– By Kitty Hundal May 26 2k16
The second anniversary of Jason Westcott’s death is coming up on May 27, 2016 and his family will be hosting an Event in his memory.
—| Jason’s Two Year Memorial May 27th 2016 |—
1) Memorial on Friday at 7:00 pm in Oldsmar, Florida at the Memorial Park on Shore Drive.
2) Memorial on Friday at 4:00 pm in Rome, New York for family and friends at Pinti Field.
Jason Westcott was a young man whose death was a needless tragedy.
Why should this matter to you and me?
Like millions of others living in poverty and struggling to survive, Jason worked hard, smoked weed and occasionally sold small amounts to his friends for their personal use.
This is not the profile of a hardened criminal working within organized crime. It is not the profile of a man so dangerous that the police needed a SWAT team to arrest him and kill him in the process of that arrest.
He was a frightened man who had received death threats and who had been advised by the police to keep his gun available and use it if necessary. He followed their advice.
So, why did this tragedy happen?
It happened because abuse of power and corruption are infesting police forces and our justice system, from the lowest to the highest levels, around the world. This corruption and abuse of power is being treated as though it’s acceptable and a ‘necessary evil’ in the ‘war on drugs’.
It’s okay for confidential informants to lie if it suits the police agenda.
It’s okay for police officers to perjure themselves in court since their target must be guilty, according to them.
It’s okay for judges to toss people in jail at the drop of a hat and over the most minor of offenses, to assume guilt even if the evidence doesn’t warrant such an assumption, or, to violate their civil rights, if they are disenfranchised and can’t afford to fight back.
Tampa Bay is no different. It’s no better or worse.
Unless we fix the problem of abuse of power and corruption no matter where it appears or at what level of society we will continue to have Jason Westcott’s die needlessly and tragically.
“In the minds of the Tampa police, Jason Westcott was expendable. Now that he’s dead, he’s just another piece of drug war collateral damage. Just like Eurie Stamps. Or Kathryn Johnston. Or Jonathan Ayers. Or Gonzalo Guizan. Or Isaac Singletary, Tarika Williams, Alberto Sepulveda, Pedro Navarro, Jose Guerena, Trevon Cole, Humbert Henkel, or Ramarley Graham, among others. There’s no need to reexamine the policies that led to these people dying, because these people simply aren’t that important. There have been dozens of Jason Westcotts before this one. And there will be more.”
Let’s take this opportunity to remember Jason as well as all of the other victims of state and police corruption and abuse of power.
Pledge in Jason’s name to expose and oppose these crimes.
The article was written by Kitty Hundal, founder of Hacktivist Culture, a Canadian Activist and supporter of the Anonymous Collective.