17 June – March for Anthony Grainger
The #justice4grainger campaign is growing – and it will not stop until it gets justice. It now counts more than 6,000 members and is forging solidarity links with many other police justice campaigns.
The campaign was launched after Greater Manchester police shot dead Anthony Grainger on 3 March 2012. His death at the hands of the police has left hundreds heartbroken and thousands devastated. The police used a submachine gun to shoot Anthony as he sat in a stolen car. No weapons were found in the vehicle and no sign that he posed any threat to the police.
Even the IPCC had to admit this shooting was no accident and the officer responsible could face criminal charges for manslaughter or murder.
Anthony’s partner, Gail Hadfield-Grainger, set up a Facebook group where family and friends could post their memories and photos of him, but soon people from across the country began voicing their outrage. Many who also have had family members killed by the police are demanding answers and justice. It has become a catalyst for linking together campaigns and now the group is growing by 1,000 members per week.
#Justice4grainger is raising money for the campaign and for his children’s future by selling wristbands, hoodies, t-shirts and leggings online. In addition, there will be a fundraiser social on 12 May at the Pint Pot in Salford.
The campaign is building for demonstrations on 17 June – Father’s Day – in towns and cities across the country to raise awareness and show the nation’s outrage at trigger-happy police. The main #justice4grainger protest will be in Manchester, while other demos have been confirmed in Leeds, London (Brixton), Slough, Sheffield, and Birmingham. We have to hold the police to account for their actions, particularly the officer that shot Anthony.
Please join the campaign.
You can find us on twitter (#justice4grainger), and facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/anthony.grainger).
Contact us with any questions you may have or to be added onto the update list.
Phone 07803812955. If you have a Blackberry, you can also add our pin: 27534832.