The day after the shooting hundreds of residents gathered and marched to the Ramparts police station in protest. The police responded in full riot gear, and attacked demonstrators. Hernandez and two other cops claimed they had been called because a man was threatening people with a knife, and that Hernandez fired when Jamines raised a knife and moved toward him. Ana, a school cafeteria worker who only gave her first name to the media, said she saw the shooting from across the street. Jamines had nothing in his hands, she insisted.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vigorously defended the cops. Weve got to go through an investigation, he said. But when its all said and done, Ill guarantee you whats going to come out is that these guys are heroes, and I stand by them.
The cops definitely do not protect the community. They do the opposite. They abuse the law, said Danny Cruz, 23, a restaurant worker who lives a few blocks from where Jamines was killed. The media is using this as another opportunity to criminalize Hispanics.
Eleanor García, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress in District 33, has joined the rallies and vigils to protest the killing by police. The capitalist politicians defend the cops and the entire justice system that they use to punish and control working people, she said in a campaign statement. Police brutality is inherent in their system.
Working people need to mobilize to demand the jailing of these killer cops!
Illinois socialists call for labor party
Join socialist campaign October 2
Montreal forum hears SWP candidates
Iowa socialist candidates gain attention in media
Cop interrogations force false confessions
Front page (for this issue) | Home | Text-version home