Protest on steps of Martinez courthouse

A peaceful protest Monday afternoon gathered at the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse. The event, organized by Public Defenders for Racial Justice, saw participants march from their office at 800 Ferry Street to the Wakefield Courthouse.

In support of the demonstration, Deputy Public Defender and event organizer Jermel Thomas stated, “The dehumanization of Black lives must stop. Law enforcement must acknowledge and be held accountable for their abuses against people of color. We stand in support of Black lives and call for an end to police violence.”

The march also went past the Martinez Detention Facility. (photos by Robert Perry)

One Reply to “Protest on steps of Martinez courthouse”

  1. Deputy Public Defender and event organizer Jermel Thomas stated, “The dehumanization of Black lives must stop. Law enforcement must acknowledge and be held accountable for their abuses against people of color. We stand in support of Black lives and call for an end to police violence.”

    This statement is far different than the statement Jermel Thomas made when she was representing me in a fourth amendment violation case. When I described to my attorney Jermel Thomas the dehumanization, abuses, and violence demonstrated by the police officers in my case she simply replied, “Cops are going to do what cops are going to do.” Anyone who knows Thomas like I know her would probably agree that Thomas is either grandstanding here, or has unknown underlying political aspirations (perhaps with the D.A.’s office?).

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