Cops Say Family Thanked Them For Beating and Arresting Them In Their Own Home

February 20, 2015   |   Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe
February 19, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) San Diego, CA — Thankful residents of City Heights appreciated the kind gesture of cops invading their home for no reason, beating and then arresting family members — at least according to a July police report filed after the incident. The family was thankful for being framed for a crime they never committed.

The only problem with this “official story” is that it’s basically completely fabricated.

Police saw two men, Luis and Diego Lobaton, smoking cigarettes “suspiciously” before reentering their own home and place of business to which they had their own keys for. This is when the cops decided that the two men deserved something that they would later be thankful for: thugs with badges forcefully entering their residence, beating, then arresting the brothers, and traumatizing their mother and 3 year-old brother.

But where this story really goes off the rails, according to Voice of San Diego, are the discrepancies between the police report and video footage from the store’s surveillance camera:
— Police say Luis, 21, took a “fighter’s stance” and that Luis attempted twice to hit one of the officers. “Lobaton does not appear to swing or lunge at the officers in the video and actually appears to be backpedaling when an officer rushes inside and begins striking him,” says the Voice report.

— Police say Diego, 20, tried to lock the door to stop officers from going inside. This never happens on the video.

— Police say the boys’ mother, Hedy Julca, tried to pull the door shut when one of the officers attempted to talk to Luis. The video shows Julca opening the door, another officer holding it open, and the cops entering the store.

Watch the surveillance videos below: (skip to 7:00 minutes in both videos to see what really happened)

As you can see, the beating took place in the presence of an infant and an elderly woman, Hedi Julca — who was later charged for a crime in the incident. Police were clearly the aggressors against these innocent people who were literally minding their own business. Thankfully charges were eventually dropped against both her and her sons, and the family is now suing the San Diego Police Department for misconduct.

Despite the public outcry following this incident, San Diego police once again followed one of the brothers into the same store, telling their mother he was “acting suspicious.”

The San Diego police department has come under major scrutiny as of late. San Diego law enforcement (including border patrol, Sheriff’s etc) have killed over 200 people since records of victims of state violence began being kept, according to UAPTSD.org.

San Diego’s police chief recently stepped down amid corruption and misconduct in his force. His replacement, Shelley Zimmerman, has been attempting to ease fears by implementing police “reforms.” One of these “reforms” was the implementation of body cameras for all San Diego police. The cops involved in this incident were conveniently not wearing their cameras at the time, according to witnesses.


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Author: Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe founded Anti-Media in May of 2012. His topics of interest include civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. He currently resides in Chula Vista, California, where he was born and raised.

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38 Comments

  1. Put them on the end of a rope

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  2. Police are out of control dogs. In 1776 the founding fathers had to use a dog whistle.

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  3. I hope they get millions from this and those bastards get fired!

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  4. In 1776 our founding fathers used bullets to kill people to show their anger over a cup of tea! It needs to be done again…

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  5. In 1776 our founding fathers used bullets to kill people to show their anger over a cup of tea! It needs to be done again…

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  6. Instead of body cams that they will just turn off , maybe they should be taught to not be such huge pricks.

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  7. The real criminals are in control.

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  8. If an officer disables his camera he should be immediately fired, charged with tampering with evidence and city or specific municipality property and any and all crimes committed while said camera is not in operation due to tampering should be classified as a felony. If a camera is honestly not working then the officer should be recalled back to the station for a new camera and forbidden from interacting with the public until their camera is working again. This would not be an issue if cops could be trusted to be honest and law abiding. And the final thing that needs to happen is that officers need to be charged under color of law for their crimes. Color of law infractions are felonies and justly so. These men and women are intrusted with great authority and responsibility. No one expects them to be perfect and infallible, but honest and so much less cowardly and violent!

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  9. Police are trained to profile every human being that they see not in a blue uniform into some criminal class. Translation; the police are trained to hate everybody but other police. They are trained to believe no cop can do wrong & that anybody not a cop can do no right. They are trained to hate. & we have to financially support these hateful douche bags no matter what. I say we quit paying any tax til police are switched from working for our state & start working for us. If the state wants revenue generators they ca pay them out of their illicit profits.

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  10. The San Diego taxpayers and their insurance carrier will be the ones paying out. The union will make sure these rouge officers keep their jobs. Too bad California doesnt allow individual police officers to be hit with judgements.

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  11. Everyone from Thomas Jefferson to John Kennedy warned us of this…UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER CALL A COP OR EVEN SPEAK TO A COP…if an officer asks me, in passing, if it is "cold enough outside for you…" I simply respond with "subpoena me…"

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  12. i don't understand what the major malfunction is. if they don't have a warrant, shoot them. by not shooting cops who don't have a warrant, you are complicit in setting precedences for tyranny. this isn't rocket science.

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  13. if regular citizens barged into a private residence, beat the inhabitants, and bore false witness against in order to cause them to be imprisoned, i would expect greater punishment than simply being fired. these jerks could do with 5 or 10 years in general population if you ask me.

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  14. Never open the door when pigs come a knocking.
    No warrant? No entry.

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  15. how about implanted sub-dermal forehead cameras that automatically record when they're on the clock

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  16. Alan you need to brush up on your history. The Boston tea party had zero arms fire. By the time the shooting started it was already a full-scale war, not some gay protest.

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  17. Unfortunately, the judicial system is completely biased and these a holes probably won't get more than a slap on the wrist.

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  18. Joshua Cox
    I agree with you 100% that we should start shooting cops who invade our homes without a warrent, but the prosecutor will still charge you with murder regardless, and trust me, they're gonna win in court.

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  19. So you need w buddy to burn out the DA, too.
    Gas and matches, cheap and easy.
    They will abuse the system until we push back, like any other bully.

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  20. Even better, the cameras should be accessable by IA at all times and should ping an image every 10 minutes to ensure that it's working.

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  21. Max Keeson
    First they should not have an on/off switch. That should be something controlled by someone else. When it is turned off it should alarm someone that it is off. I say the cops should have to have an insurance for negligence. Just like any other professional doctor, lawyer, or business has to carry it. The law suits pay out big bucks from the taxpayers, and that is why we need to do something like this. No insurance, no badge, very simple shit here.

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  22. Millions from our taxes. This shit has to stop, cops need to carry negligence insurance. That way we won't be responsible to pay out law suits, and its too easy for a cop to set it up. They go and beat a citizen, break some bones, and the citizen gets paid millions, and the cop gets 20%. I mean, loook at the big picture here.

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  23. There are many cases where a cop turns off their cam and then an incident occurs where a victim says one thing and a cop says something else. Currently in these cases cops continue to be considered the ultimate credible witness. It should be easy in a court of law to say 'look, the officer turned his camera for a reason' but it's currently completely ignored. A law enforcement officer's word should not be any different from an average citizen's word, they aren't special. They're just as corrupt as the rest of us.

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  24. Cameras will not change the gang member mantality and the violent culture that has invaded most police departments across this country, it is an epidemic! And the moment one or more of these cowards decide to beat and assault someone they will just turn off the cameras then turn them back on after they are finished with the assault. Just because they have badges this doesn't allow these bullies to enter a dwelling just because they want to so they can use violence for what ever reason they want to use. Is it any wonder that more and more of society are sick and tired of law enforcement and do not trust these bastards! The cameras should be initialized ether by the dispatcher or better yet any time they step away from the car! The antenna should be built into the car and inaccessible to the officers and the video feed should be streamed to a server that officers have no access to. They can watch the video and copy it but they can not over write or delete any footage! This is they way they need to make it and it should be a felony to interfere with there video camera so they stop recording or do anything to obstruct the devices ability to record! There needs to be severe reform to transform law enforcement and if officers do not like it, there's the door don't let it hit you on the way out! It is past time to kick the thugs and bullies out of law enforcement and to stop putting up with the violent and abusive culture that thinks it is ok to brutalize citizens, gun citizens down, lie, steal and get away with criminal activity! I seriously do not understand why it has not accured to government that there is a massive problem with law enforcement in this country! The problem is that the government has gotten abusive and to big for its own good, they need us to be subservient and to be afraid of them so we do not revolt! This is not a sign of a free society this is a sign of a authoritarian government who is more concerned about controlling people than protecting a free society. We need to start prosecuting bad cops and give them sentences 2X – 3X what a regular citizen would get. It is time to stop coddling and protecting cops that cross the line because that only reinforces bad and violent behavior and does nothing but spread abusive behavior and encourages cops to lie in court!

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  25. 'I hope they get fired' cops don't really get fired, they get transferred. There's been tons of articles about cops having done something wrong, and surprise surprise, in their last department they were let go with a history and lawsuits to boot. It's more like "sorry billy, we just can't have you here after that. Sure, that old lady deserved to get beaten to death in handcuffs, but the media found out about it. Just go work in the next county over, you'll be fine"

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  26. The bad thing about cameras (even though I do support body cameras on cops) is that all these videos we do have of cops flagrantly murdering inocent unarmed people the cops have still been let off on any wrong doing. Having video proof does no good if the system lets them off anyway. We need a whole new system to deal with cop's crimes. A neutral oversight committee & a people's court.

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  27. My God, they just won't stop until people start retaliating against them will they?

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  28. IA DON'T DO NOTHING THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER. THE ONLY WAY TO PUT A STOP TO THIS CRAP IS TO SHOOT MORE OF THEM MORE OFTEN, SAD BUT TRUE AND IT NEEDS TO BE DONE

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  29. the may win in court but at least those cops who try to come in your home will be dead. The problem is not enough cops being shot on a daily bases

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  30. John Seychel, don't correct me, you fuck. I didn't put those things because the original poster already did.

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  31. Scott Generale
    Well tho whole incident was wrong but at least the family is still together in the end. Do you really wanna only see your wife and kid behind glass for the rest of your life? As much as I would love to put a bullet through one of these pig's head I'd still much rather be still able to hug my family and have at least some freedom (even though we aren't really a free country).

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  32. Javier Hormazabal I don't need to brush up on anything…if you really read what I said you'd understand what I meant and what it lead to, not to mention I never said there was arms fire during to Boston Tea party…you assumed…

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  33. Body cameras are nothing more than a placebo. I read somewhere that the most popular body camera with police departments is a model that includes a switch that toggles a sliding lens cover. Body cameras are a piece of tape on a dam with a ton of existing leaks. When police are allowed to stop investigating their own, then we will see some sort of reform. Until then, the only people that should be filming the actions of police are the citizens.

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  34. Daryn St. Pierre Well, considering that even with video recordings as evidence of officer wrong doing and criminal conduct and cops still get off scott free, I would say that video really does not matter until we can tackle the true core of the problem. It is the system itself.

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  35. I know of one cop who doesn't want to have the police cam on at all times, is in Windsor Colorado, because he goes home for 4 to 6 hours during his shift (to nap and play video games and "anything else "). Having to wear AND keep a body cam on for the whole shift would hold the cop responsible for his shift and actions, like "going to the bathroom for an hour" here or there, or going to "lunch" for two hour, and so on. You know what I am talking about. This is regular practice the cops use or claim throughout their shifts.

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