About Us

 

CAPCR Steering Committee

 

Coalition History

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The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression began in 1983 as a united front to get justice for Marilyn Banks, killed by a reckless police officer. That campaign got Officer Joseph Ferrario indicted and removed from the force.  Unfortunately, Ferrario’s trial was moved to Kansas City where he was acquitted of criminal charges.

From the beginning, CAPCR demanded that the police department be taken from the State of Missouri and put back into the hands of the citizens of St. Louis. We also demanded a civilian review board that would be democratically elected by the citizens.

Our mission, then and now, is to 1) end police crimes and abuse; 2) end the criminalization of a generation; and 3) to expose the prison industrial complex.

Toward those goals, we have supported victims, survivors and their families through protest, direct action and advocacy. Through the years we have fought for justice for Garland Carter, Julius Thurman, Jerome Johnson, Arthur Dobbins, and others.  With the goal of achieving community control, greater transparency and better police accountability, we have long pushed for an effective Civilian Oversight Board; our bill for civilian oversight passed the Board of Aldermen in 2007 but was vetoed by Mayor Slay.

That same year we began a new campaign to get local control of St. Louis police.  After just under 150 years of State control, we wanted to see a police department more open and responsive to citizen input. Though there are still many issues still to fight in getting community control of the police, we won that battle in November 2013 when St. Louis once again gained local control of the police.

With that victory achieved, we have returned our sights to getting and effective Civilian Oversight Board for St. Louis. Now we are on the eve of attaining that goal. Our first bill is set to pass this April, and we are pushing to further strengthen the COB through bills to give it subpoena power and to create an independent Department of Civilian Oversight.

Our campaigns have merged with the larger Ferguson movement to enforce that Black Lives Matters. Our members have been intimately involved since early in August 2014 and have worked as part of the Don’t Shoot Coalition and other groups to achieve justice for Mike Brown and the entire Black community.

12 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Kristen jordan says:

    I would like to assist/participate in this organization. Please let me know if membership in the capcr is open to all, or only to those in positions of authority.
    Thank you,
    Kristen Jordan

    1. Jamala says:

      We would love to have your help! Please contact us at 314-332-1263.

      1. Kristen jordan says:

        I guess that’s not a working number?

    2. Jamala says:

      Hi, Kristen! I’m so sorry that it has taken so long to respond. We now have a fully dedicated team to work on our website.

      CAPCR has always been a grassroots effort. We welcome participation by everyone.

      We’d love to hear from you. Our next general meeting will be Thursday, April 12, 6-8pm at 1401 Rowan Ave. (Knock hard and someone will let you in) Hope to see you there!

  2. Dexter Zaring says:

    Hello, I would love to help!

    1. Jamala says:

      Hi, Dexter! I’m so sorry that it has taken so long to respond. We now have a fully dedicated team to work on our website.

      We’d love to hear from you. Our next general meeting will be Thursday, April 12, 6-8pm at 1401 Rowan Ave. (Knock hard and someone will let you in) Hope to see you there!

  3. Jason Mayer says:

    I am interested in proposing new laws regarding police brutality and would like to talk to you about things that you have tried and learned about the process. Is there a current email address to communicate with, or a regular meeting location where I can speak with the steering committee in person?

    1. Jamala says:

      Hi, Jason! I’m so sorry that it has taken so long to respond. We now have a fully dedicated team to work on our website.

      We’d love to hear from you. Our next general meeting will be Thursday, April 12, 6-8pm at 1401 Rowan Ave. (Knock hard and someone will let you in) Hope to see you there!

  4. Taylor says:

    How big of a group are you guys? Is there a certain number of members you have?

    1. Jamala says:

      We have a steering committee that is comprised of 5 people. We hold general meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the Rowan Center, 1401 Rowan Ave, 6-8:00pm. That’s where general members and anyone interested from can participate. We have a mailing list of just under 1,000 people and organizations that support our work and attend meetings and events as time permits.

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