The Hmong community and police reform activists organized a rally last Saturday, October 2, for a teenager killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Jason Anderson. The rally was held at Cityview Performing Arts Magnet school, Anderson chased Fong Lee and shot him eight times in the back in 2006. Officer Jason Andersen claimed Lee raised an arm as if to shoot.
At the rally, Shoua Lee, Fong's sister, saud the family has hired a new attorney to take their case to the Supreme Court. The family said video from three school surveillance cameras showed he had no weapon. Still, recent court rulings, including an initial all-white jury, found the officer was justified in the shooting.
The rally and march retraced the "reality checkpoints," steps where Anderson pursued Fong Lee. Organizers also showed video demonstrating that Fong was unarmed when he was shot.
In August, the Federal Department of Justice indicted Andersen on a civil rights charge for alleged brutality to a 16-year-old in 2008, and the Minneapolis Chief of Police fired Anderson reportedly for lying about that incident during the local investigation.
The organizers included the Justice for Fong Lee Committee and the family of Fong Lee. Family members and Janelle Yang, the legal contact for the family, and the Communities United Against Police Brutality.
Supporters can contact
Justice for Fong Lee Committee, 612-424-1166