The family of Frederick Holder, 28, who was shot dead by LASD agents Last yearprotested outside the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station for 33 consecutive days due to 33 bullets being fired at him.
In an effort to demand accountability and transparency for the tragic death, Holder’s family is holding a protest outside the train station, 12335 Civic Center Dr, daily at 3 p.m. from February 4 through March 8.
Outside the station, crowds gather daily holding and waving signs, chanting and urging passers-by to honk their horns in solidarity with activists.
The Holder family sent a letter to Norwalk Sheriff Alex Villanueva requesting a meeting, audio and video footage of the shooting, an update on cameras worn by Norwalk police officers and the employment status of his killers.
Holder’s family shared that Sheriff Villanueva has refused to meet with them for the past nine months and recently said he believes most police shootings are justified.
None of the officers who murdered Holder wore body cameras. Footage from the car’s dash cam was released only after it was claimed there was no footage of the encounter with no evidence showing Holder was armed.
“Fred would do anything he could to see a smile on your face before you left his presence,” said Hali Holder, Frederick’s younger sister. She shares that he had a beautiful bond with his nieces and nephews and had just become a father.
Family members said they will continue to protest and demand justice for their beloved family member who was wrongfully killed.
On June 23, 2021, just after 9:50 a.m., an LAPD helicopter was called to monitor a reckless driver traveling on Studebaker Road and Rosecrans Avenue.
Norwalk station deputies then chased Holder, who was driving a utility van truck, southbound on Highway 605 in an effort to arrest him.
Helicopter operators said the truck was ‘not wanted’ for anything but would still follow the truck through the air.
Holder was quickly stopped at a red light in heavy traffic and surrounded by four vehicles of deputy sheriffs firing their guns.
When the sheriff approached his door, they were prompted to open fire on the man after he was holding what they believed to be a gun [which was later said to be a lighter].
MPs Jackie Rojas, Javier Fierros and Christopher Conger – who are still employed at LASD – fired 33 bullets at Holder where 17 of them hit and killed him.
“Regardless of what my son did, he didn’t deserve to be shot 33 times,” April Holder, Frederick’s mother, said at one of the protests.
An Instagram account dedicated to demanding justice for the family, @justice4fredh, actively sharing updates and photos of Frederick. Check their profile for more information and to stay up to date on Holder’s case.