DROP THE CHARGES! Support KPFA staff & Independent journalist Frank Sterling!


On September 17th 2021, KPFA staff member and journalist Frank Sterling was attacked by police while covering a demonstration in Antioch. He was tackled, held down, tasered, and his recording equipment taken. Compounding the injustice, Frank has been charged with resisting arrest.

Frank is Technical Director of KPFA’s Apprenticeship Program; a contributor to Friday evening’s Full Circle show; and a staff representative to the KPFA Local Station Board. Frank is part of the Bay Area’s Native American community, active in exposing police brutality and denouncing police killings and has already endured a previous attack by the Antioch police. Frank is also a member of The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression.

Frank is facing an April 25th, 2022 court date at 8:30 am at the Contra Costa Superior Court, 1000 Center Drive, Pittsburgh, CA. and needs your support. 

Take action: Sign this petition. Call Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton’s office at 925-957-2200 or tweet at @DADianaBecton and demand the dismissal of charges. 

Email the DA at DAOffice@contracostada.org. Please use Subject heading:Drop the Charges.

The DA ran on criminal justice reform. We are asking she uphold her promise. We must end the criminalization of protest and of independent journalists covering these events.

For more information:
Report by Black Agenda Report contributing editor Ann Garrison: https://blackagendareport.com/activist-journalist-frank-sterling-trial

Sign the Change.org petition demanding that Contra Costa DA Diana Becton drop the charges here: