A community response
for Montgomery County, Maryland to end profiling, brutality,
and other misconduct by police.
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SSJC Taking Action
#Justice4Finan Protest and Vigil, May 24, 2020
Over 100 vehicles and people arriving on foot to protest the unjust and inexcusable killing of Finan Berhe on May 7, 2020.
Updates and Press Releases
- SILVER SPRING COMMUNITY SENDS LETTER WITH OVER 3,000 SIGNATORIES TO OFFICIALS DEMANDING ACTION AFTER MCPS AND MCPD EGREGIOUSLY HARMED A 5-YEAR-OLD WHO HAD WALKED OUT OF SCHOOLFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2021 Contact: Carlean Ponder (202) 508-1076 April 6th, 2021 (Silver Spring, MD) – A letter addressed to Montgomery County county government, police, and public schools officials has been delivered this morning to demand appropriate action be taken in response to egregious mishandling of a 5-year-old by two MCPD police officersContinue reading “SILVER SPRING COMMUNITY SENDS LETTER WITH OVER 3,000 SIGNATORIES TO OFFICIALS DEMANDING ACTION AFTER MCPS AND MCPD EGREGIOUSLY HARMED A 5-YEAR-OLD WHO HAD WALKED OUT OF SCHOOL”
- Letter to MoCo, re: East Silver Spring ElementaryDear County Executive Elrich, MCPD Chief Jones, MCPS Superintendent Smith, County Councilmembers, and Members of the Board of Education: We are deeply disturbed by the events of Jan. 14, 2020, when a five-year-old Black kindergartener walked away from East Silver Spring Elementary School. School employees contacted MCPD to help find the boy. Officers found himContinue reading “Letter to MoCo, re: East Silver Spring Elementary”
- Community members are deeply saddened and angered – but not surprised – after viewing footage of police abuse of a five-year-old Black boy.Press Contacts: Carlean Ponder: (202) 508-1076; Danielle Blocker: 240-273-8140 Silver Spring, MD (March 26, 2021) — Silver Spring Justice Coalition and our partners are deeply saddened to view the officer body worn camera footage, released today by Montgomery County, MD, depicting the horror that occurred when officers Christmon and Holladay encountered a five year-old BlackContinue reading “Community members are deeply saddened and angered – but not surprised – after viewing footage of police abuse of a five-year-old Black boy.”
HOW IT BEGAN: ROBERT LAWRENCE WHITE
On June 11, 2018, a Montgomery County police officer accosted, pursued,
and then shot and killed Robert White, an unarmed Black man strolling
in his own neighborhood. SSJC began as a community response to
Mr. White’s needless death and to the department’s conclusion that the
officer’s actions were lawful and justified.
The coalition draws from throughout Montgomery County, including
neighbors of Robert White, community members, faith groups, and civil and human rights organizations.
We envision a state and county where community and individual needs for safety are met while harm by police is eliminated.
We aim to create a paradigm shift in police-community engagement.
Race, class, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and mental health status must never again put people in Montgomery County at risk of state-sponsored discrimination and violence.