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Was It Murder? Video of Police Shooting an Unarmed Latino Man Sparks Debate

Gardena Police Shooting

A recently-released video of a police shooting in California has renewed debate about what constitutes excessive force by police. The video shows police stopping three men at gunpoint. The men hold their hands up but one man drops his hands for a moment before pulling a hat off his head. When the man reaches for his hat, police officers open fire on the man, killing him and wounding another man.

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So what’s the deal? 

In 2013, Ricardo Diaz Zeferino was shot and killed by police in Gardena, California. Gardena Police officers believed Diaz Zeferino and his two friends were possible suspects in the robbery of a bicycle from a nearby CVS pharmacy. During the police stop, 35-year-old Diaz Zeferino was shot by officers who said he did not comply with their commands. He was unarmed. His friend, Eutiquio Mendez, was also wounded in the shooting.

End of story? No. It turns out Diaz Zeferino and his two friends actually reported the stolen bicycle. They were riding around the neighborhood in their bicycles to look for the stolen bike when they were stopped.

Diaz Zeferino’s family sued the city of Gardena, claiming police had violated Diaz Zeferino’s civil rights. The Gardena Police maintained that the shooting was lawful. They pointed out that Diaz Zeferino appeared to reach for his waistband and did not comply with commands. An autopsy of Diaz Zeferino also revealed he had alcohol and methamphetamine in his system. Diaz Zeferino’s family said he was just trying to tell police he was innocent. 

The city of Gardena settled with the family for $4.7 million and the officers were cleared of wrongdoing. A federal judge also ordered dash cam video of the incident to be released.

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Diaz Zeferino’s brother Augustin Reynoso, told the L.A. Times the settlement is not enough: “Nothing is sufficient, not even the money. A life is more important than the money.”

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He Was Kidnapped Just After Graduating From Medical School In Mexico And Can’t Remember Anything That Happened

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He Was Kidnapped Just After Graduating From Medical School In Mexico And Can’t Remember Anything That Happened

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There are multiple questions surrounding an Arkansas man who disappeared in Mexico following his graduation from medical school earlier this month. Jessy Pacheco, 29, was out celebrating with a friend in Guadalajara when officials say they were attacked and his friend killed. Officials presumed Pacheco was kidnapped after going missing for over a week back on June 15th. But according to CNN, he was seen last Friday on airport surveillance cameras leaving Mexico with his mother. The next day, his family didn’t say much about how he was found.

Jessy Pacheco says he doesn’t remember a thing about vanishing or what happened to his friend.

Pacheco arrived safe and returned to the U.S. over the weekend. Joined with his parents, he gave a press conference Sunday that raised many questions as to what happened in Mexico. According to Pacheco, he doesn’t have a clue how he went missing besides the celebration beforehand.

“I can’t recall anything,” Pacheco said at the press conference back home. “I mean, it was just a complete blackout. Graduation was amazing, all my family and friends were there. Next thing you know (I) blacked out and then ended up showing up back home.”

The celebration happened just hours after he graduated from medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

Pacheco’s close friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot, and killed a block away from the bar where they were last seen.

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Authorities found Romero’s body two days later near the bar where both he and Pacheco were last seen together. Romero, who was also a medical school student and U.S. citizen, was reportedly attacked and fatally shot by a group equipped with an AK-47, according to the Jalisco attorney general’s office, NBC News reports.

“Carlos was a close friend of mine and I’m sorry it happened to him,” Pacheco said. “I would have taken his place, he didn’t deserve it.”

To this point, Pacheco says he didn’t know how many days he went missing or what happened to him after leaving the bar. He has also yet to speak with Mexican authorities since returning to back home to Arkansas.

“There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know,” Pacheco said.

There are still so many questions behind this disappearance and how Pacheco returned home.

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Many are wondering how Pacheco was found or if some information is being withheld from him or his family. On Sunday, his family would not elaborate or discuss how Pacheco was found after being presumed kidnapped.

“We don’t know who he was with, who had him,” Vilma Franco, Pacheco’s mother, said at the press conference. “We don’t know nothing.”

There are currently no suspects at this time but Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez told NBC News that investigators had believed Pacheco was kidnapped by the same group that killed his friend. But there has yet to be any arrests in connection with Romero’s death. The FBI is also being involved in the investigation of the case.

While there are still details to be sorted out, at this time, Pacheco’s family is just happy to have their son back home.

“I didn’t think I was going to be back home. I thought my life was over, but I’m home,” Pacheco said. “I’m just glad I’m home. A lot of people who are in these kinds of situations don’t get this opportunity. I thank God.”

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Police Have Released A Chilling Report On A Latina Teen Who Has Gone Missing In Detroit

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Police Have Released A Chilling Report On A Latina Teen Who Has Gone Missing In Detroit

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Statistically, every 40 seconds a child goes missing somewhere in the United States. The most at risk group for child abductions and missing children are girls aged 14-17. Unfortunately, Silvia Chilel seems to have become part of that statistic.

Detroit Police are reaching out to the community in hopes of finding the 16 year old Chilel.

According to Detroit authorities, Chilel was last seen on the morning of June 7, 2019. Her last known location was in the 5600 block of 52nd Street on Detroit’s Southwest side. Chilel is new to the Detroit area, having recently moved there with her family.

It’s important to note that Chilel does not speak any English. The native Spanish speaker is said to be between 115-120 pounds with long, black hair. She also has a medium brown complexion. It’s uncertain what she was last wearing and no additional description has been given at this time.

According to authorities, Chiel has never gone missing in the past. Additionally, the teen is said to be in positive mental and physical health. These factors point to Chilel’s disappearance as not being self-imposed. Instead, it may mean that it was caused by nefarious means.

Sex trafficking is a very real danger to missing children and teens.

According to the Michigan State Police, every year there are approximately 58,200 child victims of abduction by a non-family members. Teenagers are the most common victims of this kind of abduction. Also, nearly half of children kidnapped by non-family members are sexually assaulted or exploited.

In 2018, US Marshal Services in Michigan located 123 missing kids as part of a one-day raid. Called Operation MISafeKid, the children were interviewed in connection to sex trafficking rings upon their discovery. The 123 kids were less than half of the 301 children reported missing in the Detroit area leading up to the investigation.

There’s hope that Chilel will be found safely and soon with the help of the Detroit community.

The Detroit Police Department are looking for any information they can find about Chilel. If you have details that can help find this teen, contact Detroit Police at 313-596-5385. In addition, Crime Stoppers of Detroit can be reached at 1-800 Speak Up. With your help, we can bring Silvia home.

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