The Victorville Daily Press covered this Saturday's protest for Justice for Dante Parker. Here is the link:
Parker family, coalition organize Victorville protest
Group calls for 'accountability,' end to 'police brutality'
Posted Sep. 20, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Updated Sep 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM
VICTORVILLE — The same chants calling for an end to police brutality against racial minorities in Ferguson, Mo., were echoed by a crowd of more than 50 black protesters on the streets of Victorville on Saturday afternoon.
Family and friends of the late Daily Press pressman Dante Parker lined the sidewalks of Palmdale Road near Amargosa Road and said they gathered to ask for “accountability” and “justice for Dante.”
Parker died Aug. 12 while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department custody, after he was stunned with a Taser by a deputy. The Sheriff’s Department said in a press release that Parker was considered a suspect in the attempted burglary of a house in the 13000 block of Bucknell Court. A deputy from the Victorville Sheriff’s Station stopped Parker while he was riding his bicycle on Luna Road in Victorville at about 5 p.m. after the reported breaking-and-entering attempt.
“Unfortunately we heard about Dante’s story through a relative of Dante that we worked with on another police brutality case in Long Beach of Dante Jordan, his cousin,” said organizer Victor Quintero, of the coalition Answer Los Angeles, an acronym for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. “I think it’s a great turnout today, a great militant turnout, and what we’re seeing here is just the beginning of a broader national movement that is taking place right now against this epidemic of police brutality on black and brown communities.”
Parker’s wife, Bianca Parker, was in attendance wearing a gray T-shirt featuring a collage of photos of her husband. She was supported by her mother and the couple’s five children.
“Numb,” said Bianca Parker, when asked how she was feeling. “I’m still in shock. I still haven’t heard anything from the police department. I don’t want anything from them, I just want somebody to be held accountable for their actions.”
Answer L.A. came to support the family. The protest was the second held in Victorville for Dante Parker, but the first the Parker family participated in, Bianca Parker said.
“We didn’t know about the other one,” she said.
Several people held yellow signs that read “Justice for Dante Parker” and “We are all Dante Parker.” Leaders energetically shouted chants from megaphones while the crowd repeated messages including: “Stop the killing, stop the lies, killing Dante was a crime;” “The cops say get back, we say fight back;” “Killer cops off our streets;” “No justice, no peace, no racist police;” and “Hey, ho, racist cops have got to go.”
A few protesters also stood in the middle lane of Palmdale Road sparking a brief visit from two San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in their vehicles, who stopped and asked them to clear the street.
Bianca Parker said they planned to march to the Victorville sheriff’s station on Amargosa Road and she said they would continue their protest until they grew too tired.
The Sheriff’s Department said previously that its Specialized Investigation Detail is conducting the death investigation of Parker. An autopsy was expected to be performed by the Riverside County Coroner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death. The results have not yet been released, according to Bianca Parker.
The Parker family is accepting donations at www.gofundme.com/dante-parker-family-fund.