Color Of Change and UltraViolet Support Dyma Loving Demand for Accountability for Miami-Dade Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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(Color of Change) Kate Uyeda, kuyeda@fenton.com

(UltraViolet) Brett Abrams, brett@unbendablemedia.com

Color Of Change and UltraViolet Support Dyma Loving Demand for Accountability for Miami-Dade Police

Color of Change and Ultraviolet released the following in support of Dyma Loving’s anticipated lawsuit against the Miami Dade Police.

Clarise McCants, Criminal Justice Campaign Director at Color Of Change:

“The Miami-Dade Police Department’s treatment of Dyma Loving was inexcusable and racist, and yet has gone entirely unpunished. Her violent March 5th arrest, after calling the police for protection, is a powerful example of the all too common, yet oft-overlooked phenomenon of police brutality against Black women. Too often, these women are left out of the conversation about police use of lethal and violent force against Black communities. We are deeply in awe of Ms. Loving’s bravery in refusing to accept what has happened to her and we support her efforts to seek accountability and justice. ”

Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet:

“Dyma Loving needed protection when she called the police because of a man threatening her with a gun, but instead of getting it, when  Miami-Dade police officer Alejandro Giraldo showed up, he escalated the situation, dragged her to the ground, and told her she should be sent to a mental hospital. This type of violence against Black women happens all too often, and can be deadly, as in the cases of Rekia Boyd and Sandra Bland. We can’t allow it to be swept under the rug. The Miami-Dade Police Department suspended Officer Giraldo — but that’s not nearly enough. Giraldo is a danger to the public, and can’t be trusted to serve or protect.”

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UltraViolet is a community of more than one million people that drives feminist cultural and political change. Through people power and strategic advocacy, we work to improve the lives of women and girls of all identities and backgrounds, and all people impacted by sexism, by dismantling discrimination and creating a cost for sexism. Visit www.weareultraviolet.org