Melissa Ventura, a 24-year-old mother of three, was shot and killed by cops on Tuesday in Yuma, Arizona. Official accounts say she was holding a knife when they shot her and that they were called out for a case of domestic violence. Her death was excused away when cops claimed that she had mental health issues – though that same excuse seemed to be the reasoning behind caring for and taking Dylan Roof to Burger King after he’d murdered a dozen people. The magic of white skin.
Vinson Ramos, Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez, Pedro Villanueva and Raul Saavedra-Vargas were all shot and killed by cops in the last seven days, but only local media picked up the story.
“The media never focused on Latinos,” Gloria Hernandez, an organizer against police brutality in Fresno, told teleSUR. “We’re not attractive—Latinos—right?”