Mothers of unarmed young black men killed by police rally in D.C.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – After weeks of protests tied to cases of alleged police brutality, a group of mothers is fighting back as well. They say deaths following police action are not new.
Mothers from around the country who say their unarmed sons were shot and killed by police shared their painful stories to a packed house and called for change.
“I used to say, ‘Well, it’s a few bad apples.’ We are past a few bad apples,” said Colette Flanagan.
Among the mothers were two local women who say it is not a new phenomenon.
Dorothy Elliott’s son Archie was shot and killed by two police officers in Prince George’s County 21 years ago. He was handcuffed in a cruiser after being pulled over for a DUI. The officers claim he pointed a gun at them; they opened fire, shot him 14 times and were cleared of all charges.
“The pain is still there,” Elliott said. “It’s even worse when you think there was no justice.”
Marion Hopkins’ son Gary was shot and killed by police in Prince George’s County 15 years ago. She says her son and his friends were leaving a dance after an altercation had broken out.
“We got an indictment and there was evidence from the coroner that his hands were up when he was shot,” Hopkins said. “Came back not guilty.”
For days now, protesters have taken to the streets in D.C. and around the country, demanding an end to police brutality. The mothers say they are encouraged, that this time, it might make a difference.
“If people sit back and do nothing, it’ll continue to happen,” Elliott said.
“Maybe not in my lifetime, but they’re fighting this cause. They’re out there every day, hoping that we will bring about change.” said Hopkins.
The delegation of mothers joined protesters Wednesday evening. They also met with officials from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The women are planning a rally on Mother's Day 2015.