Friday, November 12, 2010

Update on the Askia Sabur Police Brutality Case: Interview with Askia's Sister, Naimah Wilson

On today's show, we will look again at the movement against police brutality that has been re-focused recently on the case of Askia Sabur, a young African American male who was caught on video being beaten outside of a Chinese restaurant on September 3rd by police officers from Philadelphia's 19th Police District. According to reports, he was beaten with night sticks in his head until blood spilled onto the sidewalk, resulting in Askia receiving 6 head-staples, a neck-brace, multiple back injuries, a broken arm and other physical and emotional damage. He is also reported to currently be suffering from memory loss.

In the video footage of the attack that can be found on YouTube, Askia is seen surrounded by four cops and being beaten by one with a night stick. Throughout the extent of the video, he is sitting on the sidewalk as he is being beaten, with the exception of two moments in which he is lying or kneeling on the ground.

In a recent interview, Askia's older sister, Naimah Wilson, updates us on Askia's recovery and on the efforts of the Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality to build a movement against police brutality in Philadelphia and to make the police department accountable for their acts of violence against Askia.

Preliminary Hearing (Third and Last Scheduled. Not all police officers showed up to the
first two):

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 8:00am (usually the hearings do not begin until about 9:00am)
Place: The Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center (CJC) at 13th and Filbert
Room 703
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Weekly Planning Meetings of the Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality (ACAPB):

Date: Every Monday
Time: 6:00pm
Place: The Conestoga Community Center
5301 Media Street (West Philadelphia)

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Special Thanks.

The PA Prison Reports are compiled by Andy and Bret of the Human Rights Coalition based on the accounts of prisoner correspondents and the investigations of HRC members.  From the compiled data, the reports are re-written by Andy into the narratives you hear on "On The Block Radio."  Many thanks.  To access written transcripts of the PA Prison Reports, please go to:

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