Mothers Against Police Brutality Hold Vigil After Former Dallas Officer Found Not Guilty

Three dozen people gathered outside of Dallas Police Headquarters on Sunday to remember Fred Bradford. A Dallas police officer was indicted on manslaughter charges in the death of Bradford back in 2014, but the officer was recently acquitted.

The Mothers Against Police Brutality group says the entire system is guilty and they called the Friday ruling an injustice for all of us. 

Bryan Burgess was charged with criminally negligent homicide after ramming Fred Bradford's bike with his squad car. Bradford later died.

Investigators say Burgess moved evidence, including Bradford's body, before other officers arrived. Prosecutors argued the officer had no reason to even chase Bradford. Defense lawyers said Burgess was being diligent about his beat.

"I thought we had a good case, my daughter had been there all week, come to find out it wasn't the case," said Fred Bradford Sr., Bradford's father.

"This case is the anatomy of racism in America," said Sara Mokuria, co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality. She called on the public to help prevent Burgess from attempting to get his job back as a Dallas Police Officer.

"Until the tears of black mothers and fathers and sons and daughters aren't the only tears that are salting our earth, we will continue to fight," Mokuria said.

"It is time to turn the volume up, watching is good, it's good for the soul but we need policy changes," said Mothers Against Police Brutality founder Collette Flanagan.

Both women promised to continue on that crusade. Bradford's father told NBC 5 that he is just relying on his faith to get him through the loss of his son.

"I'm going to put it in God's hands because what you do wrong will come to the light, he's going to get his," he said.

The coalition will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 27th at Light of the World Church of Christ, 7408 S. Hampton Road in Dallas from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The attorney representing Bryan Burgess did not immediately return a call made by NBC 5 on Sunday.

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