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Justice Never Served…Five Years after the Murder of Rudy Cardenas by State Police.
by Self Educated
Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 6:34 PM
On the Fifth-Year Anniversary of Rudy Cardenas Murder by Law Enforcement.

On Saturday February 14, 2009, an interview was conducted with Jesse Villarreal, who is Rudy Cardenas nephew, at a local coffee shop in Santa Cruz. Jesse spoke about the incidents leading to his uncle’s murder, the organizing efforts to bring attention to the issue, the results of the case, and how this incident are similar to the case involving the murder of Oscar Grant. To hear the interview please click the following link:

Justice Never Served…Five Years after the Murder of Rudy Cardenas by State Police.

By Self-Educated

In lieu of recent high profile cases of police brutality and murder, it is important to remember that these atrocities are an ongoing epidemic in the Chicano and Black communities. On February 17, 2004, Rudy Cardenas, who was a father of five children, was shot and killed by state narcotics officer Michael Walker in San Jose. State Narcotics Agent Michael Walker had been a former police officer in Watsonville, where he had a history of reported misconduct ( Moreover, the murders of Oscar Grant and Rudy Cardenas have three things in common: both were shot in the back by the officers, both were unarmed and both officers in the case are being defended with attorneys recommended by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) Legal Defense Fund.

Parole agents targeted Rudy Cardenas after they mistook him for a parole violator named David Gonzalez. Agents who were conducting surveillance at Gonzalez’s address attempted to pull over Cardenas as he randomly drove by the location. Perhaps out of fear, Cardenas decided to speed away from the scene leading to a high-speed chase involving several officers. After a short pursuit, Cardenas abandoned the vehicle and decided to flee on foot. At that point officer Michael Walker fired his 9mm hitting Cardenas once in the back in a major artery. It took several minutes for police to clear the scene and allow ambulances to provide assistance. Cardenas died in route to the hospital due to heavy loss of blood.

Due to organizing efforts led by Jesse Villarreal, the Cardenas family, and Debug Magazine, there was an open Grand jury hearing. Walker was the first law enforcement officer to be put on trial for manslaughter in California. In addition, many marches, vigils and protests were held by these organizers to bring public attention to the Cardenas murder. The family also filed a suit against the State of California and Michael Walker.

Much like the current case of Oscar Grant, the defense team and mainstream media attempted to paint the victims as the aggressors and a potential threat to the officers' lives because the officers thought the victims were reaching for a gun. At the hearings, Cardenas was accused of being “violent” and “suicidal” most likely that he had sought “suicide by cop.” In the case of Oscar Grant, Johannes Mehserle’s (the accused murderer) defense is attempting to paint this as an accident by stating that the officer involved thought he was going for his taser gun because he thought Grant had a weapon.

The attorneys involved in both incidents were recommended by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) who coordinate a Legal Defense Fund for officers involved in cases of misconduct. Attorney Craig Brown, who is on a panel of recommended attorneys provided by PORAC, defended Michael Walker and in December of 2005 won a verdict of “not guilty.” Johannes Mehserle is currently being defended by Attorney Mike Rains, a former police officer who makes a living out of defending police officers accused of misconduct. Rains was successful in winning the acquittal of the “Corcoran Eight” a group of prison guards accused of federal criminal civil rights violations. Rains also won the acquittal of the “Oakland Riders,” a group of officers who beat, kidnapped and planted drugs on local citizens.

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Here is some details about why those in custody are still dying and the solution is here too.

Our Eddie Dillard Bootie Bandit case against the rogues at Corcoran lost too. The UNION families have several lawsuits in progress against Corcoran and other prisons, the conservative judges and jurors won't allow them to be drawn into accountability.

We need to do more voter registration of the poor and stop their puppets from getting elected to office if we are ever going to stop this oppression. Reform can only come through lawsuits, initiative campaigns (takes 6500 workers) and electing people to office who have taken no donations from law enforcement labor unions. Showing up in mass to important hearings works, we as a movement have always dropped the ball on doing these four important things.
by ntuit
Monday Feb 16th, 2009 1:11 AM
The police today seem to be operating more and more our of the scope of right - human, civil and constitutional. They just don't seem to care if they can get away with it. Police unions, politicians and their judge friends have taken care of the police interests as vs the public interest. It is just another example of the corruption that is bringing down the U.S. every moment.
by copwatcher
Wednesday Feb 18th, 2009 1:51 PM

"A man in his 20s died Wednesday night after being shot with a Taser by a San Jose police officer who was attempting to take him into custody. It is the sixth instance of someone dying after San Jose police deployed the electric stun gun on them."