A Multiracial Movement in South Florida to Eradicate Police Brutality

Sebastian Gregory
Sebastian Gregory

6 years ago, on May 28th, 2012 while on a walk in his neighborhood, Sebastian Gregory was shot by a Miami Dade Police Officer; Sebastien Gregory was lying face down with his hands on the ground. Surprisingly, Sebastian survived, but he was left paralyzed in one leg and could no longer perform several basic bodily functions. What happened to Sebastian is yet another endless example of extreme police violence, and not unlike most cases of police brutality, justice for Sebastian and his family has not been served. Sebastian and his family fought for justice for years to no avail. Still committed to seeking justice even after Sebastian passing away in 2016 his mother, Amalia Villafane, has extended her mission to get justice to include other families in South Florida also affected by police violence. “I want police brutality to end because it creates a lot of damage. Because of police violence many lives are lost which creates a lot of pain,” says Amalia.

Jennifer Young, mother of Jermaine McBean.
Jennifer Young, mother of Jermaine McBean.

Sunday, May 20th, 2018 will be the first official community meeting for Families Against Police Brutality. In addition to Amalia sharing Sebastian’s story we will also hear from Jennifer Young who is the mother of Jermaine McBean, a black man who was killed by a Broward BSO officer in July 2013 while walking home with an unloaded air rifle. The family of Reefa Hernandez will discussed their share upcoming documentary of their son was tasered to death also in 2013 by Miami Beach cops. The mother of Michael Eugene Wilson, Paula Nobles will painfully discuss how Hallandale Police Department has managed to ignore her and not return any of her son’s belongings since they murdered him back in May of 2016. These stories will be hard to swallow but also necessary to design and build the pressure needed to radically transform the culture in South Florida to one that no longer tolerates or allows police violence.

Where: 745 NW 55th St, Miami, Florida 33127

When: Sunday, May 20th, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The group plans to meet on a monthly on-going basis to discuss police accountability, political knowledge, state violence, and building community organizing / activism skills. For more information about joining or helping the group visit https://www.facebook.com/FamiliesAgainstPoliceBrutality/.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *