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Federal Class Action Lawsuit Filed against King City & its Police Officials
by Fernando F. Chavez & Blanca E. Zarazúa
Wednesday Mar 12th, 2014 6:44 PM
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
12:00 noon
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.
by Fernando F. Chavez & Blanca E. Zarazúa Tuesday Mar 18th, 2014 8:31 PM

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§Mugshots and Charges
by Mugshots Thursday Mar 20th, 2014 7:44 PM
Clockwise from top left:
Dominic Baldiviez, Bruce Miller, Bobby Carillo, Mark Baker, Jaime Andrade, Mario Mottu

Police Charged:

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.

Also Charged:

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.

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by John Cohen
Sunday Mar 23rd, 2014 12:54 AM
Sadly, many police departments have at least a few rogue officers while other departments — as observed in Chicago and Los Angeles —have institutionalized criminality. Police officers are allowed to be criminals because the police operate without any mechanisms of openness, transparency and accountability.