2012 - Free Fly Benzo!
30 imagesFROM HUNTER'S POINT TO HAITI: Fighting w/ indomitable spirit! It seems as though half of Hunter's Point, if not all of it at some point passed by 3rd and Palou on Wednesday, the 18th of April 2012. There, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, a resolute and determined 30- 50 people held a press conference to emphasize that the freedom of one of its own, Debray 'Fly Benzo' Carpenter, was of the utmost importance. Amid shouts of 'He's Not Guilty! He's Not Guilty!' 'Free Fly Benzo,' a fierce outpouring of community strength, love and commitment to fight for the freedom of one of its own was expressed by multitudes for Debray 'Fly Benzo' Carpenter, who was wrongfully convicted in violation of his 1st Amendment rights on 22 February of misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, and assault on a police officer for the allegedly criminal act of videotaping SFPD officers who were photographing him. The reality though, is that Debray Carpenter has been repeatedly harassed for over a year by the SF PD for his activism as a freedom fighter analyzing the meaning and application of 1st Amendment rights in the context of struggle, building connections between his school and the HP community via the Black Star Liner Coalition which he founded, feeding and empowering the people of his community, and demanding accountability for the murder of Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. on Saturday, 16 July 2011, while helping to debunk the media misinformation that sought to criminalize Kenneth Harding Jr. and all young Afrikan Men. And the 22-year old Mr. Carpenter has been accomplishing all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at CCSF. His sentencing date is Friday, 20 April 2012 where he faces either 1-year of probation or 3 years in jail. Fly Benzo is not guilty! Pack the courtroom on 20 April 2012 at 850 Bryant Street, Department 27, 2nd Floor @ 9:00 am! Fight for his life as you would fight for your own!
92 imagesDebray 'Fly Benzo' Carpenter was not sentenced on 20 April 2012. His sentencing is now scheduled for Friday, 27 April 2012. His defense team took the opportunity to set the record straight as to: o Facts of the case that were presented in error by the prosecution during the trial, o The fact that evidence critical to Mr. Carpenter's case was not allowed to be presented during trial and, o To re-iterate that these are grounds for an appeal of the verdict that will be presented in the future. Additionally, influential members of the SF labor and media community spoke to the court on Mr. Carpenter's behalf, as 50 - 100 people packed the courtroom and the hallway outside of court. This is indicative of the fact that his status as a peacemaker, negotiator, mentor in the lives of many bay area youth; as a community labor and student leader, and as a staunch advocate for the civil rights of dispossessed AFRIKAN and other communities of color is well known and documented.