14. April 2014

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The Filmed Follies of the Santa Ana School Police!

Last week’s viral video showing a Santa Ana school cop restraining a teen tagger with what witnesses described as a chokehold wasn’t the first embarrassing moment for the department. They’ve been caught on film before and seem to be as adverse to cameras as vampires are to sunlight! A juvenile court date for the kid and completion of an internal investigation by the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) Police Department await this week. In the meantime, the Weekly compiled a short list of their best impressions of Reno 911!

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/santa_ana_unified_school_police.php

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11. April 2014

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Mother Says Viral Video Shows Police ‘Abuse of Power’ Against Her Son

On the fourth floor of the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange, Griselda Lopez waited with her son for his case to be called. The cherubic 14 year-old is at the center of a viral video first reported by the Weekly showing his rough arrest by a Santa Ana school cop at Adams Park. Elvia Fernandez joined Lopez and her son earlier this morning. She filmed the encounter and came to support Lopez, a single mother, so that the woman wouldn’t be alone. Lopez, a 40 year-old Santa Ana resident, said she received a phone call from her son about the incident on Tuesday. “He told me that he had been arrested but I didn’t know why,” she told the Weekly in Spanish during an interview at the Orange County Juvenile Courthouse today. Lopez said officials defended the officer’s behavior. “They told me that he had hurt the cop and ran,” the mother adds. “They said they had arrested him because he was tagging the bench at the park. After that, he ran and resisted.” At that point, she hadn’t seen the video. “I didn’t know until later on that night when my daughter told me, ‘Mother, there’s a video where [he] came out,” she said. “It’s not true what the cops say.’”

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/griselda_lopez.php

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11. April 2014

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[Spare Notes] “Quique’s Rebellion” by Quique Cruz!

Ever wondered what a West Coast Nuyorican rapper sounds like? Look no further than Quique Cruz, whose latest Quique’s Rebellion: El Terrible Strikes Back drops lyrical references to both the Santa Ana ghetto and Hell’s Kitchen. Built on ample doses of battle rhymes and political manifestos, the14-track collection displays the Puerto Rican MC’s breadth of talent. A veteran of the OC hip-hop scene, Cruz’s natty roots go way back to the days of rockin’ Koo’s Cafe with his Youth International Party crew. He has worked with the likes of LMNO, 2Mex and Mr. Brady. Cruz is a capable producer and drops his Earth Bound Sound brand of beats throughout the new album to prove it. On mic duties, his flow stays smooths in the cut. Whether it’s the political diatribe of “Can’t Stop the Resistance” on the album or the storytelling vibes of “Born & Raised,” Quique Cruz will have you joining his rebellion.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2014/04/spare_notes_quique_cruz.php

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9. April 2014

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[Video] DREAMer Confronts Loretta Sanchez in DC on Deportations!

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has probably had her fill of DREAMer activism for the week–and it shows! On Monday, a trio of OC DREAM Team activists staged a sit-in protest at her D.C. office until they were arrested by U.S. Capitol police. After that bad look, a Dream Action Coalition member squared off with a clearly unnerved Congresswoman Sanchez at a rally. According to our sources, everything was going fine for Sanchez until Erika Andiola–whose story has received national attention–called her out alongside several people whose loved ones are in detention and deportation proceedings. That’s when things got a little testy.

Read more (and watch the video) on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/erika_andiola_loretta_sanchez.php

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9. April 2014

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Santa Ana School Cop Chokes Kid, Tells Onlookers “Stop Speaking Spanish!”

A Santa Ana School Police Department officer is at the center of controversy after someone filmed him putting a young boy in a chokehold. The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday at Adams Park, on the corner of Warner Avenue and Raitt Street. In the clip, we see a man at the park yelling “You’re choking him” at an officer as a motionless boy screams “Help me! Help me!” Though filmed from a distance and on a smartphone, the video clearly captures a cop lying on top of a sobbing child, whose tiny arms are prone on the ground. The cop’s arm is around the boy’s neck, as he yells “Stop fighting me,” only to have the boy scream in pain, “I’m not fighting you!”

Read more (and watch the video) on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/santa_ana_school_police.php

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