Family of Man Shot and Killed by Indio PD Demands Justice
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CREATED May. 14, 2013
INDIO - A group of 20 people protested outside the Justice Larson Center in Indio against what they call "police brutality".
They want to know why a police officer shot their loved one to death on February 14, 2013.
"We're here to make justice. Not only for my brother, but I know it's happened to other families. I know they are going through the same thing we are," shares Margarita Rendon, the victim's sister.
Her 23-year-old brother, Alejandro, was shot after what police say was a confrontation. Police say Rendon was riding his bicycle and an officer tried to stop him, but Rendon kept going. That's when the officer opened fire, killing him. Rendon's sister and mother want answers from law enforcement.
"They never tried to cooperate with us. I called the investigator on that case about 100 times, I lost count," says Rendon's sister.
The County of Riverside Sheriff's Department says this is a sensitive case, as are all officer-involved shootings.
"Currently, we're still actively investigating the case. Again, this can take months because we have to wait for several reports," says Corporal Angel Ramos. While they wait, the family is still speaking out.
"We want to let people know that if they did go through same thing that we did that we feel their pain. We just need to get together and do something about it and stop this from happening," says Rendon's sister.
The family says Alejandro Rendon was not armed when the officer shot him. The Sheriff's Department says it's still investigating those details. From 2012 to 2013, there have been a total of four officer-involved shootings in Indio.