The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

NYC Cops Terrorize a Blind Grandmother

Jan 18, 2010

New York police smashed in the door to the apartment of Juanita Young in November, after refusing to identify themselves. It was the fourth time in 2009 the cops attacked Young or her family, after falsely arresting her three other times in previous years.

Young, legally blind, became active in protesting police brutality after one of her sons, Malcolm Ferguson, was killed by police in 2000. He had been active in protesting the killing of Amadou Diallo who was shot 41 times by the NYPD in February of 1999.

Plain and simple: New York cops have been terrorizing Young for daring to speak out against their brutality. In 2003, they evicted her illegally and charged her with trespassing in her own home. When they arrested her, one of the cops said to her, “No rallies for you today.”

Each time Young was arrested, the charges were either dropped or she was acquitted. In their most recent attack, the cops used the pretext that Young’s younger son Buddy fit the description of a robbery suspect, only then to charge him later with marijuana possession.

Young, who is black, recently said, “Not only have my rights been violated in the most blatant ways, but I feel physically and psychologically terrorized. I fear for my safety, my very life, and the lives of my children and grandchildren.” Nonetheless, she has stood up courageously in the face of this police terror campaign.

Stop police terror against Juanita Young and her family!