DOJ Findings in Ferguson Should Spur Investigations into Denver, CO and Pasco, WA
WASHINGTON - In light of today’s findings by the DOJ that police in Ferguson regularly used excessive force and bias in their dealings with the local community, the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group is urging similar investigations into other communities plagued by police violence and recent murders.
Statement from Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org:
“We hope the DOJ’s findings of extreme force and bias in Ferguson is the dawn of a new era in which local police departments are held responsible for their long history of terrorizing communities of color with excessive force and bias.
For far too long, Latinos, African Americans, and other people of color have faced extreme and disproportionate force for simply living their day to day lives or for minor crimes— this is unacceptable and has resulted in numerous tragic preventable deaths of our young people. We hope that Denver, CO, where 17 year old Jessie Hernandez was murdered, and Pasco, WA, where Antonio Zambrano Montes was murdered, will be next on the DOJ’s investigation list."
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Presente.org is the nation's largest online Latino organizing group with over 300,000 members.