Protest the City State’s Attorney Dropping 1st Degree Assault Charges in the Racist Attack on Northwestern High School Student

Protest the City State’s Attorney Dropping 1st Degree Assault Charges in the Racist Attack on Northwestern High School Student

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Protest the City State’s Attorney Dropping 1st Degree Assault Charges in the Racist Attack on Northwestern High School Student

 

We Demand:

 

*Werdesheim be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for assault and hate crimes.

*Disband the racist Shomrim vigilante group.

*Reparations and resources for the Lower Park Heights neighborhood.

 

Emergency Press Conference & Protest

Monday, January 24, 2011 -  12 Noon to 1 P.M.

Gregg Bernstein, City State’s Attorney Office

Mitchell Court House, St. Paul St. and Lexington St.

 

Press Conference and Picket Line will call for citywide protest on Feb. 15, 2011

when Werdesheim appears in court for misdemeanor charges. 

 

On Nov. 19, a group of men from the Shomrim, targeted a 15-year-old Black youth from Northwestern senior high school who was simply walking from school through the upper Park Heights neighborhood.

 

Shomrim member Werdesheim, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and CEO of the Baltimore-based security firm Sayeret Operational Solutions, harassed the teenager, telling him “you don’t belong in this neighborhood”, then hit the youth over the head with a radio.  Immediately other Shomrim members joined Werdesheim in the racist attack by kneeing him in the back, throwing him to the ground and breaking his wrist.

 

Werdesheim was originally arrested on five charges, including first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.  But as of January 20, 2011, the City State’s Attorney, has dropped all felony charges leaving only misdemeanor charges.   Eliyahu Werdesheim is scheduled to be in court on Feb. 15.  We will be at the court hearing to protest.

 

Shomrim, has a five year-long, close knit relationship with the Baltimore City Police Department.  This must be severed and Shomrim should be disbanded for promoting hate crimes and conducting vigilante style activities.

 

The contrast between Upper Park Heights and Lower Park Heights is glaring.  Lower Park Heights has suffered from extreme neglect.  The need for a jobs program, health care, and services for all must be addressed.  The fact that Shomrim has a special relationship with the police department speaks volumes.

 

It adds insult to injury that now youth from Northwestern senior high school are being targeted and attacked.  What they are saying is that Black youth and poor people should not walk in a rich predominately white neighborhood. 

 

All who cherish and stand for justice, of all nationalities and religions, must say no to this racist attack!  Please join us and other community groups and activists on Monday and again on Feb. 15.  All organizations and individuals encouraged and invited.

 

Call Issued by:  All Peoples Congress   For more info call:  443-909-8964