Santa Paula: Surveillance Video Depicts Police Brutality, Victim’s Father Speaks Out

By Maya Luna & Serran Soledad After beating a false charge of attempted murder, Xavier Rodriguez and his family faced years of targeted harassment from members of the Santa Paula Police Department (SPPD), leading up to an instance of police brutality and wrongful arrest in October of 2019. Tribune of the People recently spoke with Xavier’s father, Robert Rodriguez, on the matter and obtained surveillance … Continue reading Santa Paula: Surveillance Video Depicts Police Brutality, Victim’s Father Speaks Out

Santa Paula: Community Protests New Police Chief with History of Sexual Abuse

Photo credit: @La Hummingbird Flicks  By Serran Soledad Last Saturday, community members protested outside the Santa Paula Police Department (SPPD), demanding the removal of newly hired Police Chief Travis Walker. In 2019, Walker was dismissed from his position as police chief of Cathedral City following a lawsuit stemming from allegations of sexual harassment against a female officer. The announcement of his hiring drew backlash from … Continue reading Santa Paula: Community Protests New Police Chief with History of Sexual Abuse

Santa Paula: New Police Chief with History of Sexual Abuse and Use of Excessive Force Hired

By Serran Soledad On February 1, Travis Walker will begin his service as Police Chief of Santa Paula, just over 14 months since his dismissal as the Cathedral City Police Chief, where he was embroiled in a lawsuit stemming from sexual harassment allegations made by female officer Loran Candelas. According to the lawsuit, Candelas states that Walker sexually assaulted her “on at least six to … Continue reading Santa Paula: New Police Chief with History of Sexual Abuse and Use of Excessive Force Hired

Santa Paula: Community Protests New Imperialist Administration, Calls for End to Child Detention Centers

By Serran Soledad On Wednesday, the Brown Berets of Santa Paula, with the support of various Ventura County-based community organizations, led 50 people on a march in the agricultural city located just 65 miles north of Los Angeles. The protest, which demanded the release of the estimated 48,000 undocumented youth confined in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, was part of a national call to … Continue reading Santa Paula: Community Protests New Imperialist Administration, Calls for End to Child Detention Centers