Mario Michael Martinez was a young man who died while in police custody at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail. On July 15, Martinez suffered an asthma attack in his pod several minutes after his last request for medical assistance. The failure of Santa Rita’s staff and officers to respond, along with the three ignored court orders for the jail to recognize medical procedures to alleviate Martinez’ asthma condition is what cost him his life. In Alameda County's jail, the health care services are not run by Alameda County, they are contracted out to America's largest for profit provider of correctional health services named, Corizon. Whenever an inmate needs to see a specialist, Corizon has to flip the bill which means it cuts into their profits. In Mario's case, he was not going to be in jail long term as he was only in there waiting for a trial. It seems Corizon decided to postpone treatment in the hopes of eventually not having to pay for Mario's urgent condition. Mario's family, friends and supporters are demanding - An open investigation including the suspension of the deputy who was present at the time of Mario's death, until the conclusion of the investigation - Cancel all contracts to Corizon Health Inc. - Audit the Sheriff's practices and protocols on responding to grievances and support of those being held who suffer from chronic medical issues! Visitwww.justiceforourlives.com/mario-martinez
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!