FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth R. OuYang, President, OCA-NY (718) 650-1960
STATEMENT BY OCA-NY IN SUPPORT OF THE MILLIONS MARCH NYC
"OCA-NY supports the millions march today. As a civilized society, we give the police the power to arrest. However, we must live in a society where there are effective checks and balances when police officers abuse that power," stated Elizabeth R. OuYang, President, OCA-NY.
Members of OCA-NY are marching in the millions march today. To show solidarity with all who seek police accountability, OCA-NY also participated in December 4th's rally at Manhattan's Foley Square seeking justice for Eric Garner. In 2006, OCA-NY marched for justice for Sean Bell, an African American male who was fatally shot in Queens by a police officer on the eve of his wedding.
Founded in 1978, OCA-NY Asian American Advocates is a non-profit, civil rights organization that seeks to protect and advance the political, economic, and social rights of Asian Americans in New York City. It is one of over 100 chapters and affiliates of OCA nationwide.
Incidents of police brutality sadly occur in the Asian American community as well. OCA-NY was a lead organizer in the recent case that led to the dismissal of criminal charges against 84 year old Kang Wong who received stitches to his head after being issued a jaywalking ticket in Manhattan. Other incidents involve unlawful strip searches, assaults, and fatal shootings.