[Ppnews] NY - Support the Warrens in Court Monday, March 3 - 9 a.m

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Monday, March 3, 2008
Michael Tarif & Evelyn
                9:00 a.m.
                Criminal Court, AP2,
                6th Floor
                120 Schermerhorn Street
                Brooklyn, New York

Take the 2,3,4 or 5 train to Borough Hall or the A or F trains to Jay 
St./Borough Hall.

The Warrens were assaulted by NYPD near their home when
peacefully observing & taking notes as a cop assaulted a young man.


What Happened?

11/30/07: Video interview by 

(this is the first 2 minutes of interview, view rest at 

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Attorney Michael Tarif Warren and his wife Evelyn were driving along 
Vanderbilt Avenue around 6 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2007 when they 
stopped at a red light. While stopped in traffic they witnessed NYPD 
officers pursuing a young man. They put their vehicle in park and 
exited their vehicle to see what was happening. They saw the young 
man on the ground with his hands cuffed behind him surrounded by 
police officers who were kicking him viciously.

Then Sgt. Talvy, who appeared to be in charge, kicked him in the head 
and stepped back some distance away.  He placed his hand on his 
handgun on his right hip.

"Not only as people of conscience and moral decency, but as lawyers, 
we thought this is outrageous." They arrived and stood "more than ten 
feet away," he said. We returned to the vehicle almost immediately 
because we were ordered to do so. Outside the vehicle, Mr. Warren 
said to Sgt. Talvy, "Why are you beating him, he's handcuffed, he's 
not a threat.  Take him to the precinct."

They returned to their car, and Ms. Warren began to write down the 
license plate numbers of the police vehicles as the Warrens watched 
the NYPD put the bleeding young man in a car. When Sgt. Talvy came 
over to the car Mr. Warren told him we were lawyers.  Sgt. Talvy 
struck Ms. Warren while both Warrens were in the vehicle.  Sgt. Talvy 
was punching Mr. Warren repeatedly in the head, looking as if he had 
no intention of stopping, repeatedly punching him through the window 
and shouting, "Get out of the car!" Sgt. Talvy dragged Mr. Warren out 
of the car, ripping his shirt and pants. Ms. Warren, very upset, 
asked "Why are you doing this?" Sgt. Talvy then punched her in the 
face. Both were arrested and taken to the 77th precinct charged with 
obstruction, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Quickly, word of the Warrens arrest spread, and several hundred 
people descended on the 77th Precinct demanding his release. 
Organizations including the December 12th Movement, 100 Blacks in Law 
Enforcement Who Care, Malcolm X Grassroots, International Action 
Center, CEMOTAP, the Muslim community, the Haitian community and many 
others were present and several media outlets were on hand.

NYC Councilman Charles Barron, Attorneys Roger Wareham, Reginald 
Haley, and Marisa Benton began negotiating their release with 
Brooklyn's top brass, including Community Affairs Chief Douglas 
Zeigler, Brooklyn Borough Commander Chief Gerald Nelson, and 77th 
Precinct Executive Officer Michael Marino. At approximately 10:30 PM 
Evelyn Warren was released with a summons. Michael Warren was 
released with a DAT at 11:30 PM.


Michael Tarif (left) and Evelyn Warren with NYC Councilman Charles Barron

Councilman Barron and other community activists are demanding Talvy 
be fired and that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hines "drop the 
charges (against the Warrens) and charge the police." He stated, 
"Police who murder and assault us must be charged with crimes and put 
in jail. That is the only deterrent."

Evelyn Warren added, "We are professionals, if they do this to us in 
broad daylight on a crowded street, what do they do in the dark when 
no one is around? That's what I'm concerned about. Officer Talvy must 
go and Police Commissioner Kelly must go, because his policy allows 
this behavior to continue."

If charges against them are not dropped, Michael and Evelyn Warren 
vow to take the case to trial and use it as a community mobilizing 
and educating tool to fight police brutality.

This report largely taken from an article by Amadi Ajamu published by 
the <http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2007/06/87543.html>NYC Indymedia 
Center on June 23, 2007. Thank you, Sister Amadi.

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