Amid its ongoing starvation campaign in Gaza, Israel is continuing to carpet bomb Palestinian families in refugee camps, schools, homes, and hospitals, while forcing hundreds of thousands to flee for their lives in the world’s largest open-air prison.

The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal and one of the highest-impact academic journals in the world, estimates that Israel has killed more than 186,000 Palestinians since October 2023. Its July 5th study found the actual death toll is far higher than 38,000 because the UN’s death toll does not account for the thousands of bodies still buried under rubble, nor does it account for deaths caused by Israel’s destruction of health facilities and food distribution systems in Gaza.

As part of its genocide efforts, Israel has also falsely accused UNRWA’s employees of terrorism and killed more than 197 of its aid workers. Israel has never provided proof of its terror claims, and a massive international investigation on April 22 found no evidence of terrorism with UNRWA workers

Please consider giving to this vital UN aid agency, especially as the U.S. continues to fund Israel’s genocide – no matter how many “red lines” it crosses.

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Daniel Canizales: Shot 16 Times By South Gate Police in 2019

 

Daniel Canizales shooting by South Gate police

Security camera footage captures multiple South Gate police officers following Daniel Canizales down Paramount Boulevard moments before they started shooting. (Source)

September 6, 2021 ~ By Shari Rose  

Canizales survived the shooting on Paramount Blvd, but will never walk again. He was never charged with a crime. 

On January 23, 2019, Daniel Canizales was walking down Paramount Boulevard when multiple South Gate police cars pulled over alongside him. According to security camera footage that captured the sidewalk, Canizales immediately walks away from the cars, heading for what appears to be an alleyway.

He quickly returns to the sidewalk and walks slowly up the street as multiple South Gate police officers jump out of their vehicles and point guns at him. Canizales continues to walk slowly with his arms at his side, and is clearly empty-handed. 

Officers begin walking behind him on the sidewalk, and then suddenly start firing. They shot Canizales a total of 16 times. The 23-year-old was unarmed, and somehow survived the shooting.  

South Gate Police Fail To Explain Why They Shot Canizales

At the time of this publishing, neither South Gate police nor the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have explained why officers shot Canizales. Police have even failed to release a public report to justify the shooting. In fact, the only details available from LASD, which was not involved in the shooting, said that police shot Canizales because he didn’t stop walking when South Gate police told him to. They did not say why police targeted Canizales in the first place, nor explain how Canizales was a threat to public safety. He was just walking down the street.  

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Daniel Canizales survived the police shooting, but will have to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In April 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the South Gate Police Department. He said at a news conference related to the suit: “It’s just real sad and depressing. I thank God that I’m here.”

His lawyer, Luis Carillo, says that he does not know why police targeted his client in the first place. It does not appear that the officers who shot Canizales faced punishment or reprimanding or any kind. 

This story about Daniel Canizales is part of a larger project that looks at recent police shootings of Latinos in Los Angeles.

More stories: Eric Rivera: Shot to Death and Run Over By LAPD Patrol Car

More stories: Francisco Garcia: Killed by LASD Deputy Luke Liu in 2016

More stories: How Ruben Salazar Gave Voice to Chicanos Until He Was Killed by Police

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I created Blurred Bylines in an effort to bring stories from marginalized perspectives into the national conversation. As a former copy editor at the largest newspapers in Arizona and Colorado, I’ve seen first-hand the potential of accurate and accessible information to change minds and affect national policy. 

My stories focus on individuals fighting for justice and their own rights as Americans, survivors of violent crime who rebuilt their lives after tragedy, shifting political trends that seek to strip the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups of their freedoms, and forgotten figures in U.S. history whose fights for equality persist today.

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