Justice4Pedie Update, May 2017
Special Investigator Hired to Look into Perez Shooting
The City of Richmond has hired Mr. Lucky Narain, for the part-time position as special investigator
for the Richmond Citizens Police Review Commission. Relatively unknown to the Richmond community, Mr.
Narian was a candidate for Oakland School Board in 2016, when he listed his occupation as “Military
Lawyer.” Narain’s first assignment, we understand, will be a full and independent investigation of the
police shooting of Richard “Pedie" Perez III, shot and killed by Richmond Police Officer Wallace
Jensen just minutes after midnight on September 14, 2014,
The shooting—and subsequent efforts by the Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson to
justify the shooting and blame Pedie for being shot—have raised serious concerns within the Richmond
community, concerns which led to changes in the City code on the police commission and the hiring of a
In February 2016, responding to public concern following exposure of law
enforcement’s cover-up in the shooting of Perez, the Richmond City Council voted 4-3 to instruct the
police commission to hire an independent investigator not connected to the police department to
investigate the Perez murder.
At the same time, the name of the Richmond Police commission was changed
to “Richmond Citizens Police Review Commission.” The City Council also voted to require the Police
Commission to automatically investigate any future police shootings and/or use of physical force
resulting in serious injuries.
These accomplishments result from the efforts of the Perez family with
the support of the Oscar Grant Committee (OGC) and the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) to bring
this miscarriage of justice to the attention of the people of Richmond and the Bay Area. Members of
the Perez family and OGC have been active in raising Justice4Pedie issues in a variety of venues,
including the May Day celebration of the ILWU, which included “Stop Police Terror” as one of its
In another development earlier in May 2017, DA Peterson, who played a key role in the
cover-up of Pedie’s killing, was accused of “willful or corrupt misconduct” by a Contra Costa grand
jury that recommended that he be fired.
These impressive accomplishments do not mean we can rest on
our laurels. We must continue our vigilance to make sure that those who led the earlier cover-up do
not attempt to influence the course and conclusions of this special investigation. Special
Investigator Narian owes his job and allegiance to the community, rather than to city officials and
To this end, members of the OGC and the Perez family are organizing a special community meeting to
review this case and discuss how we can ensure justice is done. Here’s the info:
Justice4Pedie Community Meeting
Saturday, June 24, 2017 4-6 PM
(Doors open at 3:30, forum starts promptly at 4 pm)
Richmond Public Library, Whittlesey Community Room
325 Civic Center Plaza. Richmond, CA 94804
Download the DRAFT flyer (PDF) for this event,
put together by members of the Oscar Grant Committee and the Perez family.
We are seeking sponsors for the above event. For info:
Gene Ruyle 510-332-3865
or email: [email protected]
The Justice 4 Mario
Woods Coalition is taking our demands to District Attorney George
Gascon. Bring a friend(s) and meet us at the rally! We'll see you at 850 Bryant Street
on Friday, October 7th at 12:00 pm.
Justice For Mario Woods Coalition
There will be a court hearing of some sort for Omar
Shakir on October 4th at 9 AM at Department 7 of the René C. Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St, Oakland, CA.
Omar Shakir is brother who was arrested during a pre-dawn paramilitary OPD
raid for an assault on a police officer that the cops KNOW Mr. Shakir did
not commit. People are encourage to attend to show support and encourage
the prosecutor to drop the charges. You can read more about this travesty
January 16, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
3rd Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical
Legacy/ & 120 Hours
Broadway & 14th St
Oakland, CA 94612
You’re invited to the march on Monday to #ReclaimMLK,
which also launches #120Hours
of direct actions of protest and resistance leading up to the
January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump. March will start at Oscar
Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.
This year, we will begin our week of action with the Reclaiming
King’s Radical Legacy March. We will then launch into 120 hours of
autonomous direct action in resistance to the fascist Trump agenda.
This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our
Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our
LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence
of justice.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please see the related event on the 120 hours of direct action:
The Oscar Grant Committee will meet at the Burger
King at 13th & Broadway at 10:30 to assemble and divy up
leaflets & signs. Then tey will join the Labor Contingent at 16th
& Clay (State Building).
After the march folks will meet up at Pacific
Coast Brewery at 907 Washington Street to reflect on the action
and relax at bit
Friends of OGC gather to Protest Trump’s Inauguration at Oakland Solidarity Assembly, 12 Noon, Latham Square, 16th and Telegraph. Look for OGC Banner.
Below are the details of some of the actions:
Area Resist Trump – SF
20, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friends of OGC gather with Resist Trump Contingent at Oakland Women’s March - Sat, Jan 21, 2017- Rally at OGC Banner 9:45 AM, March starts at 10 AM. Madison between 9th and Oak St, near Lake Merritt BART
Action details below:
Trump – #OccupyInauguration
January 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grant Plaza Broadway & 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
March – Oakland
January 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Madison Park -> OGP
Street & Jackson Street
Oakland, CA 94607
March Bay Area – SF
Larkin Street & Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Women’s March is a national movement to unite everyone who
stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. There
will be marches in D.C. and around the country, including in
Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose and other
communities/towns/cities in the Bay Area.
San Francisco: 3:00-5:00 Rally at Civic Center, followed by
5:00-8:00 Candlelight march To Chelsea Manning Plaza (previously
Justin Hermann Plaza)
The march represents the protection of our rights, our safety, our
health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse
communities are the strength of our country.
9, 2016 it will be 35 years since the police
tried to execute Mumia
Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and revolutionary journalist,
the “voice of the voiceless.” Unable to kill him, the cops, courts and
politicians conspired to frame him and sentence him to death for a crime
he didn’t commit. Actions on this date will happen worldwide, and
Oakland will be part of these protests!
It took an international mass
mobilization to prevent his execution. Now, it is taking protest and
publicity to keep him alive in prison and to get him effective
treatment for his Hepatitis C, which he is still being denied by the
Pennsylvania prison system. We need to act!
FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL NOW!
FREE HEP-C MEDS FOR ALL INFECTED PRISONERS!
Rally and March
Friday December 9,
Rally Oscar Grant Plaza, OAKLAND, 4pm
Followed by March to OPD Headquarters
Join us for a National Day of Action on December 9
to FREE MUMIA NOW!
and Demand: FREE HEP-C MEDS FOR ALL PRISONERS!
in coordination with his Philadelphia and New York
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who police
tried to execute on the streets of Philadelphia in 1981, was framed by
a racist judicial system and sentenced to death. Like other Black
Panthers he was an innocent target of the FBI's repressive COINTELPRO
campaign. From death row Mumia, became known as the "voice of the
voiceless", exposing deplorable prison conditions and fighting racist
police killings, imperialist wars and capitalist oppression.
International protests got him off death row, but now they are trying
to kill him by medical neglect. They are withholding life-saving Hep C
medication he and 7,000 other Pennsylvania prisoners desperately need.
After 35 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement, it's time to
mobilize to FREE MUMIA and other political prisoners like him now!
A recent US Supreme Court decision, "Williams vs.
Pennsylvania" could open the door for Mumia's freedom but only if this
fundamentally racist judicial system is confronted with mass protests
like those that got him off death row. This decision ruled that a
prosecutor cannot later sit as judge over the same defendant's appeal.
This is exactly what happened in Mumia's case. On this basis Mumia's
attorneys have filed a new legal action. If successful, the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rulings that upheld his conviction would be
overturned. Mumia could then re-appeal the issues of his innocence,
jury bias and falsified evidence to win an outright dismissal of
charges or get a new trial. Mumia was framed by corrupt cops,
prosecutors, and judges for the murder of a policeman that he did not
We say: Free Mumia Now!
Endorsers for the December 9th Free Mumia
Angela Davis; ANSWER Coalition; Anti Police-Terror
Project; BAMN; Black Panther Commemoration Committee, NY; (Former)
Black Panthers: Cleo Silvers, Eddie Conway, Larry Pinkney, William
Johnson; Cal BSU; Code Pink, Freedom Socialist Party-Bay Area; Haiti
Action Committee; International Action Center; John Brown Society;
Justice for Palestinians-San Jose; Labor Action Committee to Free
Mumia Abu-Jamal; Love Not Blood Campaign/Uncle Bobby; National Alumni
Association of the Black Panther Party; Oakland Socialist Group;
Oakland Teachers for Mumia; Oasis Hepatitis C Clinic; Occupy 4
Prisoners; Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State
Repression; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Peace and Freedom
Party; Socialist Organizer; Socialist Viewpoint; Speak Out Now;
Veterans for Peace - East Bay; Workers World Party
See you at Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall), Oakland,
pm December 9th
Click on the flyer below to get the PDF for the action.
ILWU March & Rally Against Police Brutality
San Francisco, Mayday 2016
Speakers at Union Hall and highlights of march
& rally (courtesy of Labor Video Project)
|Rally & march
(1 hr, 3 min)
|Ed Ferris and|
|Phelicia Jones and
March & Post-rally (Harry Bridges Plaza)
Video: Pedie Perez Murder First Anniversary, Richmond 9/12/15
OGC/PFP Forum on
Race, Class, and Police Violence (7/25/15)
||Discussion (part 1)
||Discussion (part 2)
Video from 4/28/15 Richmond City Council meeting
|Magnus's report is at 2:35:35; public comment at 3:57:00
|| Thank-you note from the Perez family
Photo collages courtesy of Frank Runninghorse
Rush report on Sunday's Richmond Progressive Alliance forum
couple whose daughter was killed by police came from San Jose in
|(Click to watch)
|Birth of OGC -- Oct 23 2010
|Oakland Dec 23 2010
|Vallejo Jan 28 2011
|Oakland Jun 12 2011
|Stockton Jul 22 2011
|SF Aug 20 2011
|Richmond Jan 17 2015
|Martin Luther King Day 2015
|OGC's 'Memes Gun'
|Justice for Pedie Perez!