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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Photo of the Day: National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality


About 50 people showed up today at Woodruff Park in support of National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality.

One of the protesters was Iffat Muhammad Walker, whose brother Abraheem Muhammad was unarmed when he was shot in the head and killed during a confrontation with a DeKalb police officer in August 2006. The police report said that Muhammad had pushed an officer against a wall who had come to investigate a report of trespassing in an apartment complex at 3800 Flat Shoals Parkway and that the weapon discharged during the struggle, according to the AJC. A DeKalb County Internal Review Board later ruled that either Muhammad had pulled the trigger while attempting to shoot the officer or that the gun went off during a struggle.

Iffat says that the police report does not make sense and questions how her brother could have shot himself in the face. She also questions why the police are in charge of investigating their fellow officer. “It does not make sense. It’s like if I commit a crime and I investigate myself.”

Her brother’s case was one of twelve cases in which an officer fatally shot someone in DeKalb County in 2006, according to the AJC. In 10 of the 12 cases, the Internal Review board ruled the fatal shootings justified. In another fatal case, in which a suspect was beaten with a baton, pepper sprayed and later stopped breathing, the board found that the officers did not contribute to the death.

“We really want to know what happened, “ Iffat said during the rally. “I remember him as a very kind person. I dressed him for his funeral and that is the last time I saw him.”

(Photo of Iffat Muhammad Walker at the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality at Woodruff Park)

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