In San Diego County, we have no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. As stated in the Guardian’s The Counted “Such accounting is a prerequisite for an informed public discussion about the use of force by every branch of law enforcement.”
United Against Police Terror SD Uaptsd.org has documented well over 600 cases through local media of individuals killed by law enforcement agents in San Diego County from 1980 to the present through grassroots efforts. These 600+ LOCAL cases are evidence of a horrifying national epidemic of police terror. The victims of police violence were part of our society, but rarely are their lives or names publicized, or the real circumstances surrounding their deaths investigated and made known. United Against Police Terror aims to restore dignity to the lives lost. Though their lives have been stolen from us, we will not allow them to be forgotten.
The mission of UAPTSD’s campaign is to demand justice for the #SDSTOLENLIVES by full investigation of every documented life killed by police and while in police custody, and full transparency to each officers status and discipline that followed.
So far, Uaptsd counts with traditional reporting on witness statements, either through monitoring regional news outlets, research groups, police scanner info and open -source reporting projects – crediting appropriately though our creative commons mission.
What is included in Uaptsd #StolenLives database?
Any deaths arising directly from encounters with law enforcement – by both on and off duty as well as retired officers. This will inevitably include, but not be limited to, people who were shot, tasered and struck by LEO (government and state) officers vehicles, a high speed chase initiated by an officer which led to the death of person suspected of a crime and any bystanders, family members and domestic partners of law enforcement as well those who died in custody, including jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers. We also report on MTS and other private security companies which equipp guards with police grade weapons who have used brutal force which was responsible for their death.
UAPTSD also demands that law enforcement agencies establish an early warning system to identify officers who are involved in an inordinate number of inappropriate physical force incidents and cases of brutality. The incidents should then be investigated and the officers involved should be charged or disciplined depending on the severity of their misconduct.
Remember to connect what’s happening at a national level is also happening in San Diego, The same issues that were exposed in Ferguson are in San Diego. The system of power, White Supremacy, is well and alive in San Diego, hurting marginalized communities. Let’s make sure we seek justice for them. Let’s end the occupation of our communities by Police.
Victims Murdered by San Diego Law Enforcement
Victims Brutalized by San Diego Law Enforcement