Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2011-07-19 "West Sac Police takes camera and arrests eyewitness who now faces deportation"
West Sacramento police have arrested an eyewitness to police brutality and took his camera. The eyewitness, Jesus Castro, now faces deportation and is currently in jail. A protest is planned for July 20th.
On Sunday July 17th, West Sacramento resident Jesus Castro was arrested and had his camera confiscated by West Sacramento police while videotaping an incident of police brutality. Mr. Castro, who is undocumented, now faces deportation and is currently being held at Yolo County Jail. This follows a pattern of police brutality and discrimination in Yolo County, especially in West Sacramento, where the Latino community has been under siege for several years. This includes so-called gang injunction, which specifically targets Latino youth, forbidding them from dressing in certain colors that the short-sighted authorities believes identifies them as gang members, as well as depriving them of their freedom of association.
In response to this new attack, the community is not standing idle. Two local groups are organizing a peaceful protest on Wednesday, July 20th at 6pm outside West Sacramento City Hall (1110 West Capitol Avenue).

For more information on the protest and the incident, contact:
Frank Gonzalez (LULAC) at 916-821-6823
Paramo Hernandez (Primero de Mayo) at 916-825-0402

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