Killed by Deputies: In Remembrance of Ricardo and Eduardo

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“My husband had dreams and aspirations and thanks to a sheriff they were cut away.”
– Mrs. Lara, wife of slain husband Ricardo Lara

Eduardo Bermudas and Ricardo Lara are numbers 598 & 599 of people killed by law enforcement in LA since 2000. That's 1 killing a week, 40% of whom are Latino.

Eduardo Bermudas and Ricardo Lara are numbers 598 & 599 of people killed by law enforcement in LA since 2000. That’s 1 killing a week, 40% of whom are Latino.

Many came from the community of East LA: family members, friends, co workers, neighbors, each holding a candle in remembrance of Ricardo and Eduardo, two men slain a couple sundays ago by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. As the speakers were laying out the incident on what exactly happened, I was appalled, then disgusted, then outright furious that two friends standing in the driveway would be accosted by deputies because they couldn’t tell a real gun from a BB gun. Sister of Eduardo ran over to the deputies pleading with them not to fire at her brother and friend but BANG BANG BANG dozens of shots fired killing both Eduardo and Ricardo in the driveway.  Now a community is left torn at this tragedy but ready to fight back and demand change in the Sheriff’s Department.

Both Ricardo and Eduardo were put in handcuffs after they had already died and were left in the street for 9 hours until the coroner came to take their bodies.

Both Ricardo and Eduardo were put in handcuffs after they had already died and were left in the street for 9 hours until the coroner came to take their bodies.

Tonight more than 50 community members marched with the family demanding change.  In addition, the families connected the Michael Brown Ferguson murder to their own struggle and challenged the LASD to stop racial profiling and killing of black and brown people.  Very powerful moment tonight. ¡Si, se puede!

AUTHOR

Evan Bunch

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