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Latino Politician Gives SFPD Chief A Verbal Lashing For Killing of Homeless Mexican Man

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Posted by Peter Menchini on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

“You are telling people this is what we think happened. How can you say that when this investigation is still ongoing?”

On Wednesday, David Campos, who sits on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and represents parts of the Mission and Bernal Heights — two historically Latino neighborhoods with shifting demographics caused by gentrification — went hard after SFPD Chief Greg Suhr at a town hall over last week’s police killing of Luis Gongora, a homeless Mexican man.

Campos’s biggest gripes were the timing of the town hall — noon on a Wednesday — and how the police have spoken about the case.

“You have an ongoing investigation supposedly to find out what happened in this incident, and yet you’ve had a number of press conferences where you are already prejudging what happened,” Campos reprimanded Chief Suhr. “I ask the police commission and the mayor to direct the police department to stop trying the case in the public.”

Campos isn’t wrong. As we previously reported, the police narrative has been that Gongora, who some claim didn’t speak English, charged at police with a knife after being hit with cautionary bean bags. But not everyone who witnessed the event is corroborating the police’s account. According to the Guardian, one of the few non-Bay Area outlets that has covered the Gongora killing, six witnesses present at the shooting challenge the police’s version of the events.

Remember, this is a police department that killed Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and now Luis Gongora — all under questionable circumstances — because the cops felt their lives were threatened. It’s a police department that went through a racist text scandal, and then followed it up with a second racist text scandal poking fun of the first one.

It’s a law enforcement agency whose constituents are asking the federal government to investigate for civil rights violations.

The seeming lack of transparency that follows the killing of minorities by the SFPD is nothing short of troubling. After all, San Francisco is often thought of as one of the most liberal cities in the United States . If it can happen there, it can happen in Pasco, Wash., where the local county coroner will finally be allowed to conduct a public inquest into the death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes a year after it happened. It can also happen in Chicago, where a Latino man with a history of mental illness mysteriously died at the hospital while under police custody.

READ: San Francisco Police Have Shot And Killed A Homeless Mexican Man

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He Plays A Cholo On Screen, But His Real Life In More Insane Than Any Script. Now He's Telling His Own Story In Spoken Word


He Plays A Cholo On Screen, But His Real Life In More Insane Than Any Script. Now He’s Telling His Own Story In Spoken Word

Credit: @richardcabralofficial / Instagram

Who am I? That kid that came from the streets

Striving to be something, anything because no one really believed in me. 

“You could be whatever you want to be,” that’s what I heard them say. 

This former gangster, Richard Cabral, is doing it.

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As you can imagine, going from the life-threatening streets of L.A. to walking red carpets in Hollywood was anything but easy.

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To put things into perspective, here’s a glimpse of Richard’s life by the numbers:

1970s – his family started their involvement in gangs.

13 – He officially joined a gang.

14 – He’s arrested.

15 – He started dealing crystal meth and became addicted to crack.

20 – He shot a man.

35 – The number of years he faced in prison.

27 – Months served after a deal plea.

2009 – After working with Homeboy Industries, he landed his first speaking role in 2009 on “Southland.”

2010 – He appeared in the Bruno Mars video for “Grenade.”

2015 – He was nominated for an Emmy for his role on “American Crime.”

Emmy nominations are cool and all, but for this reformed cholo, “it’s about telling stories that could heal.”

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And that’s exactly what he’s doing because as he says, he’s the only one who can tell his story.

Richard teamed up with the award-winning director and dramaturg Robert Egan to produce “Fighting Shadows,” Richard’s account of his life in spoken word.

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You know, it’s like rap you can understand.

His brutal and truthful storytelling of his life takes you from his early years in gangs and prison to the new world of art and love he discovered. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Be inspired. Here’s where you can check out Richard’s powerful performance in “Fight Shadows.”

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READ: This Ex-Gang Member Used To Run The Streets Of L.A., Now He’s An Emmy-Nominated Actor

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