Controversy over man shot by police at Carl’s Jr. continues; Candle light vigil today
To remind you, here’s the video we posted on Facebook Monday from YouTube user CaptainSanjeezy (it’s age restricted)
As reported by EGP News, Monterey Park Police arrived on the scene at 9:30am after 22-year old Steven Rodriguez had blown out several windows with a metal bar. The rest can be seen on the video– Rodriguez swings the metal bar and cops fire multiple times.
There’s no need to explain why the video has riled up so much controversy. Witnesses and viewers have raised questions on YouTube and discussion forums on whether police action was justified, why the guys in the video are laughing, and why it seemed to take so long to get an ambulance at the scene. I myself have a few questions, but I’ll share one: Did the cops need to fire so many times, especially after the man was down?
Today, Carl’s Jr. has boarded windows but is now open, the outside decorated with flowers, candles and photos of Steven. A candle light vigil has been organized for 5:30 pm today outside Carls Jr. in honor of Steven and to spread the word on other cases like this.