In the aftermath of the callous murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, millions of people across the world took to the street. They did this not just for George Floyd, but for what his death stirred in everyone who had faced or seen systemic racism, police brutality, or abuse by the status quo; those who knew we could do better. The people were diverse, as were their actions and their visions for the future. Diverse, but united in a belief that the system of policing as it stands is not only failing to meet the needs of the people it purports to serve, but is actively harming them.
Government forces responded with overwhelming force and psychological warfare both brutalizing people in the streets and fear mongering about outsiders bent on harm. When oppression and repression surrounds you there are many fronts on which to struggle. We are meeting each and learning each other’s stories and hope to share them with you.
On May 31st Jaleel was protesting in South Minneapolis when a white unmarked van started shooting at protestors. He and many other protesters ran for cover.Police followed in a marked vehicle and arrested Jaleel and other protesters, claiming that they had been fired at. Jaleel is charged with several serious felonies.
In the process of his arrest, that he did not resist, the police beat him so badly they had to take him to the hospital. He is suffering now from a broken occipital bone (eye socket) and a scratch to his eye. He may have other head trauma that is unknown but due to his current incarceration, he cannot have his medical status checked out further.
Montez is facing attempted arson charges and is in federal custody. Please write him.
Montez Lee Washington County Jail 15015 62nd St. N P.O. Box 3801 Stillwater, MN 55082
My name is Montez lee. I am a 25 year old African American male from Rochester, MN. I am a father to two kids. I am being charged by the federal government on the charges of 1st degree arson. On May 28th, I decided to go to Minneapolis and protest with my community. I have faced injustices from local police departments myself and have been subjected to racism. I wanted to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to show my kids and peers that you fight for what you believe in. I’m sick of seeing people of color murdered by the same people sworn to serve and protect. I’m tired of people turning a blind eye to what’s going on in this country. I am accused of burning down max it pawn on lake street. I did not burn that building nor did I loot or take anything that didn’t belong to me. I went to make my voice heard and my presence known. I am currently being held at the Washington county jail. Though I’ve been here for months fighting this case, I will not let it break my spirit or make me forget my principles. I stand with my community and my people. Until there is change and we are treated as equals, we will fight. No justice means no peace.
Matthew Rupert grew up in Galesburg Illinois with his loving parents Linda and Michael, his oldest sister Kristy, Middle sister Kari, youngest sister Karen, and brother Christopher. His father became sick when Matthew was young. Michael had several medical conditions including bipolar disorder, manic depression, and had suffered several strokes. He passed away December 6, 2012 leaving Linda a widow.
Matthew’s mother was a CNA and is now on disability due to medical conditions, she had a full knee replacement, and major surgery on her back due to a pinched nerve. Matthew has been financially and physically supporting his mother.
Matthew worked at Raffs Powerwash and worked at his sister’s bar doing inventory. Matthew paid bills for his mother monthly. Their family home caught fire this year and he relocated his mother into a new home. Matthew and his partner have been engaged for 2 years and planned to get married very soon, they have been together for 3 years. Matthew is a great father figure to his partner’s 2 children Kamille and Isiaha. They look up to Matthew and he sets a great example. Matthew’s father Michael taught him to stand for what he believes in and Matthew talks very highly of him.
Matthew has several African-American friends. Tyler smith was murdered in his hometown by police and no one was arrested, Matthew went to protest over Police killings, not to “riot” and loot! Matthew is facing 9-11 years in prison, which is well above the statutory presumption.
Dylan Robinson is being charged with the federal crimes of aiding and abetting arson at the 3rd precinct during the George Floyd uprising in Minneapolis.
Friends of Dylan know him as a very kind hearted and loving guy.