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Federal Class Action Lawsuit Filed against King City & its Police Officials
Salinas, CA (PRWEB) March 12, 2014 - On Monday, March 10, Attorneys Fernando F. Chavez and Blanca E. Zarazúa filed a class action lawsuit in US District Court on behalf of Hispanic residents living in the King City area.
On Tuesday, February 25, six King City police officers and one civilian were arrested for allegedly targeting low income Hispanic people by ordering their vehicles towed and then keeping the cars when the owners could not pay the impound fees. The police officers allegedly kept the cars for themselves or sold them for money.
“It is an outrage that law enforcement officials who are supposed to protect people would plan to take advantage of these innocent Latino residents, knowing it would be difficult or impossible to pay the fees to retrieve their car,” said Fernando Chavez, attorney with The Chavez Law Firm and son of the late Cesar E. Chavez.
The class action was filed after several community members were interviewed and troubling facts were disclosed. “This lawsuit provides at least some relief for the many residents of King City who were subject to serious civil rights violations” said Attorney Blanca E. Zarazúa, Honorary Consul for Mexico in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
There will be a press conference on:
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Steps of City Hall in King City, California.
212 South Vanderhurst, King City, CA 93930.
Media Contact: lanceswanner(at)chavezlawgroup(dot)com
Fernando F. Chavez is the son of late labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar E. Chavez. Mr. Chavez continues to carry on his father’s legacy of speaking for those with no voice.
Blanca E. Zarazúa is the daughter of a Bracero or guest worker. She also serves as Honorary Consul for Mexico in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
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Clockwise from top left:
Dominic Baldiviez, Bruce Miller, Bobby Carillo, Mark Baker, Jaime Andrade, Mario Mottu
Sgt. Bobby Javier Carrillo: Penal Code section 182(A) (1) - Conspiracy to commit a crime, Penal Code section 68 -Accepting a bribe, and Penal Code section 67 bribing an executive officer.
Acting Chief Bruce Edward Miller: Penal Code section 68- Accepting a bribe.
Former Chief Nick Baldiviez: Penal Code section 504 - Embezzlement by public officer.
Mario Alonso Mottu, Sr.: Penal Code section 504 - Embezzlement by public officer.
Officer Jaime Andrade: Penal Code section 30605(a) – Possession of an assault weapon; Penal Code section 25200(a) - Illegal storage of a firearm.
Officer Mark Allen Baker: Penal Code section 422(a) – Making criminal threats.
Brian Albert Miller, Miller’s Towing: Penal Code section 182(a) (1) - Conspiracy to commit a crime; Penal Code section 67- Bribing an executive officer.