Mourning Rally & Press Conference for Michael Marshall
Join us in supporting the family of Michael Marshall – the Denver sheriffs’ latest victim – with a gathering to mourn his death beginning at 1:30pm in front of the Denver jail downtown.
In an incident eerily similar to the case of Marvin Booker, brother Michael Marshall – a 50-year old, 130 pound black man with a known mental illness experiencing homelessness – passed away last night from injuries he sustained at the hands of Denver sheriff deputies nine days prior after being arrested and held on a $100 bond for trespassing. His family has asked for the community to come out to the plaza in front of the Denver jail to express our grief and outrage at yet another life lost at the hands of Denver’s law enforcement. We will gather at 1:30pm and the press conference will begin around 2pm. We will be gathering to grieve the sad state of our city and to echo the family’s demands of a fully transparent investigation and accounability for those responsible, as well as the immediate release of the video of the incident, which the authorities are refusing to share with the family or their lawyers.
Please bring signs, candles, flowers, and love for the Marshals as they go through this incredibly difficult time. Out of respect for the family and their grieving, we are calling for this event to be free from any confrontation with law enforcement. We call on the DPD and the Denver Sheriff to leave their riot gear at home and to not interfere with this peaceful demonstration.
Encountering or being taken into custody should not mean risking injury or death at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect us, but Denver law enforcement has shown over and over that that is exactly what it means to be suspected of a crime in this city, especially for black and brown folk. Please keep Michael and his family in your thoughts and/or prayers as they grieve this awful loss.
Those responsible have to be held accountable. And that is the job of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, his Manager of Safety Stephanie O’Malley, Sheriff Patrick Firman, and Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey There is a long tradition of non-indictments and failures of accountability for the harmful actions of Denver law enforcement. It has to stop. Now. And the community will be seeing to it that it does.