- Courtesy Terry Miles
July 17 was the one-year anniversary of 23-year-old Jesse Garcia's death.
Garcia was fatally shot in the Taco Bell parking lot off South Nevada Avenue by 80-year-old Jack Rogers (News, "Before the gunshot," Sept 17, 2016). Surveillance footage of the incident has never been released, but the case file revealed that Rogers, a self-styled "neighborhood watchman," told investigators he had felt threatened by the unarmed Garcia, whom he described as "a light complexion Negro [whose] eyes looked like the devil." The Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office concluded that Rogers, who is white, acted in self-defense after the two men struggled over Rogers' gun.
On July 15, Garcia's family, friends and their supporters held a rally at City Hall to reprise their demand for justice, in association with the Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Showing Up for Racial Justice have gathered over 530 signatures on a petition asking District Attorney Dan May to press charges against Rogers.