The Vargas Family continues to seek answers to their questions regarding alleged police brutality and their relative, Anthony Vargas, who was shot in the back 13 times last year by East LA sheriffs. The family stated that Sheriff Alex Villanueva did not answer any of their questions at the town hall meeting held in Norwalk on Sept. 5, 2019. (TM Kianna Znika)
The Vargas Family continues to seek answers to their questions regarding alleged police brutality and their relative, Anthony Vargas, who was shot in the back 13 times last year by East LA sheriffs. The family stated that Sheriff Alex Villanueva did not answer any of their questions at the town hall meeting held in Norwalk on Sept. 5, 2019.

TM Kianna Znika

East LA Family Left ‘Disgusted’ with LASD

September 11, 2019

The Vargas Family of East LA continue to seek answers about their son, Anthony Vargas, who was said to have been shot in the back 13 times by East LA Sheriffs and died last year.

Since the passing of Vargas, the family stated they have been fighting for their justice and attending all meetings led by Sheriff Alex Villanueva, including the one held on Sept. 5 in Norwalk.

“We’re here to still let Villanueva know, let the sheriff’s department know, that we are going to continue to fight,” said Lisa Vargas, mother of Anthony Vargas, “They’re going to see us until we get that information.”

Lisa stated that she’s been told that information can’t be disclosed to her due to this being an ongoing investigation. The family said they have yet to receive an autopsy and official officer report.

Henry Vargas, the uncle, agreed and mentioned that the family’s questions submitted at the Norwalk town hall meeting went ignored by Villanueva.

“They’re using tactics to silence the families,” stated Henry, “This isn’t the first time that this has happened.”

The Vargas family said they have been in contact with 215 families that have lost a loved one to East LA Sheriffs as well.

“I love my nephew, but it’s no longer just about him. It’s about all of them,” stated Henry, explaining that these issues are taking place in the same area and same sheriff’s department, “Chances are [it’s] the same officers themselves.”

The Vargas family is partnered up with other organizations as well, such as LA Voice and Check the Sheriff.

“We’re trying to bring awareness to the community of what’s going on and we want to let Villanueva know that we’re not going to stop until he’s held accountable,” said Lisa.

Villanueva explained to the community at the Norwalk town hall meeting that the department is strict when it comes to who is allowed to get hired and stay on the sheriff’s force, and has upheld the same standards since 2006.

“Out of every 100 applicants, 3 get hired,” stated Villanueva, “Half of those don’t make it through.”

According to the standard, criminal activity automatically disqualifies a sheriff.

The family’s Facebook page “Justice for Anthony Vargas” has about 273 followers and updates events and meetings led by Villanueva.

The next one will be held in Palmdale on Sept. 12.

“If the LASD has murdered someone from your family, I can not express how important it is to show up at these town hall meetings,” the family posted, “He absolutely hates seeing families like us and hates seeing the names of the people we are fighting for.”

“My son is no longer here to share his voice, so we’re the voice that is going to stand in for him.,” stated Lisa.

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Kianna Znika, News Editor
Kianna Znika is the News and Community editor for Talon Marks. She plans on transferring back to Cal State Long Beach in Fall of 2020 where she will obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and possibly pick up another major. Znika is passionate about community and the overall well-being of others, and hopes to turn that passion into a career. No matter where she goes, she will always write.

 

 
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One Response to “East LA Family Left ‘Disgusted’ with LASD”

  1. William Craddock on November 20th, 2019 6:51 pm

    Although the U.S. Attorneys may have cleaned House with the L.A.S.D.’s upper echelon, when then they sent Sheriff Lee Baca, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, et al, to Federal Prison, the Homicide of a young man with 0 gang affiliations/0 criminal history, by alleged wrongful and multiple Sheriffs gunshots in his back, near his residence, indicates him fleeing as they murdered him. This needs to be properly investigated/prosecuted by outside the usual L A. County Use of Force rubber stamp agencies, possibly with the Feds, via long overdue Consent Decree authority, assume full control over the Sheriff’s ISD/Internal Affairs Division. Lacking this pursuit, the local Latino Community will wind up joining forces with MS-13, et al, and other hideous miscreants, and take the Law into their own hands against all local Deputy’s in general, whether they’re innocent of Bandidos affiliation or not.

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