Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stockton Police Murder James Rivera, 16



According to the We Are All Oscar Grant blog:
James Rivera was murdered by Stockton Police Officer Eric Azarvand, a 14-year department veteran; Officer Gregory Dunn, with the department eight years; and San Joaquin County sheriff's deputy John Thomas Nesbitt, with 11 years at the sheriff's department on July 22, 2010.

On the morning of July 22 at around 11:30 16 year old James Rivera was assassinated in premeditated murder, according to his family and witnesses.

According to James Rivera's mother police came to her house late at night/early morning before the murder and terrorized the family. Police held guns at 2 even younger children and told them they were going to kill him.

Later, according to friends, he was pulled over then released and then chased. As he crashed into a fence and made a u turn , police rammed the back of the blue van which caused the van to go out of control. The van went onto a lawn of a corner house on Salters Dr and Bancroft Way, finally crashed straight into the garage wall where the van seemed to be lodged into.


Officers exited their vehicles and asked James to exit the van twice but 2 seconds later they began to shoot. Over 30 rounds have been estimated to be found. They executed those rounds with 9mm handguns and fully automatic M-16 assault riffles.

Witnesses say that the ambulance arrived with out their sirens and left without them, as if there was no urgency. The people believe that he was dead at the scene. They saw officers pull him out and slap his face and then do nothing.

Reporters are saying that police stated the pursuit began at 10:30 after finding the van that had been part of a carjacking with a shotgun. It has not been said if this was the van, and the police do not mention any previous encounters with James Rivera.


The media has yet to report the truth, i know we heard the people speak the truth and that's not what they are printing.

People came out in rage of what they had just witnessed. "NO JUSTICE NO PEACE" the people chanted until the officials Chaplin later came to them and asked them to be quiet.

in the Stockton Record Stockton Police Spokesperson Pete Smith agreed that the crowd was "upset and very vocal about their concerns" but was also recorded threatening the community "Let officers complete their investigation and not unduly create any other situations that would need any kind of police investigation"

Although the people continued to chant after the Chaplin told a couple that it would do them no good, people realized the importance of speaking up for injustices like this one. There will be a BBQ on Friday July 23, to celebrate James Rivera's 17th birthday and to empower the community.


Later that night while people continued to observe and exercise their freedom of speech the police harassed a young man for not having a light on his bike which he rode from literally across the street after insulting the officers behavior. Apparently the cop who cited the young man was making jokes and laughing at James Rivera's mother and made her leave in tears.

Witnesses say he was doing it in retaliation for calling out names. The same cop threw a glass bottle at the street where several young children were standing in their yard. The glass broke and shattered very close to the childrens feet.

For more info, check out the article in the Stockton Record here.

5 comments:

  1. Your story is very biased. Can you prove all of these allegations against the police? Also, did James Rivera have a criminal record? Was there a shotgun found in his possession? Was any weapon found in his possession? Why did he run from police? Was the van his?

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    1. Why did he run from police? You're kidding right? Anyone with half a brain runs from the police. They are a corrupt gang, and will put you away. I carry a gun to protect myself from police. It's the smart thing to do.

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  2. Articles on this site do have a bias. We report on police brutality cases and include stories and experiences from friends and family of victims of police brutality. This is a perspective that you often will not find in mainstream news sources because they report what the police issue in their statements and press releases. We also include our own analysis and opinion.

    If you follow the link that we provided to the Record article, you can get more information in regards to what the police have reported what happened, and why they were chasing James. According to the police, James had escaped from a Juvenile Hall facility and was driving a stolen van. When he was killed, there was no weapon in the car.

    As those who are continuously on the receiving end of car theft and break-ins, we of course do not promote or condone (nor enjoy) 'broke on broke' crime such as car thefts, but at the same time, we do not think that James should have been killed by the Stockton police as he did. Police chased him dangerously, crashed his car into a residential home, and then after his neck was already broken, shot him repeatedly. The night before according to family members, police told them that they would be "going to [his] funeral." Apparently James had good reason to run from the police.

    Furthermore, the Stockton PD put even more lives in danger by their actions and also refused to pay for the damage that they inflicted on the resident's home that James crashed into. As the Record quoted someone: "To know all my kids could have been shot," Moore said. "All my kids' lives were in jeopardy." To this day, the Stockton City Government has yet to release an investigation on the shooting and James family is still without answers.

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