9/11/12: Teresa D. Ramirez and Desiri Flores appeal to the Oxnard City Council and Oxnard Chief Jeri Williams to investigate and punish those police officers who beat and attacked Robert Ramirez after family friends called for medical help following a potentially lethal dosage of drugs. Instead of saving Robert, he died in their custody. Teresa provides details she learned personally from eye-witnesses to Robert’s brutal beating at the hands of Oxnard police.
9/11/12: Elliott Gabriel (Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective) speaks to the Oxnard City Council about its unwillingness to face up to the issues of police brutality, abuse, & mistreatment like that which led to the death of Robert Ramirez
Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo issued a symbolic “subpoena” to Oxnard Police Chief, Jeri Williams, to have her and the 7 unnamed officers who beat Robert Ramirez while he was handcuffed and in desperate need of medical attention, leading to his death. Those subpoenaed were ordered to appear before a people’s tribunal and face the community to be held accountable for their actions.
Police Chief’s response letter:
Notice how Police Chief Williams repeatedly asserts that she cannot comment on this matter because there is an open investigation yet she COMPLETELY COMMENTS ON THE SPECIFICS OF THE MATTER by stating, “…the evidence to date does not supports claims that Mr. Ramirez was beaten by officers. If such evidence exists, we need to be made aware of it.” She has the audacity to state this after hearing the victim’s mother tell her, point blank, a description of the first officer who started beating her son and how the rest joined in on the beating. Yet, Police Chief Williams claims that WE are the ones spreading false information. The TRUTH doesn’t lie.
Justice for Robert Ramirez!
9/15/12: [OXNARD, CA] Las autoridades en Los Ángeles [, Oxnard, y Anaheim] están bajo investigación por la reciente brutalidad policiaca en las comunidades y en las cárceles.
Astrid Solorzano nos cuenta cómo la comunidad reacciona a esta noticia.
Entrevista de Chuy Rocha (Colegio de Ventura), Verónica Flores, y Teresa D. Ramirez