New York activist Juanita Young is asking the city’s family law attorneys to assist her and her family in having her grandchildren returned to their home in the Bronx. The two boys, ages eight and 10, were forcefully and unexpectedly removed Thursday night, Oct. 10, and taken to the home of the grandmother of the younger boy, whose father also resides there.
The eight-year-old’s father has been living with his mother for the past five years. Before then, for two years he lived in the home from which the boys were removed Thursday. The boy’s mother eventually told him to move because he would not look for a job.
NYPD Officer Louis Rivera shot and killed Young’s son Malcolm Ferguson, 23, March 1, 2000. Each year since then Young has helped spearhead NYC’s annual October 22nd protest against police brutality.
Her 10-year-old grandson, who is now traumatized from being thrown to the ground by police, asked Young if the police would do to him what they did to Malcolm. He begged her not to let them take him. The grandmother’s home where the boys were taken Thursday is located across the street from where their Uncle Malcolm Ferguson was killed by police and the boys are aware of that.
Nearly every year for the past 19 years, the N.Y.P.D. and the Administration For Child Services have harassed the Ferguson/Young family, especially in the days just prior to the October 22nd National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. This year is no exception.
A.C.S. gave no substantial reasons for the removal of the terrorized 10- and eight-year-old boys. When A.C.S. and the police kicked in the front door of the home, a friend of the family was beaten and arrested because he thought the cops would once again attack Young and tried to protect her. He was taken to a hospital before being transported to jail.
Since Malcolm’s murder, cops have beaten Young, broken down her door, attempted to climb through her bathroom window, put a gun in her face and lied about having warrants for her son. In the presence of her frightened grandchildren, including the two boys removed Thursday, another son was pepper-sprayed and beaten in the head while being handcuffed. Six of Young’s family members and friends were once arrested, including her two daughters. Male officers removed one daughter’s blouse and fondled her chest.
“The New York ‘criminal injustice’ system has targeted this family with extra persecution since Juanita stood up to fight for justice for her murdered son and for all victims of brutal murdering police,” said Carl Dix, a founder of the National Day of Protest.
“This attack by A.C.S. is a continuation of that persecution and everyone who cares about justice must stand up and say it must stop. And they also need to come out on Oct 22nd to be part of saying in a loud voice that Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation must STOP!”
New York City’s 24th annual rally and march against police brutality begins Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Union Square on 14th Street in Manhattan.