Washington, District of Columbia 2021-05-06 09:44:54 –
On the night of May 5, 1991, boiling tensions between the Latin community and police emerged in the district.
A riot broke out on Mount Pleasant after police officers shot and injured Salvadorian Daniel Enrique Gomez.
Frustration of law enforcement abuse fueled anger during the night of protest. Vehicles fired, store windows broke, and residents clashed with police.
Thirty years later, Mount Pleasant residents look back on the uprising through the display of black-and-white photographs hung on the windows of nearby stores.
Self-proclaimed poet, actor and troublemaker Quique Aviles wrote and exhibited the poem “Helicopter”.
Abiles was 21 years old during the uprising and lived in the neighborhood.
He says Latin Americans erupted in anger “because they were fed up with harassment by DC police.”
Abiles said the riots have improved police relations with the Latino community, but social and economic opportunities need to be expanded.
“Now you have a lot of Latin American police officers born in this neighborhood in Washington, DC,” Abiles said.
Ricardo Villarva says he was a teenager who lived in the neighborhood when that happened. He is worried that he hasn’t changed enough, but he has hope for the future.
“Thirty years later, we still see injustice, so I feel that my generation isn’t doing much to improve the lives of blacks and browns,” said Vilalba.
He says the killing of George Floyd and subsequent demonstrations show that the minority community needs to demand better treatment and accountability by police.
The Mount Pleasant community will meet to look back on the uprising. Lamont Park Friday 4 pm-8:30pm There is a preview of Erie Walton’s documentary “La Manpressa” on DJs, musicians, and uprisings.
The photo exhibition will continue until Saturday, May 8th. Ellē Cafe, Corado’s Restaurant, Don Juan’s, Best Work, Mt. Pleasant Pharmacy, Melissa Beauty, Las America Dental Health.
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