Here is a story that the Orange County Register put out. It's just too good to pass up. Here is the story, with my comments afterwards:
By OLIVIA HAWKINSON
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Oak View residents marched to the Police Department's front door Monday, screaming for answers about the shooting death of a teen-ager armed with a toy rifle.
Oak View is 98 percent Hispanic and the city's poorest neighborhood. About 200 residents walked several miles from the community of newer immigrants to the Civic Center on Main Street. They marched in packs along Beach Boulevard, waving homemade cardboard signs and chanting, "We want justice."
Police said it was the first time they could remember such a rally on their doorstep. Oak View residents said they were acting on years of frustration over what they called police mistreatment of Hispanic youths.
"That officer needs to explain why he killed Antonio," said friend Anai Aguilara, 16. "Why? Because he's Mexican? He was barely 18. He was starting to live his life."
A police officer shot Antonio H. Saldivar early Saturday after the teen led police on a foot chase to Ash Street and then pointed what appeared to be a rifle at the officer, police said.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department, which investigates officer-involved shootings in Huntington Beach, confirmed Monday that a toy rifle was recovered from the scene of the shooting.
Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Doan described the toy as a 20-inch-long rifle with a wood stock and a blue steel barrel. He said investigators are unsure whether Saldivar carried the toy or grabbed it off the driveway where he was shot.
A neighbor told The Orange County Register on Saturday that her 5-year-old son left a brown toy rifle overnight in their driveway where Saldivar was shot.
Police said Saldivar was seen after 1 a.m. peering into a pickup four blocks from his home. Saldivar ran when officers approached to see what he was doing, police said.
Saldivar's sister and a family friend talked with police for almost an hour inside the department lobby Monday while neighbors and friends rallied outside the locked glass doors. The sister, Susanna Campos, emerged with red eyes and called for change.
"All of us Mexicans are not going to have faith in the police until justice is done," Campos said in Spanish. "That officer needs to look at me. I have a lot of pain. My brother never had a gun."
The Sheriff's Department will gather evidence and present it to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, said Huntington Beach Lt. Chuck Thomas. The city's professional standards department will conduct a separate investigation, Thomas said.
He said the department would work with the Mexican Consulate to try to help Saldivar's family return his body to Puebla, Mexico, for burial.
"His sister stressed to me that the folks out there don't trust the police department," Thomas said, looking out at the crowd. "We have to do our part to repair that. That's the only way we can truly serve the community."
While it's certainly unfortunate that who might be an innocent person was killed, let's take a look at just two things.
First, and I quote:
"Oak View is 98 percent Hispanic and the city's poorest neighborhood."
Exactly how is that relevant to this story? Why is it than whenever someone bites the dust, the press needs to interject with a statistic like that. Is that supposed to convey some kind of sympathy factor from the reader-especially since is seems that the unspoken message here is that "another evil white cop killed a (politically correct and protected) minority"?
Ms Saldivar: You are looking for a reason for the killing of your brother, well you don't need a lengthy investigation. I can tell you right now why he was killed, in just 5 words: HE RAN FROM THE POLICE.
Period. Anyone should know by now that anyone who flees a police officer is immediately labelled as suspicious. Plus, what was he doing lurking behind cars at 1AM?
Ms. Aguilera: Race had little or nothing to do with it. Again, to answer your question: HE RAN FROM THE POLICE.
Second: Now I have a question for all of you:
Exactly what was he running from in the first place at 1AM? If it turns out that he was carrying a toy rifle, can any of you tell me why?
As far as I am concerned, this man committed his own suicide. Even though he didn't pull the trigger on the gun that killed him, the facts remain that he DID flee police. He was engaging in suspicious behavior. And he might have been carrying a toy gun. Toy or not, anyone with any ounce of common knows that 1. you don't run away from police 2. at 1AM 3. carrying an object that in the dark (or even the kight for that matter) resembles a weapon. As far as I am concerned, the Huntington Beach police acted exactly as they were trained to.
Why don't all of you protestors stop worrying about the cops for a minute, and go back and teach your people a little common sense and intelligence. Maybe then, senseless shootings like this will finally become a rarity. The police should not have to loosen their standards because of your substandard intellect.
Someone needs to change here, and as far as I'm concerned it will not and should not be the police. This is all especially true in immigrant communities such as this one.
Otherwise, you have no one but yourselved to blame.