Bishop William Barber, NAACP and Rainbow PUSH Coalition to join forces with attorneys and Christopher Shaw in fight for justice
BEAUMONT, Texas, Aug. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys and advocates for Christopher Shaw, the Black man paralyzed by a Beaumont police officer while in custody last year for public intoxication, will make an important announcement at two news conferences this week.
Religious and civil rights leader and Repairers of the Breach president Bishop William Barber will join Shaw's attorneys as well as local NAACP leaders and representatives from Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition for a virtual news conference tomorrow (August 17) as well as a live news conference on Thursday (August 18) at The Church of I Am (2204 Blanchette St. Beaumont, TX) to announce new efforts to bring accountability in the incident that left Shaw paralyzed at the hands of Beaumont Police Officer James Gillen.
Body camera video of the assault shows that Shaw was handcuffed and restrained by deputies at the Jefferson County jail when Gillen "body slammed" him onto the jail's concrete floor. Shaw, who posed no physical threat to Gillen or any of the officers present, broke his neck when he landed on his head. Attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Gillen, the City of Beaumont, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Corrhealth last month. The lawsuit can be viewed HERE.
Wednesday, August 17
3 PM CT/4 PM ET Virtual News Conference
Click HERE to participate via ZOOM
Participants will include Bishop William Barber, Shaw's attorneys Harry Daniels, Chimeaka White and Chance Lynch as well as local NAACP leaders and Rainbow PUSH Coalition representatives.
Thursday, August 18
10 AM CT/11 AM ET In-person News Conference
The Church of I AM, 2204 Blanchette St. Beaumont, TX
Participants will include Bishop William Barber, Christopher Shaw and attorneys Harry Daniels, Chimeaka White and Chance Lynch as well as local NAACP leaders and Rainbow PUSH Coalition representatives.
The in-person news conference will be livestreamed here.
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SOURCE The Law Offices of Harry M. Daniels LLC