Stockton, CA- Family and friends of James Rivera Jr. and Luther Brown, a man shot by Stockton police officers on Friday, April 6th, came together with members of the Occupy Oakland Movement in a protest on Tuesday, April 10 across the street from the Stockton Police Department headquarters in a demand for justice and a stop to police violence.
“They [Stockton PD] shot my son 48 times, I have pictures to prove it,” said Dionne Smith, mother of James Rivera Jr. to the demonstrators. “I [have] been fighting for justice for James for 19 months, we are out here trying to make awareness, to get support from the community; he could have been your brother, your son, your friend.”
“We are out here to help with this demonstration because Stockton is really not known for having protests,” said a member of the Occupy Oakland Movement. “There were 33 of us who came in one bus and we are here in solidarity with the families.”
The investigation regarding the shooting and death of Luther Brown (32) is still in process
The Stockton Police Department has not yet responded to Bilingual Weekly’s request for more information.