Case Against Police for Brutal Beating of Attorneys Tarif And Evelyn Warren Go To Trial

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The same police, led by a sergeant, came over to the Warrens' vehicle, reached in and started beating Attorney Tarif, then dragged him out of the car and arrested him. When Evelyn objected, she too was arrested—and hit in the face.

[New York: Comment]
 
The
trial of prominent African American attorneys Michael Tarif and Evelyn Warren
start May 14, 2012 at  9:30 A.M. in Brooklyn Federal Court, 225 Cadman
Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York.

The Judge on the case is Allyne Ross, Courtroom 8C on the 8th floor. Tarif has been a leading,civil rights lawyer for many years.

On
June 21, 2007, at about 6 P.M. Tarif and Evelyn Warren, both
African-American attorneys, stopped in their car at a red light at the
intersection of Atlantic and Vanderbilt Avenues in Brooklyn, only a few
blocks from where they live and practice law. They observed many
NYPD officers chasing a young man across the parking lot of a
McDonald's. The police caught the young man and proceeded to start
beating him, in full view of hundreds of people, including children.

Tarif
stepped out of his car and yelled at the police to stop beating the
young man. The same police, led by a sergeant, came over to the Warrens'
vehicle, reached in and started beating Tarif, then dragged him out of
the car and arrested him.  When Evelyn objected, she too was
arrested—and hit in the face. The Warrens were taken to the 77th
Precinct. Their arrests had been witnessed by people who knew them.

Within
hours, hundreds of people had gathered at the precinct demanding that
the Warrens be released. They were, but then spent the next many, many
months fighting the criminal charges, which were ultimately dismissed by
the District Attorney's Office.

The Warrens filed a federal 1983
(civil rights) action against the police who beat and arrested them, the
NYPD and the City of New York. In that suit, they are represented
by civil rights attorney Jonathan Moore. That lawsuit is scheduled
to start trial on May 14th in Brooklyn federal court at 9:30 A.M. The
trial itself is scheduled to take one-plus weeks. Let's start by filling
the courtroom the first week, then see where we go from there.

For
years, Evelyn and Michael Tarif Warren have defended the community
whenever their services were needed. Tireless and fearless defenders of
community people against police brutality, they now need our support in
return. 
 

"Speaking Truth To Empower."



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