During Protest Against Police Murder
Baton Splits her Ear
& Causes Concussion
But She Still Fights for Justice
JOIN HER TOMORROW AT NOON IN DOWNTOWN LA!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVENT: Press Conference
WHEN: November 23, 2016
WHERE: Placita Olvera Kiosk in Downtown Los Angeles.
TIME: 12:00 P.M.
CONTACT: Jorge Gonzalez, Esq. (213) 598-3278.
Today, REBECKA JACKSON-MOESER announces the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against officers from the California Highway Patrol for striking her in the head with a baton during a demonstration on November 25, 2014, regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown, from Ferguson, Missouri.
According to her Complaint, on November 25, 2014, two years ago, demonstrators had taken over the 101 freeway near Grand Avenue downtown. Officers from the California Highway Patrol formed a skirmish line and pushed demonstrators back up the hill toward Grand. As Ms. Jackson quickly moved backwards up the hill, one of the officers brandishing a PR-24 baton violently struck her in a back handed fashion in the left side of her face, splitting her ear, requiring 15-20 stitches to repair, and causing a concussion.
As the Complaint states (USDC Case No. CV 16:8733), a video exists of the event, clearly showing Ms. Jackson was turning to her right to run from the officers, and she did not attempt to assault the officers, did not have any weapons in her hands, nor did she present a threat to the officers at the time she was struck with the baton.
One officer’s last name can be identified as DAVILA, but the name of the officer that struck Ms. Jackson cannot be identified from the video, although his face and body are clearly visible on the video.
The Complaint alleges her 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech were infringed, and that her 4th Amendment rights to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures (aka use of excessive force) were also violated.