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