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PAPV marches against Police Violence on MLK Holiday
01/20/2004
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pittsburgh, groups marched in the Hill District and Downtown to call on calling on District Attorney Zappala to prosecute muders of African Americans by police officers.

One case, that of Michael Ellerbe, involved an unarmed 12 year old boy. Running from police, Ellerbe was shot from behind in Uniontown. His case has yet to be prosecuted.

The parents of another victim of police violence, Bernard Rogers, were present. Rogers was killed during a "confrontation" with Pittsburgh Housing Authority police on November 15, 2002, allegedly under suspicion that he was selling marijuana. He has not been determined to have committed any crime. Ballistics evidence shows that he was shot at a downwards angle from behind, most likely when running away from police, evidence that contradicts the testimony of co-conspirating police officers.

People Against Police Violence founder Renee Wilson said that the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King has been watered down since his death in 1968. Action has been replaced with prayer breakfasts, she said.

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