Activists rallied at 24th Street BART station’s western plaza today to protest police brutality in the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez last month.
The Mission rally — which was part of a National Day of Action for Lopez — had about 40 attendees, according to Sarah Carlson, 31, a member of the Party of Socialism and Liberation. Similar protests were organized for Oakland, Santa Rosa, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Merced.
“We had to go out and print more leaflets,” Carlson said. “More and more people are paying attention. They want to know and be involved.”
Frank Lara, 29, an organizer with ANSWER (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism) called for those in power to question police officers. The killing occurred on the National Day Against Police Brutality, Lara said. He was at a conference in Sacramento about police brutality.
“It’s ironic for us to come back to a city from a conference in Sacramento and hear that a boy had been killed,” Lara said.
“We believe there should be a people’s movement to connect the issue of rising inequality and poverty to the rising funding to militarization the police,” Lara added. “Gentrification, like in the Mission, is only allowed because of strong police.”
Jose Cruz, a 12-year Mission resident, went to the rally to show opposition to police brutality.
“It’s gotten out of hand,” he said. “It’s not just against Latinos and blacks.”
Cruz works in Santa Rosa at a cell phone store. While he has not had any problems with law enforcement there, he said relations could be better.
“We need to start talking to each other — not through social media — to get back to our roots,” Cruz said.