VENTURA COUNTY STAR – Marchers rally in Oxnard to mark year since fatal police-involved shooting

Todo Poder al Pueblo note: what the Ventura County Star will NEVER tell its readers is that during the non-permitted march commemorating the 1-year Anniversary of Limon’s death, the people of Oxnard saw, once again, the unbreakable strength of community power in action. Without begging the cowardly & cruel police for permission, the Limon, Ramirez, and Mahoney families, joined by the family of Manuel Angel Diaz of Anaheim and the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective, shut down Oxnard blvd. and the streets of La Colonia to commemorate the community martyrs whose lives were unjustly robbed from us. Young fighters resolved to continue organizing on their blocks to build a self-defense front against violent police aggression, and the unity of the families reached new heights. This was only one further step in our goal of securing real justice for our communities in the face of the continued attacks on our rights.

Whose streets? Our streets!

Sin justicia, no hay paz!

Alfonso Limón y TODOS los mártires de la comunidad, PRESENTE!

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About 150 people marched Sunday in the La Colonia neighborhood of Oxnard to mark the year since police killed a 21-year-old man.

Alfonso Limon Jr. was fatally shot Oct. 13, 2012, after being misidentified as a suspect from a traffic stop that turned violent, according to police officials.

On Sunday, Limon’s relatives and friends along with Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective and other organizations met at Del Sol Park and marched to the Oxnard police station and the site where Limon was killed, near the southeast corner of Garfield Avenue and Cooper Road.

Rebecca Limon, the sister of Alfonso Limon, said the march was a way for the community to remember her brother and raise awareness of the limited information that families of victims of officer-involved deaths receive from the department.

“We are always hopeful. It’s a matter of waiting,” she said about the investigation into her brother’s death. “We understand it’s a process.”

“We still haven’t gotten an answer,” Limon said. “But we haven’t forgotten as a community.”

Martin Leyva, 41, of Santa Barbara, never met Limon, but recent officer-involved deaths in his city interested him in the Limon case, he said.

“When someone has their hands up in the air and gets shot at … I don’t know where the threat is at there,” Leyva said about the night Limon was shot.

Leyva said the nine officers involved in the shooting need to be held accountable.

“They still work for us, and along the way they have forgotten that,” Leyva said.

Participants wore shirts with Limon’s photo on the front and the names of the officers involved in the shooting on the back. The march was signaled to a start by participants holding hands in a circle while Aztec dancers performed a dance and ceremony.

Soon after, chants of “killer cops, off our streets,” “no justice, no peace, no killer police” and: “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now,” echoed throughout the march.

ROB VARELA/THE STAR Leonardo Suarez leads a chant outside the Oxnard Police Department as marchers marking the year anniversary of Alfonso Limon Jr.’s shooting by Oxnard police, make their way through the streets of Oxnard on Sunday.

ROB VARELA/THE STAR
Leonardo Suarez leads a chant outside the Oxnard Police Department as marchers marking the year anniversary of Alfonso Limon Jr.’s shooting by Oxnard police, make their way through the streets of Oxnard on Sunday.

At the police station, participants chalked up the sidewalks with similar words and moved along to the shooting site, where a rosary was recited by Ignacio Ixta, a deacon and uncle of Robert Ramirez, a 26-year-old man who died of asphyxia in Oxnard police restraint in 2012 after he overdosed on methamphetamine.

Family members of Michael Mahoney, who was fatally shot by Oxnard police in August 2012, also attended the march, and Mahoney’s twin sister spoke at the event, along with Ramirez’s mother, Teresa Ramirez.

“There’s an emptiness in our hearts that nothing we do fills us,” Ramirez said.

“They took away my brother, my best friend,” Mahoney said. “They didn’t give him a chance to get better.”

Elliott Gabriel, a march organizer, said one of the event’s main goals was to change how police officers involved in shootings are reprimanded.

“I would be fired if I made a mistake at my job,” Gabriel said. “They receive a paid vacation.”

Other organizers at the march said they planned to go to Sacramento in the next week to raise awareness of officer-involved deaths throughout Southern California.

For more information on the families, visit http://www.todopoderalpueblo.org.

SOURCE: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/oct/13/marchers-rally-in-oxnard-to-mark-year-since/

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