The Manhattan-Riley County Coalition for Equal Justice are local citizens concerned that the Riley County Police Department is letting racial bias affect its enforcement of drug laws. With the help of local community members, the Coalition investigates and compiles evidence of police imposed racial bias experienced by local residents. Based on these reports, we advocate for change, challenging RCPD and the Riley County Law Board to do what’s right. Under no circumstances is racial bias excusable. We demand justice for those harmed and a system of criminal justice where those involved are held accountable for their actions.
Individuals Supporting the Manhattan-Riley County Coalition for Equal Justice
- John Exdell, Former Chair, Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice
- Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, Chair, MAPJ
- Bryon Williams, Former Advisor to K-State Black Student Union
- Rev. Patrick Funston, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Manhattan KS
- Edith Guffey, Conference Minister, KS-OK Conference of the United Church of Christ
- Rev. David A. Jones (Former Campus Pastor, K-State Ecumenical Christian Ministries)
Rev. Caela Simmons Wood, pastor of First United Congregational Church of Christ, Manhattan KS
Why in Riley County is a black person nearly 7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person?**
**In the U.S. black people use marijuana at roughly the same rate as white people, according to survey research covering 2001-2010 (ACLU 2013).
Click this link: For the full leaflet on RCPD drug law enforcement, 2010-2014