San Diego — Latino community organizers on Tuesday condemned what they called the “militarization” of Barrio Logan following protests of Donald Trump’s visit Friday to San Diego.
The organizers said police deployed excessive force, including officers in riot gear, in the predominantly Latino neighborhood hours after demonstrations during Trump’s appearance at the San Diego Convention Center. None of the anti-Trump protests took place in Barrio Logan, which is about a mile from the convention center.
“To have riot police and to have small tanks in my neighborhood, after we’ve had a long tradition in our city of rallying peacefully, to do it in an organized way, speaks of the huge disconnect that Mayor (Kevin) Faulconer has with our community and the huge disconnect that Chief (Shelley) Zimmerman has with the advocacy groups that are gathered here today,” Christian Ramirez, human rights director at Alliance San Diego, said at a news conference Tuesday.
Neither the Police Department nor Faulconer’s office responded to requests for details of the police tactics in Barrio Logan and of how long police remained in the neighborhood.