Justice For Fatrell, “a social organization seeking to promote awareness of the existence of social injustice,” intends to ask the Port Allen City Council to officially recognize it at the council’s Oct. 2 meeting.
The group announced its intention at its second meeting last Tuesday at the West Baton Rouge Community Center.
The group was formed after the murder of 28-year-old Fatrell Queen in his home on Burbridge Street in Port Allen. Members of the organization have repeatedly asked the council and Police Chief Esdron Brown for updates on the investigation and have not been satisfied with the responses.
In its mission statement, Justice For Fatrell says it hopes to make the public more aware of the everyday injustices committed in the nation.
“We commit to raise our voices as light in the community in order to bring justice to those who need it and to accomplish togetherness regardless of race, creed or color, thus building healthier communities,” according to the group’s mission statement.
Recognition by the City Council would indicate its members were willing to work with the community.
“If this board is recognized then it shows a working relationship with the council and the community,” said Clerice Lacy, a leading member of Justice For Fatrell.
Recognition from the city would indicate “the council is listening to the citizens’ concerns are willing to implement resources to bridge the gap between the community and the law enforcement agency that would allow accountability and transparency to occur…as trust and confidence is rebuilt,” she continued.
From early on in the wake of Queen’s death, members of the group have expressed concern that the police are not doing enough to solve the crime. Another leading member of the group said it’s not just happening in Port Allen.
“As you look around the nation, you see the same thing happening,” said Kevin Lawrence, who stressed the important role Justice For Fatrell could play in the investigation.
“…We think we can help because this is a proactive organization,” he said. “We want to get people involved.”
To accomplish that goal, Justice For Fatrell will host its second annual Stop the Violence event on Sunday, Nov. 2, beginning at noon with the lining up of parade participants at the Willam and Lee Park.
Following the parade a ceremony will be held on 8th Street recognizing the victims of violence and their families.
“We are encouraging the community to get involved in this great cause,” Lacy said.
“I believe that this tool can be very effective” in reducing “strife and conflict,” said attorney Kenneth Willis, one of several speakers at the meeting.
“We’re interested in the safety of our community,” he continued. “I believe from everyone I have talked to that this can work.”