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Justice for Mario Romero, killed by cops

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first_imgMario Romero supporters rally.WW photo: Terri KayVallejo, Calif. — The Justice for Mario Romero Coalition held a rally on May 8 at the steps of Vallejo City Hall calling for a federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney General into the Vallejo Police Department. More than 50 individuals held signs to protest police bullying, discrimination and ­terror.Also participating were members of the Oscar Grant Committee, the National Committee to Prevent Police Brutality, the Anti-Police Terror Project and the Alan Blueford Center for Justice. They came to support the Romero family, but also to call for accountability and investigations of police violence.On Sept. 2, 2012, Mario Romero, 23, and Joseph Johnson, 21, were sitting in Romero’s parked car in front of his home in Vallejo, when they were gunned down by police officers Dustin B. Joseph and Sean Kenney. The Solano County coroner said Romero was shot 30 times. Johnson was also shot and wounded.Both police officers involved had been cited for violence in the past: Kenney had been named in several fatal shootings and excessive force complaints, and many complaints had cited Joseph for abusive behavior.The Solano County District Attorney’s Office announced on June 12, 2013, that the police acted in self-defense. However, Cyndi Mitchell, Romero’s sister, has strongly asserted that her brother had never gotten out of the car and that the evidence showed he had his hands up when he was shot.The Facebook page for “California for the Rich Only??? Community Includes Everyone,” states the protest demands, which include that “criminal charges be filed against Sean Kenney and Dustin Joseph for the murder of Mario Romero,” that drug testing be enforced for all Vallejo police officers … and that there must be “an end to criminalization of homeless and disabled individuals and protections against [police] terror.”Seniors at the rally also called for the return of a pool table taken from the Florence Douglas Senior Center. It had been removed by the administrators, in what is characterized as a racist maneuver, one intended to push African-American seniors out of the facility.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Buku Fest Calls Out Lil Uzi Vert After He Bails On Headlining Set

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first_imgUnfortunately, Lil Uzi Vert wasn’t the only artist to ignore his obligations to Buku. Florida rapper Ski Mask The Slump God and Chicago rapper Famous Dex both bailed on the festival as well. On top of that, Friday night headliners Migos showed half an hour late and proceeded to play a 25-minute set on the main stage. Rising R&B star SZA was also forced to cut her main stage set a bit short, though that was due to an ankle injury rather than a lack of respect for her fans.Nevertheless, most of the Buku Festival went off with out a hitch, including a Saturday night headlining set from DJ and producer extraordinaire Bassnectar, who drew the largest crowd of the weekend to his set (and generated plenty of noise complaints from local New Orleanians in the process). Psych-pop rockers MGMT also took to the main stage, while Porter Robinson played one of his first shows under his new Virtual Self moniker. There were some of the bigger names on a lineup that featured Sylvan Esso, Illenium, Isaiah Rashad, Alison Wonderland, Rezz, and many more. Young hip-hop artists have been getting a lot of heat lately for their perceived lack of respect. On Saturday night, 23-year-old rapper Lil Uzi Vert did his part to keep the narrative alive when he unceremoniously bailed on his headlining set at New Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project.The Philadelphia native left festivalgoers hanging when he cancelled his appearance at the last minute, making it difficult for Buku’s promoters to find a replacement act. Thankfully, the people behind the popular EDM and hip-hop festival chose not to mince words about the fiasco. Not long before Lil Uzi Vert’s set was scheduled to begin, fans at Buku’s main stage were greeted to the most honest explanation the festival could offer.“Lil Uzi is still in Philadelphia and decided not to come at the last minute. There is no reason,” read a message displayed on the stage’s backdrop. Among other things, the (spelling error-filled) notice added, “Support artists who support their fans.” last_img read more