From the Justice for Kayla Moore Coalition:
We need YOUR presence in the courtroom to show that our communities reject the City of Berkeley's attempts to escape accountability for Kayla's death and the violence she faced, along with so many other people of color, trans women and disabled folks.
Though the hearing begins at 10 a.m., we are asking people to come out early so we are all allowed into the courtroom. We will be there at 9 a.m. with coffee and food, and we will be ready to make some noise.
Kayla Moore was an African American transwoman who lived in Berkeley. She lived with schizophrenia for most of her adult life and was supported by a loving family in her effort to live independently. On February 12, 2013, she was with a friend who grew concerned about her mental health and called 911 for help. Although Berkeley police were familiar with Kayla and had done status checks on her in the past, on this day, they were especially aggressive in their response. Without a legal basis, they grabbed her soon after she answered her door and engaged in a violent struggle with a panicking Kayla. They ordered Kayla's care provider to leave the room and then proceeded to wrestle her face down on her own mattress. More cops arrived and piled on top of her. Not surprisingly, Kayla stopped breathing and was not given any assisted breathing by the police officers. She died soon after.
This fall, show up to support the Moore family as they seek to hold the city of Berkeley and the BPD accountable for the 2013 in-custody death of their loved one Kayla Moore. Let's make it clear that the Bay Area has not forgotten Kayla Moore, that her life and memory matter and that we demand an end to racist, transphobic and ableist police violence!
Other ways to get involved:
- Tell Kayla's story. Spread the word far and wide!
- Sign up for updates about the case: http://eepurl.com/b8MJnL
- Endorse our demands: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/justice-for-kayla-moore-endorse-the-demands
- Make contributions of art, supplies or resources to help make this struggle visible.
- Email us at email@example.com