Tyrell Wilson (March 8, 1988 – March 17, 2021)
Tyrell was a peaceful man who had a place in our community and we are in solidarity with his family’s mourning and fight for justice. He was shot at point-blank range by the Danville Police Department on March 11 during a mental health crisis. Thank you for showing up and taking a stand against police brutality, racial injustice, and inadequate emergency services for people in mental health crises.
Two young men, Laudemer Arboleda and Tyrell Wilson, have already lost their lives at the hands of a single Danville Police Officer, Andrew Hall. Right now, our tax dollars are supporting Andrew Hall’s paid leave as he seeks to transfer out of the Danville PD to work in another part of Contra Costa County.
Here’s What We Need
Help us demand the following from The Contra Costa County (CCC) Sheriff, CCC DA, and Town of Danville:
- That Andrew Hall be charged for the murders of both Laudemer Arboleda and Tyrell Wilson.
- If Hall is not found guilty, that Hall be decertified to ensure that he cannot enter back into active duty as an officer again, anywhere.
- An investigation into the pattern and practices of the CCC Sheriff and Police Depts.
- That District Attorney Diana Becton, as well as an additional independent body, conduct a robust and transparent review of all cases where Hall used force against a person (including PC 148 and PC 69 cases), all cases where he claimed force was used against him, and all cases where his credibility played some role in a conviction.
- That the District Attorney start the evaluation from the standpoint of vacating convictions unless there is some overriding justification for not vacating the conviction under the highest evidentiary standard for review.
- That the district attorney notify every person arrested by officer Hall of their current charges, and that this notification occur through counsel and include the associated case number.
Action 1: Sign Digital Petitions
Action 2: Write a Letter, Email or Call using the template and list of contacts for local representatives
Dear Contra Costa County ______________________,
My name is ____________________________________________________________ and I am a Contra Costa County resident. On March 11th, Contra Costa County Sheriff Deputy and Danville Police Officer Andrew Hall shot Tyrell Wilson as he was having a mental health emergency, leading to his death. Three years ago in 2018, Officer Andrew Hall also discharged his weapon leading to the shooting death of Laudemer Arboleda for which Hall is still being investigated. Officer Andrew Hall is now responsible for the death of two people who were struggling with mental health crises. This highlights the urgency for a community reckoning. We demand that the Contra Costa County Sheriff Department does the following: 1. Commits to a transparent investigation by an independent agency which includes expedited release of all video footage related to the shooting of Tyrell Wilson immediately 2. Removes Andrew Hall from both Danville Police force and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department 3. Halts Andrew Hall’s pending transfer request 4. Decertifies Andrew Hall so he can never serve as an officer again. Hall has proven his inability to work calmly to preserve the safety of the community, and it is our responsibility as constituents of Contra Costa County, and your responsibility as our representatives, to speak out when injustices happen. We cannot allow tragedies like this to happen any longer, and this begins with removing Andrew Hall and ensuring he cannot wield a deadly weapon again. No one in the throes of a mental health crisis should be shot.
Contra Costa County Sheriff:
David Livingston (Sheriff)
Jimmy Lee, Dir. of Public Affairs:
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
1850 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Contra Costa County District Attorney:
DA’s office PIO Contact:
Contra Costa County Office of the DA
10 Douglas Dr. #130
Martinez, CA 94553
Renee Morgan (mayor):
Newell Arnerich (vice mayor):
Karen Stepper (council member):
Robert Storer (council member):
Dave Fong (council member):
Links to other official’s contact portals:
|Rebecca Bauer-Kahan||State Assemblymember, CA-16||https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD16|
|Steve Glazer||State Senator, CA-7||https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact/email|
|Mark DeSaulnier||Congressman, CA-11||https://desaulnier.house.gov/contact|
|Eric Swallwell||Congressman, CA-15||https://swalwell.house.gov/contact|
|Diane Feinstein||Senator, CA||https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me|
|Alex Padilla||Senator, CA||https://www.padilla.senate.gov/|
|Rob Bonta||Office of the Attorney General||https://oag.ca.gov/victimservices/contact|
Action 3: Attend CCC Meetings Virtually and Read the Demands
There are several upcoming town and county level meetings that you may attend and make your voice heard:
Speak up for police accountability and an increased community effort to combat racism at the next Town Council meeting on Tuesday, May 4th at 5 PM, the agenda will be posted here (scroll to the bottom): https://www.danville.ca.gov/129/Meetings-Agendas-Minutes
You can give feedback concerning a new feature on their website “Town FactsRegarding Police Services and Officer-Involved Shootings” (Would you like this to be featured more prominently on the town’s website? Should it more explicitly address the race of the most recent police shooting victims?)
Justice for Tyrell Wilson Community Meeting – Time: May 6, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Please attend our next virtual community meeting on Thursday, May 6th at 6:30 PM on Zoom. This will be another chance to collaborate, float ideas for a teach-in event, get acquainted with our Slack workspace, and hear a presentation from Sameera Rajwade on the Diablo Valley Abolition Task Force!
Meeting ID: 893 1963 5983
Current organizers include: Gigi Crowder (NAMI Contra Costa), Taun Hall (The Miles Hall Foundation), Wanda Johnson (Oscar Grant Foundation), Tiana Day (Youth Advocates for Change), Chloe Taufer (Students Demand Action), and Sanjev deSilva (Director of DEIS, The Athenian School). Thanks also to the many members of Moms Demand Action and Save Democracy.
Federal Civil Rights lawsuit filed against Danville by John Burris on behalf of the Wilson family
- Anti-Police Terror “First Responders Training Guide“
- Official Town of Danville “Town Facts Regarding Police Services and Officer-Involved Shootings“
- Critical Resistance “Addressing, Harm, Accountability and Healing Toolkit“
De-escalation Tips and Tools:
- 5 Steps To De-escalation Training Online Certification Course
- Vivid Learning Systems Crisis De-escalation Techniques
- Women’s Self Defense Course
- De-escalation in a Classroom Setting
Organizations to look into:
*Most organizations also have social media and are more active on Instagram or Twitter than their websites
Certain action items, such as the firing of Andrew Hall, lay entirely in the hands of the Contra Costa County Sheriff, David Livingston. Other demands, such as the complete decertification of Andrew Hall, are contingent upon him being convicted of his crimes so that his Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification is revoked.
Thank you for your commitment to making Danville a community that stands up to hate and injustice in all of their forms.
If looking to get organized more formally, please join the Slack (email me) or keep an eye on the Linktree.
- Resources, Contacts and Templates by Veronica Benjamin and the Justice for Tyrell Wilson Action Committee
- Co-signed, Joy Ofodu