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Justice for Andy Lopez!: Police Are An Occupying Army

Federal Lawsuit Charges Sheriff’s Deputy Unconstitutionally Killed
Andy Lopez

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by Shepherd Bliss Occupy.com / News Report Sat Nov 9, 2013

The October 22 killing here of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a hail of bullets from sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus has resulted in daily peaceful marches, prayer vigils and speaking events honoring Lopez and calling for justice, as thousands in the northern California community continue to mourn and express outrage.

The killing has also this week led to a federal civil rights lawsuit being filed on behalf of the Lopez family. “There is a practice of using deadly force and covering it up by investigations that are superficial,” attorney Arnoldo Casillas said at a November 4 press conference in San Francisco, according to the daily Press Democrat. Casillas, who filed the suit, contends that the killing was unconstitutional because it violated the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which limits police authority.

Casillas interviewed witnesses who dispute law enforcement claims about the shooting. He asserts that the first shot was fired within three seconds of Gelhaus’s command to Lopez to drop what the sheriff's deputy claims he thought was a real gun. Seven bullets hit Lopez. One pierced his heart; at least one him him in the buttocks. Non-lethal alternatives were possible. The second deputy traveling with Gelhaus did not fire a single shot -- and did not even have time to step out of the vehicle before the boy's body lay fatally shot on the street.

Last year, Casillas won a $24 million dollar settlement for the family of a Los Angeles boy who was shot once and paralyzed by police while playing with an airsoft BB gun, similar to the one that Lopez was carrying to return to a friend when he was killed.

In a 2007 killing of African-American high school student Jeremiah Chass in the nearby town of Sebastopol, the Sheriff’s Office was compelled to pay a $1.75 million dollar settlement to the family. In both cases, investigations by outside police departments concluded that the cops were merely following protocol -- which too often seems to be “shoot first, ask questions later.”

But what is officially reported and what actually happens on the street may differ. That's why having next-door-neighbor law enforcement agencies investigate the killings is starting to look more and more like damage control than independent or objective reviews. More bluntly: are they amounting to cover-up investigations by law enforcement departments tasked with investigating each other?

Lopez Family and Others Speak Out

STOLEN LIVES: Killed By Law Enforcement (with downloadable pdf lists and photos)

submit a case of someone killed by law enforcement  HERE

 photos from 1990's

 Stolen Lives LIST (updated Oct 2012)

1999 Stolen Lives Project book (Part 1 and Part 2): descriptions, killed by law enforcement

Photos and descriptions added in 2006


People Killed by Law Enforcement

in U.S. 1990's to 2012 [incomplete list including many unidentified people killed by law enforcement]


ALABAMA
King Casby
Clever Craig
Bobby Dancy
Lorenzo Ingram, Sr.
Calvin Moore
Donald Nabors
Johnie Kamahi Warren
Carlos Williams
Walter Williams, Jr.


ALASKA
Randall Clevenger
Terrence L. Cloyd
Conn Wayne Duncan
Joseph Gannon
Jay Allen Johnson
Frederick Jones
Joseph Marchetti
Adrian Spindler
Shane Tasi
Cassel Williams


ARIZONA
Ernest “Marty” Atencio
Abdiel Burgueno, Jr.
Robert Clermont
Nicholas Contreraz
Lawrence Davies
Troy Edward Davis
Michael Federici
Keith Graff
Glen Alton Haring
Michael Johnson
J.R. Kvernes
Donald Lininger
John Loxas
Amber Maderos
Lilly Maderos
Lisa Maderos
Mario Albert Madrigal
Tashia Patton
Antonio Renteria
Jose Benito Saenz
Ernie Salas
Milton Salazar
William Sershon
Harold Shover, Jr.
Richard Snow
Janet Zuelzke

ARKANSAS
Angelo Clark
Billy Charles Hyde
Marvin Glenn Johnson
Jerry Kane
Joe Kane
Marcus Lovell
Othel June Striplin


CALIFORNIA
Derrick Abernathy
Joel Mathew Acevedo
Alberto Acosta Jr
Alexander Acosta
Deshawn Adams
Anthony Aguilar
Armando Aguilar
John Aguilera
Phillip Daniel Aguilar
Jihad Alim Akbar
Frank Filomeno Alejo
Julian Alexander
Jerriel Da'Shawn Allen
Eddie R. Alvarado
Valeria Alvarado
Edgar Alvarez
Emmanuel Alvarez
Isaias Alvarez
Emiliano Amaya
Susanne Antuna
Carlos Arevalo
Abdul Arian
Manuel Armenta
Gerardo Arvallo
Andres Avila
Marco Ernesto Avila
Julio Ayala
Ricardo Badillo
Ronald Ball
Evaristo Barajas
Leroy Barnes Jr
Anton Barrett Sr
Edgar Battad
Victor Becerril
Roderick Lee Bertolette
Benjamin Bittner
Jason Bitz
Antonio Bland
Alan Blueford Jr
Zaim Bojcic
Glen Boldware
Bryan Bombela
Ronald Boone
Aaron Borden
Stephen Bours
Cammerin Boyd
Ronald Brazier
Charles Breed
Tyler Brehm
Dyron Brewer
Kelvin Brooks
Andre Brown
Luther Brown Jr
Raheim Brown
Robert Brown
Deandre Brunston
Vinh Bui
Stephen Bullock
Karapet Bulmadzhyan
Christopher Arrion Burgess
Mark William Burke
Donnie Butler
Michael Byoune
Marcella Byrd
Arturo Cabrales
Richard Cabrales
Pedro Calderon
Homero Campos
Katrina Campos
Andrew Caprio
Alonso Cardenas
Rodolfo Cardenas
Rudy Cardenas
Daniel Carlon
James Louis Carrel
Jesse Carrizales
Jerome Carter
Fernando Casares
Carlos Casillas Fernandez
Ernesto Castaneda
Juan Castellanos
Carlos Castillo
Julian Celaya
Jeremiah Chass
Mohammad Usman Chaudhry
Javier Chavez
Yi Tzu Chen
Michael Cho
Christian Cobian
Avery Cody, Jr
Darrick Collins
Christopher Coronel
Zachary Champommier
Elaine Coleman
Peter Contreras
Zachary Cooke
Khiel Coppin
Joe Casto Corrales
Fernando Cortez
Martin F. Cotton II
Maurice Leroy Cox
David Cross
Caesar Cruz
Pedro Santa Cruz
Gabriel Cuevas-Muldenado
Jonathan Cuevas
Richard Dale
James Davis
Anita Delgado
Richard DeSantis
Antonio Diaz
Manuel Angel Diaz
Qazi Tiensinh Do
Tony Dominquez
Atilano Doporto
Reginald Doucert Jr
Oran Eugene Douglas III
Ernest Duenez, Jr
Kathleen Eklund
Jazmyne Eng
Alejandro Erazo
Noe Escobar Reyes
Rick Escobedo
Alfred Farrar
Durrell Feaster
Carlos Fernandez
Pedro Fernandez
Josh Ferreira
Joaquin Figuerora
Rod Fiorini
Jaime Flores
Jose Flores
Detrick Ford
Justin Ford
Eric Daniel Foster
Victoria Fox
Dnary Fowler
Eddie Franco
Mallard Frazier
John Fulchiero
Derrick Gaines
Annette Garcia
Daniel Garcia
Erik Garcia
Ezequiel Garcia
Israel Garcia
Julio Garcia
Mark Garcia
Nahun Garcia
Omar Garcia
Victor Garcia
Marvin Gardner
Dale Garrett
Robert Garth
Ralph Peter Gawor
Ryan George
Glennel Givens
Christopher Glass
Kenneth Gomez
Marco Gomez
Edgar Gonzalez
Jaime Gonzales
Julien Gonzalez
Xavier Gonzalez-Torres
Carol Anne Gotbaum
John Goudeaux
Lonnie Graham
Shurron Grant
Oscar Grant
Ilda Grasso
Mark Gregg
Cary James Grimé
Terry Grinner Jr
Lejoy Grissom
Howard Gross
Delfino Guerrero
Efrain Lara Gutierrez
Luis Guttierez
Troy Guido
Arturo Guzman
Demetre Omar Hall
Jess Hamilton
Donald Handy
Kenneth Harding Jr
Richey Harvey
Walter Heller
Vong Yang Her
Carlos Heredia Jr
Angel Farias Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
Steven Hernandez
Ramel Henderson
Robert Henning
Jesus Juan Hernandez-Cazares
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas
Justin Hertl
Charles Blair Hill
Stephen Clancy Hill
Stephen Paul Hirschfield
Craig Holden
Joshua Alva Hollander
Jonni Kiyoshi Honda
Jared Huey
Dale Hughes
Richard Hughes
Tyrone Hughes
Leopoldo Huizar
Wilford Hunton
Eloy Infante-Toscano
Christopher Jackson
Ezequiel Jacobo
Mario Jaramillo
Lee Jefferson
Dashonnon Jennings
Jorge Jimenez
Jose Jimenez
Frank Johnson
Derrick Jones
Eric Jones
David Jordan
Joseph Frank Kennedy
Allen Kephart
Douglas Kim
Susie Young Kim
Garland King
Gary King
Kenneth King
Garmik Kirakosian
Barry Martin Koeningsberg
Chyraphon Komvongsa
Rene LaCentra
Kamal Lal
Khalid Lanier
Robert LaRue
Jennifer LeBlanc
Albert Mike Leday Jr
Daniel Leon
Kwang Lee
Michael Lee
Oliver Lefiti
Samual Liaw
Eric Lewis Liebowitz
Reginald Andre Linthicum
Darrell Logan
Manuel Loggins
Roberto Lombana
Jessie Long
Ismael Lopez
Mariano Lopez Fernandez
Johnny Lozoya
Dexter Luckett
William Lusk
Andrew MacEarchern
Brian Macias
Pete Carlos Madrid
Carl Maggiorini, Jr.
Michael Maguire
Eric Mahoney
Eric Mandell
Dyron Mandell Brewer
Joshua Maravilla
Mitchell Marien
Frank Martinez
Gabriel Martinez
Gonzalo Martinez
Reynaldo Quintero Martinez
Samuel Martinez
Leonel Mateos
Clifford Paul Maxwell
Cedric May
Kendraey McCall
Shawn McCoy
Kendrec McDade
Ashley McDonald
Moses McDowell
Brent McKinney
David McMahon
Terrance Mearis
Daniel Mendoza
Cecil Menifield
Douglas Merjil
Peter Mestler
Mark Miles
Jose Millan
Philip Miller
Maurice Milligan
Lovelle Mixon
Francisco Mondragon-Saucedo
Jose Monteon Jr
Bryan Moore
Cheri Lyn Moore
Jesse Moore
Andrew Moppin
Fred Moraga
Oscar Morales
Christopher Moreno
Donovan Morris
Roketi Mosesue
Lazaro Muniz
Johnnie Nakao
Terry Wayne Nash
Tom Neville
Jacob Newmaker
Michael Nida
Julian Nolasco
Hai Nguyen
Juan Nunez
Jorge Ocon
Samuel Om
Carlos Ornelas
Isaac Ornelas
Arturo Ortega
Jesucita Ortega
Ruben Walton Ortega
Victor Ortega
Javier Ortiz
Martin Osuna-Aguilar
Albert Ray Owens
Roberto Padilla
Joel Perales
Jose Carlos Perez-Hernandez
Roman Gallius Pierson
Woodrow Player III
Richard Poccia
Albert Polencia
Brownie Polk
Christian Portillo
Alfred Pouliot
Mathew Powell
Pralith Pralourng
Alex Roman Quintanilla
William Quiros Jr
Arthur Jarvis Raleigh
Cesar Ramirez
James Ramirez
Manuel Ramirez
Ignacio Rangel Gonzalez
Gordon Rauch
DeOnte Rawlings
Andres Raya
Raul Castillo Razo
Pedro Renteria
Randy Reeves
Francisco Reyes
Jamie Reyes
Luciano Reyes
Earl Rhodes
Trevion Richard
Sammie Richardson
John Rico
Fermin Rincon
Carlos Rivera
Edwin Rivera
James Earl Rivera, Jr.
Lejon Robins
Lydia Rodriguez
Peter Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
Steve Rodriguez
Victoria Roger-Vasselin
Hannah Rogers-Grippi
Sergio Rojas
Michael Robert Rosa
Mario Romero
Glenn Rose
Hernan Rubalcaba
Javier Joseph Rueda
Gustavus Rugley
Joshua Russell
Maria Ruvalcaba
Kim Saelio
Ventura Saenz
Sergio Salazar
Charles Salinas
Luis Salinas
Noel Salinas
Abraham Sanchez
Albert Sanchez
Arthur Sanchez
Luis Sanchez
Miguel Sanchez Jr
Rodney Sandberg
Michael Lewis Sanders
Julio Sandoval
Byron San Jose
Bradford Sarten
Guillermo Saucedo
Greg Saulsbury
Jack Schlesinger
Sergio Sedillo
David Sequioa
Oscar Sermeno
Juan Serna
Richard Sharp
Mohammed Shah
Maurice Shephard
Christopher Shull
Socrates Siqueros
Derrick Sites
Cesar Silva
Jose Soloro
Lawrence Smith
Marcus Smith
Ernesto Donald Smith
Naser Solis
Frank Soliz
Sinn Sor
Martin Soriano
Saul Soriano
Jaden Edward Soto
Idriss Stelley
OC Deputy Terry Stepp
Joshua Stephenson
Kami Stevens
Peter Stewart

Why Do the Police Have Tanks? The Strange and Dangerous Militarization of the US Police Force

AlterNet / By Rania Khalek  July 5, 2011

The federal government has supplied local police departments with military uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, and training.    

Just after midnight on May 16, 2010, a SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of a 25-year-old man while his 7-year-old daughter slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. The grenade landed so close to the child that it burned her blanket. The SWAT team leader then burst into the house and fired a single shot which struck the child in the throat, killing her. The police were there to apprehend a man suspected of murdering a teenage boy days earlier. The man they were after lived in the unit above the girl's family.

FBI and LA County Sheriff raid veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes

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Pat-Downs: Intrusions Long Before the TSA

Pat-Downs Hit Middle America Where It Counts

Nov 24, 2010  By David Coleman

The recent outrage expressed by white males and females over intrusive airport pat-downs may have an upside. At least at the nation’s airports, non-minority airline passengers who seek to board an airplane are being sensitized to the indignities that are a routine part of the lives of some men of color who merely walk or drive down a street.

Arizona's Governor,Jan Brewer (of SB 1070 notoriety) is Heavily Connected with Corrections Corporations of America

Jan Brewer & CCA: Making Prejudice Profitable

by Nick Jiles

For many Americans Arizona’s recent hate legislation, SB 1070, has ignited a firestorm of polemics, raising issues about the miserably archaic and ineffectual nature of our current federal immigration system, the scape-goating of the excessively pigmented during times of economic crisis (where have we seen that before?) and the suddenly cliché cry of state sovereignty. But as Arizona struggles to close a projected budget shortfall of nearly $ 2.6 billion both Senator Jan Brewer and some her closest aides have come under fire for their lobbyist ties to one company that stands to undoubtedly benefit from the “brown-while breathing” legislation known as SB 1070, CCA (Corrections Corporations of America). CCA, the largest private prison corporation in the country, currently operates 6 facilities within Arizona, 3 dedicated to housing inmates from Immigration Customs and Enforcement (I.C.E.).

 

In 2009 Arizona became the first state in the country to attempt to privatize its entire prison system- this despite evidence that such privatization would not be cost efficient and in light of the comically tragic recent history of inmate escapes and general security concerns associated with for-profit prisons already operating within the state. It is no secret that Arizona Senator Jan Brewer and some of her closest aides have lobbying ties with for-profit prisons that date back nearly a century, a fact that she and those around her have clumsily attempted to explain as entirely unrelated to the increasing number of private prison facilities that have sprung up throughout the state in the last decade.