Feb 3: Memorial event for Chonburi Xiong

As of late, the media has been covering several incidents of violence against people of color at the hands of the police. For those in the Michigan area, the story of Chonburi Xiong, who was shot 27 times by Warren police, is still under the radar among many people in the community, in addtion to the increase of violence toward Hmong folks in the Midwest area.

An ad-hoc committee has formed to support the Xiong family and raise more attention to police brutality and racial discrimination. If you are in the Michigan area, please attend this memorial event to support the Xiong family and demand justice. For those outside Michigan, feel free to share the information to your networks and illuminate how Xiong’s death is one among a pattern of violence against people of color.

Memorial and Community Assembly
for Chonburi Xiong and questions of police brutality and racial discrimination…

• Remembering Chonburi Xiong
• Youth poetry and music performances
• Know your rights! Information about what to do if the police come to your door, etc.

For more information: warrenincident (at) yahoo (dot) com or (313) 923-0797.

FEBRUARY 3, 2007
@ Our Lady of Good Counsel
17142 Rowe Ave, Detroit
Donations are welcome.

On September 17, 2006, teenager Chonburi Xiong was fatally shot twenty-seven times in his own home by Warren police officers. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and an internal police investigation determined that the shooting was justified.

We are an ad hoc coalition of Hmong and other Asian Pacific Americans; people of color, community activists, high school students, teachers, lawyers and allies that believe in justice for the Xiong family. We support the Xiong family in their lawsuit against the City of Warren and four police officers that were involved in the shooting. The lawsuit alleges gross negligence, intentional misconduct and violation of Xiong’s civil rights.

On February 3rd, we gather to take a stand, not only to remember Chonburi Xiong, but also to raise some important questions:

Was this an act of police brutality? Police have said that Xiong appeared to move in a
threatening manner; however, the gun that was near him was not discharged, and Xiong was shot twenty-seven times. Warren police have failed to explain why they resorted to such extreme force. If Chonburi Xiong had been Caucasian, would he have been shot twenty-seven times?

Is there a pattern of racial discrimination in Warren? The racial demographic of Warren is
changing, and citizens of all backgrounds should be able to trust their local police and know that they are working toward justice, not injustice.

We demand justice!


  1. The death of Sean Bell by the NYPD was all over the national news, but most police shootings never make headlines. Most folks would be shocked to find out how common these “accidental” shootings are. While I’m pissed that I didn’t hear about Xiong’s death until now, I’m not surprised.

    People worry about crime in their communities, but who will protect communities from the violence of the police?

  2. The death of Sean Bell by the NYPD was all over the national news, but most police shootings never make headlines. Most folks would be shocked to find out how common these “accidental” shootings are. While I’m pissed that I didn’t hear about Xiong’s death until now, I’m not surprised.

    absolutly yolanda–I think that’s a deliberate move on the part of big media–resposition these stories as “freak accidents” and then those in power can easily justify doing nothing–

  3. Yeah, my city had one shooting in 1998 that made national headlines, but three in the past year and five deaths in a 12 month period, of which three of those involved young Black men and four of the five including the three latest involved encounters with men who were unarmed. The only one who had been armed with a rifle was a White man.

    Not as much coverage of these and if the police or city has it their way there will be less coverage locally of future shootings because one council member who is a former police officer in this department, said that any media person who interviews witnesses to an officer-involved shooting will be arrested and prosecuted for obstructing an investigation.

    Not to mention that the city and police department acted against my city’s police commission especially its charter-mandated power to investigate officer-involved deaths. I guess it’s called circling wagons against the communities where these shootings are happening and there might not be media coverage from larger media outlets but there’s been quite a few law suits and claims for damages filed in response.

    A woman who was the sister of the last guy killed asked the police chief at a forum why there were so many shootings in recent months especially involving people of color. The police chief’s response was, “that’s a society question. Not a police question,” which belies any claims made by him and a prosecutor present that the police department is capable of investigating itself because its own investigation is specifically designed to address “police questions”. Because by reducing that question to a sound byte, he’s basically saying his mind has been made up.

  4. joyce

    I’ll be there tomorrow along with a few other UM students.

  5. Thanks for all the support and solidarity folks. I hope to post an update and some reflections about the memorial that took place on 2/3. In short, it was a powerful and emotional event.

  6. My heart is soft. Ready to grow the world that we deserve. Ready to weave hope out of the path of our mourning. Thank you for speaking this.

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