Jones Vs. Parmley is a civil suit being brought forth by fifteen Haudenosaunee people commonly referred to as the #Onondaga15. After nearly twenty years of being strung along by the courts, the Onondaga 15 are currently in federal court in Syracuse, NY, representing themselves “pro se” (versus being represented by a lawyer) in a civil lawsuit against 52 New York State troopers who were operating under the name “I-81 Indian Detail” under the command of former Major James Parmley. The plaintiffs have been actively suppressed in their attempts to acquire legal representation. The plaintiffs are mostly elderly and disabled by the extensive injuries they endured from prolonged beatings at the hands of the “I-81 Indian Detail”.
This trial pertains to an incident of mass police brutality in which state troopers attacked over 150 Haudenosaunee babies, children, women, men, Clan Mothers, and elders. The attack occurred on May 18, 1997 on private property owned by the Jones family, which lay within the boundaries of the Onondaga Nation Reservation outside so-called Syracuse, NY. This trial will determine whether James Parmley and 52 state troopers operating as a part of the “I-81 Indian Detail” are guilty of excessive use of force and misconduct in the suppression of free speech, violating 1st and 4th amendment rights. The ample evidence speaks for itself.
The plaintiffs are mostly elderly and disabled by the extensive injuries they endured from prolonged beatings at the hands of the “I-81 Indian Detail”. They are taking serious risks by refusing to back down from their case against the New York State police and have endured 20 years of intimidation, marginalization, harassment and violent retaliation as a consequence.
We are looking for legal representation for the plaintiffs, along with financial support, solidarity actions, media coverage, and anything you can do to build greater visibility for this case.