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Alvaro’s community activism is what the police feared most. He was seeking to re-open the police murder of 16 year old Ervay Ramos when the incident took place. He was deemed a “troublemaker” during trial for his work around police accountability. Now he is serving an incredible 50 years for defending himself against a police force that had harassed and even murdered people in the Chicano community.
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Afterward in a TV interview, the sheriff stated that Alvaro only disarmed him of his gun and never acted aggressive or in a threatening way. The video clip, considered pivotal evidence, was to be subpoenaed in his 1997 trial, but the prosecution squelched its introduction and convinced the judge to block it, then forced the Sheriff to recant his off-the-record story in subsequent testimony.
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In the end, Alvaro was convicted of “threatening” the sheriff, but acquitted on the charge of shooting Sgt. Hines in the hand and the initial charge which led to the confrontation. The mostly-white jury explained that they would have “disgraced” the police and sent the “wrong message” to others that it is justified under law to defend oneself against the armed violence of the state. extreme sentence of 50 years handed down by the judge.
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The initial charge which led to the July 18 confrontation with the police was later dismissed.
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Alvaro Luna Hernandez Alvaro Luna Hernandez is a ChicanoMexicano political prisoner sentenced to 50 years in prison for aggravated assault on an officer when he disarmed a sheriff attempting to shoot him. Personal Background He was born in Alpine, Texas, in 1952, into a racially segregated society, where police ruled the Chicano barrio with an iron fist. On June 12, 1968, Alvaro was with 16 year old Ervay Ramos and witnessed Ramos murdered in cold-blood by Alpine Police Bud Powers, a known racist cop with a history of brutality against Chicanos. Powers never served a day in jail and escaped justice under the protection of the U.S. judicial system. Since that day in 1968, Alvaro worked tirelessly for Chicano rights and against police brutality. As a result, he was also the constant target of police harassment and brutality. In 1976 Alvaro was falsely accused
of murder, for which he narrowly escaped the death penalty. After media highlighted Alvaro’s unfair trial and proof of his innocence, he was released. In the 1990s Alvaro worked as the national coordinator of the Ricardo Aldape Guerra Defense Committee, which led the successful struggle to free Mexican national Aldape Guerra from Texas’ death row after being framed by Houston police for allegedly killing a cop. In 1993, Alvaro spoke on the U.S. Government’s human rights violations against political prisoners as a nongovernmental organization delegate before the 49th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal Case Alvaro Disarms Officer On July 18, 1996, Sheriff Jack McDaniel of Alpine, Texas, went to arrest Alvaro at his home on a charge of aggravated robbery. No warrant for the arrest was issued and when the unarmed Alvaro questioned the sheriff’s abuse of power, McDaniel became violently angry and drew his weapon. Before he could raise it and shoot, Alvaro disarmed him and fled to a nearby mountain.
What followed next was the most massive police manhunt in recent West Texas history. Stand Off with the Police Days later, police Alvaro at his mother’s house where they began shooting indiscriminately at the house. To back them off their murderous intent, Alvaro returned fire in self-defense but never shot nor injured anyone. He then dialed 911 (emergency) and alerted other officials that the police were shooting at him and would not allow him to surrender. During the police barrage, Sgt. Curtis Hines was shot in the left hand by a ricocheting police bullet. Alvaro Arrested Alvaro surrendered and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault; one count for disarming the sheriff and one count for Sgt. Hines’ wound.
Published on Jul 5, 2010
Published on Jul 5, 2010
A brochure on Chicano political prisoner Alvaro Hernandez who is serving a 50 year sentence for disarming a sheriff that was drawing his gun...