SALINAS (KCBS)— Civil rights attorney John Burris announced in San Francisco Tuesday that he has asked a special unit of the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the fatal shootings of four Hispanic men by Salinas police since March.
Family members of two of those men, who Burris is representing, also urged the investigation and claimed a pattern of police brutality.READ MORE: Cal Fire Crews Respond to Vegetation Fire in Sonoma County
Burris represents Frank Alvarado Jr.’s family and the family of Carlos Mejia, 44, who was shot and killed by officers on May 20 after he allegedly pointed the blades of gardening shears at them.
Alvarado was 40 at the time of his death when he was shot and killed by Salinas Police on May 9th. Police said he brandished a knife and pointed it in their direction.
His father claimed his son only had his cell phone on him.
“I ask justice for my son and for the other three people that have been killed just like my son; with no mercy,” he said.
Burris said Alvarado had been released from prison and “was trying to turn his life around”.