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East Los Angeles rally protests sheriff killing of two men

On Nov. 25, over 200 community members rallied to protest the Nov. 16 LA sheriff police murder of Eduardo Bermudez and Ricardo Avelar-Lara. The rally took place at the site of the murder. Both men were clearly loved and respected by the community and had earned reputations of helping everyone they came in contact with. Rally speakers exposed the police lies and lack of investigation. Eyewitnesses reported that the men were cooperative and unarmed, but when one asked a question, they were both immediately shot. Many family members and friends spoke and all demanded justice.

The rally took place on the second day of protests against the lack of an indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo. Many speakers expressed solidarity with the Michael Brown family and the protesters as well as all of the families of police victims, including Ezell Ford and many others. These murders were 598 and 599 since the year 2000. A march after the rally went past several of the neighborhood sites where others were murdered by the police. One of the most prominent was Ruben Salazar, who was murdered on Aug. 29, 1970. He was an activist for Chicano rights and liberation and a reporter for the LA Times. Just before his murder by the police, he had been exposing police brutality and murder.

 

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