Please apologize to Bessie Rodriguez for the murder of her son Santos.
  • Petitioned Chief David Brown

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Dallas Police Chief
Chief David Brown
Mayor of Dallas
Honorable Mike Rawlings

Please apologize to Bessie Rodriguez for the murder of her son Santos.

    1. Petition by

      Remember Santos Coalition

September 2013


From Petition Organizer: A remarkable thing happened in Dallas yesterday. During a well attended city sponsored panel discussion titled 'Conversations on Race", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings offered a heartfelt apology to the family of Santos Rodriguez who was killed more than 40 years by Dallas police. Dr. Rick Halperin, Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU and member of the Santos Rodriguez coalition, said, " the pursuit of social justice, human rights and human dignity is a long process, and that it always encompasses the need to address past historical wrongs. "It is imperative to confront pain, admit wrongdoing, apologize and to move forward with the best intentions of not repeating past mistakes and not continuing bad human behavior," Halperin added. "I applaud the mayor's statement, and hope it opens the door to further dialogue with families whose unarmed sons have also been killed by Dallas police officers in the years since the Rodriguez shooting," Albert Valtierra, president of Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL) said, ' 40 years overdue! But I give a lot of credit to Mayor Rawlings and by extension, the Dallas City Council, for having the fortitude to accept responsibility for this injustice. My admiration for the Mayor and the City went up several notches today".

Forty years ago on July 24 1973, 12 year old Santos Rodriguez was shot in the head at point blank range by a Dallas Police officer. Santos was sitting handcuffed in a police car when he was killed. Police had picked up Santos and his 13 year old brother David as suspects in a convenience store robbery that had occurred earlier that day. The brothers were later found to be innocent.

Forty years later the mother, Bessie Rodriguez, is still waiting for a formal apology from Dallas officials. There are wounds that are open and will not heal unless the Mayor of Dallas and Police Chief take responsibility for the barbaric act of their predecessors and apologize to the Rodriguez family. It is the right thing to do.

Chief David Brown, Dallas Police Chief
Honorable Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
Please apologize to Bessie Rodriguez for the murder of her son Santos.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Carolyn L Wigfall DALLAS, TX
      • 8 months ago

      I remember this incident and it needs to be given the dignity it deserves.

    • erica romo DALLAS, TX
      • 9 months ago

      because we have rights just like the law enforcement.

      • 9 months ago

      the unjustice of it..

    • Aleida Toscano DALLAS, TX
      • 9 months ago

      His mother is my cousin grandmother

    • Mary mata DALLAS, TX
      • 9 months ago

      Rodriguez's mother lost a loved one, and it could of been avoided. It's imoprtant to set peace upon the death and to the family.


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