*** Media Advisory ***
Religious Leaders Denounce Excessive Use of Force
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2020
WALNUT CREEK – Religious leaders announced that they will gather at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the corner of Civic and Broadway to release statements and express their concern over the use of force by law enforcement officials at a protest about police brutality on Monday.
The young adult injured is currently in Kaiser Hospital under observation after being struck in the face with what appears to have been a rubber bullet. Having been previously treated with stitches for the injury to her forehead, she is now under observation for more complications.
The injured person and other area young people were participating in a non-violent action. The leaders of the event reported that they were instructed to disperse and then fired upon with tear gas, rubber bullets and other means as they had begun to do so. The group was responding to calls to take to the street which were issued after numerous accounts of wrongful deaths of Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement.
A representative of the injured adult’s family will read a statement by the woman and several members of Faith in Action East Bay will discuss police brutality, an issue which has been of longstanding concern in Contra Costa County.
For information, contact Rev. Leslie Takahashi, lead minister at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-934-3135 extension 112.
When: Thursday, June 4, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
Who: Family of injured young adult, religious leaders
Where: Civic Park, corner of Civic and Broadway,
Walnut Creek, CA
Contact: Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Lead Minister