One year ago today, on March 28th, 2015, Oxnard police officer Roger Garcia killed 26-year old resident Meagan Marie Hockaday within 20 seconds of encountering her.
Meagan was a parent, sibling, and daughter whose life mattered more than any blue-uniformed coward’s pride ever will.
Not surprisingly, certain “news” outlets focused on further dehumanizing the victim and excusing the killer.
Official City and Oxnard Police Department responses to Garcia’s second known firing of gunshots at a resident who posed little to no threat revealed indifference and an attitude aimed at protecting the status quo of police impunity. Garcia killed Hockaday and he is free, just like the other cops who have killed Oxnard residents; very simply, this is why we say “no justice, no peace!”
While remembering the lives of people killed by police, we also urge the community to really make efforts to understand what role the state, its law enforcement, and the economy as a whole play in silencing, devaluing, hurting, and controlling the lives of people. What are the true social functions of the police? Clearly they cannot be held accountable when they kill one of us — clearly they cannot be trusted.
At this point, considering the history and daily reality of police violence within and beyond local areas, there is not much the police can do to regain trust from the communities that they repeatedly abuse with little to no consequence.
There is much left to do in order to gain true justice and liberation from these systems of oppression. However, this all begins with recognizing that only our own organized community efforts will serve to protect our dignity. Our unity is also needed to strengthen our people’s power, the power to subvert the institutions that traumatize our communities daily and have zero regard for our lives.