Mount Vernon — Over a hundred community leaders, activists and family members gathered at The Mansion (4 North 3rd Av) for a town-hall meeting addressing the death of Raynette Turner, who died in police custody. The panel of speakers included Constance Malcolm (Mother of Ramarley Graham, Danette Chavis (National Action Against Police Brutality), Sharonne Salaam (Mother of Yusef Salaam of the Central Park 5), Chris Hallings (100 Blacks In Law Enforcement), Banita Zelman (Civil Rights Attorney representing Dario Tena‘s family), Antonio Hendrickson (CEO of Lead By Example & Reverse The Trend) and was hosted by Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (CEO of Tha Brown Urban Mothers Partnership – B.U.M.P.). Also in attendance was Raynette Turner’s husband Herman, a few of her children and various other family members, mayoral candidates Clinton Young, Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Richard Thomas, who has been the most vocal since Turner’s death.
The town hall meeting was followed by a candlelight vigil where those in attendance walked from the Mansion to City Hall and prayed for the justice for the Turner family in front of Mount Vernon Police Department where she died. Stay tuned for video footage and addition coverage of the town hall meeting shortly.