“Shooting Tattoos” Investigation of Oxnard Police Nearly Complete; Grant for Body Cameras Submitted

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by Raul Hernandez, CJ Notebook

OXNARD, CALIF. – An internal investigation of the Oxnard Police Department related to the so-called shooting tattoos that are “earned” if an officer is involved in a shooting is expected to be completed soon, according to Oxnard’s city manager.

City Manager Greg Nyhoff  stated in an email on Monday that he expects the investigation to be completed within 45 to 60 days.

A former Oxnard police officer told American Justice Notebook that when a shooting is fatal smoke is tattooed on to the barrel. He provided the names of nine officers who allegedly have “earned” these tattoos and have put them on their bodies – two are retired and two are commanders with the Oxnard Police Department and a drawing of what these tattoos look like.

Two of the officers named were involved in fatal shootings, in 1994 and 2001.

The former Oxnard officer asked that his name not be used for fear of retaliation.

The U.S. Justice Department said it plans to review the city’s investigation by the Oxnard Police after it is completed, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the Justice Department.

Police Chief Jeri Williams

In July, these names were provided to Police Chief Jeri Williams.  Initially, she downplayed the allegations,  saying the information provided to American Justice “sounds silly” and questioning the credibility of the source who gave the information to us.

Later, Williams stated in a subsequent email in July that an investigation was underway.

“Once the investigation is concluded, and the facts determined, your multiple questions can and will be addressed by the Department.” Williams stated to American Justice. “If the facts reveal the requirement for training and/or more focused remedial action, it shall be promptly undertaken.”

The city of Oxnard  hired the San Francisco law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman and Sakai  to conduct an independent investigation.

Critics and many residents are demanding changes in the police department, including calls to form a police oversight committee along with demanding more accountability of officers involved in the killings of civilians.

Last month’s fatal shooting of Meagan Hockaday is the latest fatal shooting by Oxnard officers.

Other police slayings are Alfonso Limon Jr and Jose Zepeda in Oct. 13,  2012.  Before Limon was killed, Robert Ramirez Jr. died June 2012 under police custody, followed by the slaying of Michael Mahoney in August 2012.

An attorney representing Robert Ramirez said if the shooting tattoo allegations are true, it is a “despicable and repulsive” commentary on some police officers.

“It’s not a badge of honor,” said Attorney Ron Bamieh. “I am hoping it’s not true.”

Bamieh said he has seen one of these shooting tattoos on a police officer and has a photograph of a tattoo that is on another officer.

He said it is understandable that police are going to be involved in fatal shootings because it is part of the job. But it’s “beyond belief” that after a fatal shooting police officers celebrate by getting a shooting tattoo, Bamieh said.

Last year, city officials and Williams said officers patrolling city streets were using audio recorders, with plans to equip officers with body cameras.

Monday, Nyhoff stated the city applied for grant funding of $700,000 for body cameras, adding that officials will be discussing additional funding for body cameras as part of the upcoming budget work sessions for 2015-2016 annual fiscal budget.

Bamieh said the use of body cameras should be used by officers, saying that “the more people are held accountable, the better.”  He said cameras also will save Oxnard taxpayers a lot of money from legal fees and settlements involving wrongful-death lawsuits against the Oxnard Police Department and the city.

The shooting of Limon resulted in the city of Oxnard having to pay $6.7 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Limon’s family which is the largest wrongful death settlement for the city of Oxnard.

Limon was shot between 16 to 21 times by four officers as he lay on the ground, said Limon family lawyer Adam Shea in a press conference.  Limon and his brother were walking home when they were fired upon by Oxnard officers looking for wanted parolee Jose Zepeda  who was also killed.

The District Attorney’s Office reviewed the Alfonso Limon shooting and ruled that it was “legally justified and not a criminal act.”

While the $6.7 million settlement in the Limon case is considered the largest amount that Oxnard paid to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, the city paid $1.55 million to the family of 23-year-old Robert Jones, a distraught young artist killed by police while cowering in his bedroom closet, according to the Los Angeles Times article dated Sept. 9, 2001.

In 2001, the Oxnard Police Department came under fire for five fatal shootings in the first eight months of 2001. Jones was one of those fatalities.

A 2001 Los Angeles Times analysis stated that Oxnard police have fatally shot more people in the first eight months of 2001 than peace officers in many U.S. states and major American cities kill in an entire year.

Oxnard’s five police homicides this year equal the number reported since January by the Los Angeles Police Department, whose jurisdiction is 22 times larger than the 170,000-resident Ventura County city, the article stated.

Among California’s major cities, spokesmen said homicides by police this year total zero for San Jose, two in San Francisco and six in San Diego. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has recorded eight.

Only 16 states reported more than five police homicides for 1999, the last year for which the FBI reported justified killings by officers. Ten had no fatal shootings by police and seven reported only one.

In contrast to Oxnard, New York City, the nation’s largest municipality, with 8 million residents, reported nine justified police homicides in 1999, according to the FBI.

 

 

VENTURA COUNTY STAR – Mother of woman shot by Oxnard officer criticizes police

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CLICK HERE TO HELP MEAGAN’S THREE YOUNG CHILDREN

OXNARD, Calif. – The mother of a 26-year-old woman shot and killed by an officer during a domestic dispute Saturday criticized Oxnard police and said her daughter seemed fine earlier that night.

Meagan Hockaday was shot about 1 a.m. Saturday by Officer Roger Garcia after she charged at him with a knife, according to police. The woman’s fiancé, Luis Morado, 28, had called 911 to report a domestic dispute and ask police to respond to their apartment.

Hockaday’s mother, Monique Wallace, of Oxnard, said in an interview Wednesday that her daughter and Morado had dinner and watched movies at her house earlier that night.

“They were at my house all night and they were just fine,” Wallace said, adding that she couldn’t speculate on what Hockaday and Morado argued about later when they went home to their Vineyard Avenue apartment.

She described her daughter as “timid, sweet and giving.” She also said Hockaday was “tiny” and that the “trigger-happy” officer did not need to fire his weapon to subdue her.

Wallace said witnesses told her Hockaday did not know a police officer was there when she turned around with a knife in her hand and was shot by Garcia.

“He didn’t bother to pull out a stun gun or pepper spray, he just drew for his weapon,” Wallace said.

“That cop has ripped our family to shreds,” she said.

Hockaday’s three young daughters were in the home when the shooting occurred, but were in another room, police said. Wallace said Hockaday also is survived by two sisters, aunts and uncles, and a niece and nephew.

In the 911 call, Morado told the dispatcher that Hockaday was under the influence and hit him. Wallace did not comment on the call.

Wallace said Garcia “should have been fired” after his involvement in a Feb. 5, 2014, shooting of Rosa Guillen.

“They’ve allowed him to do it again and now my child is dead,” Wallace said, adding that she has spoken to attorneys and community activists about the incident.

Garcia, an eight-year veteran of the force and its 2011 Officer of the Year, was one of two officers who fired their weapons after responding to a report of a suicidal woman at Del Sol Park. Guillen, whom police said brandished what was later determined to be a replica handgun, survived. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has not yet released its investigation of that shooting.

Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Eric Sonstegard said Wednesday that Garcia was deemed fit to return to duty last year after speaking to a psychologist and had additional arms training, which is standard after an officer is involved in a shooting. He is now on administrative leave again.

Sonstegard said only three adults — the couple and the officer — were present during Saturday’s shooting. He described the couple’s apartment as small and said the incident unfolded quickly.

“Hockaday advanced on both of them with a knife — that’s what we’ve been able to gather from our investigation,” Sonstegard said, and the officer felt threatened.

The Oxnard Police Department will complete a probe of Saturday’s incident, which then will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office, which also will investigate. Both probes are standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Oxnard police also will conduct an administrative investigation to determine if those involved followed department rules and regulations.

(BILINGUE) Comment on Oxnard Officer Roger Garcia, Meagan Hockaday shooter, from a friend of Rosa Guillen

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(Español abajo) Officer Roger Garcia, who killed Meagan Hockaday this past Saturday while her 3 children were present, has a history of ‘shooting first, asking questions later’ in the presence of bystanders.

Comment from a friend of Rosa Guillen: “What Oxnard Police Department is failing to say about the shooting involving Rosa is that Officer Roger Garcia fired 36 rounds at her. 36! Missed every single one! The bullet that hit her came from an AR15 rifle that another officer [Officer David Landsverk] had. He felt threatened at some point.

Think about this everyone, one magazine is emptied,15 bullets in each magazine, he unloads that, reloads another magazine, unloads that on her and reloads one last time. EVERY SINGLE ROUND MISSES HER! Read More…

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Oxnard Police killer of 26-yr old Meagan Hockaday revealed, new details emerge

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UPDATE 4/1/15: following the release of this article, the Oxnard Police Department has verified the factuality of the below details regarding the identity of Meagan’s killer. Her mother is now speaking to the local press.

CLICK HERE TO HELP MEAGAN’S THREE YOUNG CHILDREN

Todo Poder al Pueblo has learned* that the killer of young Meagan Hockaday is Senior Officer Roger Garcia, an 8-yr. veteran of the Oxnard Police Department (OPD). Officer Garcia was responding to a call regarding a domestic dispute at approximately 1:00 am on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Officer Roger Garcia (NLPOA photo)

Officer Roger Garcia (NLPOA photo)

Meagan’s boyfriend/partner, Luis Morado, had called 911 to seek assistance for her, as she was in a state of distress – struggling with depression while under the influence of alcohol. Luis had been holding her down on the ground before Officer Garcia arrived, and she had just barely lifted herself up from the floor and approached the entrance to her home, knife in hand (from the previous altercation with her boyfriend), before Garcia began opening fire on her. Meagan Hockaday died later that morning from multiple gunshot wounds. According to the OPD, Garcia fired upon Hockaday 4 to 5 times within 20 seconds of their encounter. The couple’s three daughters – 7 months old, 2 years old, and 4 years old – were all present at the time. Meagan Hockaday has been described as having a “tiny” stature, weighing approximately 120 lbs. with a height of about 5 ft., 3 inches. She was a stay-at-home mom with no criminal record.

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Rosa Guillen at Ventura County Medical Center following her shooting by Oxnard Police

Officer Garcia had also previously used his alleged training as a Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) in the February 5, 2014 shooting of Rosa “Chita” Guillen at Oxnard’s Del Sol Park. Guillen was also in a distressed state, and according to her she called a suicide crisis hotline for help due to depression following her mother’s death. A Colonia resident, she informed the dispatcher that she was carrying small toy guns (a means to potentially intimidate street harassers while “on a budget”). When officers responded to the call she was fired upon, from a distance, 36 times. According to Guillen, Officer Garcia was the first to initiate fire. Guillen miraculously survived and is now disabled.

Meagan Hockaday’s death is the latest tragic episode of “shoot first, ask questions later” – a scenario known well to Oxnard residents, especially following the October 13, 2012 killing of innocent bystander Alfonso Limon, Jr. It’s also another case of officers who are allegedly “trained” to carry out social work and crisis intervention, yet only know how to respond with deadly, brute force – as the families of Michael Mahoney and Robert Ramirez found out when their son’s lives were also robbed from them in 2012.

Oxnard's Community Martyrs, 2012 (left to right): Alfonso Limon Jr., Michael Mahoney, Robert Ramirez

Oxnard’s Community Martyrs, 2012 (left to right):
Alfonso Limon Jr., Michael Mahoney, Robert Ramirez

While Chief Jeri Williams keeps repeating that her officers “feared” for their lives, we have a right to ask – why are such cowardly people being armed and placed in our communities for the purpose of “Protecting Our Community With Exceptional Service”, as the official OPD motto proclaims? Why are these “specialists” and “peace officers” extinguishing the lives of those who are depressed, despondent, and in need of professional help in a country where nearly 1 in 5 suffer some form of mental illness each year? Why does the City of Oxnard continue to stand by Chief Williams’ claims that a CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BODY is NOT necessary for a police department that has recently been forced to pay millions of dollars in settlements and is involved in at least 2, possibly 3 ongoing investigations of extrajudicial killings by officers, as well as an ongoing investigation into “trophy tattoos” proudly worn by officers involved in shootings?

We expect that more information surrounding Meagan Hockaday’s death will be revealed in the coming days. However, we request that the community takes the lead in demanding real changes to a system which has allowed for too many living, breathing, vibrant and beloved lives to be stolen from our community while the killers and neglectful officials remain unpunished.

NO MORE STOLEN LIVES!

*the sources have been verified, but choose to remain anonymous.

SEE ALSO: Oxnard Police Being Investigated for Tattoos “Earned” by Officers Involved in Shootings

REPORTE EXCLUSIVO: Policía Asesino de Oxnard quien mato a Meagan Hockaday de 26 años, nuevos detalles

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El Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo ha aprendido que quien mato a la joven Meagan Hockaday es Roger Garcia*, un oficial veterano de 8 años del departamento de policía de Oxnard (OPD). El oficial Garcia respondió a una llamada sobre un argumento doméstico, aproximadamente a la 1 de la mañana el Sábado 28 de Marzo del 2015.

Officer Roger Garcia (NLPOA photo)

Roger Garcia (foto de NLPOA)

La pareja de Meagan, Luis Morado, había llamado al 911 para pedir asistencia para ella porque ella estaba en un estado de gran angustia y sufría de depresión bajo la influencia del alcohol. Luis había tenido a Meagan bajo control en el suelo antes de que el oficial Garcia llegara, y ella apenas acababa de levantarse del suelo y se acercaba a la entrada de su hogar, con cuchillo en la mano (por la altercación anterior con su pareja) antes de que Garcia empezara a dispararle. Meagan Hockaday murió después de las heridas de los disparos. Según al OPD, Garcia le disparó a Hockaday 4 a 5 veces entre los primeros 20 segundos del encuentro. Las tres hijas de la pareja– 7 meses, 2 años, y cuatro años de edad – estaban todas presentes en ese momento. Meagan Hockaday ha sido descrita por conocidos como persona de “pequeña” estatura, pesando aproximadamente 120 libras, y como 5 pies, 3 pulgadas de alta. Ella era ama de casa sin ningún récord criminal.

Rosa Guillén en el Centro Médico del Condado de Ventura después de su encuentro con la Policía de Oxnard

Rosa Guillén en el Centro Médico del Condado de Ventura (VCMC) después de su encuentro con la Policía de Oxnard

El oficial Garcia había usado su supuesto entrenamiento como un especialista de intervención de crisis (CIS) en el ataque de balazos contra Rosa “Chita” Guillen en el Parque Del Sol en Oxnard el Febrero 5 del 2014. Guillen también estaba en un estado de angustia, y de acuerdo a lo que ella dice, llamo a una línea telefónica de crisis para recibir ayuda con su depresión después de la muerte de su madre. Residente de la Colonia, Guillen le informo al despachador que ella traía unas pequeñas pistolas de juguete (como manera de intimidar a acosadores en la calle). Cuando los policías respondieron a la llamada, le dispararon desde una distancia, 36 veces. Guillen acuerda que el oficial Garcia fue el primero que disparo. Milagrosamente, Guillen sobrevivió y ahora vive con desabilidad.

La muerte de Meagan Hockaday es la más reciente tragedia de “disparar primero y hacer preguntas después”–una escena que residentes de Oxnard conocen muy bien, especialmente desde del 13, de Octubre del 2012, después de que mataron a Alfonso Limón Jr., un espectador inocente. También es otro caso en cual oficiales que supuestamente están “entrenados” a practicar trabajo social e intervención de crisis, solo saben responder con fuerza brutal y mortal–como desafortunadamente se dieron cuenta las familias de Michael Mahoney y Robert Ramirez cuando las vidas de sus hijos fueron robadas de ellas en el 2012.

Oxnard's Community Martyrs, 2012 (left to right): Alfonso Limon Jr., Michael Mahoney, Robert Ramirez

Martires de la Comunidad en Oxnard, 2012 (left to right):
Alfonso Limon Jr., Michael Mahoney, Robert Ramirez

Al tiempo que la jefa de policía Jeri Williams sigue repitiendo que sus oficiales “temían” por sus vidas, tenemos el derecho de preguntar — ¿Porqué tienen personas tan cobardes armadas y puestas en nuestras comunidades con el propósito de “Proteger Nuestra Comunidad con Servicio Excepcional,” como proclama el lema oficial del OPD? ¿Porqué éstos “especialistas” y “oficiales de paz” siguen matando a personas que tienen depresión, están abatidxs, y necesitan ayuda profesional en un país donde 1 de cada 5 personas sufren de una forma de enfermedad mental cada año? ¿Porqué la ciudad de Oxnard sigue al lado de la jefa de policía Williams cuando dice que una JUNTA DE SUPERVISIÓN CIVIL NO es necesaria para un departamento de policía que recientemente ha sido forzado a pagar millones de dólares en acuerdos y esta está involucrado en al menos 2, probablemente 3, investigaciones continuas de muertes extrajudiciales, y otra investigación continua por “tatuajes de trofeo” que los oficiales usan con orgullo después de involucrarse en balazear a personas?

Hay muchas mas respuestas a las preguntas que rodean la muerte de Meagan Hockaday a manos del oficial Garcia se revelen en los próximos días. Sin embargo, pedimos que la comunidad tome la iniciativa en demandar estas respuestas, y que demanden cambios verdaderos al sistema que ha dejado demasiadas vidas queridas y vibrantes a desaparecer de nuestra comunidad cuando al mismo tiempo, oficiales no han recibido castigo.

 ¡NO MÁS VIDAS ROBADAS!

 *las fuentes han sido verificadas pero han decidido permanecer anónimas

Actualización: tras la publicación de este artículo, el Departamento de policía de Oxnard ha verificado la facticidad de los detalles sobre la identidad del asesino de Meagan abajo.

AYOTZINAPA CARAVANA: Family members of 43 missing college students share their struggle in Oxnard (VIDEO)

ROB VARELA/THE STAR Blanca Luz Nava Velez (second from left) and Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate, part of the Caravana 43, prepare to address a standing-room-only crowd at the Café on A after leading a march from Plaza Park in Oxnard on Thursday. Their sons are among the 43 students missing in Mexico.

“…we do not hold moments of silence, for that is a minute of seeking justice that is lost, and an extra minute that our families will be sequestered.”

(OXNARD, CA) If you read the VC Star article (see below) about the Caravana 43 event for Ayotzinapa, you’d note the Star’s softening of critical statements that were made that evening. For example, “The United States should stop giving guns to Mexico” could imply that it is primarily individual sellers, rather that than government action that contribute to the war by supplying arms. This point might have been more accurately represented as “The United States government should cut off its foreign aid – 2.1 billion since 2008 – of which a significant portion has come in the form of arms and military training, often under the pretext of counter-narcotics, and used under questionable human rights practices.”

Over 100,000 people have died since the Mexican government, under the guidance of its U.S. sponsors, escalated the drug war. Simultaneously, those who have called for an end to the war represent some of those most detrimentally affected by militarization: the indigenous, poor, and rural populations in Mexico, as well as against social movement activists. While the cartels and law enforcement remain firm partners in Mexico, those who expose the corruption and manufactured poverty are seen as a threat to the vast wealth garnered both through the drug trade, U.S., donations, and trade agreements such as NAFTA, The Trans-pacific partnership, and Plan Mexico(Merida), which have displaced subsistence farmers from their traditional land once guaranteed to them by the Mexican constitution.

This caravan represented a transnational organizing effort, and drew connections between the exploitation of farmworkers in both the U.S.’s and Mexico’s agricultural industrial complexes – specifically speaking to the communities of Oxnard and San Quintin. It also acted as an encounter between victims of state violence in both Mexico and the U.S., as the Limon and Ramirez families, who both lost their loved ones at the hands of the Oxnard Police Department, met with the families of the 43. Working through the political process of community assembly, an attendee requested a moment of silence for those missing students of Ayotzinapa, to which their families replies, “We appreciate the sentiment, but we do not hold moments of silence, for that is a minute of seeking justice that is lost, and an extra minute that our families will be sequestered.”

Below you will find some videos of the families of Ayotzinapa speaking in Oxnard on 3/26/15.

“Hoy a 6 meses sin saber nada de mi hijo, el gobierno se lo llevo, no nos lo quiere entregar eso es otra cosa”

“Sé que no hay ni un gobierno ni aquí ni en ninguna parte que escuche una situación como esta. Porque no hay nadie que haga justicia. Porque todo el gobierno es el mismo, la misma corrupción, tanto aquí en Estados Unidos como en México. Y en realidad yo no me asusto de lo que está pasando en México porque ya estoy acostumbrada. Porque desde que tengo uso de razón sé que es un país corrupto. Pero aquí pensé que había más leyes y que era todo más justo pero en realidad es lo mismo.” Sra. Limón, Oxnard CA

“I know that there isn’t a government anywhere that will listen to a situation like this. Because there isn’t anyone that will do justice. Because all government is the same. The same corruption, here in the U.S. as in Mexico. And actually I am not frightened by what’s happening in Mexico because I’m used to it. Since I can remember I’ve known that it’s a corrupt country. But here in the U.S. I thought things were different, I thought there were more laws and that there was justice but in reality it’s the same.” Mrs. Limón, Oxnard, CA


ROB VARELA/THE STAR Blanca Luz Nava Velez (second from left) and Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate, part of the Caravana 43, hold a cane covered with 43 white flowers that was made and presented to them by local dancers as they lead a march Thursday in Oxnard. Velez’s son Jorge and Chocolate’s son Miguel are among 43 students missing in Mexico.

ROB VARELA/THE STAR Blanca Luz Nava Velez (second from left) and Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate, part of the Caravana 43, hold a cane covered with 43 white flowers that was made and presented to them by local dancers as they lead a march Thursday in Oxnard. Velez’s son Jorge and Chocolate’s son Miguel are among 43 students missing in Mexico.

VENTURA COUNTY STAR: Family members of 43 missing Mexican college students share their struggle in Oxnard

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12:18 PM, Mar 26, 2015

OXNARD, Calif. – About 100 people gathered Thursday night in Oxnard as relatives of missing college students shared memories of the young people many fear were massacred six months ago in Mexico.

Forty-three students vanished Sept. 26 from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa after a conflict with police in the southwestern state of Guerrero. Some Mexican authorities suspect they were turned over to a drug gang to be killed.

But those who spoke in a panel discussion Thursday at Café on A in Oxnard do not believe that.

Blanca Luz Nava Velez’s youngest son went missing that day. She thinks the Mexican government took her child, even though Mexican authorities claim they haven’t.

“They don’t have a heart,” Velez said of the government.

Velez said she constantly has pain in her heart as she worries about her son, who she believes is still alive as she continues to spread awareness about the missing students.

Relatives and supporters of the students have been touring the United States to raise awareness about the incident. In Oxnard, the so-called Caravana 43 was to be joined by relatives of people killed by Oxnard police, according to the activist groups hosting the event, Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective, Oxnard Unidos Por Mexico and Frente Ayotzinapa USA.

For almost an hour before the discussion, people dressed in Aztec regalia beat drums and danced in a circle around the victims’ families at Plaza Park while they made an offering of flowers. Then the event moved to Café on A for the panel discussion.

Angel de La Cruz Ayala said he was one of the students at the school when the 43 were taken. He said the missing students had done nothing wrong and that they were youths with dreams and that the incident finally opened people’s eyes to how bad the Mexican government is. He said the United States should stop giving guns to Mexico because they are used for violence, two things reiterated by the other speakers.

Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate, whose son is one of those missing, said he is reminded of what happened when he sees the empty place at the dinner table where his son would sit.

Like many of the victims’ relatives, he has gone to the site where Mexican authorities said the students were killed and their bodies burned, but the families and the experts who have accompanied them to the site said there is no evidence of that. Bodies have been found, he said, but they are not those of the missing students.

“The more you look, the more graves you find,” he said.

Meagan Hockaday: Young mother of 3 killed in her home by Oxnard Police

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[Español abajo] The Todo Poder Al Pueblo Collective offers our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and young daughters of Meagan Hockaday, who was killed by the Oxnard Police Department when police responded to a domestic violence call at her home on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The OPD are alleging that she was holding a knife, which compelled the officer to open fire while fearing for his or her life.

We are not jumping to any conclusions but the OPD’s history of extrajudicial killings force us to ask:

1) Why was a firearm deployed as a first resort instead of less-lethal means of force (tazer, bean bags, etc)?
2) Who was the officer that killed Hockaday? In how many other incidents has s/he used excessive force or drawn their weapon in similar incidents?
3) What sort of training has the Oxnard PD undergone in cases of domestic violence or mental illness, especially since the August 2012 killing of Michael Mahoney and the February 2014 shooting of Rosa Guillen?
4) Why does the City of Oxnard continue to stand by Chief Jeri Williams’ claims that a CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BODY is NOT necessary for a police department that has recently been forced to pay millions of dollars in settlements and is involved in at least 2, possibly 3 ongoing investigations of extrajudicial killings by officers?

Women of color suffer disproportionate violence at the hands of the state, and every 28 hours in the USA a black woman, man or child is executed by either a police or correctional officer, a security guard, or a vigilante. In such conditions we can never give the Oxnard Police Department the instant, un-critical benefit of the doubt and we urge the community to continue to demand answers to the questions raised by the tragic killing of Meagan Hockaday.

Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective
http://www.todopoderalpueblo.org/ // 805-328-4763

SEE ALSO: Oxnard Police Being Investigated for Tattoos “Earned” by Officers Involved in Shootings


El Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo ofrece nuestras más sinceras condolencias a la familia, amigxs, e hijas de Meagan Hockaday, quien fue asesinada por el departamento de policia de Oxnard cuando respondieron a una llamada de violencia doméstica en su hogar ayer, sábado 28 de Marzo. El departamento de policía alega que ella traía un cuchillo, y que eso forzo al policía a disparar al temer por su vida.

No estamos dando conclusiones, pero la historia de asesinatos extrajudiciales por el departamento de policia de Oxnard nos obligan a preguntar:

1) Por que usaron un arma de fuego en vez que otra fuerza menos letal?
2)Quien es el policía que mato a Hockaday? En cuantos otros incidentes ha usado estea policía la fuerza excesiva o ha sacado un arma de fuego en situaciones similares?
3) Que tipo de entrenamiento ha recibido el departamento de Oxnard para enfrentar casos de violencia doméstica o enfermedades mentales, especialmente desde que asesinaron a Michael Mahoney en Agosto de 2012 y en Febrero que dispararon a Rosa Guillen?
4) Por qué la ciudad de Oxnard continúa a respaldar a la jefa de policía, Jeri Williams, cuando dice que una JUNTA DE SUPERVICION CIVIL sobre la policia NO es necessaria para un departamento que ha tenido que pagar millones de dolares en acuerdos y esta involucrado en al menos dos, probablemente, trés investigaciones continuas de asesinatos extrajudiciales por policías?

La violencia del estado afecta desproporcionadamente a mujeres de color, y cada 28 horas en Estados Unidos, una mujer, hombre, o nina/o afroamericanx es ejecutadx por un policía, funcionario de prisiones, guardia de seguridad, o vigilante. En las condiciones presentes, no podemos darle el beneficio de la duda sin criticar al departameto de policia de Oxnard, y urgemos a la communidad que continue a demandar respuestas a las preguntas que se han levantado por el trágico asesinato de Meagan Hockaday.

Colectivo Todo Poder Al Pueblo
http://www.todopoderalpueblo.org/ // 805-328-4763

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