Edwin was legally driving in his mothers car. The ELA Sheriffs department said they pulled him over because it was a “stolen vehicle”. Edwin was shot 10 times and killed by the sheriffs who had no reason to pull him over.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles County has a long history of harassing, abusing and killing Chicanos and Blacks. Former Sheriff Lee Baca is currently awaiting sentencing, and his former second in command, Sheriff Paul Tanaka is awaiting trial, over a police abuse incident investigation in the LA County Jails. In the mid-1990s, the LA County Sheriffs provoked a confrontation and killed Smokey Jimenez in the Ramona Gardens Projects, causing a rebellion. Several other Chicanos have been killed by law enforcement in recent years in the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects of Boyle Heights, including Mauricio Cornejo and others.
Estella Rodriguez, Juan Mendez, Obdulio Oliva, & Abel Rodriguez carry the banner marching toward the sheriff’s station. (FightBack!News/Staff) Left: Protesters gather in front of the entrance to the sheriff’s station. (FightBack!News/Staff) Center: Estella Rodriguez, Juan Mendez, Obdulio Oliva and Gabriella Rodriguez lead chants against the sheriffs. (FightBack!News/Staff) Right: Protesters […]