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Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas - Arizona

Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
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Lottie Connolly holds a protest sign for the passing cars to see.
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A vigil candle burns next to a protest sign.
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Scottsdale police officers, Cortez and Bellisimo, give instructions about how to stay out of trouble for the duration of the protest.
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Lottie Connolly marches on the sidewalk along busy Scottsdale Road.
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Protesters march on the sidewalk along busy Scottsdale Road.
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A protest sign featuring Scottsdale police officer James Peters.
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Protesters march on the sidewalk along busy Scottsdale Road.
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Two protesters pose for a photo in front of some sculpture.
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Six bicycle officers arrive to arrest Jeff, the protester with the red cloth on his back.
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Sidewalk art left by a protester.
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Lottie Connolly holding a protest sign next to the street.
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A candle burning after the vigil.
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
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  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona
  • Occupy Phoenix Protests Police Shooting of John Loxas  Arizona

Twenty-five members of Occupy Phoenix marched through the entertainment district of Downtown Scottsdale to protest the killing of unarmed John Loxas by Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters on Valentine's Day. One protestor was arrested.

Twenty-five members of Occupy Phoenix marched through the entertainment district of Downtown Scottsdale to protest the killing of unarmed John Loxas by Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters on Valentine's Day. One protestor was arrested.

John Loxas was hit and killed with a shotgun blast to the head while holding his baby grandchild.

Friday night, twenty-five protesters gathered at the corner of Indian School and Scottsdale Road to hold a vigil and protest for the second week in a row. The previous protest in the 17th drew around sixty people.

People dressed in black arrived gradually and by 8:30pm, signs were being held next to the busy intersection. Curious onlookers at the traffic signal rolled down their windows to inquire about the "Justice for John" signs.

After thirty minutes, two members of the Scottsdale Police Department, Cortez and Bellisimo, walked up to the group to give instructions about how to stay out of trouble for the duration of the protest.

Around 9:00pm the group decided to march down the sidewalks along Scottsdale Road and the arts district. Chants such as "Cops, Pigs, Murders" and "No Justice, No Peace, No Fascist Police" were yelled loudly as the group passed by open air restaurants and businesses.

At 9:26, as the group was walking down one of the back streets, six officers suddenly appeared on bicycles and without warning kettled the protesters. A couple of them hopped off and arrested Jeff, one of the protesters in the front of the procession. He was wearing a black hoodie, black bandanna over his face, and a red cloth was hanging off his back.

They explained that while Jeff was crossing Scottsdale Road, he supposedly blocked traffic and kept a vehicle from being able to proceed down the road.

Here is a link to the Youtube video I filmed of the march as it crossed busy Scottsdale Road and East 2nd Street in front of the RnR Restaurant and Bar.

Video Link (available in 1080p)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcdccFEGUg0

Video of after Jeff was arrested and the explanation of why he was arrested:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbIC5tCLq3k

The video clearly shows the protester with the red cloth on the right side of the crosswalk crossing only on a green light and not interacting with the car waiting at the light.

This proves that Jeff was falsely arrested. Apparently, a lack of police integrity is par for the course in the State of Arizona.

After the arrest, the marchers made their way back to the corner of Scottsdale Rd and Indian School where a short candlelight vigil was held before dispersing for the night.

Background information about the shooting of John Loxas:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2012/02/17/demonstrators-protest-shooting-by-scottsdale-police-officer/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/police-officer-shoots-man-with-baby_n_1281450.html

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