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Hundreds March on October 22 Against Police Brutality
Hundreds of people demonstrated against police brutality repression and the criminalization of a generation on October 22. Present were family members of Big O (killed by the SFPD), Gustavus Rugley (killed by the SFPD); Julio Ayala (killed by South SF Police); Mark Garcia (killed by SFPD), Cammerin Boyd (killed by SFPD); Richard Rosenberg; Idriss Stelley (killed by SFPD). Over 80 local organizations endorsed the demonstration. Similar protests were held in cities across the country.
From SF Bayview: “What I don’t understand, he didn’t have a weapon. Why did they shoot him like an animal?” asked Ana Lefiti when told her son had been killed by the police, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “His body was so full of bullet holes – from his neck to his legs,” she said, after seeing his body.
Two police officers in San Francisco, CA shot and killed a man they found in an apartment that they believed was vacant. Police claimed that 25-year-old Asa Sullivan had a gun, but in reality, he was only carrying an eyeglass case.
Elivira is the mother of Gustavus Rugley. Gustavus was shot at the end of a car chase. Had given up. His hands were up in the air.
A witness, Anna Catreras, said Mr. Rugley sat in his truck and an officer in a light blue sweatshirt walked up, opened up the back passenger door of Gus’ vehicle and proceeded to unload her gun. 36 bullets were pulled out of his body.
Bessie a 94 year old homeless woman who had been brutalized by SF Police spoke at the rally.
Julio Ayala, 26 yr. Salvadoran citizen, was beaten to death for 15 minutes by 13 SSF "Peace Officers" on 4-3-05, shortly after midnight after SF Airport Inn Manager and the occupant of Rm 202, adjacent to Julio's room complained to PD about excessive noise. The official version stands: Julio "stopped breathing" while constrained in a body wrap.