Santa Paula: Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee Redux

By Sheryl Hamlin

No stranger to the Santa Paula City Council, Victor Carlos Espinosa attended council in 2014 to launch the Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee, but was met with resistance. Read about this meeting here. An articulate letter was published in 2017 stating his views on social justice.

Mr. Espinosa spoke in Public Comments at the April 17, 2017 Santa Paula City Council meeting without incident, representing The Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee in order to comment on the April 9th death of José Rendon, a farm worker killed by a member of the Santa Paula Police.

Citing criminalization of the mentally ill and social marginalization, Mr. Esponosa said that José Rendon’s death was a symbol of their social struggle.

An updated report on the shooting is available here.

Mayor Crosswhite asked Chief McLean to comment. The Chief said succinctly that the incident was a “tragedy on many levels”.

Coincidentally on April 18, 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD ) announced new rules to minimize such shootings.

At the time of this writing, the video is not available. A link will be added when the video is published.

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