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First Ever Police Victim Memorial to be Erected in the U.S. and Cops are Furious

San Francisco, CA — When police officers die while doing their job, the community comes out en masse to pay their respects. Roads are closed, miles-long processions fill the streets, and the entire community mourns the loss of life.

However, when we compare that treatment to how a person who is killed by police is treated, a glaring difference arises. The victims of police violence, even when entirely innocent, have their pasts dragged through the media to shame them, the absolute worst pictures of them plastered across the web, and they receive little to no sympathy from their community — who is always quick to claim ‘they deserved it.’

What happens when communities go against the paradigm of victim shaming and unquestioning support of police though? Well, people become less blinded by their apologist indoctrination, and they look at these killings with an objective mind. This is the case in San Francisco, who’s community members have just decided to erect the first ever government-sponsored memorial to a victim of police violence.

Naturally, this choice to remember a victim of police, outside of the normal smear campaigns in the media, is causing quite the sh*t storm among cops.

This week, according to CNS, the Board of Supervisors voted 9 to 1 to erect a memorial for Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, a 28-year-old Latino man, who was shot and killed by four police officers at Bernal Heights Park on March 21, 2014.

Nieto was shot 14 times after police mistook the taser from his security job for a pistol.

Lt. Jason Sawyer and Officers Roger Morse, Richard Schiff and Nathan Chew were cleared of any wrongdoing, despite the excessive amount of shots fired at this innocent man who posed no threat.

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Before being brutally executed, Nieto was a practicing pacifist and Buddhist. He was particularly active in trying to make his community a better place for everyone, as a member of the Mission Peace Collaborative.  He was attending college on a full scholarship while studying criminal justice and worked security at a night club to provide for his family.  His goal was to become a probation officer to help guide troubled youth in a positive direction.

Nieto’s death and the officers’ exoneration sparked a massive outpouring of resistance during which citizens held mock trials to show what would have happened if these cops were actually held accountable.

The death was divisive among police and the citizens, which is why District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, the single ‘No’ vote on the memorial, is so outspoken against it.

Farrell says the memorial sends the wrong message to “the men and women of our police department who put their lives on the line every day.”

However, according to Courthouse News, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen vehemently rejected Farrell’s insinuation that supervisors could not memorialize the tragic shooting death of Nieto while also recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of police officers.

“If law enforcement wants to be recognized, all they have to do is ask, the same way the community has asked,” Cohen said.

The police union is highly outspoken against memorials for their victims of any kind. Union president Martin Halloran voiced his objection to such things as “hurtful” to the families of law enforcement officers.

However, one council member took that notion and blew it apart.

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“We specifically rejected that false choice,” District 9 Supervisor David Campos said. “We take the loss of life of one of our citizens as seriously as we take the loss of life of one of our officers.”

With so much unaccountable killing and violence from police, this memorial will serve as a reminder to the community that police are not perfect, and blindly referring to them all as ‘heroes’ is a slippery slope down the path of tyranny.

“This means everything,” Oscar Salinas, a member of the Justice for Alex Nieto coalition said. “But this is just the beginning. Parents and kids for generations can walk to that hill and talk about what happened to him.”

With so many memorials devoted to those who’ve served their country, it is certainly heartening to begin memorializing those whose country destroyed them.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit
  • cbanalyst

    This seems like a bad idea. The worst criminals are regarded by their families as “victims”.

    • Sherry Gillespie

      Yes, Funny how cops families always think they are victims. You did say, “the worst criminals”. Well that would be the LE and our gov. Not the people they kill with impunity.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Well “cbanalyst”, it would appear that Sherry just told you about yourself! So, what have you got to say, huh?

    • Anonymous

      So…what you are saying is that if an innocent victim, and we mean a real innocent, beyond any doubt innocent victim of a police shooting really SHOULD have their reputation destroyed for the sake of the “hero” cop who murdered them? So…it is a bad idea, when police abuse their power to hold them accountable?

  • Greg Geitner

    what a great story to wake up to. i HOPE law enforcement doesnt like it. my t shirt says- good cop? THANK YOU. bad cop? FUCK YOU. my sincere thanks to all le who uphold their oath of service and the constitution. and the rest of you so called ” peace officers”, well, i will stop at what goes around comes around.

    • Anonymous

      We like it. 🙂

  • john smith

    when people see that thing filling up it will wake people

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  • Vincent D’Emidio

    Cops and their apologists always call the cops, ahem, “heroes”, when in reality, that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

  • Barbara McDonald-Parrish

    Mistook his gun for a taser but when heard he the first shot he had to shoot 13 more times to be sure he didn’t have his taser. Such BS!

    • Anonymous


      • Barbara McDonald-Parrish

        Read the article then you’ll understand

        • Anonymous

          We did. We just didn’t understand your comment. He didn’t have a gun that could be mistaken for a taser.

          • dufas_duck

            Or,…. a wallet, or a set of keys, or a cell phone, or a game controller, or a handkerchief, or a crucifix, or nothing, or just looking suspicious, or remotely matching a suspects description, or just don’t like person’s looks, or………the list goes on and on and on……. Add in the mood or frame of mind the cop is in and another innocent citizen gets killed…

            To many police, citizens are just things, citizens are throw-away objects that is in their way, much like a garbage collector looks at the trash barrels and cans that line the streets….. Police are never, repeat, never your friend. Even when supposedly helping you,hey can turn against you in a split second..

          • Anonymous

            Yes, we are WELL aware of that. We never said the cop was a good guy. The cop claimed his mistook a taser for a gun. However, the original comment that we were questioning was how did the cop “mistake a gun for a taser,” the implication being that the “suspect” did not have a taser, but had a gun instead. A gun that was mistaken for a taser. We were asking about how did he get that idea.

          • dufas_duck

            Well, if that was the point you were making, a volunteer officer shot a person while he was laying on the ground, killing him. He ‘thought’ that he had his taser but it was his gun.

            Another officer in Oakland CA did almost the exact same thing, thought his gun was his taser and killed a guy laying on the ground.

            Cops have mistaken a finger for a gun…how can a cop do that??

            My point was that officers ‘mistake’ all sorts of things for guns and then ‘fear for their lives’ as they kill another unarmed person…

          • Anonymous

            And what happens to them after their “mistake”? Often, nothing. We know of a cop who was driving down the road and the road turned, he went straight off the road. He was too busy playing with his MDT (something that WE would get a ticket for) to pay attention to the road. He went off the road and hit a guy on a bicycle in the bike lane. If it was US that did that, we would be arrested right then and there! But, because he has a badge, he has NEVER been charged.

          • dufas_duck

            you are correct…

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          • dufas_duck

            It’s called ‘Qualified Immunity” or ‘the cops are above the law’ and any responsibility for their actions…..

          • Anonymous

            He should not get it just because he has a badge.

          • dufas_duck

            But, they all do…….and they all love it….

  • vegas jack

    COWARDS with badges hate to be reminded of the fact that they piss their pants at anyone holding anything…smh

  • anarchyst

    ALL public sector unions should be abolished. There is no reason for cops and firefighters to belong to unions, as the taxpayer is their employer.
    Abolish them all…

  • baruchzed

    Cops don’t want to see their murderous ways publicly named? Good. Maybe they will start to police themselves and deal with the infamous thin blue line.