This Wednesday's vigil for Amilcar at Mission Police Station
Hope your holidays have been wonderful, with much joy and little downtime as a difficult 2016 draws to a close!
In these chilly, dark winter days, our stand for justice remains a beacon of hope--not only to Amilcar's family, but to many like his who have lost loved ones to police violence.
Our simple, clear message continues as a small light in the darkness:
DA Gascon: Do the right thing! Charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder!
Join us this for this week's vigil:
We are waiting and watching!
When: Wednesday, December 28, 6-7p
Where: Mission Police Station, 17th and Valencia Streets
Irony at the DA's office
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 the young man had been found innocent.
As Public Defender Jeff Adachi wrote to us this past week; "THE IRONY IS THAT THIS SORT OF THING HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. WHENEVER A POLICE OFFICER IS THE ALLEGED VICTIM, THE DA GOES BALLISTIC AND CHARGES EVERY CHARGE IN THE WORLD WITH OFTEN LITTLE EVIDENCE. BUT WHEN IT IS A POLICE OFFICER WHO HARMS OR KILLS SOMEONE, THE DA CHARGES THE VICTIM WITH THE CRIME."
Let's discuss this Wednesday night!
Still waiting for the DA's decision
On December 15 we heard from DA Gascon:
It is possible (although not entirely clear at this point) that I may be able to have a completed investigation before the end of the year. If I do I will make my decision right away and will make it public at that time.
He added that he will "try" to give us a heads up before he goes public. I guess that's not quite a guarantee.
I know: Crazy to have this going on during all the busyness of the holidays. But then again, we shouldn't be surprised.
Several of us met on Sunday, December 18 to plan our response. Our expectation at this point is the DA will not file charges against the officers who killed Amilcar.
We decided that, as soon as conveniently possible after the DA's announcement, we'll hold a press conference and a die-in at 850 Bryant. More details to follow. Please stay tuned.
And in case you missed it: Amilcar goes national with Shaun King!
Great news, everybody! Amilcar's story is now national news thanks to social media leader Shaun King and his Injustice Boycott.
This morning, people all across the country received Shaun's email urging them to tell DA Gascon to charge the officers who killed Amilcar.
Big shout out to Dawn Smith Beutler, Adriana Camarena, and Oscar Salinas for making this happen!
Please drop whatever you're doing and consider sending a tweet and emailing DA Gascon as our friends at the Boycott suggest.
Here is the email from Shaun King:
Good morning all,
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon says he’s about to announce his long-awaited decision about whether to charge the officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez with murder.
If you don't have time to read this through, please at least be sure to Tweet a version of the following, and include @GeorgeGascon and #AmilcarPerezLopez:
The @SFPD killed #AmilcarPerezLopez w/ 6 shots to the back. DA @GeorgeGascon charge them w/ murder! #GasconDoUrJob http://tinyurl.com/hggkuv5
@SFDAOffice @GeorgeGascon: Indict @SFPD Officers Eric Reboli & Craig Tiffe for murdering #AmilcarPerezLopez #6Shots2TheBack #GasconDoUrJob
Read this for context: What the police won’t tell you about the Amilcar Lopez killing.
- 20 year-old Amilcar was a funny, loyal, and thoughtful person working multiple jobs to send money back home to his family in Guatemala
- An independent autopsy report showed SFPD shot six bullets into Amilcar's back
- After both the independent autopsy and the San Francisco Medical Examiner disproved the chief’s initial report, SFPD changed their story
- SFPD Officers Eric Reboli & Craig Tiffe are STILL on patrol in Amilcar's neighborhood
Please consider sending the following letter today to email@example.com, urging Gascon to charge killers cops in the Amilcar case. Feel free to make your own title and adjust it as needed.
Dear District Attorney George Gascon,
I am writing with great concern because the community of anti-police brutality activists in San Francisco has reason to believe that your office will soon announce that you will not pursue charges against the officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez. I am writing to implore you, D.A. George Gascon, to pursue the case even if you believe the lack of evidence and its tampering will lead you to lose the case, because:
- As we learned from the federal civil trial of Alex Nieto, even when we lose we win;
- A trial will place into public knowledge and permanent record actions of SFPD and other agents of the City that broke policy and regulations in the killing of Amilcar and handling of the evidence;
- Even if the tampered evidence cannot hold up to a jury's scrutiny for charges, you, the District Attorney, may have sufficient evidence to pursue charges for tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice;
- We know that the criminal justice system does not favor poor, immigrant, people of color, and that a jury will likely favor the officers, but we must still aim towards ending impunity in shootings by police and we can start by exhibiting how, why and when the system is rotten; and
- We must exhibit wrongdoing by City agents, SFPD officers, who are duty bound to uphold the law and need to understand that they are not above the law.
All of the above can assist reform efforts.
The citizens and residents of San Francisco, are astute and can see through the cover up. Help them gain more information about this unjust and horrible killing.
It is my business to demand of you, D.A. George Gascon, that you pursue this case to its ultimate consequences. The violence of the police officers have caused irreparable trauma to Amilcar, his family, his friends, and his neighbors. I do not care if you win or lose, I want you to do your duty and pursue a criminal case, because even if we lose, we win. If you pursue this case, there will be a "we" that will closely follow the trial, evidence and outcome. Do your duty. Have the courage, dignity and brains to act beyond your political convenience. We'll take if from there.
Amilcar Perez-Lopez was a 21-year-old Guatemala immigrant shot to the back six times by San Francisco police on February 26, 2015 as he was running for his life.
Amilcar came to the U.S. when he was 17 to earn money for his family in Guatemala. He worked at construction sites and restaurants throughout San Francisco. Friends and coworkers remember him as a hardworking, thoughtful, generous young man. He provided for his family, sending remittances back home, fruit of his hard labor.
Amilcar is survived by his loving parents and five younger siblings back home in Guatemala. He also had a significant other in San Francisco. His close family and friends affectionately called him “Mica”.