We Demand Justice 4 Kayla Moore!
1/13/17: ALL OUT FOR COURT SUPPORT FOR THE MOORE FAMILY
8 A.M.: Gather at the SF Federal Building for breakfast, coffee & speakers
8:15 A.M.: Prep to enter courtroom
8:30 A.M.: Appeal hearing begins
Please show up Friday, January 13th to be with the Moore family in court. Nearly four years after Kayla's death at the hands of Berkeley police, no one from BPD or from the City of Berkeley has been held accountable. Let's be there in court in full force and show the judge that we stand with the Moore family, on the side of justice, in honor of Kayla's life.
ABOUT KAYLA MOORE & HER FAMILY'S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
Kayla Moore was a Black trans women born and raised in Berkeley. She lived in the Gaia Building in downtown Berkeley. She was a published poet, and loved to cook, dance, and help people - her neighbors, friends and even strangers on the bus.
On Feb. 12, 2013, Kayla was in her home when a friend of hers called BPD to request a mental health wellness check for Kayla. Kayla had a schizophrenia diagnosis and her family and friends had called for help from the city of Berkeley before. But this night, instead of offering assistance, they immediately tried to take her into custody. Although they had no legal basis for arresting her, they wrestled her onto the ground. Kayla died face down on a futon with six police officers on top of her.
Almost four years later, the officers involved have faced no consequences. This year, the Moore family filed a civil suit against the city of Berkeley and the BPD based on officers' use of excessive force, wrongful arrest and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The supposedly 'progressive' City of Berkeley has responded by continuing to shirk responsibility for Kayla's death by trying to have the Moore family's case thrown out. However, despite the judge's November decision to hear only the ADA claim and throw out the rest of the case, Kayla's family and their lawyers aren't accepting a "compromise" on justice. They have appealed the judge's initial decision and are urging the courts to hear every essential piece of the case. On January 13th, the judge will be deciding whether or not the grant the family’s appeal.
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