Revelations about inmate abuse at West Valley

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We had heard a week or two ago that the FBI was investigating the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department's reign of terror at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. We had some suspicions that they were looking into allegations that we had been hearing rumors about for a little while. Well, now, some of the specifics have come to light. You have to read it to believe it. Here's an article from the Daily Bulletin:

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Riverside sheriffs shoot and kill Mickey Larragoitiy, 58, in Menifee

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This is from late April, but it is a horrible story and a horrible example of what goes wrong when police are too eager to escalate and are incapable of dealing with people in crises or with mental health issues. Justice for Mickey!

Here's a write-up from the Press-Enterprise:

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/menifee/menifee-headlines/...

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Claremont PD shoot and injure unidentified victim

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Apparently this happened on Cinco de Mayo but I am just getting wind of it now. This coverage from a TV news station doesn't have many details. Its not even clear if the vehicle was actually stolen, like the officers suspected (if we can believe their side of the story, that is). But it does talk about how the cops are claiming that the driver used the vehicle as a "weapon," which is a continuation of a trend we have been observing lately.

Here's the story from KTLA:

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Imperial County Sheriffs shoot and kill Adrian Parra, 19, in Salton City

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This incident occurred in Salton City, which is in Imperial County, but it happened to a Coachella Valley resident, so we thought it important to document the murder here and start asking some questions.

Here is a link to some TV coverage:

http://www.kmir.com/story/25408967/family-wants-answers-after-teenager-k...

And the text:

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Name of victim of Coachella shooting released: Saul Gonzalez, 22

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The incident from last week was short on details at the time, but some are beginning to emerge. Still a blackout on info about the perpetrator. See the sheriff's department's press release:

http://www.riversidesheriff.org/press/admin14-0412.asp

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Jury clears city and officer in fatal shooting of David Ledezma

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At the beginning of January 2012, the RPD shot and killed David Ledezma, who they accused of trying to kill them because he was drunk and waving around a length of pipe. He was no threat to them whatsoever, and the pigs are full of shit. This follow-up article came out in February, but we hadn't been able to post it up until now. Rest in peace, Mr. Ledezma. Justice for David Ledezma!

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