Former police officer, George Bubaris, was acquitted of charges on Tuesday in the April 2007 death of Rene Perez, an immigrant, in the suburb of Mount Kisco, New York. Read NYTimes article here.
In order to fully understand the gravity of the ruling, be sure to read a re-post from The Sanctuary, written in the months after Perez’s death. Brokedown Houses of a New York Suburb is a powerful documentation of the greater forces at work in this case, the racism just below the surface, the institutionalized fear of “the other” and society’s “internal cross-currents and contradictions, conflicts of interest, opposition and dissent”.
I hope that even in the face of Tuesday’s ruling, we can take the last words of this post and continue in our struggle –
So we will continue to be divided. Which means that some of us — many of us — will continue to dissent, to speak out, to organize the new underground passageways of the 21st century, to agitate for the empowerment of the disempowered, to make unapologetic moves toward greater social justice. We will continue to fight. I know which side I’m on. I hope you do too.