Muhiyidin d’Baha, an organizer with Black Lives Matter, has emerged as one of the leaders speaking out against excessive police force in North Charleston, South Carolina—where a white officer was filmed fatally shooting a fleeing black man.
Ever since the video emerged this week, D’baha has been speaking at impromptu community meetings, rallying crowds in front of City Hall, megaphone in hand, and commanding press conferences.
Muyihidin d’Baha speaking to community members in North Charleston.
D’baha believes that Scott’s shooting is not an isolated incident, but the result of a history of exclusion in North Charleston.
“In North Charleston, we have 20 years one mayor, Charleston, 40 years one mayor,” said d’Baha to Fusion. “To understand how this kind of brutality can go on for that long, and the people not rise up… certainly there’s some deep psychological burden, deep economic control that is dictating the social conditions of life.”
D’baha is calling for a citizens’ review board with subpoena powers that could act as a watchdog for police accountability.
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