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January 9, 2006
Coalition Joins Williams Family in Quest for Justice
Demands Public and Legal Action in Aftermath of Morningstar
The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality is calling
representatives of the State Legislature, Wayne County
government officials, and other City of Detroit and public
agencies to join in the call for justice in the case of
Eric "Mr. Magoo" Williams, gunned down last year by Michigan
State Trooper Jay Morningstar.
"The acquittal of Trooper Morningstar on murder and
manslaughter charges by the Wayne County Circuit Court jury
is a vote for barbarism and injustice," said Coalition
spokesperson Ron Scott. "The Coalition has received numerous
calls and e-mails from Detroiters as well as suburbanites
demanding that we refuse to let Eric Williams die in vain.
"Many of Detroit's homeless have asked for the assistance of
the Coalition, as they now too feel that they may become
targets of police violence," Scott continued. "This is one
case where Detroit police officers did their job and
testified against a heinous miscarriage of justice. We want
to expose the assaults by Michigan State Troopers which have
even occurred against Detroit officers.
"The Coalition joins the family of Eric Williams in their
efforts to pursue civil remedies for a civil wrong. We must
go further; we don't want the homeless to disappear just
because there's a Super Bowl coming. And as for Trooper
Morningstar, we believe he should not be allowed to
continue 'business as usual' as long as this specter of
violence clouds his career. Citizens cannot trust this kind
of law enforcement."
The Coalition is organizing a major public meeting to address
the Williams case in the near future.