Reader’s Voice Kat Lee: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot"

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot has become the national anthem for people of color living in White America. And live streaming those encounters is the only sense of false protection one has when confronted by an army of KKKops with guns drawn ready to shoot to kill.

The Phillips family has been repeatedly harassed and disrespected by Chico Police Department since the murder of Desmond on March 17, 2017. On Sunday, June 24, 2018 a live video uploaded via Facebook of David Phillips harassed by Chico Police Department has reached over 40,000 viewers. As David left Little Caesars Restaurant on Hwy 32 with several pizzas in hand to feed the homeless, he instantly became surrounded by more than 6 police officers and 6-7 squad cars.

There was not a weapon present, report of abuse or altercation or 911 call made. Councilmember Ory submitted a request to city council to review a revenue measure to increase police staffing in late June. I almost vomited in my mouth from disgust and rage. We do not need more police. We need less of our citizens harassed and murdered by police, more implicit bias training for officers, and better de-escalation practices.

Thank you for your time,

Kat Lee, Chico