HEADLINE: Commemoration of the second anniversary of the death of Robert
"Woody" Woodward to be held on December 2, 2003

DATELINE (December 2, 2003): Two years ago Robert Woodward was brutally
gunned down by Brattleboro police officers Marshall Holbrook and
Terrance Parker while seeking political sanctuary in a church. Woodward
spoke of threats against his life by federal agents, and held a small
knife to his eye, threatening suicide if he was left alone. The police
fired seven bullets into Woodward's body within 60 seconds of entering
the church, most of which were fired after he was downed. Four months
later, these police officers were exonerated in a fraudulent and biased
investigation by state Attorney General William Sorrell. Howard Dean, at
that time Governor of Vermont, refused to appoint an independent
investigator, stating that he was "comfortable" with Sorrell's findings.
It is a widely known fact that William Sorrell's family was instrumental
in the launching of Howard Dean's political career and the two are
lifelong friends. To date, no criminal charges have been filed against
either police officer, although 17 out of 18 church eyewitnesses
questioned insist that Woody never threatened anyone but himself. A
civil law suit against the town of Brattleboro is pending.

WHAT: Silent March through downtown Brattleboro that will commence at
the Brattleboro Food Co-op parking lot and proceed to the police
station/municipal center

WHEN: December 2, 2003, beginning at 12:00 noon until 2 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the Brattleboro Food Co-op parking lot @ the intersection
of Rts119 and Rt 5 (Main St.) We will march up Main St to the Police
Station/Municipal Building

WHO: Justice for Woody, friends, and concerned citizens

P.O. Box 802

Amherst, Massachusetts 01004-0802

Press Contacts: Paul Borneo (413-367-2444), Ellen Berrios: or Keith Carlson:

Justice for Woody was founded in the aftermath of Robert ("Woody")
Woodward's unnecessary fatal shooting at the hands of Brattleboro police
officers Marshall Holbrook and Terrance Parker. JFW seeks justice in the
Woodward case and police reform in Brattleboro. JFW works alongside
other organizations throughout the country seeking to end the use of
excessive force, wrongful death, and racial profiling by police. JFW
also works to preserve and restore civil rights.

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