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LULAC Asks the U.S. Department
of Justice Civil Rights Division to Open a Formal Investigation
into the LAPD Actions at May 1st March.
LULAC urges quick action from department.
May 3, 2007
Lizette Jenness Olmos 202-833-6130 ext.16
Washington, DC - The League of
United Latin American Citizens hopes the
Department of Justice will act promptly into
opening a formal investigation regarding the
alleged assaults committed to family members,
children and members of the media on Thursday,
May 3rd. A letter was submitted yesterday to Wan
Kim Assistant Attorney-General for Civil Rights.
LULAC has been informed that DOJ is reviewing
the complaints carefully and will make a
decision as to what steps they will take if any.
“We trust the Department of Justice pursues this
horrific crime and prosecutes those responsible
to the full extent of the law,” said LULAC
National President Rosa Rosales.
LULAC asks the Department to review the LAPD
police officer’s hasty decision to fire at and
beat down peaceful demonstrators on more than
one occasion. While LAPD Police Chief William
Bratton said that “certain elements of the
crowd” might have provoked this incident by
throwing rocks and bottles at them, it still
does not excuse the police’s hasty reaction
committed against the majority of people that
had behaved appropriately.
This march was meant to be a
peaceful demonstration, but instead led to
inexcusable disorder and acts of violence by the
“Shelling rubber bullets on
the stomachs and backs at a peaceful crowd
should not be tolerated. The LAPD should have
known better, and should have acted with
diligence and order,” Rosales concluded.
LULAC will be monitoring what
Police Chief William Bratton is promising as an
aggressive investigation into the actions of
officers at Tuesday's immigration rally. At
least 10 people, including seven journalists,
Organizations such as Union
Del Barrio and the Frente Contra las Redadas
(Front Against the Raids), a coalition of over
40 Latino, Asian, White and African-American
community and student organizations also
denounced the brutality against defenseless
families, media and children and have joined
with LULAC on this issue. LULAC will continue to
monitor this matter closely.
California LULAC State
Director Angel Luevano will be meeting with
Department of Justice officials in San Francisco
at 1 p.m. Pacific time to launch a formal
For a view of unedited video
footage showing police officers pushing, kicking
and trampling innocent people as they tried to
get away go to:
http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/ or visit