Very shortly after the outcome of the Manuel Diaz hearings, another lawsuit was filed regarding the fatal OIS of Martin Hernandez. The lawsuit was accepted into the Judicial Process.
BUT…. newly appointed Police Chief, Raul Quezada had an “opinion” on the filing of the lawsuit.
The unnecessary and inciting “opinion” has negated a great deal of work done while Chief Quezada was serving as Interim Chief to improve relationships between devastated communities and police in the face of the 2012 Anaheim Unrest.
This was my personal opinion and statement on the matter:
I am SO appalled and offended and upset by the commentary of APD Chief Quezada in response to the recent lawsuit filed by the Hernandez family! I feel very thoroughly slapped in the face and stabbed in the gut! His comments are a travesty to all barrio communities in Anaheim and beyond! It does not matter what “investigation” took place or what he believes was revealed in that investigation. The family has the right to file the lawsuit and therefore has the right to get answers to their questions in the setting of the Justice System. His commentary invalidates their desire to seek Truth and Justice! Not just for the Hernandez family, but for ALL families, ALL people, ALL children who have been traumatized by the event of any OIS – fatal or not – as it has been presented to him as a well known FACT and SERIOUS CONCERN that these investigations COVER up the TRUTH, are incomplete and BIASED! There will be NO CHANGE if he backtracks so entirely on every encounter we have ever had with him as citizens to move forward! He MUST be called on this inappropriate language IMMEDIATELY – he MUST be called upon to APOLOGIZE PUBLICLY – he MUST RETRACT his commentary! The things Chief Quezada stated negate, with an unthoughtful stinging sword, opportunities available to GRIEVING CITIZENS to seek Justice for the very people his platform for appointment was supposed to lend representation! I feel as outraged about this as I do that Kelly Thomas’ murderers are working as Little League coaches! OUTCRY!
You may get invited to this event and not be within proximity or not have the ability or resources to attend. As with ALL EVENTS I host – please be CREATIVE! ♥ Join and HELP – if you can pray, send Love and Light – not just for the event – but for all of the families effected by this outrageous affront to specific Civil Rights, feel free to donate supplies for posters, make a poster, if you have something you’d like to say but can’t make it, send it to me and I will get a speaker on your behalf! Provide a carpool – there is just no end to the ideas. I hope to “see” you all March 25th! Much Love! ♥
Tuesday at 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Anaheim City Hall at 200 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California 92805