Protests over deaths while in custody: New Jersey

Police Excessive Restraintoriginally published:
27th August 2009

The Peoples Organization for Progress, concerned friends and family members recently held rallies for two Black men, Basire Farrell, 30, of Newark and Jahqui Graham, 21, of East Orange, who were killed while in police custody in New Jersey.

At the rallies there were calls for federal investigations, and a plea for United Nations investigations of alleged human rights violations.

An Aug. 8 rally was held in front of Newark Police Department headquarters to protest the alleged beating of Mr. Farrell on a Newark street while he was handcuffed.

The alleged beating took place May 15. Police said he attempted to attack officers trying to subdue him and went into cardiac arrest on the way to a hospital.

The Newark Police Dept. has not named the officers involved; nor had the results of the autopsy been released publicly at Final Call presstime. Family members and activists are questioning police accounts of what happened.

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