2018 GalaMarch 19, 2017
The Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcomes filmmaker, writer, artist and social activist MARA AHMEDJanuary 22, 2018
January 27, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
388 9th Street, Suite 290 Oakland, CA 94607
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Defender, created by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi, focuses on Adachi and his team during the racially-charged trial of Michael Smith, a 22-year-old African American man. Smith was charged with nine counts of resisting arrest after being pulled off a BART train with his girlfriend and wrestled to the ground by officers. The incident, which was caught on police body cameras and commuters’ cell phones, occurred after a white passenger falsely reported Smith had a gun.
The 70-minute Defender also focuses on the case of a San Francisco father being held in an immigration detention facility while the Public Defender’s fledgling immigration unit fights for his release.