Jesus’ family is numb with shock and disbelief that the police they called for help summarily murdered him. They called 911 to request that Jesus be evaluated or taken for mental health treatment. Tuesday was the eighth such time since September, 2018, that deputies had been called to assist Jesus. In each of the past seven visits an emotional Jesus and had made tiny cuts to his hand with a small knife or paper clip. On each of these occasions, the same two deputies had come to the home, and each time the deputies had managed to diffuse the crisis -without harming a non-violent Jesus. This time was different. Deputy Kevin Stabins (who had three prior complaints for excessive use of force) exited his cruiser and immediately began to scream at Jesus to “drop the knife or I’ll shoot.” Terrified bystanders made desperate attempts to explain to the gun-wielding officer that Jesus only spoke Spanish and was in the midst of a mental health crisis. Jesus dropped the knife and was immediately shot three times. He was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Jesus needed mental health treatment, he was murdered instead.
As you can imagine, Jesus’s family is grieving in the midst of this tragedy. They lost their son and brother and beloved ‘Tio Chu’ who had never harmed anyone. It is our duty as a community to provide assistance with final expenses and to seek justice for Jesus and his family.
Please give as you are able.
- Jeanne Coleman
- Raiza Sepulveda
- Sar Brad
Organizer and beneficiary
Donna L. Davis