Saturday, April 19 at the Fight for Justice Rally Downtown, the message was made loud and clear by activists across the city: 18 years is too long to hold one office. Power has gone to the head of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, and he has to go.
After the usual chants of “No Justice No Peace,” and “What do we want justice, when do we want it? Now!” The Alliance for Police Accountability President Brandi Fisher introduced a lineup of zealous activists speaking with fierce urgency.
Minister Victor Muhammad was the first to take aim at the candidate for state Attorney General. “On Oct. 18th 2014 we took a private criminal complaint to your office that you never responded to for the unjust shooting of Leon Ford. We watched you (try) to derail Kevin Lockett and let four White men (back) on the street as if they didn’t try to kill that Black man at this here T- Station. Why are you not bringing charges against the officer that shot Bruce Kelley Jr.?” he said adding, “If it were five Black boys beating up one White boy we’d all be in jail right now with no trial. We are watching you Mr. Zappala…You won’t even give people in Pittsburgh justice and you are running for chief law enforcement officer for the state of Pennsylvania and we find this unacceptable.”