As Hector Morejon was dying, after being shot by California Police, he cried out with final desperate words to his mother: “Mommy, Mommy, please come, please come.”
Those words now haunt Lucia Morejon, Hector’s mother. She tells us that Long Beach police thought the 19-year-old was in possession of a firearm. They were wrong. But this alone seemed cause to the Long Beach officers to open fire and kill Hector on Thursday afternoon.
Lucia Morejon’s attorney says Hector was clearly unarmed, and had nothing that resembled a firearm when police unloaded on him.
Hector’s final words to his mother came as he was being placed into an ambulance, the attorney alleges. They desperate cry was a response to police refusing to allow Lucia see her dying son before the ambulance drove away.
“He was reaching for her – reaching out to her for help,” Sonia Mercado, the lawyer for the family told The Huffington Post.
“She identified herself as his mother, expecting to ride with him to the hospital, but they refused to let her in.”
Now, Lucia says she hears these dying words of her innocent son, every day, echoing in her mind: “Mommy, Mommy, please come, please come.”
“It’s a tough thing to live with as a parent,” Mercado added.
The family’s attorney continued, saying that Lucia is so unbelievably distraught that she has been unable to give any interviews herself. Her son was innocent of any wrong-doing that would have justified the police use of lethal force, and naturally “she is deeply in shock.”
For their part, the Long Beach Police Department claims that the shooting happened while they were investigating reports of trespassing and vandalism.
“The officer observed [Morejon] turn towards him, while bending his knees, and extending his arm out as if pointing an object which the officer perceived was a gun,” a press release from the Long Beach Police Department attempted to rationalize.
“At this point, an officer involved shooting occurred,” the statement continued, in noting the obvious.
All in all, Friday’s press release said nothing of any substance or value. The police have made it clear that they will protect their own, even when they gun down innocent, unarmed teenagers.
Police admit: “a weapon was not recovered from the scene.”
The family attorney notes that “the only thing the police have said is the same worn out excuse – ‘I thought I saw a gun,'” Mercado explained.
Now, the family is requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct an independent investigation into the shooting and the Long Beach Police Department.
Mercado said that police investigating themselves is “clearly a conflict of interest.”
“We often find in these cases that evidence was lost or destroyed,” Mercado said.
“The public is entitled to know how this happened,” she continued. “Therefore, this investigation should go to an independent inquest by the Department of Justice or another police department. The family is very concerned and wants justice and accountability.”
(Article by Jackson Marciana)