Sunday, September 6, 2009

Quanell X listens to concerns about cops

Funny how this asshat shows up, kinda like superman. What a joke. Perhaps if he had the balls to suit up and go through what our cops go through on a daily basis he could better understand real life. My hats off to our Law Enforcement personnel no matter where you are. (Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Nation and New Black Muslim Movement in America)Hummm
03:13 PM CDT on Sunday, September 6, 2009

By Hayley Kappes / The Daily News Correspondent

GALVESTON — A group of residents already had gathered at a house near Avenue O 1/2 and 28th Street on a humid Saturday morning, ready to share their stories. Moments later, a black SUV pulled up, and out emerged the man whom the group eagerly awaited.

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Video Slideshows Blogs Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Nation and New Black Muslim Movement in America, made the drive down Interstate 45 from Houston on a “fact-finding mission.”

He said residents in the neighborhood have contacted his office for weeks, alleging Galveston Police Department officers repeatedly have used excessive force against African-American residents.

He listened as residents took their turns explaining their problems with the police.

Barbara Graves said her son, Ernal Mayberry Jr., was at one point arrested and booked into county jail for a bicycle violation.

Mayberry, 34, was arrested Aug. 31 and charged with possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance and less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Web site. He is in the Galveston County Jail on a $60,000 bond.

Police officials would not comment on the allegations. Lt. D.J. Alvarez said he has not heard of any formal complaints filed regarding excessive force against Galveston’s African-American community.

Quanell X said the residents are organizing a protest for Nov. 8 in front of police headquarters, but plans have not been completed.

“I believe that the Galveston Police Department has a systemic history of using excessive force when dealing with or coming into contact with the African-American community,” he said. “I don’t think it’s in the city’s best interest for the police chief, city council or mayor to continue to ignore this issue.”

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