BOSTON — More than one hundred protesters marched through Boston Tuesday, calling on the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office to reopen cases of men who were killed by Boston Police.
“I should have never had called 911 because look at me now, I don’t have my child,” said Hope Coleman, who joined the protest.
Hope Coleman says her son Terrence Coleman was shot and killed by police in 2016.
She says her son was mentally ill and needed medical attention, but shortly after EMTs arrived to their apartment in the South End, police fired two shots at her son.
“My son is not a piece of meat, my son’s a human being, I raised my son, I had my son, he was quiet,” said Coleman. “He was not a problem child, he just didn’t get his medicine on time.”
Boston Police had said her son had a steak knife on him and wouldn’t cooperate, but Coleman says the knife they found in her apartment wasn’t on him at the time he was killed outside in the hallway.
“It’s not fair to lie and move something that’s in the house that’s gone,” said Coleman.
Coleman was just one of a few mothers in Tuesday’s crowd who lost a son in an officer-involved shooting in Boston.
This group is pushing to reopen Coleman’s case along with the deaths of Burrell Ramsey-White and Usaamah Rahim.
“We’re not just picking on Rachel Rollins, we hold Maura Healey accountable, she should be overseeing all of this,” said Brock Satter, who helped organize the rally and march through his group, “Mass Action Against Police Brutality.”
This group is hoping this latest Black Lives Matter movement will help bring attention to these cases here in Boston that may need another look.
“None of these things require a change in the laws, we just need to implement the law when it comes to the crimes of the police,” said Satter.
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