Last week, dozens of protestors packed a National City, city council meeting on the evening of Tuesday, July 24 demanding answers about the death of a man who died in custody of police.
The majority of the meeting was peaceful as residents addressed council members, demanding answers about the death of Earl McNeil.
“If you think you can cover up for a corrupt and murderous police department, you are gravely mistaken,” said one resident.
When the public comment period ended, demonstrators sprung forward and took control of the council chambers, shouting, “I am Earl McNeil!” and “You have blood on your hands!”
Several protesters were handcuffed and dragged out of the room. The exact number of arrests made was not known.
After the meeting was cleared out, the mayhem continued outside, as protesters shouted, “Say his name! Earl McNeil!” and confronted Sheriff’s deputies armed in riot gear who were called in to help with crowd control.
National City Police Department declined to comment on the meeting or the investigation into McNeil’s death.
I recently interviewed a relative of Earl, Tasha Williams, who gave us further insight on the journey of this case. Check out the interview below:
Evan Wheeler: Can you tell myself and the readers a little about the victim and the corrupt police officers?
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