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article imageNational Day Against Police Brutality protests begin Special

By Justin King     Oct 21, 2013 in Crime
Sacramento - Tomorrow, the families of over 50 victims of lethal excessive force by police will be joined by protesters in Sacramento, California to make demands of California on the 18th National Day Against Police Brutality.
Tomorrow’s event will be held on the West steps of the California State Capitol.
California is at the top of the trend in police violence and lethal police misconduct. Los Angeles County alone saw 54 fatal shootings by law enforcement in 2011. Comparison with other areas is almost impossible because national data on law-enforcement-related shootings is not collected. Many times, the shooter’s own law enforcement agency is responsible for the investigation of whether or not the shooting was justified. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates its own agents after a shooting. Since 1993, the FBI has declared that all shootings by FBI agents in which someone has been injured or killed were justified, even if the victim of the shooting was unarmed. In some cases lawsuits were filed, and the FBI paid out to the victim; the statistic put out by the agency still show a flawless record of lethal force use.
The protest’s press release states
“We are looking for common sense solutions to curbing the violence we see coming out of our police depts. We want to see police officers drug tested on a random basis and whenever there is an incident, I think most Californians would be surprised that is not happening.” said Christina Arechiga organizer of the event whose cousin Ernest Duenez Jr. was murdered by John Moody of the Manteca, CA PD and whose families civil trial starts in 2014
Christina Arechiga took the time to talk to Digital Journal about the protest and their demands.
…a badge does not grant you extra rights, and this practice of allowing police to have immunity is insanity…
Aside from remembering and honoring those killed by California’s law enforcement agencies, the demonstration hopes to bring pressure on the state legislature to enact laws providing accountability and protecting citizens. Some of their demands are drug testing for law enforcement officers, requiring small cameras to be worn by officers to provide an objective outside reference after an incident, and legal protection for whistleblowers. The group is also calling for the dismantling of the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, a hotly-contested legislative act that provides police with near total immunity for their actions.
The event kicks off tonight with a vigil at the Federal Courthouse for Michael Nida II.
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