Workers and youth march on Los Angeles Sheriffs in Watts area
Community demands justice
APRIL 25, 2013
This report was originally published on the website of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). It has been slightly edited for style and punctuation.
Over 200 people joined in a spirited march on the Lynwood substation of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to demand justice for Jose de la Trinidad and an end to police brutality in the local community. The march was led by the family of Jose de la Trinidad and other families of police brutality victims.
Jose, father of two, was murdered on Nov. 10, 2012, in front of several eyewitnesses in the Willowbrook community, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles primarily comprised of Black and Latino workers nestled between Compton, Watts and Lynwood. Jose stepped out of the passenger side of his brother’s vehicle in order to surrender after a short “pursuit” was made by LA Sheriff officers Alexandro Gonzalez and Dan Cusiter. After Jose complied with orders to raise his hands up and move backward away from the vehicle toward the officers, he was shot seven times in the back.
Saturday, April 20, was the second march held to demand justice for Jose and included Jose’s family, the ANSWER Coalition and local organizations such as Women Organized to Resist and Defend, Nidas Rydas, United Survivors of Anaheim and the Youth Justice Coalition.
Protesters began with a moment of silence at the direct site of Jose’s murder and followed with a march trailing through the Watts community in major thoroughfares, shutting down a portion of Imperial Highway. The community marched taking over the streets for over two miles. Local community members came out of their homes in support, joining in chants, as did commuters who stalled traffic to trail alongside the march.
The march ended at the Lynwood substation, which doubles as the Women’s Central Jail in the Los Angeles area, with speeches from organizers and victims of police brutality. Rosie de la Trinidad, Jose’s widow, demanded that the officers culpable for the killing of her husband be arrested and charged with his murder. She vowed to continue to strengthen the movement in unity with other victims of police brutality.