AFC Statement on the killing of Matthew Zadok Williams on April 12, 2021

April 19, 2021

A police shooting near Decatur, Georgia has led to the killing of yet another Black man.

Matthew Zadok Williams, the youngest of six children and the only son, was killed by Dekalb County Police in his own home on April 12, 2021. His mother and family were not notified until nearly 24 hours later.

In the words of Matthew’s sister, “Matthew was a son, brother, uncle, cousin, and a 35 year old responsible man who never had the opportunity to grow old. Matthew would not kill an insect, that's how gentle he was. He was a home owner. An avid reader. An activist. A humanitarian. A pacifist. He was full of life and love so exuberant that he radiated. He was the only boy out of six children and we cherished every moment with him. My family is devastated by this loss. Our lives will never be the same.”

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) fights for change that centers the needs and demands of BIPOC communities. We support deeply transformative approaches to achieving justice and equity. We look to BIPOC leadership to guide the work and listen to their voices to lead the conversations around dismantling white supremacy. We join Matthew’s family in demanding immediate answers from Dekalb County Police, including the immediate public release of the body camera video. Matthew’s family has set-up a go-fund-me page that can be accessed here.

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