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Wed Jun 4 2014 (Updated 06/10/14)
Families, Residents and Statewide Supporters Fight for Justice in Salinas
Wed Jun 4 2014 (Updated 06/10/14)
Counter-Insurgency Techniques Resisted in Salinas Following Police Killings
Following the SPD killing of Carlos Mejia on May 20, residents have struggled against the powers that be in Salinas. On May 25, local politicians and non-profit groups worked to quiet anti-police sentiment at the large march and statewide mobilization against police brutality held in East Salinas. On May 27, the family of Mejia filed a wrongful death legal claim against the City of Salinas, and a May 31 counter-protest was held at a pro-police rally organized by retired SPD officers and law enforcement families. Additionally, public pressure led the SPD on May 28 to release the department's policy manual on the use of deadly force.

The killing of Carlos Mejia was the third police killing by the SPD to occur in a short time span: on May 9, Osman Hernandez was shot and killed outside of the Mi Pueblo market on Alisal and Sanborn, and on March 20, Angel Ruiz was shot and killed outside of a Wingstop restaurant. All of this has been set against the larger narrative of law enforcement misconduct in Monterey County, which has been characterized by the alleged targeting of Hispanic individuals by King City Police, as well as the killing under mysterious circumstances of a man in Big Sur by a Monterey Sheriff.

May 25: imc_photo.gifAnti-Police Signs Not Allowed at Salinas March Against Police Brutality | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifSalinas Marches Against Police Brutality | imc_photo.gifPeace Police and Counterinsurgency in Salinas | Statewide Solidarity Grows With Salinas Community As Local Powers Attempt To Censor And Undermine The Peoples' Actions | Police Brutality & Counter-Insurgency in Salinas | audioDiscussing Salinas and Oxnard on KDVS in Davis | imc_photo.gifMay 25th Salinas Rally/March Against Police Brutality | imc_photo.gifSalinas on May 25 by Bruce Neuburger, Lettuce Wars

En Español: La policía de paz y contrainsurgencia en Salinas

May 27: audioimc_photo.gifClaim Filed Against City Seeks Admission Salinas Police Wrongfully Killed Carlos Mejia

May 31: imc_photo.gifSalinas P.D. Kills Three. Let's Have a Rally! | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifCounter-Protesters Question Unconditional Support for SPD at Pro-Police Rally

See Also: pdfSPD Releases Use of Force 'Policy Manual' | imc_photo.gifOakland Bannerdrop in Solidarity with Salinas | 2014 Monterey County Law Enforcement Misconduct Timeline | imc_video.gifaudioSalinas: "No Es Justo" by Lil Tony Mc (Song and Video) | Salinas Police Procedures and Killings Challenged by Citizens of Salinas | M.E.Ch.A de UCSC in Solidarity with the City of Salinas!

Previous Coverage: Salinas Police Kill Three People in Last Three Months
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