Court News: Names of officers who killed Alex Nieto will be made public on January 5th, 2015

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
“Quisieron enterranos sin saber que eramos semillas.”
– Mexican proverb

Names of officers involved in the homicide of Alex Nieto to be made public on January 5th, 2015

Today Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins ordered that on January 5th, 2015 secrecy surrounding the names of the officers involved in killing Alex Nieto will end. This decision came at the conclusion of a second hearing addressing whether the City & County of San Francisco could continue to keep the names of the officers involved in the homicide of Alex Nieto confidential. In attendance at the hearing was Refugio and Elvira Nieto, parents of Alex, who were relieved to learn that light would finally be shed on those responsible for their son’s homicide on March 21st, 2014.

Mission Local provided a fair account of the court proceedings of today. Click here to read.

Greg Suhr refuses to release names of officers involved in Alex's shooting

Greg Suhr refuses to release names of officers involved in Alex’s shooting

We’re done with stupid excuses…

We had previously reported that the City Attorney and SFPD insisted that there was a “credible threat” that impeded them from naming the officers who killed Alex Nieto, even after Magistrate Cousins had already once denied them such an unusual protective order. Today, the Deputy City Attorney went as far as to say that they couldn’t find the recording of Chief Suhr saying that the person who allegedly made this threat on social media (now nine months ago) lived outside of the USA. Since the Deputy City Attorney doesn’t know how to use search engines, nor the phone to call Surh and ask him what he said publicly, we’re providing the audio of the recording AGAIN below, and also a link to 1010AM Hecho en California on Facebook were they can ALSO find the link to Chief Suhr’s uncredible excuse for lack of transparency in the SFPD homicide of Alex Nieto.


Link: https://m.soundcloud.com/justice4alexnieto/chief-greg-suhr-11122014-on-1010am-hecho-en-california INTERVIEW ON ALEX NIETO STARTS AT MINUTE 15:26

1010AM Hecho en California on Facebook

At the end of the day, this nine month old “uncredible threat” was too vague, even for Magistrate Cousins. Among other things, Magistrate Cousins considered that there was actually no end in sight to when SFPD might resolve this alleged threat. Adante Pointer, the family attorney, also made the point that such confidentiality was not only highly unusual, but would allow the City to be master of the case, and impede Pointer from pursuing a full independent investigation.

In the interest of justice, we get names…

In the interest of justice, the names of the officers will be made public on January 5th, 2015. Technically, this means that the lawsuit will be amended to include the names of the FOUR officers who shot Alex and the TWO other officers who were eyewitnesses to the shooting on January 5th, 2015. There were other officers present at the hill at the moment of the shooting who may be witnesses in other forms, including how the homicide scene was secured. They too are persons of interest to community.

They didn’t know we were seeds…

If the City & County of San Francisco could continue to keep us in the dark, they would. If not for supporter’s who have helped make this case public, SFPD would bury it…! Appropriate to this moment is the saying out of #Ayotzinapa:

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
“Quisieron enterranos sin saber que eramos semillas.”
– Mexican proverb

Yesterday was Alex’s 9th month anniversary of killing on Winter Solstice, the deepest longest darkest night of the year, not only for the Nieto Family, but many other local families. Yesterday evening, we hoped for a lighter year. Today, we see the tide turning in favor of greater transparency and accountability around police brutality.

Come Spring Equinox on Alex’s one year anniversary, we’ll be sprouting. City & County of San Francisco watch out! We’re the seeds you tried to bury, but the darkness only made us stronger.

The Nieto Family ask us to extend their deepest gratitude for year long support and the many kindness extended to them by each and everyone of you.

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“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” “Quisieron enterranos sin saber que eramos semillas.” – Mexican proverb, Art by Dan Elijah G. Fajardo

 

Con Safos

Con Safos

 

 

Alex Nieto Memorial & Altar desecrated ahead of BoS vote on Resolution addressing police brutality

We’ve reported on prior desecrations of the Alex Nieto Memorial & Altar on Bernal Heights Park, the site were Alex was shot at least fifteen times by yet unnamed SFPD officers. We believe this to be the work of one particular person. However, we’ve noticed that past attacks have happened when the shooting of Alex Nieto gains coverage in the press.

This latest attack to the Memorial & Altar came suspiciously on the day that the Board of Supervisor was to vote on a Resolution addressing police brutality, nationally and locally. Prior to the vote, the Police Officer’s Association voiced their strong disapproval and threw its weight around the BoS.

Supporters are raising the question as to whether the person desecrating the Alex Nieto Memorial & Altar Site is associated to the POA, SFPD, or whether he is just a sole racist or moron or otherwise person incapable of respecting an entire community’s desire to hold this space as sacred for Alex Nieto. Anyone know? We’re don’t actually care much about this annoying person, but if anyone does know something about who he is, please let us know.

Elvira and Refugio Nieto immediately began restoring the site by replacing the handmade cross by Refugio.

Supporters will be campaigning for a permanent memorial in the new year. Stay tuned! We’ll need your help!

8th Month Anniversary of Alex's homicide by police

8th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by police

BoS discusses Alex Nieto’s shooting and racial Bias in SF police shootings, Resolution fails after POA throws weight around

A few weeks back, Supervisor John Avalos introduced a resolution to the effect of reviewing racial profiling and use of force by police. That Resolution was put up for vote yesterday Tuesday December 16th, 2014.

The original draft resolution urged the DOJ to act upon the demands of the Ferguson Action group. This first draft did not mention SFPD, nor the Alex Nieto case, but after consulting with a variety of community members, Supervisor John Avalos introduced an amended Resolution.

The amended Resolution mentioned Alex Nieto’s shooting on March 21st, 2014, as the most recent case of police brutality highlighted by protesters during nine months of peaceful non-violent protests in San Francisco, and also included data showing racial bias in police shootings in San Francisco.

After this amended Resolution was introduced, SFPD and the Police Officer’s Association threw their political weight around to thwart its success. The POA sent a letter of disapproval to John Avalos saying that SFPD was much better behaved than other police forces. (Read the Letter at the bottom of the SF Examiner’s story.)

The POA however failed to address the fact that of those killed by SFPD, since 1985, 71% of those have been people of color, and 41% of those Black, when the Black of population in San Francisco was 6% in 2013. (Source: AntiEviction Mapping Project) In other words, SFPD has a history of disproportionately killing people of color in San Francisco. It is a simple fact. This Resolution was an acknowledgement of the local and national reality.

The POA who claims SFPD is the most racially diverse police force forgot to mention in their letter a recent incident in which SFPD officers “racially profiled, choked and wrongfully arrested [a Black off-duty SFPD officer, Lorenzo Adamson] during a traffic stop by several colleagues who ignored him when he said he was an officer.” Officer Adamson filed a lawsuit against SFPD for racial profiling. (Source: “SF cop sues, claims traffic-stop racial profiling”, SF Gate.) 

The POA also avoided any mention about the recent indictment of two SFPD officers on federal felony corruption charges. (Source: SF Gate) One of those officers —Furminger— was one of the eight police officers who killed Idriss Stelley in 2001 at the Metreon. None of the officers who killed Idriss were ever indicted on criminal charges. Furminger had already killed another person while on duty, before killing Idriss, and continued to have complaints filed after Idriss’ death. (Source: SF Gate.; Account by Poor Magazine of Idriss Stelley’s shooting. )

The POA, and for that matter SFPD, also failed to address the extreme lack of transparency in hiding the names of the officers involved in the shooting of Alex Nieto after nearly 9 months since he was killed. Every name of every officer ever involved in a shooting in San Francisco is public information, except for the names of the officers who shot Alex Nieto. A recent CA Supreme Court decision ruled that releasing the names of officers cannot be denied, unless there is an exceptional reason. The reason publicly given by Chief Suhr for withholding names (and now defended by the City Attorney) is ridiculous and continues to point to a police cover-up. Also, as the case of Furminger shows, community members deserve to know the background histories of these officers working in their midst.

Cohen originally supported the Resolution, but after pressure by the POA and SFPD, she introduced another amendment to strike out any mention of Alex Nieto’s shooting and any statistics revealing racial bias by SFPD in who they shoot:

“Supervisor Malia Cohen, for example, wanted to eliminate any reference of Alex Nieto, a Latino man killed by police officers March 21 when he was shot at least 10 times. An investigation is ongoing and the names of officers involved have yet to be released.”

“We are not Ferguson,” said Supervisor London Breed, who spoke of having a strong relationship with local police officers. “I am not comfortable with a comparison of our local law enforcement to what’s happening in Ferguson.” (Source: SF Examiner)

London Breed also demanded that all data on racial bias in San Francisco officer-involved shootings be removed from the Resolution.

David Campos pointed out that he usually did not support Resolutions without specific legislative proposals, but backed this Resolution, because despite comparatively better behavior by SFPD vis-a-vis other national police departments, it was important to acknowledge that there is a problem in San Francisco and that Alex Nieto’s shooting significantly hurt San Franciscan communities. He mentioned that insistence to strike Alex Nieto’s name from the Resolution also hurt police credibility, giving the impression that they have something to hide. (Hey! We agree.)

While Supervisor David Campos has explicitly withheld judgement on the shooting, he was attacked by the POA almost nine months ago, when he showed support to Alex’s family for their mistreatment by SFPD in the aftermath of the shooting. (Read more about this mistreatment in the bottom section of Alex’s Story.)

Supporters also believe that the D.A. Gascón has failed to declare whether he will indict officers-involved, because he is working in a concerted manner with SFPD, and cannot declare himself until SFPD reveals the names of the officers. We continue to demand a federal criminal investigation into the death of Alex Nieto. We do not believe the former Chief of Police, Gascón, can secure an unbiased investigation.

Despite the failure of the Resolution, we want to commend the Board of Supervisors for holding an important conversation about police brutality, racial profiling by police, the Ferguson Action demands, the right to protest, the role of police in community, and the case of Alex Nieto and other cases like O’Shaine Evans’ shooting. We believe that the San Francisco BoS has the potential to issue legislation that could model effective ways to curb racial profiling by police departments, demilitarize police departments, demand transparency, decrease use of force, and end impunity in cases of police brutality. We expect more and better from you in the future!

Supporters of Justice & Love for Alex Nieto came out in strong numbers to express their support for the Resolution during public comments. After 9 months of hiding basic facts, his shooting has become emblematic of a police cover-up. You can help uncover the truth! Please learn the facts and tell Alex’s Story to a friend.

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News! Supervisor Avalos introduces resolution to review racial profiling and use of force by SFPD, upholds right to nonviolent protest, Alex Nieto case cited

Update: Please voice your support for the Resolution in Public Comments, BoS Meeting next Tuesday 12/16!

Please come show your support for the approval of this Resolution by the Board of Supervisors, this upcoming Tuesday December 16th, 2014, 2pm, Chambers. We need you to speak up during public comments and let the Board of Supervisors know that you approve of this Resolution!

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Link to Resolution on BoS website.

Resolution affirming the San Francisco Board of Supervisors commitment to equal justice under the law and the First Amendment right to protest, recognizing the United States’ broken and racially biased police and justice systems, and urging the Department of Justice, Congress, and President Obama to review national policing and judicial practices to truly bring equal justice under the law. (The “Resolution”)

Please click here for a PDF copy of the Resolution.

Yesterday evening Supervisor John Avalos introduced a Resolution to the Board of Supervisors to address racial profiling and use of force by police officers, nationally and locally, as well as to uphold the right to nonviolent protest.

Supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim, Malia Cohen, and Eric Mar signed as cosponsors. The Resolution will be put up for vote next Tuesday December 16th, 2014.

The Resolution acknowledges:

  • A history of demonstrable racial bias regarding who is killed by police, both at a national and local level in San Francisco.
  • Recent national and local protests regarding the lack of indictments in the shootings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
  • The right to “nonviolent peaceful protest, free from excessive use of force and intimidation through military tactics and equipment.”
  • Lost public trust in SFPD for the killing of Alex Nieto, including for the lack of transparency exhibited by SFPD after his shooting. (We’ve long said this looks like a very serious cover-up):

“…WHEREAS, Alex Nieto was killed by SFPD officers on March 21, 2014 when he was shot at least ten times, and nearly nine months after the shooting, none of the names of the officers involved in his killing have been released, seriously undermining trust between some members of the community and police, and leading to nearly nine months of peaceful protests about racial profiling, the police’s use of force, lack of transparency and accountability in police investigations, and demands for justice; …”

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If approved, the Board of Supervisors pledge:

“to review local ordinances, officer training, and policies to address racial profiling and the use of excessive force and to ensure transparency and accountability within public safety departments.”

The Resolution also endorses the national demands of the Ferguson Action coalition, which among other things, urges the Department of Justice:

“…to conduct a comprehensive review of local policing practices to develop standards for community involvement and oversight strategies, use of force standards, and standards for independent investigatory/disciplinary mechanisms”

Join public comments next Tuesday

We invite supporters to join the public comment section on Tuesday December 16th at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

Also, please join us for Alex’s 9th month anniversary 12/21

You are invited to Alex’s NINTH month anniversary, on Sunday December 21st, 2014. We will carry out a sidewalk procession from 24th Street and Mission to the Bernal Heights. More details here…

 

The Longest Night of the Year: A Winter Solstice Posada for Alex’s 9th month anniversary of killing by yet unnamed SFPD officers (12/21, 4-7pm)

Winter Solstice is the 9th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by SFPD

CHECK BACK FOR FINAL DETAILS PLEASE

Update: Bring flashlights. It’ll be dark by the time we walk back down the hill.

4pm @ 24th Street and Mission Street (BART Plaza on Northeast corner):

Opening ceremony & words by families who have lost loved ones in 2014 to police brutality.

Confirmed visiting families:
Family of Yanira Serrano Garcia (killed in Half Moon Bay).
Family of Antonio Lopez (killed in San Jose)
Family of Errol Chang (killed in Daly City)
Family of O’Shaine Evans (killed in San Francisco)

Sidewalk procession to Bernal Hill.

@ Bernal Heights Park, Alex Nieto Memorial Site, northside slope: Words by family and supporters of Alex Nieto.

Closing ceremony.

Walk to site of Mexican Posada, to be announced on hill.

RSVP on our Facebook event page.

9 MONTHS AND STILL IN THE DARK

8th month anniversary gathering, still no answers...

8th month anniversary gathering, still no answers…

Alex’s ninth month anniversary of homicide by SFPD is on Winter Solstice, Dec. 21st. This will indeed be the longest and darkest night of the year: Alex won’t be home for the holidays, while SFPD & the City continue their cover-up campaign of his killing. Read more here…

The holidays are a tough time for families who have lost children to violence. Join us for a special Mexican Posada in memory of Alex and in solidarity with the Nieto family and our visitors to the Mission District & Bernal Heights, who have also lost loved ones to police brutality this year!

Elvira & Refugio Nieto lead the Alex Rises! march down from Bernal Hill. (Aug. 22, 2014) Photo: Chris Carlsson

Elvira & Refugio Nieto lead the Alex Rises! march down from Bernal Hill. (Aug. 22, 2014) Photo: Chris Carlsson

WHAT’S A MEXICAN POSADA?

For those unfamiliar with a Mexican Posada, it is the traditional Mexican form of celebrating the holidays prior to Christmas. Posada means “inn or hostel” and references the Biblical moment when Mary (pregnant with child) and Joseph are running around Bethlehem trying to find a place to stay. The entire town is booked because of the yearly census, and they are repeatedly turned away, and even treated as suspicious characters. Finally, an innkeeper recognizes them as holy and opens his humble stable for them, which is why Christ was born in a manger.

In the Mexican Posada tradition, the guests sing a traditional song to the host requesting entrance. Entrance is denied twice, until a nice host let’s us in. Then we break a piñata and eat tamales, drink hot choco, etc.

For those belonging to different spiritual practices or atheist for that matter, Christmas like many other traditions during this time of the year are also about the Winter Solstice, about the rebirth of the Sun after the longest night of the year. We all hope for a lighter year!

Sunrise over the Bay from Bernal Hill

Sunrise over the Bay from Bernal Hill

Update: Judge denies the City’s request! City must release names of officers!

Breaking! Magistrate Judge Cousins sides with Nieto Family, City Must Give Names!

we want names_001 (2)We have received news from the Nieto family lawyer that Magistrate Judge Cousins sided with the Nieto Family and denied the City the unusually restrictive protective order they sought! This news came right after protesters ended today’s morning action “Who Killed Alex? We Want Names!” at the Federal Courthouse.

The City must now give the names of all officers involved in the shooting of Alex Nieto, including the four officers who shot him, those other officers present during the shooting (8 to 10) and officers who secured the crime scene after the shooting (aprox. 20).

The City will likely try to fight this decision, so we need to keep demanding transparency, starting with the NAMES OF THE OFFICERS WHO KILLED ALEX NIETO and all other officers involved during the shooting and post-shooting of Alex Nieto. Listen to Chief Suhr explain the “threat” that for now nearly nine months has impeded the release of the officer’s names.

Update: As predicted, the City Attorney is fighting Magistrate Cousins decision in favor of the Nietos and against a highly restrictive protective order on the names of the officers.

Mayor Ed Lee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and Chief Greg Suhr: We demand transparency and accountability in the shooting of Alex Nieto, starting with the names of the officer involved! WE WANT NAMES!
"We Want Names!" Protesters in front of the Federal Courthouse, 12.3.2014

“We Want Names!” Protesters in front of the Federal Courthouse, 12.3.2014

TODAY’S COMMUNITY ACTION: WE WANT NAMES!

Today members of the Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition, PICO California’s Live Free campaign, PICO National Network, Coffee Not Cops, a project of Station 40! and youth in a walk-out from June Jordan High school gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse (450 Golden Gate) to demand the names of the officers who killed Alex Nieto.

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June Jordan students in solidarity with Justice & Love for Alex Nieto! 12.3.2014

The rain broke during those two hours allowing protesters to comfortably hold banners, hand out flyers, get to know each other better, and chant rally cries. Coffee Not Cops offered sweet Mexican bread from La Reyna and free coffee in coffee cups bearing messages about the rally: Wake Up… To Police Brutality!Who Killed Alex Nieto? We Want Names!Does It Really Take a Riot? We Want Names!, and more!

2014.12.3 Alex Nieto Rally We Want Names Coffee Cups

Elvira and Refugio Nieto, parents of Alex Nieto, were solidly present throughout holding a Justice For Alex Nieto banner. Also in admirable attendance were Tony Serrano Garcia (brother of Yanira Serrano-Garcia (18yrs), killed 6/3/2014 by San Mateo Sheriff Deputy), who drove up from Half Moon Bay on his sister’s month anniversary of killing to be present. Angela Naggie and Cadine Williams (mother and sister to O’Shaine Evans (26yrs), killed 10/7/2014 by SFPD Officer Goff) also arrived from Oakland. O’Shaine’s second month anniversary of killing is coming up this Sunday! The presence of Tony, Angela, and Cadine was a wonderful testimony to the growing movement of solidarity among families and supporters victims of police brutality in the Bay Area! (Al Osorio from the Kenneth Harding Jr Foundation also sent his love.) We all know each other, and you can bet you’ll be hearing from all of us together!

Cadine Williams, Angela Naggie, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, and Tony Serrano Garcia, in solidarity with each other!

Cadine Williams, Angela Naggie, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, and Tony Serrano Garcia, in solidarity with each other!

2014 November Review: Art, Actions & Articles honoring Alex Nieto!

11.2.2014 Day of the Dead altars and actions for Alex Nieto

The Twilight of Alex Nieto, Day of the Dead Altar @ SOMARTS (Oct. 10- Nov. 8) (Artists: Elvira Nieto, Adriana Camarena, Paz de la Calzada, Ivonne Iriondo, Refugio Nieto, María Villalta)

“…Our altar references the Nieto Family living room. […] In this room, Alex also slept and dressed, because the living room was also his bedroom. For our altar, Elvira brought items of Alex’s clothing. She arranged his multicolored baseball caps —all proudly bearing the classic Giants SF lettering—on the same vertical rack that used to hang on his bedroom side of the room. [..] This altar is about Alex’s legacy as a community organizer and an intellectual and artistic spirit, and about his family and affected communities as underdogs fighting for a righteous cause.” Description from #October Together, More than just baseball by Adriana Camarena

Nov. 2nd. Alex Nieto family and supporters join procession with Dia De Los Muertos March to BUILD Affordable housing NO More Condos or Market Rate Units

Supporters of justice for Alex Nieto walked at the front of the procession organized by groups protecting affordable housing in the Mission, because we believe we are part of a broader coalition against injustices in the neighborhood, such as befell Alex Nieto.

Ely Raka, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, Ben Bac Sierra, Marcos, Adriana at start of the procession

Ely Raka, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, Ben Bac Sierra, Marcos, Adriana at start of the procession

Our Mission No Eviction, photo by Erick Arguello

Our Mission No Eviction, photo by Erick Arguello

Unaccountable Murders: Counting and Recounting Homicides by SFPD officers, Day of the Dead altar at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Artists: Ivonne Iriondo, Erin McElroy, Adriana Camarena (Opening night Nov. 2nd, Closes Nov. 22nd)

“…after Alex Nieto was killed March 21, 2014, the AEMP felt compelled to map out known fatal officer-involved shootings since 1985 in San Francisco. Visitors can navigate the map as part of the altar installation and click on individually marked shootings to learn more about the victim. The map can also be viewed here. […]The altar at MCCLA asks the public to express thoughts or comments, and provides two probing questions: “What or who do police protect?” and “How do we end police impunity?” […] The altar walls shift with the days as public comments are aggregated. […] Our MCCLA altar “Unaccountable Murders” also includes a video interview of Mesha Monge-Irizarry, contributed by Ivonne Iriondo. Mesha is the mother of Idriss Stelley, a 23-year-old young man who was killed by nine SFPD officers, when they shot him 48 times at the Metreon in 2001….” Description from #October Together, More than just baseball by Adriana Camarena

Refugio and Elvira with Mesha (mother of Idriss Stelley, killed by SFPD 2001) and companions Remigio and doggie King Bizcocho at MCCLA, Nov. 2nd Day of Dead opening

Refugio and Elvira with Mesha (mother of Idriss Stelley, killed by SFPD 2001) and companions Remigio and doggie King Bizcocho at MCCLA, Nov. 2nd Day of Dead opening night

Mural Art in the Mission by Oree Originiol

For Day of the Dead, Nov. 2nd, a mural appeared on La Galeria de la Raza billboard (northwest corner of Bryant and 24th Street) that memorializes victims of police brutality in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Art by Oree Originiol, Photo by Jean Melesaine

Day of the Dead altar by Denhi Donis

Denhi is a flower vendor on Cortland Street and friend of Alex Nieto. For Day of the Dead, she made a window altar for Alex at the MCCLA.

Refugio and Elvira Nieto take in Denhi's altar to their son.

Refugio and Elvira Nieto take in Denhi’s altar to their son.

11.14.2014 Oscar Salinas speaks @ USF student police forum issues

Oscar Salinas, a member of the Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition, represents for #justice4alexnieto at the USF student forum on police issues. The event closed with a candlelight vigil for victims of police brutality.

USF student forum on police issues, 11.14.2014

USF student forum on police issues, 11.14.2014

11.14.2014 USF student event Oscar Salinas

11.15.2014 Justice4AlexNieto @ Issues Fair, Keith Haring Party “What’s your issue?”, de Young Museum

Adriana, Ben & Nina take issue with police brutality at the Issues Fair at the de Young.

Adriana, Ben & Nina take issue with police brutality at the Issues Fair at the de Young.

In collaboration with Taking A Stand (Nina Parks), Ben Bac Sierra and Adriana Camarena, members of the Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition participated in the Issues Fair which was part of the Keith Haring Party “What’s your issue?” at the de Young Museum. The Taking A Stand/ Justice4AlexNieto table made it known to visitors that we seriously take issue with police brutality. This was a good opportunity to engage with lovers of art & activism and share Alex’s Story as well as some of the writing that Ben and Adriana have done in the past months regarding Alex’s case. For example, Ben distributed copies of several of his writings for this blog, such as Con Safos: On the recent vandalism to the Alex Nieto Memorial on Bernal Hill, and Día de los Muertos, while Adriana distributed a copy of her essay #October Together, more than just baseball. Meanwhile, Taking A Stand SF distributed a variety of zines from Learn Your Rights to poster art by Oree Originiol.

11.19.2014 New website page “Legal Status”

The first court day in the federal civil case filed by the Nieto Family was on November 19th, 2014. We created a Legal Status page to keep track of both the civil and criminal cases as they advance, and also of bits of evidence about what happened the day Alex was killed as those bits and pieces come to light. The lack of transparency from the City is one of the worst aspects of the post-shooting of Alex Nieto.

11.21.2014 8th Month Anniversary of Alex Nieto’s killing

8th Month Anniversary of Alex's homicide by police

8th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by police

Alex’s 8th month anniversary was celebrated in the late twilight on Bernal Heights. We took a moment to welcome new friends from the Church of Sojourners and old friends alike. Together we shared ideas about actions and activities that different supporters would like to see happen. We also had a birthday cake for Ben Bac Sierra, Alex’s close friend. Undoubtedly, every 21st is filled with a lot of love for Alex and his supporters.

8th Month Anniversary of Alex's homicide by police

8th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by police

11.24 to 11.30.2014 Frisco to Ferguson, Justice for Alex Nieto & Mike Brown – Bay Area Solidarity Protests

On the evening of Monday November 24th, 2014, the decision not to indict Officer Wilson for the homicide of Mike Brown was released in a live press conference through a variety of media outlets. Protesters had been on stand-by in days prior preparing for the predictable response from the local D.A. In solidarity, there were mass protests in Oakland that blocked the entrance to the highways. The memory of Alex Nieto was brought to the march!

Oakland Protest of Grand Jury decision, Nov. 25, 2014, Photo: Paolo Freire

Oakland Protest of Grand Jury decision, Nov. 25, 2014, Photo: Paolo Freire

Next day in the Mission District, the Answer Coalition organized a protest march from 24th to 16th and over to the police station. Before we got going, Alex Nieto coalition members —María Villalta and Adriana Camarena— handed out flyers and informed about the recent developments in the case of Alex Nieto. Protesters were invited to the upcoming action on Dec. 3rd (8-10am) called “We Want Names!” demanding transparency in the case of Alex Nieto by asking Judge Cousins to deny the protective order sought by the City that would impede the community to know who killed Alex Nieto. Affected communities deserve to know the names of the police officers who shot him to death.

On November 28th, protesters organized a Black Friday protest in San Francisco that walked from Embarcadero to the Mission District, heavily patrolled by riot cops. The heavy police response escalated into physical confrontations with protesters. At the start of the peaceful march, protesters were heard chanting: “Alex Nieto, Mike Brown, Shut The Whole System Down!”

Call to March: Michael Brown & Alex Nieto, Black Friday 5pm @Embarcadero

Call to March: Michael Brown & Alex Nieto, Black Friday 5pm @Embarcadero

Black Friday Protests in SF by Tom Goulding.

On November 30th, 2014, families and supporters of families of victims of police brutality were invited to an event in Oakland called “Ferguson Response: Vigil for Fallen Angels.” The event was organized by Anti-Police Terrorism Project, a project of Onyx Organizing Committee in coalition with CRT, Healthy Hoodz, Young Oakland, Workers World, The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, and POOR Magazine/ Prensa Pobre. The vigil was well attended and in the good company of family and friends of Idriss Stelley, Kenneth Harding Jr., Mario Romero, Alan Blueford, Derek, James Rivera, Yanira Serrano Garcia, Andy Lopez, O’Shsine Evans, and Alex Nieto, and on and on and on… RIP. Adriana Camarena spoke as a supporter of the Justice for Alex Nieto cause. She is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Adriane Camarena spoke of Nieto, a Bernal Heights native who was on lunch break from his security job last spring when someone reported him to the police because he had a Taser gun, which was part of his security guard uniform.

“He was a security guard. Alex was a young man, was a community organizer, who campaigned in elections, who worked with youth, who had finished his degree at City College in criminal justice,” Camarena said. “Eight months later, we still don’t have the names of the officers who shot him. We don’t have the names of the officers who were present during the shooting. We don’t have police reports. We don’t have witness statements. We don’t have the original 911 transcripts. None of this information has been provided.”” (Source: After days of heated Ferguson protests, a somber vigil in Oakland, SF Chronicle, Dec. 1)

Ferguson Response: Vigil For Fallen Angels, Oakland, 2014.11.30

Ferguson Response: Vigil For Fallen Angels, Oakland, 2014.11.30