Did police response to a call involving mental health distress obey the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? A court will look at Kayla Moore's experience . . . .
Kayla Moore died at the hands of Berkeley police on February 13, 2013. Read "We Remember Kayla Moore" by Nomy Lamm (who created the poster above) to learn about Kayla Moore's life and how she died.
The Justice 4 Kayla Moore movement has grown steadily in the Bay Area. I was present at Federal Court in San Francisco on Monday when Judge Breyer said he would move forward with the court case brought by the family. He will hear arguments on the part of the complaint related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Judge Breyer dismissed the parts related to excessive force and equal protection. (More to come on the possibility of appeal on those issues.) The month of November will provide important opportunities to support Kayla's family and the Justice 4 Kayla Moore movement.
When I lived in Chicago, I learned about the need for police accountability. I was very focused on Chicago, but I also learned about the situation in other parts of the country, particularly when leaders from around the country gathered in Chicago for the National Forum on Police Crimes. So I have arrived in Berkeley with my eyes open.
A particular case I learned about in Chicago involved Stephon Watts. It was my first introduction to what goes wrong when police use confrontation instead of de-escalation in responding to mental health-related distress calls.
The struggle for police accountability has been a difficult one in Chicago. It's turning out to be a difficult one throughout the country. I expect it will be a difficult one in Berkeley.
But I'm inspired to see the strength of the growing movement here. And it's about to get stronger . . .
To be continued . . . .
Police encounter black man on street
Police shoot black man
Black man dies
(Business as usual in Chicago.)
(See We need to get the police off the streets of Chicago. QED.)
Then I remembered my Chicago vocabulary lesson.
(See Chicago Vocabulary Lesson: "Overcharging" and "Undercharging" )
(See Free Them All )