WC Johnson of Community United for Change just sent out the following press release announcing a town hall meeting tonight about last week's shooting, which left Justin Sipp dead and Officers Anthony Mayfield and Michael Asevedo seriously injured. Last week, a lawyer for Officer Jason Giroir, who initiated the stop that led to the shooting, said Giroir did nothing wrong and welcomed any investigation to prove it. Johnson, and others, however, remain unconvinced. Johnson calls the circumstances described by police "questionable at best"; Sipp's brother Larry Champ has also publicly questioned the account; and local NAACP chapter president Danatus King has called for a federal investigation into the incident.
Community United for Change
1647 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, La. 70119
Community United for Change (CUC) has invited the family of deceased Justin Sipp and his brother, Earl Sipp, to meet with Commander Westbrook of Public Integrity Bureau, and Susan Hutson, the Independent Police Monitor, for answers to what happened that caused their loved ones death and serious injuries. The US Justice Department has also been invited to observe these proceeding.
Note: Hutson tells Gambit she will not be attending the meeting. NOPD officials have not yet responded to an inquiry as to whether Westbrook will be there.
CUC encourages the Black Community to rally in support of the Sipp family to ensure a fair investigation and to develop measures to keep these behaviors from happening to other loved ones of the Black Community. Your support and presence is vital to demand justice in this case. Don’t let this NOPD shooting get ignored like the Adolph Grimes III murder in 2009. There are too many Black Folks being murdered and brutalized by the NOPD.
Justice for the Sipp Family!
Stop the Murder and Police Brutality of Black People
*Stop Racism Now *
Emergency Town Hall Meeting
St. James AME Church Meeting Hall
221 N Derbigny Street (next door to Two Sister’s Kitchen)
Monday March 5th 6:30 PM
Come One Come All ~ You Could Be Next