While the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile occupy the news waves, the shooting death of five Latinos this week slipped by.
Since last Sunday Vinson Ramos, Raul Saavedra-Vargas, Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez and Pedro Villanueva were shot and killed by cops, but only a few local media barely reported their deaths…
Vinson Ramos was shot and killed by three police officers in a Jack-in-the-Box in Bell, CA. He was there with his girlfriend and her son.
Raul Saavedra-Vargas was shot in his car, when he refused to pull over for the police in Reno, NV.
Melissa Ventura, a 24-year-old mother of three, was shot and killed by cops in her home in Yuma, AZ. The police were allegedly responding to a “domestic dispute.”
In San Jose, CA the police responded to a “potential suicide” call. They drove to 19-year old Anthony Nuñez’s house and talked to him for 14 minutes. Then they shot and killed him…presumably to prevent the suicide.
Pedro Villanueva was chased by undercover cops in an unmarked vehicle in Fullerton, CA. He had no idea that they were police. When Villanueva turned his car around to face them, they shot him dead in his car. Villanueva was also 19, the same age as Anthony Nunez.
The police reports on all five shootings have been vague. In all five of them, eyewitness testimony differs sharply from the “official version” released by the cops.
LATINO LIVES MATTER, TOO
The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were tragic and unjustifiable.
Their lives deserve to be commemorated, their deaths investigated, and their killers brought to justice.
Black lives matter.
But there appears to be a narrative in this country, where Latino lives do not exist.
How else can we explain it, when FIVE LATINOS are shot and killed by officers in the same week . . .and the nation is barely aware of it?
The mainstream media, and corporate America, have a great lesson to learn…
Latino lives matter, too.
*Note: This article was originally published on July 10, 2016, with respect to events of July 2-9.