Police kill Latinos disproportionately. Latino legislators must stand up for reform

Police violence and brutality are nothing new for communities of color and other marginalized people. It has only been in recent years that we, as a society, have begun to awaken to the fact that more than a few police officers abuse their power – hiding behind the badge of authority to harass, demean and sometimes kill members of our community.

I’m no stranger to this experience. On Sept. 14, 1988, I was distributing grape boycott literature outside a San Francisco hotel when I was physically assaulted by a San Francisco police officer. He sent me to the hospital with broken ribs and a ruptured spleen.

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