Fullerton Mother Fights for Justice




She is a thorn in the side of the Anaheim Police Department.  At least, that’s what she has been told.

Theresa Smith is the mother of Caesar Cruz, a 35-year-old Fullerton resident who was shot by Anaheim police officers in a Wal-Mart parking lot in 2009. Cruz was married for 12 years and had five sons.

Frustrated with the lack of information from authorities regarding his death, Smith has organized and led weekly protests outside the Anaheim Police Department.

Despite protesting each week at the heavily trafficked intersection, most Orange County residents may not know who she is.  She’s been there with family and supporters for over a year and a half yet Cruz’s death has long fallen off the public’s radar.

Orange County Register, ABC7 News and OC Weekly reported the story of her son’s death and a family vigil.  In March 2010, her protests also received coverage from those media outlets. However, Smith said, she hasn’t been contacted by the media since.

There is one thing she wants to make clear to authorities: she wants justice for her son and she will not stop until she gets it.

Smith had tried for many months to follow up with the Orange County District Attorney and the Anaheim Police Department regarding her son’s death.  She said was unable to receive any information from either agency.

Read more at my blog The Other Side of the Tracks

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