Thursday, January 5, 2017
12Noon – 1:00pm
Hall of Justice (Steps)
850 Bryant St.
District Attorney George Gascon says he’s about to decide whether to file charges against the officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez in February 2015 by six bullets to his back.
This Thursday, the Justice for Amilcar Coalition will once again demand the DA charge the officers with murder. And we will join Public Defender Jeff Adachi in calling out the DA’s double standard of consistently exonerating officers who kill civilians while relentlessly prosecuting civilians who allegedly harm an officer.
Whenever a civilian allegedly harms an officer, DA Gascón files every charge in the book, often with little evidence. But when a police officer harms or kills a young black or brown person like Amilcar, the DA not only refuses to bring the officer to trial but even tries to paint the victim as the criminal.
Despite many officer-involved shootings since he took office, many of them fatal, DA Gascon has charged not a single officer. By contrast, young Mission District Latinos committing relatively minor crimes are often prosecuted and punished severely. If the law is applied so harshly in one instance, why not the other?
We’re calling out the DA’s double standard. We want justice for Amilcar, Luis Gongora Pat, Mario Woods, Jessica Williams, and all the other victims of police violence.
Check out this recent article in 48hills.org. Although the DA can’t seem to charge the officers who killed Amilcar, he relentlessly pursues a young black man who defended himself from wrongful arrest by BART police–even after a jury had found the young man innocent.
This past Friday marked one year and a half since Amilcar was killed.
In addition to remembering and honoring Amilcar and the other victims of police violence, we called upon California Attorney General Kamala Harris to take over Amilcar’s case and file the murder charges herself.
Read our press release announcing the event and explaining why we are taking these steps.
At the site where he was killed, we remembered and honored him and his family:
At the site where Amilcar was killed, we remembered and honored him and his family
We marched to the site where his and our neighbor, Luis Gongora Pat, was also killed by SFPD:
We then proceeded to Mission Police Station:
A few of the news reports….
Leading up to the event, KGO-TV ran this:
Later that night, KGO followed up:
Univision 14 covered the event:
And our friends at Mission Local ran this:
Justice 4 Amilcar is co-sponsoring this community event for the family of Luis Demetrio Góngora Pat and family and friends of other loved ones killed by SFPD.
When: May 22, 2016
What: Walk with families hurt by police from site of SFPD killings from Bernal Heights to Mission Dolores for mass for Luis Demetrio Góngora Pat at noon
9 a.m. – Start at Alex Nieto Memorial Site on Bernal Heights Park
Noon – Mass at Mission Dolores
1 p.m. – Potluck picnic in Dolores Park
The family of Luis Góngora Pat invite us to walk with them to the Mission Dolores, where a mass will be held at NOON for Luis.
At 9AM, we will begin walking with Elvira and Refugio Nieto and Justice 4 Alex Nieto supporters from Bernal Heights, down Folsom Street to meet friends and supporters of Justice 4 Amilcar near 24th, then continue on Shotwell Street to 19th to meet up with family and friends of Justice 4 Luis Góngora Pat. From there we will continue in procession to the Mission Dolores. After mass, a potluck picnic will be held at Dolores Park. If you don’t want attend mass, please meet us at Dolores Park and help set up a picnic spot!
Event co-sponsored by Justice4Luis, Justice4AlexNieto, PoorMAG/PrensaPobre, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.
May 22 is also the Malcom X Day and there is a festival in the Bayview, where Mario Woods, Kenny Harding Jr, and Idriss Stelley are also being honored.
Wherever you go, walk with us in resistance.