kind, Brian is one of the people many of us can count on to make events happen, to raise hard questions at public forums, to show up to our events with friends and young people, to DJ our fundraiser for free, and to press back on power when it matters most.
Brian was at a party when the cops entered the backyard, and Brian approached them to speak - in a non-confrontational manner. Brian was then choked by police officers as he was dragged to the alley where he was hit and choked again by the arresting officer. He was arrested at the party, processed, and spent the night at 26th and California. Falsely accused of pushing and punching a police officer, Brian is now facing a felony charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. The preliminary hearing occurred a few weeks ago and the case will go to trial.
This is an example of police brutality and racial profiling.
He needs resources to get a good lawyer, which will cost around $10, 000.
His full time job as a mentor at an alternative school in Humboldt Park will not cover the cost of a lawyer. He needs help from us.
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