By AFRO Staff
Almost 90 years ago in 1934, the AFRO reported on racist police brutality and murder at the hands of law enforcement in Prince George’s County with the case of Kater Stevens. Stevens was taken from his car after a minor traffic accident as his wife Mildred sat in the passenger seat of their vehicle. She never saw her husband alive again. Later that evening Stevens was shot in the back with impunity by police officer Charles Flory.
Decades later, Prince George’s County has become the wealthiest majority Black county in America. Yet, with the fatal shooting of William Green at the hands of PG County police on Jan. 27, while he was handcuffed, the scourge of police brutality wielded against Black and Brown people persists there.
On Oct. 29, the AFRO will partner with the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability to host “The People’s Hearing on Police Reform in Maryland.” The virtual event, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will be led by individuals and communities directly impacted by police brutality, including Nikki Owens, Green’s cousin, Rhanda Dormeus the mother of Korryn Gaines, gunned down by Baltimore County Police as she held her son in her arms Aug. 1, 2016, and Tawanda Jones, the law enforcement reform activist and sister of Tyrone West, who was brutality beat to death by law enforcement officers in Baltimore July 18, 2013.
The People’s Hearing will be moderated by AFRO Senior Reporter Sean Yoes, author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.