Hawa Bah, Faith Leaders Put Heat on Feds Over Son’s Killing by Police
by ‘little Red
It is another ugly police killing crying out for justice.
It is another reason why the US Department of Justice needs a shaking up on cases like these.
It is also a moving case where the rock-solid mother of victim refuses to go away!
On Wednesday, January 12th, under a near spring warm orange sun, Hawa Bah, mother of Guinean immigrant Mohamed Bah, who was senselessly killed by three New York City police officers in the fall of 2012, appeared at the office of the US Attorney for New York, Preet Bharara came to demand justice.
She had some company.
She was joined by Joshua Lopez, whose uncle, John Collado, was killed by NY police after trying to break up a fight two years ago. She was joined by J. Andee Smith, who lost her son, Justin, to police violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was joined by Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, killed in NY’s infamous ‘I can’t breathe’ videotaped chokehold case.
Sharonne Salaam, whose son, Yusuf, endured, being wrongly incarcerated for rape in the notorious Central Park 5 case, was also there.
She had Imam Talib Abdul-Rashid of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood, who had with him a number of faith based leaders from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Hindu communities.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” bellowed the Imam, echoing the collective sentiments of the gathering.
She also had with her councilman Brad Lander.
City electeds are a pathetic rarity in matters like these. A white city elected is even more rare.
She even had with her a former NYPD captain, Rev. Karyn Caro, who was pained greatly by the total lack of protocol and regard for this young man’s life in this case.
“There are two things that trouble me most about the way this young man, Mohamed Bah, was killed,” Caro said tellingly.
“First, although there was no immediate threat to anyone’s life, the responding officers chose to break into the apartment instead of adhering to the usual policy of isolating and containing the emotionally challenged person.
“Secondly, at least one of the shots fired was to Mohamed’s head after he was already subdued and lying on the floor,” she finished outlining the coldblooded facts of the case.
They were all there because of what happened on that fateful fall day when Hawa Bah called for an ambulance for her son.
On September 25th, 2012, three NYC police officers, Michael Green, Andrew Kress and Edwin Mateo, responded to Bah’s call for medical help. When it was all over, Mohamed would be dead with eight bullets in him.
“My son was a good boy.
“He was an honor roll student.
“He never committed a crime in his life,” said a hurting Hawa Bah.
They all came with a letter signed by 90 faith leaders and community organizations demanding that US Attorney Bharara, who was told that President Elect Trump would keep him on his post, conduct the thorough investigation demanded by this case, charge these officers with criminally violating Bah’s civil rights and meet with the Bah family and supporters by February 9th.
It is a horrible time-marking case bringing together anti-immigrant hostility, Islamaphobia, police brutality, and a disregard for the emotionally challenged.
“Pathetically, it is one of too many cases screaming out for justice,” said Newark based poet and activist Zayid Muhammad, who sojourned to NY to stand in solidarity with Hawa Bah.
“It is another good reason why our annual October 22nd Day Against Police Brutality should be a major march on the UN this year, putting this country on blast over the scourge of police brutality and the government allowing these police killings to go on with impunity,” finished the emphatic press officer for the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee.