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Diallo Neal was a son, brother, partner and father. He was the patriarch of his family and he was senselessly killed.
"On October 10, 2005, a day before Diallo Neal would have turned 34, he was killed when a CHP motorcycle officer struck his motorbike, sending him plunging into a bus stop concrete bench. For five years, his mum, Gilda Baker was living with the assumption that he had died in an accident, because the police had lied about the incident. However, after finding out that several accounts of eyewitnesses and investigation documents did not match the official police report, she set out to uncover the real circumstances surrounding her son’s death. Since then, Gilda Baker has uncovered a long trail of lies, conspiracies and cover-ups."*
Together We Stand is working collaboratively with Open Circle to assist Diallo's family in their struggle to attain justice. For too many years, this family has had to live with the ultimate loss without any closure because of the cover up perpetrated by the CHP. Protocol was tossed out the window from the start and we intend on forcing the system to do what every citizen in this country deserves which is due justice and protection under the law. In this case, the law has been utterly shattered at every turn, yet no one at any level has followed through and done a proper and full, unbiased investigation into the Death of Diallo Neal. We intend to advocate for this family in every way for as long as it takes to get answers, justice and closure. Please share Diallo's story and keep yourself updated on his case by checking back regularly.
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*excerpt from Jake Dubois/Black Matters USType your paragraph here.
Andrew Joseph III
Today, I cried for you, cried for myself, cried for your sister, cried for your dad. Cried as I continue to be made to wade through streams, swim across rivers, climb steep mountains and walk many long marches carrying heavy backpacks of sorrow for Justice and Accountability into the death you suffered.
I cried through this development of this new life and new experience, never desired or imagined. Oh, my how I cried today for my past life, where my family was whole and intact. I cried today and then realized it was Friday, the same day of the week in which you had been killed. It was a Friday when you asked to attend 'Student Day' at the Florida State Fair. It was a Friday when you encounter the Hillsborough Sheriff Deputies and they acted as kidnappers, child abductors and abandoners. It was a Friday that 19 year old Jonathon Hatfield hit and killed you with no consequences on Interstate 4. It was a Friday on February 7, 2014 and now I realize that no Friday will ever be the same, for I currently dread the release and off guard contentment that many will demonstrate, knowing that this day for many ends a stressful work week and/or school week. I guess my crying for you will never end just like my love. Be the light my dear one and may you rest in power that the world has never seen or heard. #hisnameisandrewjosephIII #justice4andrewjosephIII, #teampeewee
Andrew Joseph, III was killed on February 7, 2014. Funds will help The Andrew Soars Foundation. We're asking for support as we educate and evaluate policy
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