Supporters brand arrest of African American professor as racist
Mailaika Parker, Ella Baker Center
December 6, 2005
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi yesterday led a police
headquarters protest against arrest of a popular San Francisco
State University professor.
Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
Dr. Antwi Akom was arrested October 25 by a San Francisco Police
officer on charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police
officer, after a campus security guard notified police of a suspicious
person in a classroom that evening.
Akom had returned to his office to retrieve teaching material,
Supporters argue that Dr. Akom would not have been confronted
by police had he been white. Professors and students say that
this is not an isolated incident of racial profiling. Instead,
they allege a pattern of racial profiling by campus security and
Reverend Amos Brown, NAACP-SF
Nick James, SFSU Student Representative
Shawn Ginwright, SFSU faculty representative
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, SFSU faculty representative
Akom reports that he was the victim of a racial profiling incident
by campus police previously in November 2004.
He retained John Keker, "one of the top trial lawyers in
the United States," for legal representation in the latest
incident, Adachi noted.