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Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

This morning, a San Jose jury reached a 'not guilty' verdict in the voluntary manslaughter trial of state drug agent Michael Walker. According to a Mercury News online report, a scuffle erupted outside the courtroom when 2 dozen protesters encircled Walker's defense attorney as he adressed reporters. No arrests were made.
If convicted, Walker would have faced a maximum of 11 years in prison for fatally shooting Rodolfo 'Rudy' Cardenas on Feb 17, 2004.

Cardenas, a 43 y/o father of five, was shot in the back while fleeing from plainclothes narcotics officers who mistook him for a wanted drug dealer. After a high speed chase, Cardenas ran down an alley, jumped a chain linked fence and continued running. Undercover agent Mike Walker of the CA Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, followed behind with his gun drawn, and fired twice through the fence, hitting Cardenas with both shots. Cardenas, who was completely innocent of any crime, didn't realize Walker was a cop. The agent claimed self-defense, insisting he saw a gun in Cardenas' hands. He was not armed, though police say they found an unopened, 3-inch knife, inside Cardenas' pocket.

The Cardenas family has filed a wrongful death suit which is still pending.

Family members and supporters will gather at 6:30 pm tonight in San Jose, to honor Rudy and remember all those who've been wrongfully killed by police. The vigil takes place at Fourth St. & St. Jammes Place, the scene where Rudy was killed.
 
 


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Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

MARCH AND VIGIL FOR RUDY TONIGHT (12/13 AT 6:30PM)

--- PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY--

**MARCH AND VIGIL FOR JUSTICE DENIED**
The Man Who Killed Rudy Was Found Not Guilty

WHEN: December 13, 2005 at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Starting at the courthouse at 190 Hedding Street and going to the
scene of the murder at 4th and St.James

WHAT: A march to voice the outrage at an unjust verdict, and a vigil to
remember Rudy and the continued struggle for justice.

CONTACT:
Regina: 408-449-2121
De-Bug: 408-453-2517
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

this part of your article totally debunks your claim that rudy was just some innocent man killed by the cops.

fleeing from plainclothes narcotics officers who mistook him for a wanted drug dealer. After a high speed chase, Cardenas ran down an alley, jumped a chain linked fence and continued running.
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

The operative word here is "plainclothes.' In other words, they were NOT in a uniform, nor easily identified as police. It is unlawful for law enforcement to shoot at an UNARMED person who is fleeing, and poses NO THREAT of bodily harm to the officer.
 

Justice Denied: A History of the Walker Trial

Justice Denied: A History of the Walker Trial
indybay.org/news/2005/12/1790235.php

Vigil Expresses Sadness and Outrage at Verdict in Cardenas Killing
indybay.org/archives/archive_by_id.php

Michael Walker, Killer of Rudy Cardenas, Goes to Trial
indybay.org/archives/archive_by_id.php

San Jose Marks One Year Since The Murder Of Rudy Cardenas
indybay.org/archives/archive_by_id.php
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

"Cardenas, who was completely innocent of any crime, didn't realize Walker was a cop."

How can you possibly know Cardenas didn't realize Walker was a cop? Did he tell you that?
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

"How can you possibly know Cardenas didn't realize Walker was a cop? Did he tell you that?"

The point is:

It is unlawful for law enforcement to shoot at an UNARMED person who is fleeing, and poses NO THREAT of bodily harm to the officer.
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

The point is, the police had no way of knowing that Cardenas WAS unarmed and was NOT a threat.
Stating otherwise as if it were factual is basically just a lie.
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

MM, you fool, in the trial it was stated that Walker never identified himself to Cardenas, which is most cases is a cause for getting one's entire conviction thrown out. Therefore, Cardenas was running away from an unidentified madman, as far as he knew, and had every right to flee. Then he was shot in the BACK. How can a man, even with a gun, be a credible threat to someone if he is running away from him? It's illogical.
 

Re: Agent Walker Found Not Guilty

I responded to you jefe but of course it was censored. Apparently it's ok for you to call me a fool but I can't label you a jackass. I'm sure if I called Agent Walker a jackass that post would still be shown.
 

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