A mother’s upbraiding turned out to be the least of their worries.
As the brothers, along with Luis’ girlfriend, walked back to the store from up the street, they were followed by two San Diego police officers. Four more officers soon joined the scene. In a brief but violent encounter, Diego was handcuffed and detained as he opened the door to the store, and Luis was punched repeatedly by an officer who barreled inside with other cops and arrested him.
Hedy Julca, the Lobatons’ mother and the owner of the store, tried to get between two officers who were pounding on Luis Lobaton. An officer wrestled her to the floor. She, too, was handcuffed and arrested as another son, 3-year-old Bruce, watched from close by.
There was no 911 call, no worried neighbors who drew the officers there that night. Police on patrol simply watched the brothers separately take out keys and enter the store, and decided something nefarious was in the works. The whole thing went down because of a suspected burglary in the brothers’ own home.
Things got worse for Luis Lobaton and Julca before they got better: They were both placed on immigration holds while in custody, though Lobaton is a U.S. citizen. He was held for three days as family members scrambled to find his birth certificate to prove his citizenship. (Julca is a Peruvian citizen and is in the country illegally.)
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Kathy S. writes like a lawyer, but that does not make her wrong.
That behaviour that is indicative of Racial Profiling has continued 8 months into Chief Zimmerman's watch is more persuasive than any pronouncement.
Regret that there is tolerance of bigotry, some of which the Chief is powerless to prevent. On the other hand, I see no indication that she has flexed her muscles with regard to that which is in her power.
The San Diego Police Department will be presenting demographic data on vehicle stops to the City Council’s Public Safety & Liveable Neighborhoods Cmte next Wednesday, Feb 25th. The hearing starts at 2pm.
When will it be learned that you DON"T fight the police? Someone who makes sketchy moves or disobeys a command and gets taken down has no one to blame but themselves. I will never cease to be amazed that people feel they can yell and assume a threatening manner but say it's the fault of the police if they have to protect themselves from a possible deadly situation. Officers have a difficult job and have every right to keep the situation under control.
@Joyce Adams I agree that a citizen should be compliant and non-aggressive, but this video shows all the aggression and escalation on the part of the SDPD. This is especially egregious when the early stop of the police cruiser is noticed; the initial officers were observing the scene before the initial contact. Once contact was made, officers seemed to disregard what I would consider behavior of the innocent, such as trying to record the contact, turning on the lights, and having an infant present (what burglars bring along the toddlers?). The one brother may be a jerk and guilty of a lot of other stuff, but this encounter was initially handled poorly, and then escalated to what I would call assault under color of authority. This is an example of the police as street gang in blue.
Fortunately in this incident everyone survived, unlike with other occurrences of police misconduct that have been reported recently. We need to make sure those we trust with police powers understand that their job is to *serve* and protect the public, and that all citizens deserve to be treated by them with dignity and respect. They have no power, nor the right, to bully and harass members of the public just because they've decided with no apparent reason that a crime is being comitted…
I NEED TO KNOW IF /OFFICERS ARE MOTIVATED BY NUMBERS OF ARRESTS MADE. IT USED TO BE THAT THEY WERE GIVEN QUOTAS-IN ANY TERMS-FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ARRESTS. This had been reported by a former SD police chief who had taken over the Seattle police department, in his book.