East Lansing Police Department rejects the demands of the MSU Community
Town Hall called for Thursday to organize further action
East Lansing, MI, October 29, 2014: This morning two members of the MSU community, Crystal Gause and Rashad Timmons, met with Juli Liebler, East Lansing Chief of Police. The meeting was arranged to answer the demands presented by protesters who marched on the police station last week. After cancelling a meeting on Tuesday due to alleged sickness, Ms. Liebler finally met with Gause and Timmons on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. Liebler informed them that the East Lansing Police Department would meet none of the demands presented by the protesters. This includes demands well within reach of the ELPD, such as officers wearing body cams and issuing a public condemnation of the excessive violence used by the police in Ferguson, Missouri.
In response to this total disregard for the needs and demands of the community, the individuals and groups that organized last week’s protest are hosting a Town Hall discussion tomorrow, Thursday October 30th, at 6 P.M. in room C302 in Snyder Hall on the MSU campus. They are expected to decide on a plan of action to ensure that the police are accountable to the community.
Today’s meeting was the follow up to a day of action against police brutality that occurred last Wednesday, October 22nd. On that day, a series of banners were dropped across the campus of Michigan State University. The banners read, respectively, “Indict Darren Wilson”, “Solidarity from Ferguson to Palestine”, and “Student Power is Back, Join the Global Movement.” The banners refer to the police officer that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th. Later that day, a coalition of over 200 Michigan State University students, professors, workers and community members marched on the East Lansing Police Department. The Coalition consists of the Black Student Alliance, the North American Indigenous Student Organization, Graduate Employees Union, MSU Students United, Students for Justice in Palestine, and United Students Against Sweatshops. The march was part of a national day of action called for by the residents of Ferguson as well as by the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
Details on tomorrow’s town hall can be found here: Town Hall for Police Accountability