Protesters Disrupt Police Review Board Meeting On Anniversary Of Kayla Moore’s Death

On the evening of February 12th, a small crowd gathered outside Gaia Apartments in downtown Berkeley to demand answers regarding the death of Kayla Moore, a black transgender woman who was killed by six Berkeley police officers in the apartment at the beginning of 2013.

The vigil and march was only the most recent action in a year-long campaign by Berkeley Copwatch and Kayla’s family after BPD refused to release the details of her death, which occurred after a ‘mental health evaluation’ ended in six BPD officers pinning her to the mattress and suffocating her.

None of the seven police officers present, all of whom are trained in emergency first aid, performed mouth-to–mouth resuscitation on Moore, which would have assisted her, because they considered her transgender status as something objectionable.

Kayla was detained by police for an outstanding San Francisco warrant they discovered for a Xavier Moore. While Kayla’s birth name was Xavier, the warrant described a man in his 60s, Moore was only 41 and should not have been mistaken for the other Moore, according to a lawsuit against the police.

The meeting was stormed by participants in the angry march as they shouted “Cops! Pigs! Murderers!” and took over the hearing to speak about Kayla’s murder and the review board’s inaction in investigation.

The board, of course, announced that they couldn’t tell Kayla’s family anything yet, but that the inquiry process was entering a second stage, which consists of a secret meeting at a secret time in which all of the officers would be interviewed and none of the transcripts would be publicly available.

The crowd berated officers and review board members and interrupted the meeting until it was over, but ultimately knew that the board had no intention of helping Kayla’s family get any answers. Berkeley Copwatch, however, is committed to continuing to help the Moore family get as many details as possible about Kayla’s death.

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