United Against Police Terror San Diego Monthly March for Justice for Victor Ortega and All Stolen Lives. 3.14.15
The Ortega family has been in the courts trying to reopen the case because they feel the police lied, and San Diego Police (SDPD) covered for one of their own. In November of 2014 a Federal Judge found that there were many inconsistencies in the police report.
The march showed tensions between the police and the community of City Heights. It started when Captain D. Nisslet walked over from the station to the small gathering to warn Cathy that anything that went wrong was on her. Nisslet told her that she was the organizer, and as such she could be held liable and arrested.
Cathy countered that it was not her, but the family. The Captain kept on this line and did not allow Aaron to speak since he was talking with Cathy.
Soon after, a group, walked to the sidewalk (outside the park), to smoke.Capt. Nisslet, with two of his lieutenants and a sergeant, walked over and warned them that are not allowed to smoke and he could arrest them if he wanted to.
Smoke Free San Diego does not list smoking on sidewalks as something you can get a ticket for within City limits. It does note you could get a ticket if you do it in a park or beach.
After the short speeches were done, the group moved on to the corner of University and Fairmont
Once back at the park, officers stood by the Jeremy Henwood sign. (Formerly the park was called Rosa Parks), guarding it. Ever since protesters put a sign on it, with the name Mike Brown using string, officers have protected that sign from any kind of defacing. Except that the temporary sign was just that, temporary and non damaging to the granite.
The police see this is a sign of disorder, not peaceful protest, and under broken windows theory this has to be stopped before we suppose somebody actually, for real, damages the sign. Captain Nisslet told the protesters in emphatic terms, “It is my job to protect the sign.”
At one point the sister of Victor Ortega got on her knees in front of the officers protecting the sign. She put her hands behind her back, and told them to arrest her and shoot her. That way her mother could lose another child. The officers did their level best to ignore it and looked everywhere but at her.
She also asked them if any of them was a good cop? She asked them to stand up and denounce the bad officers in the department. Officers just stood there.