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(en) US, Community Protest Against Modesto Police for Death of Man

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Date Fri, 31 Dec 2004 20:27:01 +0100 (CET)

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*Note, this event is not being organized by the DAAA* Collective, but we will be supporting it.*
When: Saturday Jan 15th Time: 10am Where: Graceada Park,
Needham Street What: Rally against police brutality and shootings in
Modesto. March to protest the Modesto Police Department
Since 2000, 8 people have died at the hands of the Modesto Police
Department. All but one have been a white person, (a shoot out with
a jewel thief, in which the only partial injuries to police happened),
and have all taken part in Modesto's poorer areas.
The most recent victim of the Modesto Police Department has been
Sammy Galvan, who was shoot to death in August 2004. Police
responded to a domestic disturbance call in which Sammy and his
girlfriend had been fighting, and Sammy according to police came out
with a small Swiss Army knife. According to the two police officers,
he attacked them, (although no officers were hurt), and Sammy was
then shot in the chest, and then died.

But neighbors tell a very different story, according to a Modesto Bee
article in August 26th, 2004. "They came out of the car. They saw
him there. He just sat there, and all of a sudden they shoot him,"
Tony Martinez said. Galvan was holding a small Buck pocketknife,
Martinez said, but made no threatening moves at all: "This guy was
standing there in one spot." According to Tony, about 15-10 people
watched the event happen, although police claim there were hardly
any onlookers.

This isn't the first time police in Modesto have murdered. In 2001
they shot a 11 year old boy in a house that was suspected of
producing meth, (but was later found to have none), by a officer that
had left the Stockton Police after shooting a person in a raid, who had
"already committed suicide". This officer is still working on the force.

In April of 2003, two officers killed Eustolio Aguilar after the
22-year-old Modesto man was stopped by police and reached for his
cell phone, and was then shot to death. After the police searched the
body, they "found" a gun on his person.

This is not counting of course the continued harassment of homeless
people, anarchists and other activists, and youth in the downtown
area of Modesto.

8 dead since 2000 is enough! End the brutality, end the harrassment,
end the murder! Protest and march against the Modesto Police

DAAA Collective - Modesto CA
Copied from infoshop.org
* DAAA - Direct Action Anti-Authoritarians (DAAA) Collective -
Central Valley - Modesto CA.

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