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way to the City Hall to see what had happened.
And it was a trickle effect as far as getting
the facts were concerned. We knew that
the boy had died; he had been killed, and it
was a police officer that did it. The second
shock to me was that the judge released him
on a $5,()()() bond. I remember vividly being
in total disbelief. It couldn't be true, such a
tremendous, horrible crime under the circumstances
that would bear only a $5,000
bond. It took awhile to begin to soak into me
what the repercussions could be.
I called the Mayor Pro Tern, shared with
him what was happening because it was
already being announced in the news media.
And I discovered very soon
that I was down in City Hall
and I was going to be down
there by myself. No one else
volunteered to come.
It was a very traumatic
thing because, first of all, I had
never faced an incident like
this. Secondly, I was certain
what I had to say was very
important because I represented
the very people that
were involved in the incident.
We knew that the
he had been killed,
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that the judge rele;
$5,000 bond. I ren
being in total
And so I chose right off the bat to try to
get my bearings about how to react. What
would be the most responsible way for me
to act? And I remember taking some time to
think about those issues.
And I had looked forward to having somebody
to talk to, but it became obvious that, of
the elected officials, I was going to be it.
So I made up my mind right there that
obviously this is going to cause problems.We
had to anticipate the most challenging thing
that we ever dealt with and to try to do whatever
we could to prevent any kind of a reaction
that would not reflect well on us.
And so I remember that was very important.
I remembered that it had been a policeman
that had committed the murder. It was
important that we did not indict all of the
policemen just because they wore a uniform. I
remember thinking about that and realizing that,
for the most part, they were all good guys; that
we were going to need to navigate through this
issue. And so that was one of the first things that
occurred to me.We've got to make sure that we
don't indict everybody with it.
Secondly, I took the time to think about all
the people that I thought could be instrumental
in promoting order and a reasonable reaction.
Some of those events that followed immediately
I don't recall exactly except to know that, for
whatever reason, it never occurred to me not to
be there. It never occurred to me to go anyplace
else but to be there for whatever
I could do.
boy had died; And so I don't remember
,and it was a exactly how we assembled
:hatdid it. some of the leadership, but
there were some people that
were very instrumental and
k to me was very heart-warming for me to
ased him on a know that I could count on
nember vividly them. Among those was Adelfa
disbelief. Callejo, Tina Ramirez, Rene
Martinez, Reverend Rudy
Sanchez-great people. They
were a tremendous help.
I remember the next thing that is vivid is seeing
the people collect in front of the City Hall.
They had obviously already been to the Kennedy
Memorial. I was not present there. And then they
started migrating towards the City Hall.
I remember trying to think through the
issue about where should I be and where could
I most effectively do what was expected of me.
And I didn't know what that was, but I knew
that that was something that was incumbent on
me to do.
And so I remember being out on the steps.
Part of the leadership of that demonstration was
the Brown Berets. I remember specifically
Ricardo Medrano, who was very, very involved
with that organization, and I remember being on
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