The Nieto Family refused to meet with D.A. Gascón today to receive the disappointing and all predictable news: no charges filed against the killers of Alex Nieto. We stand with the Nieto Family by turning our backs on the criminal justice system too.
A response to the non indictment of the officers who killed Alex Nieto…
It doesn’t work to have the police investigate themselves.
It doesn’t work to have prosecutors, who are colleagues of police, lead investigations into police crimes.
It doesn’t work to have a former Chief of Police act as prosecutor in a police shooting.
It doesn’t work to reward and promote officers who are suspects in an open investigation.
It doesn’t work to have a police union that bullies democratic institutions into publicly protecting a cover-up.
It doesn’t work to have legal standards that always favor police version of events.
It doesn’t work to have a Mayor who has been AWOL in the face of Alex Nieto’s brutal killing by his police force.
It doesn’t work to petition the State for redress when the consequence is always impunity.
Today we abandon any expectation that the officers who killed Alex Nieto will be held personally accountable according to law.
Today we turn our backs on San Francisco’s criminal justice system, because it turned its back on us.
As far as police shootings go, we have no more confidence in the City government.
With the absence of an indictment in the case of Alex Nieto, it is the government institutions themselves that must be put on public trial.
The lack of a criminal indictment does not mean a lack of consequences for the officers who killed Alex Nieto. Today begins the public trial and public shaming of his killers and their accomplices:
Lieutenant Jason Sawyer you are a killer.
Officer Roger Morse you are a killer.
Officer Richard Schiff you are a killer.
Officer Nathan Chew you are a killer.
Chief of Police Greg Suhr you are an accomplice to killers.
District Attorney George Gascón you are an accomplice to killers.
Mayor Ed Lee you are an accomplice to killers.
You are declared guilty by the people, guilty by our community.
We will continue to shine light on this broken system until police officers who kill are made personally accountable by standards satisfactory to the communities in which they kill.
This public trial will not end until the system that doesn’t work is fixed.
No consequence, no confidence.
San Francisco, CA
Friday February 13th, 2014