Nine months ago, Alonzo Smith died while he was in the custody of security guards in a southeast Washington apartment building. The guards are known as “special police” as they are armed, have arrest powers and are licensed by the District. The D.C. medical examiner’s office pronounced Alonzo’s death as a homicide, but nothing has been clear regarding what happened on the day of the murder. Alonzo’s mother, Beverly Smith is waiting whether the officers who killed her son will be charged. While she waits, she has become an activist and built an organization Pan-African Community Action. Its main goal is to end aggressive policing in black communities.

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