Latino activists call for civil rights investigation of West Valley police

Accusations come as warrants in department's shooting death are unsealed

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  • MBAWHAT Salt Lake, UT
    March 25, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Utah's Coalition of La Raza's mission statement is:

    To improve life opportunities for Hispanics in Utah through a strong and independent grassroots constituency.

    Please check your references.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 25, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    Sounds like the Latinos are grooming the kind of "Leaders" that the Blacks have in Jackson and Sharpton - Race Baiters whose entire livings depend on the promulgation of racism, and seeing it everywhere, even where it isn't.

    Have fun with that.

  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    March 24, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    if They do the crime they do the time, no matter the nationality. The system is broken if we are lenient on any group of people because of race, religion,or anything else you can think of that might make us different. If you are a criminal, you are a criminal no matter the color. It might just be that there more people of a race are committing crimes. If that's the case, Its time to put your "activism" to use and find those of your race who are committing the crimes and teaching them to be civil. Over looking it or finding excuses only makes it worse.

  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    March 23, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    So all the nonsense about her being unarmed is untrue. The woman was using her vehicle as a deadly weapon, and was shot by the police.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 23, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    This may be a case of the Latino community actually being the ones who do the most crime.

    I once asked a Davis County Sheriff (years ago) if the jail were to be built in the City that had the most crime, where would it be located? He said "Clearfield or Layton, but definitely not in Farmington." If we applied that standard where would the jail be built in Salt Lake County? Midvale, South Salt Lake, West Valley City, West Jordan or where? My guess would be West Valley.

    The reason the jail is in Farmington is because it is the County Seat and it has been there for decades. Centerville wanted a library but they weren't willing to have a satellite jail in their town. I think a change is in order for some communities.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 23, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    Mr. Yapias should be careful what he asks for. If the feds do an audit and find out that ILLEGAL trespassers commit far more crime than any other group of people; will he accept those facts or claim they're "distorted"?

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    March 23, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Archie Archuletta, president of the Utah Coalition of La Raza - "people who have no business having guns". If Mr. Archuletta is referring to those who can't legally own a gun then I agree, if he is referring to anyone else I do not agree.

    The article refers to La Raza as a human rights organization, that is one description, however keep in mind that La Raza's stated mission is "for those of the race, everything, for those not of the race, nothing".

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 23, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    Breaking laws of any sort is intolerable.

    But, I am fed up with this bunch of "Latino activists" who encourage and defend people who are breaking our laws every day.

    Yeah, the WVC cops may have some problems, and that will be investigated and dealt with according to law.

    Let's all encourage the investigators working on the WVC cops to be thorough and prosecution of any illegal acts to be swift and impartial. And, let's encourage all law enforcement agencies to show equal diligence in enforcing our immigration laws.

    Will the "activists" support that, or do they want to ignore some laws and not others?