FRAMINGHAM – The Justice for Eurie Committee wants the City of Framingham to declare March 2, 2021, Eurie Stamps Sr. day.
The Committee had originally proposed a vigil on January 5 to mark the 10th anniversary of Stamps death, but now wants to celebrate his life with a day named for the retired MBTA worker, father & grandfather, who was killed when a Framingham SWAT team raided his Fountain Street home.
A Framingham Police Officer, as part of the community’s former SWAT team, fatally shot the unarmed Stamps in his own home, while police were seeking to find a suspect.
The Committee is also working towards establishing a scholarship in Stamps’ name.
“The Mayor promised the attendees of the vigil held at City Hall in August, that she would start a scholarship for Eurie’s memory, and we are still planning to hold her to her word and seek her fundraising assistance as we initiate our efforts,” wrote Framingham Democratic Committee Chair Michael Hugo to the Framingham City Council.
The Committee is scheduled to come before the 11-member Framingham City Council on Tuesday night to discuss the Stamps day as well as a September 2020 resolution by the Framingham Democratic Committee, on the 10th anniversary of Stamps’ death January 5, 2021.
On the 10th anniversary of the death of Eurie Stamps Sr. at the hands of police, Framingham City Council will consider a resolution aimed at bringing accountability and reform to the police department, according to a press release from Justice For Eurie.
“On Jan. 5, 2011, the Framingham SWAT team, since disbanded, staged a midnight raid on Stamps’ home, a forced entrance using battering rams and flashbang grenades, to serve a search warrant in a routine drug investigation. While Mr. Stamps, 68 and suspected of no crime, was lying face-down on his living room floor, an officer fatally shot him in the head, an action investigators from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office later ruled an accident,” stated the press release.
“In the wake of police killings of other Black Americans this year, friends and supporters of the Stamps family have organized under the #JusticeForEurie banner. Their demands include a new investigation into the case, reforms to police practices in Framingham and statewide, and the termination of the officer who killed Stamps, who remains on the department payroll,” stated the press release.
“The resolution would commit the city to creating an independent review board to consider complaints about police department actions and procedures and make recommendations to the police chief and city officials. It calls for new policies on the use of body cameras by police, and would prohibit Framingham police from seeking “no-knock warrants” – like the warrant that enabled the raid on Mr. Stamps’ home – without the expressed authorization of the district attorney. It calls for police “resource officers” be removed from schools, with their funding reallocated toward deploying mental health workers in the schools,” stated the press release.
The” resolution acknowledges that the death of Eurie Stamps Sr. indicated bias in the police department and ‘a lack of empathy toward Black and Brown communities,’ and calls for Paul Duncan, whose shot killed Eurie Stamps 10 years ago, to be dismissed from the Framingham Police Department,” according to the press release.