By Serran Soledad
On Saturday, Oxnard Revolutionary Study Group (OxRevStudy) led an event honoring the life of Austin Manzano, a 24-year-old resident of Camarillo, California who was gunned down on October 4, by two Ventura Sheriffs during a mental-health crisis. Manzano succumbed to his injuries two weeks later.
25 community members gathered for the event, which was held in front of the Bradford Apartments on the street Manzano was shot. This was the first of two killings by Ventura County Law Enforcement within a month, sparking a handful of protests and events against police brutality.
The victim’s father, Manny, spoke to the crowd about his son, who had Asperger’s syndrome, and how his inability to find work in recent years alienated him, leading to the crisis that resulted in his death.
He expressed his gratitude for an activist from OxRevStudy, who had been spending time with him since Austin’s passing, watching sports, and learning about his son’s life. At one point he mentioned that this was something the police would never take the time to do.
An altar memorializing Manzano was produced for the event, and a ‘Danza Azteca’ performance was given by a local family in front of it.
The event concluded with activists from OxRevStudy and Revolutionary Student News (RSN) giving speeches condemning the police killing of Austin Manzano.
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