Stop police brutality against high school students
Published May 28, 2010 5:40 PM
Anger exists in Cleveland against the routine brutal practices of the police
department. Over 11,500 people have watched the YouTube video of cops attacking
DeAsia Bronaugh and Destiny Bronaugh, two African-American high school students
and sisters, as they participated in a peaceful student walkout at Collinwood
High School against mass school closings and cutbacks.
The Bail Out the People Movement was able to mobilize thousands of people to
send e-mails and make phone calls to local elected officials, Cleveland School
District officials and the Cleveland Police Department to express outrage at
the police attack and demand the charges brought against the Bronaugh sisters
be dropped and that they not face school disciplinary action.
With e-mails and phone calls coming in from all across the country as well as
internationally, Collinwood High School has halted the process of expelling
Seth Barlekamp, leader of the student walkout. He and his mother were informed
that no further disciplinary action would be taken by the school against him or
any of the dozen students who walked out of school on May 13.
While this victory is important, the two young women still face criminal
charges of assault on a police officer, aggravated disorderly conduct, truancy
and resisting arrest.
Tina Bronaugh, mother of the two brutalized sisters, spoke with
Cleveland’s News Channel 5, while her daughters sat on either side of
her, their faces bruised and scarred from the brutal police attack. She said
how horrified she was by what had happened to her daughters, and how if she had
treated her daughters in that way she would quickly have lost custody of them
and would have been charged with child abuse.
Outcry throughout the community over this police attack on students of color
continues. A community meeting was held at the Collinwood Branch Library, and
it drew a number of college students, community activists and other victims of
The protest campaign to fight the unjust charges against the young women needs
your help. Please call the Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office at 216-664-4850
and demand that charges against DeAsia Bronaugh and Destiny Bronaugh be dropped
and that the truancy fines against the 12 students who walked out of school in
a peaceful protest be waived as well.
More actions on behalf of the Bronaugh sisters and the other youth wrongfully
arrested are currently being planned.
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