(From Press Release) – The preliminary hearing continues here Tuesday of the “Picnic Day 5” as their lawyers argue the five youths of color are not guilty as charged, and instead are victims of a brutal assault by undercover City of Davis police officers at last University of California, Davis Picnic Day.
The hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday/Aug. 29/Yolo Superior Court (Dept. 14). A solidarity demonstration begins at 7:45 a.m. to demand Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig drop all charges.
Background: On April 22, 2017 three undercover Davis police officers attacked the Picnic Day Five – Alex Craver, Antwoine Perry, Iszir Price, Angelica Reyes, and Elijah Williams – all people of color ages 19 to 22. Officers drove an unmarked van into the middle of a crowd of young people and, without identifying themselves, violently attacked peaceful UC Davis Picnic Day participants.
The Davis Police Department later lied about what happened, claiming the officers were surrounded by a “large hostile group” and then hired racist former Sacramento Sheriff John McGuiness to investigate the incident. Under pressure, McGuiness stepped down from this role but the city chose his replacement (McGregor Scott) with the same lack of transparency that lead to hiring McGuiness.
Yolo County DA Reisig is trying to send these five young people to prison for “assaulting a peace officer” and “resisting an executive officer,” when in reality the youth were attacked by the undercover police. Supporters are demanding that DA Reisig drop the charges immediately.
People everywhere are being encouraged to immediately contact DA Reisig and Davis Mayor Robb Davis and demand the charges against the Picnic Day Five be dropped and the city reimburse them for lost wages and other costs because of the Davis PD’s violent and racist attacks. Charges should instead be brought against their assailants, Officers Sean Bellamy, Ryan Bellamy, and Steve Ramos.
Jennifer Andrade, Alex Craver’s mother stated to a Justice for Picnic Day 5 about the case, “They weren’t blocking the street. They weren’t doing anything. They were a group of kids of color. They weren’t starting trouble.”