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Protesters, Family Demand South Bend Police Held Accountable In Accident Related Death

Barbara Anguiano


South Bend community activists gathered at Leighton Plaza Sunday, demanding someone be held accountable for the death of 22-year-old Erica Flores. The mother of two was killed in a car crash with a South Bend Police Officer on Western Avenue in July.

Family members and community activists say the Grand Jury’s decision to not indict South Bend Police Officer Justin Gorney relating to the death of Erica Flores was no surprise.

With a mix of prayers and protest chants, those gathered outside of Leighton Plaza say they want a full investigation into what caused the crash in the early hours of July 20th.


Event co-organizer Jesusa Rivera says it’s important for community members to demand justice, otherwise police unaccountability can become the norm.


"The process broke down somewhere and it should not have," Rivera said, "Somebody needs to be held accountable for what happened and that didn’t happen in this case."


Rivera encouraged those present at the rally to call the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office who is handling the case.




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