On May 26, 2014, two Los Angeles County deputies killed 23-year old father, Noel Aguilar, in Long Beach, CA after being detained for riding his bike with headphones on. Nineteen months after the killing, a video of the incident emerged which shows #LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Ruiz and his partner, Deputy Albert Murad, struggle to pin down and disarm Noel Aguilar. In the scuffle, Jose Ruiz is seen accidentally shooting his partner Deputy Albert Murad in the stomach. He did not immediately admit the fault and continued with one more shot, this time into Noel Aguilar. Murad, who was injured from the shot, immediately responds with 3 additional shots into Noel that where fatal. The officers sat on his back and made sure to squeeze the life out of him until back up arrived. Not only did the officers accidentally shoot at one another, they shot and killed an unarmed man to quickly cover for their mistakes. Its a risk to our public safety to have such a menace present in our neighborhoods, these policemen need to be fired and prosecuted for murder.
Its the start of 2016 and I have just finished my first #justiceforourlives portrait of the year to tell the story of a young father who was a victim of blatant police misconduct and criminal behavior. Feel free to visit www.justiceforourlives.com, download this image & share with your community so we can ultimately put an end to police terrorism in black and brown neighborhoods!