Democracy Now! Covers Anaheim Police-Shooting/Brutality Controversy

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With Theresa Smith (mother of Caesar Cruz, gunned down by Anaheim police in 2009) and our very own Gustavo Arellano as guests, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! dedicated a lengthy segment this morning on Anaheim's weekend of outrage following the officer-involved killings of two Latino men, Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo.

Goodman noted at the onset of her introduction that the Anaheim Police Department did not respond to numerous requests to be interviewed.

Democracy Now! is independent media's flagship show as it's broadcast on numerous Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations as well as public access, PBS, satellite television channels. Its coverage today underscores how the dramatic images from Saturday's chaos in Anaheim continues to peak national interest.

Ahead of today's city council meeting, Arellano not only recounted this weekend's events, but placed blame squarely on Anaheim's political mis-leadership class saying, "It's time for a change from the top all the way through."



Smith, the matriarch of the movement against police brutality in the city, spoke of her son, Caesar Cruz, and the circumstances surrounding his case. Recounting the fateful day in December 2009 when he was killed in an officer-involved shooting at Anaheim Plaza, she said she rushed to the scene itself before being redirected to a hospital.

"They make me wait for three hours before they tell me that he's dead," she adds recalling the whole process as callous, "and then they tell me that he's not even at the hospital, he's at the morgue."

With the killing of Acevedo on Sunday, Smith spoke of how his mother called her soon after. Their families knew each other growing up and those that form the Anaheim Cruzaders continues to grow in their collective grieving, healing and demands for justice.

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20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

BTW, nice shirt.  Looks comfortable.  Where did u get it?

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Let's see:

Parolee - check

Gun - check

Gang tats - check

Shaved head - check

Latino - check

Dead - check

 

Maybe the APD isn't racist, but just doing their jobs?

909Jeff
909Jeff

I love the video... GA "You see police officers pointing guns at families"

 

WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU TAKE YOUR KIDS OUT THERE! WHY WOULD YOU INTENIONALLY TAKE YOUR FAMILY INTO DANGER?

 

 

MisterX
MisterX

 @20ftjesus There is no death penalty for parolee etc. you disgrace to all of humanity.

obongobabbahlewee
obongobabbahlewee

 @20ftjesus Exactly. The OC Weekly does not care about the criminal aspects. Only that they were meggsican. This "justice" they want is to let their law-breaking cousins run rampant. Obongo say is South-of-the-border values invading this great country.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @909Jeff  So it would have been cool to fire projectiles on just women and have Lassie the magic K-9  'wrest' himself free on them?

MisterX
MisterX

 @obongobabbahlewee Go to Compton and argue with people there please.  I want to read about it in the LA Times. "Racist moron beaten to near death, then saved by good samaritan black person he despises."

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @gabrielsanroman

 C'mon Gabe... Where did I say that?  But apparently the same people who protect convicted felons in their neighborhood lack the common sense to keep their families out of danger.  Given the tension out on the street.... why would you have your family out there? 

 

You keep looking for reasons to blame the cops for everything... Answer that one question... What business did anyone have for taking thier baby into that powder keg? Other than sheer stupidity.

 

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @gabrielsanroman In an unorganized rabid mob?

 

And why is it that it was acceptable for the thugs who threw ricks and bottles at the cos to not share in the blame? They brought it upon themselves.

 

You still havnt answered my question because you refuse to accept that maybe they share in the culpability... There is a right and a wrong way to handle things... Do you suspect that an angry mob of over 100 people descending upon and inferior number of police officers in an already emotionally charged situation was the right or wrong way to handle things?

 

Do they have the right to demand answers? Absolutely... Right there on the spot in that manner... NO!

 

Mobs get dealth with... they should be so lucky that all they got were some bruises. And the footage on the news was effing priceless... guys getting carried away like they left it all on the battlefield, when all they had were bruises.  And of course the K9... as soon as that dog got within 10 feet of that stroller you knew they were all gonna cry that the viscious beast was aiming for their defensless hijo. (Who shouldnt have been there in the first place).

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @909Jeff  It's their right to demand answers and to not have a disproportionate indiscriminate response. You know...like the mothers and children marching in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles before the LAPD did their thing in 2007.

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