The police are killing Black people. They choke us to death like George Floyd in Minneapolis and Marcus Deon Smith in Greensboro. They invade our privacy and search us with no reason, like a 15 year old boy who was stopped while running on the Greenway a week after Ahmaud Arbery was shot for running while Black. They arrest us for things that are legal for white people. We smoke weed at the same rates as white people and are 80% of the people who are arrested for marijuana. We are only 44% of the City.
We need to stop spending money on policing and harm. We need to start spending money on schools, teachers, guidance counselors, affordable housing, healthcare, childcare, livable wages, resources for domestic and sexual violence survivors, and everything that will help our communities thrive. Everything cannot be fixed overnight, and we need change at every level of government. But there are things the Greensboro City Council has the power to do right now. And if they fail to act, we will need a new City Council. The City Council must use their power to pass ordinances instead of relying on the police to make temporary administrative changes. We demand that the Greensboro City Council immediately:
1. Make amends to the family of Marcus Smith, an unarmed man experiencing homelessness who Greensboro police hogtied and killed in the street.
a. Apologize and adequately compensate the family of Marcus Deon Smith for his homicide death.
b. Fire the officers and their supervisors who helped cover up the homicide for their wrongdoing, demand that the county fire the paramedics involved, and issue a public apology from the City of Greensboro for the killing of Marcus Smith and over 50 years of police brutality and corruption.
c. Set up a memorial to honor the life of Marcus Deon Smith and all other victims of police violence in Greensboro.