Israel has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians since October 2023 with bombings, shootings, and deliberate starvation. Additionally, the IDF has killed 234 aid workers and 95 journalists. This is the highest number of killings of aid workers and journalists ever recorded by a single country since global tracking began. One organization that is deliberately targeted by Israel is UNRWA, a UN agency established in 1949, which provides life-saving supplies and health care services to Palestinians in Gaza. 

In the last 6 months, the IDF has killed more than 165 UNRWA workers and bombed at least 150 UNRWA facilities. Israel also falsely accused the relief organization’s employees of terrorism, which caused at least 10 Western countries to immediately suspend their funding. Israel has never provided proof of its terror claims, and a massive international investigation concluded on April 22 there is no evidence of ties between UNRWA workers and terrorism

Despite overwhelming proof that Israel lied about UNRWA to decimate international funding and ensure its genocide of Palestinians destroys as many lives as possible, the United States still has not resumed funding.

Please consider giving to UNRWA to fight this devastating genocide, especially when our government will not.

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Daniel Rivera: Killed By LAPD In Arleta On Body Cam Footage in 2020


Body cam footage of Daniel Rivera death by LAPD

Body cam footage from the Los Angeles Police Department shows multiple officers kneeling on top of Daniel Rivera after the officer on the left tased him on August 14, 2020. (Source)

September 6, 2021 ~ By Shari Rose  

Police tased Rivera multiple times as he lay motionless, cuffed and hobbled, in a public wash

Daniel Rivera in family photo

Daniel Rivera (right) in an undated family photo. (Source)

On August 14, 2020, the Los Angeles Police Department received a 911 call that a Latino man was trying to enter homes in the Arleta neighborhood of San Fernando Valley. When police arrived to see Daniel Rivera walking down the street, he turned and ran into a public wash behind homes. 

According to body cam footage, an unarmed Rivera lays down on his stomach and waits for officers to arrest him. Multiple LAPD officers then jump on top of him, cuff his hands behind his back and hobble his legs. They continue to keep their bodies on top of Rivera to apply pressure as he lays face down in the cement. 

Inexplicably, another LAPD officer then begins tasing Rivera in the video. Rivera is clearly not moving or resisting arrest, but police tase him multiple times. A lawsuit filed on behalf of his family contends that the LAPD tased him four times. 

Afterward, the handful of officers in the wash stand around for some time as Rivera lays motionless on the ground. They spend some time talking about calling paramedics, and eventually decide to do so. 

Rivera, 37, died at the scene. 

Daniel Rivera killing by LAPD

Body cam footage shows multiple LAPD standing around in the wash some times after Daniel Rivera became unresponsive. (Source)

Rivera’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against LAPD

Though the officers involved with Rivera’s death have not been publicly identified, an internal in-custody death report from the LAPD names multiple officers present at the scene and involved with the death investigation. They are Captain Charles Hearn, Captain Michael Odle, Lt. Joseph Kalyn, and Lt. D Smith, Sgt. L Calderon and Det. J. Sally.

Eric's mother Sylvia Rivera speaks during lawsuit

Daniel Rivera’s family members appear on camera during a press release for his wrongful death lawsuit. (Source

On April 6, 2021, civil rights attorney V. James DeSimone filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Daniel Rivera’s mother and son. It names four unidentified LAPD officers and Police Chief Michael Moore in the suit. 

“There was absolutely no reason to taze Mr. Rivera, who surrendered and was obviously incapacitated,” said DeSimone. “After torturing Mr. Rivera, the officers hobbled his legs and pressed him face-down into the ground. This is classic positional asphyxiation which often, as here, causes death.”

The Los Angeles Police Department did not comment on the lawsuit. There still is no investigative report into Rivera’s death from the LAPD or the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, an action that is legally required when someone dies in police custody. 

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

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

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