Fabian Marshall suing City of Kingston

This screen capture from YouTube shows the arrest of Kingston resident Fabian Marshall in 2015.
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> A city man who was tased and arrested in a September 2015 incident is suing the two Kingston police officers involved, alleging they violated his constitutional rights. 
Fabian Marshall, 27, alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, that he was subjected to excessive force by the officers, which caused him physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost wages. 
The suit names Kingston police officers Jeremy Arciello and Michael Mills as defendants and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the lawsuit, Marshall was waiting on Broadway at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sept. 4, 2015, for his aunt to give him a ride to work. At that time, Marshall was approached by Arciello while police officers were trying to find a “short, bald, middle-aged, light-skinned African American man” who allegedly had pushed an elderly rider off his bicycle near Broadway, the suit said.

National Night Out at Civic Center Plaza

ENJAN is pleased to have been invited to participate in National Night Out at Civic Center Plaza in the City of Poughkeepsie on Tuesday, August 7, from 5-8pm. National Night Out is a community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.  Please help spread the word about this event by sharing this FB event
You can also help by staffing the ENJAN table at the event. Right now we have:
  • 3:30-6:00 Kat and Earl (with help from Darrett)
  • 6:00-8:00 Cathy and John
  • 7:00- 8:00 James (J.J.)
Kat has everything we need, except chairs. Please bring your own chairs. Kat has the table, materials, and a case of water for donation.

James is going to bring everything back after the event. Shannon will pick up the table at the August 8th ENJAN meeting. Earl will pick up the leftover materials from our table at the August 8th meeting. 

It would be great to have couple more volunteers. So please let Shannon know if you will be able to spend any time at our table.

Police Policies Revealed

Police Policies Revealed

When are police officers authorized to use force? What is the process for handling and correcting officer misconduct? How are officers using high-tech surveillance technology? New Yorkers have a right to know what rules the police are following to keep us safe. But far too often, police departments across the state don’t have clear or specific policies in place, or they are made with no community input and hidden from the public.


Lumberyard presents d. Sabela Grimes

Lumberyard presents d. Sabela Grimes
JULY 27 - 29 FRI @ 8PM, SAT @ 7PM, SUN @ 2:00PM


Bridge St Theatre; 44 W Bridge St; Catskill, NY
Tickets start at $25.
All tickets are to be picked up at Will Call.
No late seating. No refunds.

DARK MATTER MESSAGES,  a new work by d. Sabela Grimes
“One of a mere handful of artists who make up the vanguard of hip-hop fusion”
Dark Matter Messages is a collection of live poetry, video projections and music interwoven with improvisational movement meditations that realize AfroFuturism as a means to play within the nowness of impending futures. Moved by how Octavia E. Butler invents interrelated notions of humanness in her Parable Series, Dark Matter Messages dreams Butler’s unfinished manuscript, Parable of the Trickster, into a live performance experience.

D. Sabela Grimes, a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, is a choreographer, writer, composer and educator whose interdisciplinary performance work and pedagogical approach reveal a vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-Diasporic cultural practices. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the Los Angeles dance world’s best-kept secret” and as “one of a mere handful of artists who make up the vanguard of hip-hop fusion,” Grimes is considered one of the most imaginative and innovative artists in his field.

Juneteenth Protest June 19 in Poughkeepsie

JOIN US FOR A JUNETEENTH STATEWIDE PROTEST TO #FREEnewyork. On June 19th, at jails and courthouses across the state, we will lift up the voices of directly impacted people and call out urgent injustice: Mass pretrial incarceration. Guilty until proven innocent. A price on our freedom. With Juneteenth actions in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, NYC, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island, we will shift the landscape in New York State and win real change. The time is now.

In Poughkeepsie, join us at the 236 Main Street (office of Dutchess County District Attorney Bill Grady)at 5:30 PM. From there we will march to Poughkeepsie City Court. With music, performance, and the power of collective voice, we will: 
  • Demand accountability from Governor Cuomo and NYS’s elected leaders.
  • Demand emancipation from a racist and discriminatory pretrial system.
  • Demand complete overhaul of bail, discovery and speedy trial laws.
  • Date: June 19th, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: 236 Main Street, Poughkeepsie 

June 19th, also known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorates the abolition of slavery. But as directly impacted communities know, we are not yet free.

Police Chief Thomas Pape to speak

City of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Thomas Pape is scheduled to speak on the topic of procedural justice for 20 minutes tomorrow evening, June 6, at the Catherine Street Center, 152 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie during an open meeting of the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission. The meeting takes place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Chief Pape's presentation is scheduled to begin at 6:20 PM. The full agenda of the meeting is here.

Thanks to Earl for calling Chief Pape's presentation to my attention,