By Madelein Santibañez / Ver en español
On December 20th about 200 people gathered to shut down the main street of downtown San Antonio with a march and die-in demonstration calling for justice in their community, throughout the country and around the world. We cry for the families who have lost their loved ones to police violence and remember Daniel Rocha, Marquis Jones, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, the 43 students of Ayotzinapa, the thousands of lives lost along the border, the innocent children and families bombed in Palestine and many others killed unjustly.
Their stories are drowned by the hundreds of other police brutality cases. Many of them never brought to justice. Police brutality happens all the time on our streets. Black and brown males are racially profiled, arrested and murdered at disproportionate rates. Any question to their abuse of power is always met with little to no action.
What’s most frightening is that some officers are not even indicted and called for investigation. In solidarity with the family of Marquis Jones, a 23 year old African American, who was shot and killed by off-duty police officer Robert Encina.
San Antonio will come together once again this Saturday, December 27th at 3 p.m. outside of Chacho’s Restaurant, where Marquis Jones was murdered.
To join the movement here locally follow up with SATX4, San Anto Cop Watch, Southwest Workers Union, the New Black Panther Party, and the Brown Berets, to name a few of the diverse groups organizing for social and economic justice.