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MEDIA ADVISORY: Families Impacted by Fatal State Violence, ArchCity Defenders and Community Partners Hold Two Events to Memorialize Victims and Advocate for Policy Change 

August 10, 2021

Families Impacted by Fatal State Violence, ArchCity Defenders and Community Partners Hold Two Events to Memorialize Victims and Advocate for Policy Change 

First Event: Vigil and Balloon Release for Don Clark, Sr. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 7:00 PM

Background: Don Clark, Sr. was a 63-year-old Black, disabled Veteran who was killed during a 2017 no-knock raid by SLMPD SWAT. The event is held on what would have been his 68th birthday. On June 30, 2021, ArchCity Defenders and Attorney Jerryl Christmas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Clark Sr.’s children. More info here: https://bit.ly/DonClarkSrLawsuit

Location: 4023 California Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118 (site of killing and Mr. Clark’s former home)

Speakers:

  • Michelle Higgins, Executive Director of Faith for Justice
  • Don Clark, Jr., Son of Mr. Clark, Sr.
  • Sherrie Clark-Torrence, Daughter of Mr. Clark, Sr. 

Invite: https://fb.me/e/2074hB9g0

Media Availability: Emanuel Powell, Jerryl Christmas, Don Clark, Jr., and Michelle Higgins

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Second Event: Stop No Knocks Town Hall 

Date and Time: Thursday, August 12, 2021: 6:00 PM

Background: Families of Isaiah Hammett and Don Clark, Sr., both killed by SLMPD SWAT in 2017, are calling for an end to the use of no-knock search warrants in the City of St. Louis. Impacted family members will be joined by ArchCity Defenders, Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR), and Faith for Justice. 

Location: 1000 North Vandeventer Ave, St. Louis, MO 63113

Speakers:

  • John Chasnoff, Co-Director of Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression 
  • Emanuel Powell, Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow, ArchCity Defenders
  • Gina Torres, Mother of Isaiah Hammett 
  • Don Clark, Jr., Son of Don Clark, Sr. 
  • Sherrie Clark-Torrence, Daughter of Don Clark, Sr. 

Invite: https://fb.me/e/8Eh5ZEKMJ

Media Availability: Emanuel Powell, Don Clark, Jr., and TBD

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Media Contact:

Z Gorley, Communications Director, ArchCity Defenders
[email protected]
(314) 898-8185

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