On Thursday July 1, 2010, my brother Darryl Anderson was walking up 52nd Street towards Chestnut, going to the store where officer McGrudy of the 18th District stood.
Then, the cop turned towards Darryl and asked him, “Why are you following me.”
Darryl responded by saying, “I’m not following you. I’m going to the store.” At that time, McGrudy demanded his ID.
Darryl then patted his pockets, realizing he didn’t bring his ID outside with him. He had just left the house.
In that moment, McGrudy gripped him up by his shirt and said, “I should lock ya dumb ass up now!” The cop let him go by shoving him.
Instead of continuing to the store, Darryl turned to walk in the opposite direction to avoid the cop.
McGrudy then began to walk behind Darryl, stepping on the back of his shoes and poking him with the nightstick.
McGrudy persisted taunting him while walking, telling him to stand still.
As Darryl kept on walking, the cop started to hit him in his legs with the nightstick. Next, he swung to hit him in his head and Darryl ducked and fell as he grabbed the stick to stop him from continuously beating him.
The cop stood over top of him and repeatedly hit him in the head and face with the stick.
Once Darryl was able to get up, he attempted to run away from being beaten but was stopped by another cop on a bike, where both cops beat him some more. A young lady passing by yelled “STOP!” and they turned and begun harassing her, even spitting in her face.
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Darryl's sister, Shante Anderson
Now, my brother is being held for assaulting a cop, making it seem as if he violated his probation.
Darryl is a good kid; just took a turn after our brother Jeffery was shot and killed three years ago on 52nd and Arch St. He has a very good head on his shoulders and a lot of potential. I don’t want to lose another brother.” – Shante Anderson, Darryl’s sister – new International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) member, Philly branch.
Editor’s Note: This type of story occurs all too often in the domestically colonized African communities throughout the U.S. and North America. The police functioning as an occupying army in our communities much like the marines function in Iraq and Afghanistan, protect a system based on our oppression and exploitation. They keep Africans separated from our resources. They deny us the ability to organize in our interests and contain the resistance we wage in opposition to our oppression. This is why the pigs who brutalized Darryl and spit in the face of the sister who protested have yet to experience any consequences for doing so.
In the spirit of the resolutions passed at the 5th Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party calling for the organization of the masses of young African workers who suffer the most intense forms of police repression as well as the unrelenting resistance against the public policy of police containment, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement is organizing in the streets of North America to destroy the colonial prison, court and police system and to construct such apparatuses to serve the interests of the African working class. We are committed to challenging the U.S. capitalist colonialist State in the streets, the courts and the prisons.
Through such organization we demand the immediate release of and reparations to Darryl Anderson and the millions of Africans locked down from the U.S. government and the immediate arrest and imprisonment of the pig named McGrudy.
What You Can Do:
Call Philadelphia Police 18th District Headquarters and Prosecution Office demanding Darryl's immediate release and acquittal of all charges and the immediate firing of McGrudy: (215) 686-3180
Attend Darryl's preliminary hearing. Date will be established on Monday, July 19.
Join the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement today! www.inpdum.org
For more information call 215-713-8751.