Earlier this year on February 26th our neighbor Amilcar Perez-Lopez was shot from behind and killed by plainclothes SFPD officers mere feet from his home in the Mission. His housemates were forced out of their home weeks after the shooting, part of the epidemic of displacement from gentrification & house flipping. One of them had lived in his home for over a decade. Neighbors and friends of Amilcar gathered in that home to eat together and support one another. Amilcar’s family is in Guatemala but other parents who lost their children to police violence showed up for him too, including La Mesha Irizarry and Refugio and Elvira Nieto.
On July 24th, members of Justice 4 Amilcar noticed a unit in their old building had been advertised on craigslist – and the rent skyrocketed to over $4,000 for a two bedroom unit.
All over the Mission landlords have displaced locals to make room for gentrification. We want to let landlords know they can’t evict people and flip the apartment unscathed. We want to let the prospective renters that the old tenant was killed in front of that home by the institution meant to protect and serve him. We want them to know the community will not forget Amilcar.
The community gathered to express their outrage.
Coverage of the action from Mission Local here.
Carrie Schiff speaking out – photo by Peter Menchini
Oscar Salinas from Justice y Amor for Alex Nieto speaking out in solidarity – photo by Peter Menchini
The original post from Craigslist is below:
Neighbors for Justice for Amilcar are holding a Vigil and March in honor of Amilcar Perez-Lopez, killed by SFPD on February 26, 2015.
On Friday, April 24th, on behalf of Amilcar’s family, Attorney Arnoldo Casillas will file a civil lawsuit against the City of San Francisco and officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli who killed Amilcar Perez-Lopez mere feet from his home. At 11:00am Casillas will hold a press conference and reveal information that dramatically contradicts the police narrative of the events of the night Amilcar was shot and killed.
We believe SFPD is involved in a cover-up of facts to avoid criminal and civil accountability for the unlawful killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez. Join us that evening to mourn this tragic loss in our community, resist the forces of gentrification, and DEMAND JUSTICE for Amilcar.
6:00pm – Vigil begins on the East side of Folsom between 24th and 25th, at the site of the shooting
6:30pm – March begins
7:00pm – Stop at Mission Police Station (630 Valencia)
March will end at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (15th St between
Mission and Valencia)
**Please bring votive candles. We will lay these down at the Mission Police Station to symbolize the loss of Amilcar and other victims of police violence in San Francisco.**