Protesters Demand Justice for a Man Who Died in Police Custody
An estimated 100 protesters marched from Oklahoma City PoliceDepartment to City Hall demanding justice for Robin Howard. Howard diedin police custody in June.
"Wewill not stop until we get it," said Kimberly Turner, Robin Howard'ssister.
AMedical Examiner's report shows Howard died of pneumonia after suffering bluntforce trauma to the chest during a confrontation with Oklahoma City Police. Thechest trauma resulted in a ruptured lung. Howard's family was notnotified of his death until several days later.
"Itmakes me feel, so disgusted with my police force," said MichaelWashington, a protester.
Althoughthe Howard Family has received a Medical Examiner's report, members of thefamily say they still have not received a full explanation on what happened inhis confrontation with Oklahoma City Police officers.
"Thishas been a giant cover up," said Donald Williams, a friend of the HowardFamily who marched in the protest.
TheACLU and NAACP joined other protesters on the steps of City Hall demandingjustice and a full explanation for the Howard Family. Some demonstratorsfrom the NAACP drove all the way from Ardmore.
TheReverend Jesse Jackson also rallied the crowd during the demonstration Tuesdayafternoon.
Cityofficials and Oklahoma City Police also watched the demonstration from adistance as speakers gave their testimony in the nine month long fight foranswers behind Robin Howard's death.
"We'restill open to answering the questions of the family," said Captain DexterNelson, a spokesman for Oklahoma City Police.
Capt.Nelson says police have maintained communication with the Howard Family throughthe death investigation.
"Theywere given access to investigators that investigated the case, they wereallowed to read the reports," said Capt. Nelson.
Althoughthe Howard Family received some access to the case, family members and friendsof Robin Howard still suspect some cover-up in what occurred during Howard'srun in with the law.
"Wewant the truth, we seek the truth," said Williams, "that's all wewant."