2007-09-14 / Community

Richards:Cops Should Respect our Youth

Calls Protest Rally To Address Aggressive Policing

The Far Rockaway Youth Council will hold a protest against what Donovan Richards terms "youth targeted police brutality" in Far Rockaway on Saturday, September 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Richards, who is an aide to City Councilman James Sanders, says that the protest will begin at the intersection of Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive (in front of McDonald's) and end in front of the 101 Precinct on Cornaga Avenue.

Richards, who has been focusing largely on youth problems for the past several months, says that the protest is in response to his "disgust and outrage" over what he says are " innocent youths being discriminated [against] and treated as common criminals."

In support of his belief, Richards says that police sweeps take place every Tuesday and Thursday, as young people enter and leave the local libraries, and on the grounds of the housing developments, where they reside.

"The truth is we aren't antipolice, but we are anti-police brutality," said Richards. "Yes, we want the police to arrest those responsible for crimes being committed on the peninsula. However, when you are throwing young men up against the wall, who are leaving a library, the community must take a stand. The youth of Far Rockaway deserve to be able to enjoy their childhoods without worrying if they are going to end up in handcuffs for checking out a book."

The "Respect our Youth Rally", led by the NAACP Far Rockaway Youth Council, is an organized effort to bring this issue to the attention of the community and city officials, Richards added.

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Mr.Richards, you hit it right on the nose. I couldn't of put it no more clearer than you already did. Personally i am sick of all the poor excuses as to why my brothers and sisters have to continually endure these tasteless tactics from our ny finest. The sh.. is getting ridiculous. I personally know a mother who sent her teenage son into the 40's projects to run a errand to another relatives house and as the young man was leaving the buildiing to return home, one of our finest, hit him with a tresspassing charge. This has been happening alot and the farrockaway public better be aware that: you can't even visit friends and family on the penninsula if your name is not on a lease for the development that is visited. Are all these ridiculous arrests for the purpose of making the precincts books look as though they are doing their jobs? Is the purpose to stick a young adult with a felony by the time he is 21? It makes sense to me. We all know that once you have a felony, it decreases your chances for suitable employment. Let's begin to work together for a common cause. For those who are enterested in fighting against genocide in farrockaway, make a concious decision "NOT TO TAKE IT ANY MORE." CONTACT F.R.UA.- farrockawayunderattack.com. Help is comming to the rockaways to address many issues and they need the cooperation of the public. Feel free to comment on the videos on youtube.

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