Mar 2, 2015
Six months after the death of Omar Abrego, Los Angeles County coroner’s office released his autopsy report. The report lists the cause of death as cocaine. And oh, the coroner bothered to add, there was also “physical and emotional duress while taken under custody.”
Is that what you call an extremely brutal beating by two cops, using their fists and batons, for 10 minutes? One of the cops even broke his hand beating Abrego! And there is a video, posted online, showing Abrego lying face down and bleeding, while two uniformed cops are holding him down.
The cops beat Abrego in front of his house in South L.A. on August 2. According to family members, the 37-year-old father of three was driving home from work, wearing an Amtrak uniform, when the cops stopped the company truck he drove. The savage beating took place in front of horrified witnesses. Abrego died of his wounds 12 hours later.
The two murderous cops, two LAPD gang unit sergeants, have never been charged with any crime. To the contrary, their bosses have sent them back into the street, as if to say, “Go ahead, do it again”!
Abrego’s murder had much in common with the police killings of unarmed black victims of murderous cop violence – and especially of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old black man who was shot to death by cops just four blocks away, nine days later. They were working-class men murdered in the street, near their homes in a working-class neighborhood.
And the authorities have staunchly protected their murderers.