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#JusticeForGiovanni Highlights Latino Struggle with Police

By now, George Floyd is one of the most recognizable names in the world and has made police brutality the zeitgeist of social change. People of color, particularly black and Latino, are disproportionately targeted by police. A report by the Los Angeles Times found that Latinos are 3 times more likely to be searched by the police than a white person, and a black person is 4 times more likely than white people. Blacks and Latinos are also at a higher risk of being killed by police.

Thursday, June 4th was a cruel reflection of that ongoing prejudice, when Giovanni López (30) was killed by police officers after he was detained at his own home for not wearing a mask in the town of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, Jalisco. Due to COVID-19, strict laws requiring face masks have been implemented in Jalisco, which critics have suggested police may take advantage of. The video below shows López being taken into custody.

When López’s family claimed his body from a hospital, there were signs of torture and a gunshot wound in his foot. Notable celebrities have also made calls of justice for Giovanni on social media.

The deaths of López, Arboleda, Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have clearly depicted the long-overdue need for police reform. Although faced with heavy resistance from State authorities, the protests have made progress with supporting allied causes in only their second week. Millions have been donated to non-profits supporting racial equality, and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti announced the city will redirect over $100 million from the LAPD to communities of color.

So far three, officers have been arrested in association with Giovanni’s murder.

This story is developing – please check back for updates.

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