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CAIR-San Diego Marches for ‘Justice for Jonathon Coronel’

IMG 0905(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/4/17) — The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-San Diego) last week co-sponsored the “Justice for Jonathon Coronel” march and rally led by the National Action Network (NAN).


Jonathon Coronel was shot 16 times and killed in Vista by San Diego County sheriff’s deputy C. Villanueva in July of this year. He was unarmed and had reportedly surrendered. The rally called for an independent investigation into his death, the implementation of body cameras and a stop to alleged racist, harassing and retaliatory practices of the authorities. 

Co-sponsors included California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). The march was also supported by Universidad Popular, Activist San Diego, Cop Watch, ACLU, and other. 

The march was attended by the family of Jonathon Coronel and other similarly-affected families, including the family of Sergio Weick, who was also shot and killed in incident involving Villanueva in 2016. 

Hanif Mohebi, executive director of CAIR San Diego said: “All forms of law enforcement abuses must stop. An independent investigation into Jonathon Coronel’s death must be conducted and policies that will curb the number of lives lost as a result of discriminatory practices of authorities must be implemented. We all need to stand for Justice.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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