Activists Talk Community Action Regarding Police at Church of the Brethren

Reporting San Diego


May 12, 2015 (San Diego) Over 100 people came to the Church of the Brethren on the 11, to talk police brutality and community. They came from a multitude of groups, ranging from the Nation of Islam to comUNIDAD and Union del Barrio.

They came to listen to people speak about their contacts with law enforcement, some lethal. Others came to talk strategy on how to act when the community is under attack.


The first speaker was Shakina Ortega, who’s husband Victor, died in 2012 at the hands of San Diego Police Officer Jonathan McCarthy. Doubts have been raised in the official story two years on. She told the crowd that “we should be concerned that the police investigate their own.” She also said that San Diego “needs a major change to the police department.”

Her case, sadly is not the only one. Pedro Rios, Director for the American Friends…

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