Police and Sheriff Deputies have killed at least eight men in just the last three weeks throughout the Southern California region, the latest of these took place Monday around midnight in the alley of the 300 south block of Gless St, near E 3rd St in Boyle Heights.
The Times reported the Los Angeles police “shot and killed a man who they said pointed a gun at them when they tried to stop him.” According to the report, the “suspect” was “riding a bicycle, then pointed the gun at police.” Not much information has been released since, other than the “suspect” was between the “18 and 28 years of age.”
Today, an “El Super” shopping cart full of debris, remaining crime scene tape, and what some residents point out as blood, marks the entrance to the alley where the young man was killed.
“All that’s left is that cart that has sand and dirt that was used to sweep the blood from the alley, you can still smell it,” explained long-time resident, Nacho, as he pointed out a makeshift memorial down the alley.
Candles and a cardboard cross bearing the name "William Mejia” now rest in the spot where residents say his body lay lifeless through the night.
“I didn’t know him well, but what little I knew is that he was a nice person,” shared Nacho, “He would ask me, ‘Sir, what do you need, Sir, what can I help you with?’”
Nacho also explains that various witnesses have reported that officers ran over William with a police vehicle the night of the shooting, and then shot him from behind.
“I heard about ten to twelve gunshots that night,” described Nacho, “people saw the officer come up from behind and ran him over…They say the bullets entered from behind… Then the father, the mother, and the grandmother later came to see him, but they wouldn’t let them through. They had the body there until about nine or ten the following morning.”
Other residents describe that S Gless St was blocked off after the shooting, and people were restricted passage through the “scene of investigation.”
"…What I can tell you is this,” added Nacho, “when they [the police] do something, they show up immediately. They bring police vehicles, they block off streets, and have everyone here, but when something happens to us they take an hour, and sometimes almost two hours to show up. When its something concerning us they take their time to arrive.”
Father Scott of the Dolores Mission Catholic Church, located just feet away from the alley, informed The Rebel Press that William’s family will take part in a neighborhood march tomorrow. People are planned to gather at the church plaza at 5:30PM and commence the march at 6PM.