GLEN BURNIE, Md. - Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis will speak at a rally Thursday in support of the families of Michael Brown and Kendall Green.
The Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is organizing the rally, to be held at 8 p.m. at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 6922 N. Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.
The Brown case has attracted national attention. The unarmed black teen from Ferguson, Mo. was shot by white police officers two weeks ago, prompting violent protests in the St. Louis suburb.
But Carl O. Snowden, the local NAACP’s legal redress chairman, said in a press release the Green case also deserves continued attention.
Green, who is black, was killed after being shot by Matthew Pinkerton, a white man, during an altercation at Pinkerton’s home in Glen Burnie last year .
Pinkerton was indicted and went on trial, but Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford II acquitted him before his case got to the jury. Mulford also ruled earlier in the trial that the jury shouldn’t be allowed to hear that Green was called a racial slur before the shooting.
The acquittal led to several rallies and demonstrations, and U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes Donna Edwards have asked the U.S. Justice Department to look into Green’s death.
"Whether it is Ferguson, Mo. or Glen Burnie, Md., there is a belief that young African-American males are dying unnecessarily and that the community has reached a point that enough is enough," Snowden said in a statement.
The rally will be followed by a candlelight vigil at the church.