joetavius stafford

Don't Die Wondering: Atlanta Against the Police Winter 2011-2012

The winter of 2011-12 saw a number of clashes with the police in Atlanta. Almost a year later, I’m comfortable enough to sit down to write about them. There were many other things going on around the country and even right here at home that made the following events possible, and I couldn’t feasibly account for all of them here with my limited perspective. The anti-police actions in themselves were not very significant, if gauged by the limiting discourse of “effective direct action” or “community organizing.” The cops still murder people, many people still have terrible ideas of how to respond. They were important, however, because they created a sense that something was occurring out of the ordinary. The excitement, the hope, and the anxiety created a whirlwind of emotions felt by dozens of people that evaporated as our sense of collective rebellion faded into nostalgia.

Promo Video for July 27th March Against Police Violence


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Here is a promo video for the

March Against Police Violence

Friday July 27th
Piedmont Park @ 14th and Piedmont






Another March Against Police Brutality

For the second night this week, people took the streets of Atlanta in response to the police murder earlier this week of a 19 year old Joetavius Stafford at the Vine City MARTA station (this marked the 4th demonstration in less than a month with an explicitly anti-cop sentiment - including a press conference-turned demonstration yesterday whereby some 30 people stationed outside of a MARTA stop screaming "Cops, Pigs, Murderers").

Anti-Police Murder March in Atlanta 10/17

On October 15th, 2011 at the Vine City MARTA station, in Atlanta's West End, 19 year old Joetavius Stafford was murdered in cold blood by Robert Waldo, a white MARTA police officer.

That night was the Homecoming night for the local high school and was, ostensibly, a night to remember for many young participants - it is now, anyway. At the MARTA station, Joetavius's brother claims that Joe had gotten into an argument with some other men and some fighting began at which point someone began yelling "Where the gun at?".

Cutting through the station a gun shot cracked and Joetavius and his brother began running away, along with everyone else. Moments later, both arms above his head, Joetavius was shot in the back by Officer Waldo who then ran up to Joetavius's limp body and shot him twice more in the back as he lie face down.


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