Bruce Whitaker, Fullerton City Councilman, Protests Another Police Killing ... in Downey

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Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker, a vocal critic of his town's police department in the wake of the Kelly Thomas saga, surely could drum up a place in the crowd of the many protests taking place in that North County municipality.

If Whitaker wants to spread beyond city borders to demonstrate his disdain for cops gone wild, he need drive no farther up the Orange Freeway than to nearby Anaheim, the new home of Occupy, neighborhood activism and other assorted rousers of the rabble.

But this past Saturday morning, Whitaker crossed county borders to blast cops for fatally shooting an innocent.

As Downey Beat's Ben Baeder reports, Whitaker participated in a Saturday morning march drawing attention to October's fatal shooting of Michael Nida, a married father of four who was unarmed when he was shot in the back by a police officer from that Southeast Los Angeles County city. My former colleague Marisa Gerber Navel Gazed that sad incident:

Following in Fullerton's Footsteps? Downey Police Mistakenly Stop, Kill Unarmed Man; Public Protests At City Council Meetings

Joined at the Downey protest by others from Fullerton as well as Anaheim, Whitaker reportedly called on residents there to demand facts from Downey PD about what happened the night of the shooting--just as the councilman has demanded from Fullerton PD. This may be even more critical in Downey, Whitaker noted, because watchdogs there do not have something that has helped fuel public and legal pressure in Orange County.

"We were fortunate that they got caught by a their own Homeland Security provided camera," Whitaker said of the Fullerton officers who beat Thomas like a piñata. Whitaker had only been on the Fullerton council a few months when that happened, ushering in one of the most divisive periods in city history.

Joined recently by new council members swept into office by the recall of Fullerton incumbents, Whitaker has vehemently called for the release of more information surrounding the Thomas case. The councilman is doing so again in the killing of 31-year-old Nida, who Downey Police claim was mistakenly suspected of having committed a robbery near an ATM.

Of that department's refusal to release ATM surveillance video of the crime, Whitaker reportedly said, "They're inhibiting the public's right to know what happened."

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revolutionforamercia
revolutionforamercia

Is a call to a REVOLUTION of Awakening for American civilian.

The Police are OUT OF CONTROL, NATIONWIDE! I keep telling people it isn't a RACE ISSUE! It's bigger than that. Its GOVERNMENT BACKED Law Enforcement KNOWING they're untouchable! Like the old gangs. And FULLY exercising their licenses to kill! (Like Fullerton polices). With are Taxpayer money.

We need constitutional law to protect us from the police. Who is going to protect the average American from the police?

Officers need to be sentenced and prosecuted 3 times as strictly as a civilian. They are meant to protect and serve, they know the laws, and when they break them, and try to hide behind the badge, they need to be stripped of their titles and be punished more severely them the civilian. And tax payer should not have to pay the bills for Law Breaking Officers that break the law.

We need Revolution Kelly   

 I’m going to walk from LA to DC to protest in March 2013 for this Revolution to stop the Untouchable. Any Civilian like to joint me please e-mail me at

  RevolutionForAmerciansCivilan@yahoo.com

To: Revolution for Kelly Thomas & American’s

       PO BOX 1356

      Upland, CA 91785

DonttBackTheBadge
DonttBackTheBadge

That is why left, right, and center will vote to re-elect Bruce Whitaker in November.

terri.teramura
terri.teramura

Thank you SO much Bruce Whitaker, for not cowarding down under pressure in Fullerton and for stepping up to do the right thing!  We also thank you from the bottom of our hearts for marching against injustice with my family in Downey last weekend!  You are a blessing to us all!

jeanthaxton
jeanthaxton

Thank you Bruce Whitaker for standing up for what is right, thank you for demanding justice, thank you for walking with us to protest this unjustified shooting. You are the kind of politician we need in office...can't wait till you run for the senate or the governor....you have my vote!!!

brandonf76
brandonf76

I worked with Ben when I was an intern at Whittier Daily News. A great editor!

 

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