Brother Malik Ayala
as his Case Goes to Trial
the result of police harassment beginning at his school and continuing outside,
Malik Ayala, 16 year old student at Lehman High School, has been summoned to
appear in a series of court dates at the Bronx Criminal Court in the Bronx and
at the Transit Adjudication Bureau in Brooklyn. We are
asking all those who are fed up with police harassment and abuse of our youth to
come to court in support of Malik on the following dates:
**Tuesday August 21. At 9:00
at the Bronx Criminal
215 East 161 Street, Bronx,
Between Sherman Ave.
for Brother Malik will influence the judge's ruling.
16, became the target of police harassment in the hallway of his school,
while waiting to take an exam. Malik was engaged in conversation with some of
his fellow students, and demands were made for his ID, records, and documents,
first by peace officers, then by his dean and then by the NYPD. Malik was
told that the literature he planned to hand out to fellow students was illegal
because it had the Black Panther logo. He was then issued a summons for
disorderly conduct. As a result of the time he spent with officers, Malik was
forced to miss that very important examination.
than two weeks later, Malik noticed a young man being arrested in the subway and
began to record the police actions with his cell phone. Officers demanded to see
the phone, slammed him against the wall, and searched him despite Malik's
refusal to agree to let them do so, which was his legal right. Once again, Malik
was served with a summons for disorderly conduct. This second case was
thrown out but we still need to fight the first case as it goes to
is not a unique case. Local youth, predominantly of color, often go through the
same experience daily in their schools and communities. On Monday May 7th we
marched with fellow students and residents of the Bronx community to the
45th Precinct where we filed complaints against officers who are
harassing our youth.
schools where the majority of the student body is comprised of youth of color
from working backgrounds, young people are treated not as students, but as
criminals. There are metal detectors, peace officers, and the NYPD is called in
routinely. Apparently the aim is to condition the students to be subjects of a
police state, to create an atmosphere of intimidation and to establish a
pipeline from schools to prisons.
People Power Movement is
dedicated to organizing toward the goal of Popular Control of our
schools, workplaces, transportation, housing, and all areas that affect our
lives, including all levels of government. For more
information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
call: 646-696-8485 or go to www.facebook.com/peoplepower2011.