Protest Planned To Address Bayview Man’s Death
Plans for a huge protest march have finalized in Canarsie. The National Action Network (NAN) is collaborating with community groups to press for the arrest of the NYPD officer allegedly involved in the recent death of Tamon Robinson at Bayview Houses.
At a Town Hall Meeting held Tuesday evening at the Bayview Houses Community Center, Tamika Mallory, NAN Executive Director, along with civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, announced that the march is scheduled to be held on June 9th. Interest is mounting in the case - the most recent involving the death of an African American in the presence of NYPD officers.
Robinson was allegedly stealing cobblestones from outside of his Bayview home on April 12th when police officers tried to stop him. Reports also state that a police car “accidentally” hit Robinson as he was running away and the 27-year-old fell into a coma following the incident. The family told the press that police did not call an ambulance in time, resulting in Robinson’s death.
Mallory roused the large audience into cheers, urging that they should not rest until the police officer involved is arrested.
“We are going to be calling for the arrest of this officer that was driving the vehicle,” stated the NAN official, who added that the march will start where the incident took place, 1550 East 102nd Street. It will conclude at the 69th Precinct stationhouse on Foster Avenue and Rockaway Parkway.
Mallory emphasized the importance of marches and referred to the Trayvon Martin incident in Florida.
“We are here to be supportive of his family and to make sure there is a movement, that must begin with the people,” she added.
An investigation is still being conducted by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. Mallory later told the Canarsie Courier that Sharpton might attend the march.
Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who represents Robinson's family in the case, is urging witnesses to come forward and testify. So far, two residents have come forward.
A door-to-door campaign will start immediately to get as many people to attend the march.
Also present at the meeting was Robinson’s mother, Laverne Dobbinson, who broke down in tears when asked to speak.
“I am going to keep fighting to the end, not just for Tamon, but for everybody whose son has been lost,” she vowed.
Dobbinson later told the Courier that Robinson was not a bad person, and that he had a job.
“I miss my son. He was my life. My first born. He was a hard worker and worked at the Connecticut Muffin. I love him and everybody around him loves him and he deserves justice,” she said.
Mallory blamed Robinson’s death on the controversial NYPD Stop-and- Frisk campaign, which she feels is causing increased aggressiveness by the NYPD in some ethnic communities.
“We are working on getting the Stop and Frisk policy completely abolished, it is a parallel of racial profiling. If you are going to stop and frisk us, you got to stop and frisk every other community,” she declared.
Andre Mitchell, Executive Director of Man Up Inc, a group involved in the march, also slammed the Stop and Frisk campaign.
“Stop and Frisk does not work,” he said. “We want you (the NYPD) to do better policing.
“We have to let the 69th Precinct know that we are still very upset and angry about what one of their police officers did to our young brother Tamon,” he added.