Police Violence in the Central Valley
Alberto Sepulveda – Sep 2000 – Modesto – SWAT/Officer D.Hawn -Executed in a drug raid, 11 yrs old
Eustolio Aguilar Apr 2003 Modesto Killed when reaching for a cell phone while being detained, 22 yrs old
Sammy Galvan Aug 2004 Modesto Police claim he tried to attack them when witnesses say otherwise, 22 yrs old
Andres Raya Jan 2005 Ceres Shot 18 times and killed after taking out a cop and injuring another, 19 yrs old
Deaf Driver 2006 Modesto Officers Oaxaca & Rodney (MPD)He was wrongfully accused of stealing a car. He was shot at then got tased
Melron Johnson 2006 Modesto Police said he attacked with a knife and later admitted there was no knife
John Doe 2007 Ceres Shot in the back several times as he ran from the cops
High School Student 2008 Fresno Attacked an officer with a bat
Joey Pinasco 2008 Escalon CHP Outrunning the police cops shoot with little warning
Ritchie Robles Jan 2009 Modesto MPD Shot by female cop
Craig Prescott Apr 2009 Modesto Sheriff Inmate tased to death
Luis Gutierrez Apr 2009 Woodland Sheriff/ Gang unit Shot in the back by gang unit outside of DMV
Manuel Dante Dent Aug 2009 Modesto Sheriff Inmate tased to death
Alton Warren Sep 2009 Modesto Sheriff Inmate tased to death
Elizabeth Kropp Dec 2009 Modesto MPD Mentally ill woman shot to death
The list does not include incidents that did not lead to death such as harassment, racial profiling, and terrorizing our communities.
Our day to day activities are very important, what we spend our time on is important but because we experience so much violence throughout our day that we have been desensitized to it. We can no longer be shocked of the crazy things we experience or hear about. When a cop goes off on a power trip and kills someone like Richie Robles, or Luis Gutierrez, you would think someone is holding these cops accountable. NOT! Most of them are still cops in the same or a different department but still a cop. CopWatch and other groups like Modest Anarcho Crew and the Modesto Brown Berets realize the importance of building strong networks and community to address issues like police brutality which is a major issue in our community.
We have to hold them accountable, no one else will. We must demand full transparency in all executions by cops. We must resolve problems without calling the police they only make situations worse. These are OUR STREETS! We should organize and patrol them to keep the police off the block. We are what we are, but we are not going to take any more abuse from the police. YA BASTA! – M.C.W.