The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore deputies:
They beat up the "wrong" man

Oct 7, 2002

Five sheriff's deputies recently shot Rolando Sanchez six times with electric stun guns, beat him up and then left him lying injured on the floor of the largest food market in the city. When they realized he was not the person they were after, they walked out on him without calling for medical help.

Sanchez, who had been working repairing the roof of Baltimore's Lexington Market, stopped to take a lunch break. The deputies rushed into the market after a bank robbery suspect was reported in the market.

Sanchez did not fit the description of the robbery suspect: an African-American wearing blue jeans and a dark T-shirt. Sanchez, by contrast, is a light-skinned Hispanic who was wearing shorts, work boots and an orange T-shirt at the time.

So why did they attack Sanchez? Probably because, since he speaks little English, he didn't immediately respond to their demands to show identification.

A week after the brutalizing of Sanchez, Baltimore Hispanic activist Angelo Solera said at a press conference, "They left him on the floor like a dog. Thugs do that. They beat you up and they leave you in the middle of Lexington Market."Thugs he called them, thugs they are!