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Hundreds Gathered At A Vigil For A 73-Year-Old Man Killed By Bakersfield Police

Last Monday, Francisco Serna, a 73-year-old man from Bakersfield, was shot and killed by a Bakersfield police officer who was responding to a late night call of a man who may have been brandishing a weapon. Serna was shot nine times while standing in front of his neighbor’s driveway. Bakersfield PD spokesman Sgt Gary Carruesco confirmed that Serna was unarmed during the shooting and that the officer involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave.

After Serna’s death, his family revealed that he was in the early stages of dementia. Serna’s son, Rogelio Serna, took to Facebook. He said his father was unarmed. “My pops was in early stages of dementia, he had a lil trouble going to sleep, so he took small walks to cope and make himself tired. Well around 12:30AM Monday morning Sunday late nite, he took his last walk and was killed in a 15-min window frame rite across the street from his home,” wrote Serna.

I would like to thank everyone for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers from my whole family. ??

We want the TRUTH to be told. My father was MURDERED by BAKERSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT (BPD).

We will be having a candlelight vigil tomorrow night, 12/13 at 6pm. Please come out and join my family at 7913 Silverbirch Avenue, 93313
Bakersfield ca
Enough is Enough!

Posted by Roy Serna Djmrgroove on Monday, December 12, 2016


Serna’s daughter, Laura, told TIME magazine that her father may have been carrying a crucifix with him because he was “sentimental” about loved ones who had recently died.

More than 100 people showed up to a candlelight vigil at the Serna household on Tuesday night.


Rogelio Serna told TIME magazine his family wants police to give them a clearer idea of what happened to Francisco Serna: “We’re still in shock and we want to get answers. We just want to get answers.”

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If You Have DACA Or Are Undocumented: Know Your Rights

Posted by We are mitú on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Under Donald Trump’s administration, undocumented immigrants could face the potential of mass deportations. To find out how those who are vulnerable can protect themselves, mitú spoke with Alvaro Huerta, from the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles, who was gracious enough to share some very helpful information. Here’s what he told us.

“Regardless of whoever is president, everybody in this country has certain rights.”

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Dealing with law enforcement, or ICE, won’t be easy, but protecting your rights is straight forward. Like anyone, you have the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney, and you are not obligated to sign anything. If you are in your home, you do not have to open the door to anyone who doesn’t have a valid warrant.

If you are on DACA, here are a few important things to remember.

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Those without a criminal history can renew, and you might be eligible for a work permit to extend your time, if DACA is not renewed. However, if you’re not on DACA, it is advised to not apply now because the information could be used against you.

There are several other useful pieces of information in the above video, so please take two minutes to take in the available information.

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