Help the Family of Jorge Gonzalez Find Justice
LUPE member Jorge Gonzalez was barbecuing with friends when Hidalgo County Sheriffs deputies arrived to enforce the county’s stay-at-home order. The next time his family saw him, he was in critical condition with a broken neck. He passed away in July after months of complications.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney Rodriguez refuse to accept accountability for the murder of Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga.
Jorge’s family is now demanding justice for Jorge and LUPE is accompanying the family in their fight. We are demanding:
- Release to Jorge’s family all video and records of Jorge’s time in custody,
- Fire officers Steven Farias and Marco Guerrero, and
- Release the names of and fire the other officers who arrested Jorge, took his booking photo and held up his head in the photo.
We will not stop until the family receives the justice they deserve!
Katia, Jorge’s sister, shares the family’s story on their gofundme campaign page:
My brother Jorge Gonzalez will never hold his son in his arms again.
Jorge was a hardworking man, a loving husband, father, and son. Whenever someone was in need, he wanted to help. He enjoyed spending time with his family and barbecuing for us on the weekends.
He was at a friend’s house the night he was arrested, and had fallen asleep when sheriff’s deputies showed up enforcing the county’s emergency shelter-in-place order.
A witness says that sheriff’s deputies ended up on top of him. He suffered a broken neck, and a compressed spine. We believe he went over 26 hours in Hidalgo County jail without any medical attention until they finally transferred him to the hospital. Not in a ambulance but in a deputies car.
He went through a series of surgeries, and was in intensive care for over a month after the arrest. His doctor said he should have been put in a long term care facility. Jorge was undocumented and didn’t have insurance. He was sent home.
Jorge’s wife our mom(catalina), tia (Danielle) and myself (Katia) were constantly by his side. But we aren’t nurses and we were so scared that one mistake could take him from us.