It makes me very angry to read these false accusations made
against my son, Marcus A. Torres, and for the readers to be made to believe
what they have read in the
Daily Sun News
to be true.
It's just false accusations because I know the truth. I was
there. I will make a stand in court or whatever it takes to clear my son's name
and his family's, who once resided at 801 Harrison Ave.
They are not bad people, but Police Chief Ed Radder has
given my family no legs to stand on with these allegations of false
accusations. I, for one, can honestly say Police Chief Radder is out of line
because he wasn't even there. It took the local police department 15 to 20
minutes after the (shooting) incident to respond. Where is the police protection?
Why does it only work if you're white or in a white community?
I think Police Chief Radder shouldn't go by hearsay. The
information released to the newspaper is only what he has heard, because the
local police department didn't respond in a timely manner. If they had, it
wouldn't have gone this far.
My son has had several incidents with Police Chief Radder,
ever since he was 12 years old. Since then Police Chief Radder and some of his
police officers, like Police Officer Melissa Rodriguez, have harassed my
family. These people have personal vendettas against my family.
I can remember during the incident my three-year-old
grandson screaming that some guys were trying to hit his daddy with rocks, big
sticks and guns, and for mom to hurry and call his uncles to help his dad. At
that point, the individuals in the black Dodge Stratus were trying to pull my
son out of his yard. But he got loose and ran inside and told everyone to get
on the ground because they were shooting at him.
My son then fired back after several shots were fired at him
and our family. He was only doing what he felt was right. He was protecting his
family as he was always taught.
Whatever happened to our Constitutional rights? Or do we
have Constitutional rights? Who made Police Chief Radder God, playing with
people's lives as he did with my son's. If he was in my son's shoes he would
have done the same thing.
I don't understand where Police Chief Radder gets off saying
that the individuals in the Dodge Stratus are still at large. The local police
department has dealt with the other gang members and they know their
whereabouts and can arrest them, but he chooses to let my son take the fall for
everything because of the vendetta he has against my son.
I will take this as far as I can to clear my son's name, and
if it means getting a lawyer I will, and I will sue the City of Sunnyside.
I think the
should take into consideration all the slander and false information
printed about my family, and now the way the city looks at my family. I think
you guys owe my son and his family an apology for the pain and suffering they
have gone through.
/s/ the mother of Marcus A. Torres, Rose Torres
A vote for Aguilar is a vote for us
Have you ever wondered why we don't have more women on the
Sunnyside City Council, who are looking out for our interests and concerns from
their perspective and insight?
Council woman Bengie Aguilar has been doing just that for
the past four years on behalf of the citizens of Sunnyside. She has provided
continued balance, challenges and harmony toward addressing and resolving our
needs and problems that has positively affected each and every one of us by
improving our quality of living. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership
skills in persuading her fellow council members in consensus building decisions
that have resulted in significant social, economical and infrastructure
improvements for the whole population of Sunnyside.
Honesty, fairness and devotion to family values, and respect
for equality for others are Council Woman Bengie Aguilar's "flag of
honor," which has motivated her both spiritually and with grit of
determination to tackle tough social issues that others fear to address. Her
commitment and dedication toward addressing unjust and unpopular issues on
behalf of the citizens of Sunnyside has clearly made her a target for those who
would want to maintain the status quo. Her innovative approaches and ideas
toward addressing these issues identify her as an assertive and progressive
individual who motivates others toward promoting and enhancing positive changes
Supporting continuous progress and positive changes for
Sunnyside can only be accomplished through those who foster and promote our
concerns and initiatives for the benefit of Sunnyside. Council Woman Bengie
Aguilar is such a person, who sincerely cares about our needs and truly listens
to understand our concerns. We, the citizens of Sunnyside, are very fortunate
to have such an outstanding individual and leader on the city council.
Her compassionate, intuitive approach is truly the quality
and persona we need to maintain on the Sunnyside City Council. Vote to re-elect
Bengie Aguilar to Sunnyside City Position #4.
/s/ Donna Stewart, Sunnyside