Clergy calls for hunger strike to demand release of Marshall video

From The Denver Post:  Community members outraged by the death of Denver jail inmate Michael Marshall at the hands of deputies have undertaken a hunger strike in the name of transparency.

Beginning on Monday, more than 200 participants from Colorado and around the country are starting a liquid diet until the video of Marshall being restrained by deputies is released, said Denver Pastor Terrence Hughes of the New Covenant Christian Church.

“This is what we are called to do,” Hughes said. “When our brothers and sisters are suffering, how dare we not sacrifice?”

Hughes is calling upon Denver clergy and citizens in general to join the protest that will continue until the video is released.

Hughes said protesters are also seeking the names of the Denver Sheriff Department personnel to be released, assurance that staff working in the mental health pod are trained in de-escalation techniques and that Mayor Michael Hancock personally delivers condolences to the Marshall family.

“We’re not unreasonable” Hughes said. “Our primary stance is the video tape, but we hope those other pieces are easy to accomplish.”

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