Free Shimmy. Drop the charges.

Today I attended, participated in and photographed a protest at Swampscott, Massachusetts police station demanding that the racially motivated and fabricated charges against prominent Massachusetts social and racial justice activist Ernst Jean Jaques be dropped.   Ernst is known as and goes by the name "Shimmy", and while participating in a counter protest against the racist, pro Trump "magachusetts" rally organized by white supremacist Dianna Ploss in Swampscott on Dec 12, 2020, was dancing to music when an older white woman, a racist white nationalist & Trump supporter named Linda Greenburg, went up to him and deliberately threw a bottle of water in his face, in the middle of winter, during a global pandemic.

Instead of charging her with assault, Swampscott police fabricated a false narrative and arrested Shimmy. The charges are false and are racially motivated. As a result of his arrest Shimmy has lost his job, his health insurance and has been to subject to online harassment and received death threats. Protesters demand that the charges against Shimmy be dropped and that Linda Greenberg be charged with committing a racially motivated hate crime.

Black Lives Matter activist Stevie Downie waves Black Lives Matter flag at Free Shimmy Protest

Black Lives Matter activist & protester holds sign that reads "Free Shimmy: Drop the Charges"

Group of protesters demand Swampscott Police drop the charges against Shimmy.