Photo Credit: Mothers for Justice
Three years ago, Maria Hamilton’s son, Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a police officer. He was shot 14 times while in the park in the middle of the day. He was unarmed with nothing but a few pieces of candy in his pocket. The officer involved was fired but never criminally charged and continues to receive his full salary, in the form of a Duty Disability Retirement Payment, every year.
Amidst grief and anger, Maria Hamilton looked to other mothers, women who too had lost a child in a police shooting or in police custody and asked them to join her. Together the mothers of Terell Johnson, Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Brandon Johnson, Derek Williams, Darius Simmons, Larry Jenkins, Ernest Lacy and others created Mothers for Justice United, an organization dedicated to seeking justice for their children and putting an end to race based police policies.
On Mother’s Day weekend in 2015, they traveled to Washington DC marched on the US Department of Justice demanding their voices be heard. They since have spent their days protesting police brutality, marching against racial profiling and demanding justice.
This Mother’s Day, we stand with the Mothers for Justice United and honor their loss by demanding justice on their behalf.
Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Tanisha Anderson, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Rumain Brisbon, Jerame Reid, Tony Robinson, Philip White, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Freddie Grey, Sandra Bland, Sam Dubose, Christian Taylor, India Kager, Jamar Clark, Terence Crutcher, Yvette Smith, Jordan Edwards and many more. - Maureen Post
For more information please visit: http://www.mothersforjusticeunited.org