SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
Indybay About Contact Newsletter Calendar Publish Community

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice

Salinas Marches Against Police Brutality
by Alex Darocy ( alex [at] alexdarocy.com )
Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
In response to the recent killings of three residents by officers with the Salinas Police Department, a coalition of local political and labor groups organized a march and rally for "Respect, Dignity, and Justice" in East Salinas on May 25. The rally began at Closter park, and after hearing from relatives and family representatives of the deceased, the march visited two of the locations where the killings occurred. The event was organized by a number of political and labor groups, including the Salinas Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and United Farm Workers (UFW).
salinas-police-brutality-march-1.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

An organizer stated that the rally was the "first step" towards their objective, which she then described in more detail. Their list of goals includes: a convention to take place in Salinas in five weeks; a federal investigation of all fatal police shootings within the last 10 years; The firing of the Salinas Police Chief; the creation of a civilian review board; the review and update of police training; and the arrest and prosecution of the police officers that killed Carlos Mejia and Osman Hernandez.

The police killings began on March 20 of this year when Angel Ruiz was killed by officers with the SPD outside of a Wing Stop restaurant. On May 9, Osman Hernandez, who was carrying a lettuce knife, was killed by the SPD outside of the Mi Pueblo Market at the corner of Alisal and Sanborn.

Following those two killings, the Salinas community was quiet until a video of the pursuit and killing of Carlos Mejia went viral. Mejias was carrying a pair of garden shears when he was killed by SPD officers outside of a bakery at the corner of Del Monte and Sanborn on May 20, and on the evening of May 21, hundreds of East Salinas residents spontaneously took to the streets to protest the police brutality.

During the march on May 25, individuals carried three small coffins for the entire route. A banner held at the front of the march read, "In Memory Of...María Irma de la Torre, Angel Ruiz, Osman Hernandez, Carlos Mejia, and Constantino Garcia."

Constantino Garcia was shot and killed under mysterious circumstances near the corner of Del Monte and Sanborn as the large protests on May 21 occurred.

María Irma de la Torre, who suffered from epilepsy, had just had a seizure and had locked herself in her sister’s minivan in July of 2008 when she was killed by officer Steven Mattocks of the Salinas Police Department. According to attorneys who filed a civil suit against the city on behalf of her family, de la Torre was complying with officers' orders when she was killed. The city eventually wound up settling the lawsuit with her family for $2.1 million in 2010.

Individuals from throughout California and the Bay Area traveled to participate in the march on May 25, with organizations such as the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez and the Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation represented.

The look and feel of the march was affected when organizers attempted to limit the types of messages participants where allowed to communicate. When march chants were perceived to be too controversial, organizers would attempt to drown them out with the siren of a megaphone, or by asking individuals to "watch their language."


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
§Montage of clips from the march
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
Copy the following to embed the movie into another web page:
download video:

salinas-police-brutality-march.flv (99.5MB)

§En Español: Asuncion Guardado, family member of Osman Hernandez
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
Copy the following to embed the movie into another web page:
download video:

osman-hernandez-family.flv (43.5MB)

§Angel Ruiz Family representatiives
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
Copy the following to embed the movie into another web page:
download video:

angel-ruiz-tribute.flv (20.0MB)

§En Español: Sister of Alfredo Vargas
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
Copy the following to embed the movie into another web page:
download video:

sister-of-alfredo-vargas.flv (14.2MB)

§En Español: Hector Perla, UC Santa Cruz professor
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
Copy the following to embed the movie into another web page:
download video:

hector-perla.flv (50.4MB)

§In Memory Of
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-7.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-8.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Sister of Alfredo Vargas
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-9.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-10.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Family of Osman Hernandez
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-11.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Support for Angel Ruiz
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-12.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Support for Angel Ruiz
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-13.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Tom Rosales, brother-in-law of Angel Ruiz
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-14.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Constantino Garcia - Life is Precious on the East Side
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-15.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-16.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-18.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-19.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:49 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-20.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

§Marching past the location of the killing of Carlos Mejia
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:53 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-21.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Salinas Police Brutality March
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:54 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-22.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Jail Killer Cops
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:55 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-23.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Salinas Police Brutality March
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:55 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-24.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Salinas Police Brutality March
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:56 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-25.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Salinas Police Brutality March
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:56 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-26.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Marching past the location of the killing of Osman Hernandez
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:57 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-27.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

Salinas Police Brutality March
§Luis Alejo, Bill Monning, Antonio Rivas
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 27th, 2014 5:59 PM
salinas-police-brutality-march-28.jpg
salinas-police-brutality-...

State Assemblymember Luis Alejo, State Senator Bill Monning, and LULAC's Antonio Rivas
§Salinas City Council Member José Castañeda (on the right)
by Alex Darocy Wednesday May 28th, 2014 3:33 PM
jose-castaneda-salinas-ramon-cairo.jpg
jose-castaneda-salinas-ra...

"Respect, Dignity, Justice"

José Castañeda was one of the organizers of the march.

Here he is pictured, coincidentally, next to Ramon Cairo of Santa Rosa who is active with the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Friends Like These
Wednesday May 28th, 2014 2:05 AM
These guys take big money from law enforcement, agribusiness, labor unions, casinos, the largest alcohol distributor on the central coast, and other fine corporations ...

Sampling of $$$ to State Assemblymember Luis Alejo

* CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION $7,800.00
* PEACE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA $5,000.00
* CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION $3,000.00
* CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF HIGHWAY PATROLMEN $2,000.00
* CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $7,800.00
* AT&T $5,900.00
* CHEVRON CORP $4,900.00
* COMCAST $4,500.00
* PG&E CORP $4,000.00
* CALIFORNIA CATTLEMENS ASSOCIATION $3,900.00
* E & J GALLO $3,500.00
** GEORGE W COUCH LLL TRUST $3,500.00
* VERIZON $3,000.00
* AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL $3,000.00
* OW, GEORGE $3,000.00
* SEMPRA ENERGY $3,000.00
** COUCH, GEORGE $2,500.00
* MI PUEBLO SAN JOSE $2,100.00
* GENENTECH $2,000.00
*** PARAMOUNT FARMING CO $2,000.00 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roll_Global)
* CALIFORNIA CABLE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION $2,000.00
* CALIFORNIA BEER & BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTORS $2,000.00
* ELI LILLY & CO $2,000.00
* KRAFT FOODS $2,000.00
* CISCO SYSTEMS $2,000.00
* CALIFORNIA BANKERS ASSOCIATION $2,000.00
* CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF FOOD PROCESSORS $1,500.00
* BANK OF AMERICA $1,500.00

** "Couch Distributing Co. Inc. is the largest beverage distributor on the central coast of California. Couch is the exclusive distributor for Anheuser-Busch InBev whose brands include Budweiser, Shock Top and Stella Artois, Crown Imports (Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and others), Heineken USA (Heineken, Amstel, Newcastle and others, Diageo-Guinness (Guinness, Harp, Smirnoff Ice and others). In addition the company distributes a full array of fast selling craft brews including Kona, Anchor Steam, Firestone, Widmer, Redhook, Speakeasy and Gordon Biersch."

*** "Roll Global is a privately held, $3 billion international company. We grow, harvest, bottle, package and market a diverse range of healthy products, including fruits, nuts, flowers, water, wine and juices."

With Friends Like These ...

http://votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/112270/luis-alejo