Partisan Defense Committee Letter
26 May 2013
Partisan Defense Committee P.O. Box 99, Canal Street Station, New York, NY 10013
Contact: Kevin Gilroy (212) 406-4252
Drop the Charges Against Victimized USC Students
The following letter to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer was written in response to a racist cop rampage against a black student party at the University of Southern California. See "USC: Riot Cops Raid Black Student Party."
The Partisan Defense Committee demands that all charges be dropped against the six black USC students assaulted and arrested after the Los Angeles Police Department broke up a largely black party at USC on May 4th. Following an alleged noise complaint, some 79 armed cops in riot gear insulted, beat and arrested students. One is facing a trumped up felony charge of interfering with the police and five others are facing misdemeanor charges of failing to disperse.
The police attack on this black graduation party was a racist provocation intended to intimidate all minority students at USC, where blacks make up only 5% of the student body. These arrests are just the most recent in a string of police harassment and assaults against black and Latino students on campus, including increased ID checks and manhandling of minority students. The PDC stands in solidarity with the protests against this racist LAPD raid and we demand that all the charges be dropped now!