Press Conference/American Indian Movement, Northern Nevada/Abolish Columbus Day
We, the Native American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada, are outraged by the actions of the Reno Police Department. We are disappointed in the charges brought against the driver. It is unreasonable that the victims of this hate crime are being charged. It is not reasonable to have a double standard regarding self defense, based on race. The 'factual account' of events offered by the Reno Police Department did not include any of the eye witness accounts of the individuals stalking the Abolish Columbus Day Protest, the eye witness accounts of them yelling racial slurs, or the aggressive provocation that happened before the video began.
We demand the charges be dismissed on the two protectors who tried to stop this violent individual.
We demand that more charges be brought against the driver, and his passenger.
We demand that the City of Reno publicly abolish Columbus Day.
We demand Chief Soto's resignation for his lack of leadership in this investigation.
We will be holding a press conference today, October 15, 2016 at 10AM at Valdez Studio, 940 Matley Lane, Ste 34.
Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 29 years, serving as a writer for Navajo Times and a stringer for AP and USA Today during the 18 years she lived on the Navajo Nation. After being a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated. She then created Censored News, focused on Indigenous Peoples and human rights, now in its fifth year.