Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
1301 Filbert St, Philadelphia
Eva Diaz, mother of Frankie Diaz who died after blunt force injuries at Philadelphia Detention Center will lead a march of family members, friends and supporters demanding answers and justice for Frankie Diaz. While Philadelphia Corrections is stonewalling against family demands for answers, some details of the circumstances surrounding Frankie Diaz’s death that are known are provided in the interview with Eva Diaz below.
PROTESTERS PLAN PRESS CONFERENCE AND MARCH TO TUMAR ALEXANDER’S AND DA LARRY KRASNER’S OFFICES
Family members and supporters will begin by by attending Frankie Diaz’s scheduled court appearance at 10 am (with some supporters convening outside) at the Philadelphia Municipal Courthouse (1301 Filbert Street). The hearing is expected to be quick as the former defendant is now deceased
Following the court hearing a rally and press conference will convene outside the courthouse. Next the supporters of Frankie Diaz will lead a march to the office of Tumar Alexander at 1401 JFK Boulevard where protesters will demand immediate answers. Mr. Alexander is Interim Managing Director of Philadelphia who is responsible for Philadelphia corrections operations. He has not responded to family requests for explanations.
Then, marchers will head to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office at 3 South Penn Plaza to call for a speedy investigation and indictments and effective prosecution of all those culpable in Frankie Diaz’s murder.
Purpose of Thursday March
According to Eva Diaz, “The purpose of our march is to demand information from the prison system that they are withholding and refusing to provide. We want the prison authorities to come clean and admit that my son was murdered in their custody. We also want to know where were the Correction Officers when my son was murdered. We want to increase awareness of the injustice that resulted in my son’s murder. We are a concerned family that has not gotten any response at all from the prison authorities since my son was killed. It begs the question: Are they unwilling to provide the information because the Philadelphia Detention Center authorities have some direct culpability or are they negligent in overseeing the activities there and thus lacking true knowledge of how Frankie was killed under their watch. Either way, the system failed and my son was murdered.”
Participants need to wear masks and practice safe distancing.