Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Four Latinxs Killed By Police Last Week

Around the same time that Anton Sterling and Philandro Castile were killed by police and Black Lives Matter protests raged across the nation, four Latinx people were also murdered by cops. They are Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez, Pedro Villanueva, and Raul Saavedra-Vargas.

Media Silent As Police Kill Four Latinos This Week

Two of them, Ventura and Nuñez, were mentally ill, with the later being actively suicidal at the time the police were called to help him. But once again, instead of just talking him down, they murdered him. They opened fire the moment he moved his gun away from his own head. Why bother even trying to talk to him if you're going to kill him anyway?

Villanueva and Saavedra-Vargas were killed while running from police (though Villanueva probably didn't know it was police chasing him because they were in an unmarked car with no fucking siren). But can you blame any person of color for running from police at this point? You probably have a better chance of coming out alive if you run.

Even though these four deaths didn't get noticed, don't blame the Black Lives Matter movement. Remember that racism is us white people's problem. It's our job to keep track of these killings and report on them, no matter if they're black, Latinx, Indigenous, etc.

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