Film, Art Project Aim For Honest Reflection On 12-Year-Old’s Murder In Dallas’ Little Mexico

Forty-five years ago — on July 24, 1973 — a Dallas police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old Mexican-American boy, Santos Rodriguez, while he sat handcuffed inside a patrol car.

By Stella ChavezJuly 27, 2018 10:37 am, , ,

From KERA North Texas:

Today, if you drive or walk by Pike Park — once the heart of Dallas’ Little Mexico — you wouldn’t know it was also near the site of that tragedy.

Dallas Parks board member Jesse Moreno wasn’t born yet when Santos Rodriguez was shot. But growing up, the 33-year-old heard the story many times.

“When I see images of Santos, I see myself,” Moreno says. “I see every Latino young boy who is growing up through Dallas. He’s basically looking in the mirror of a young adolescent here in Dallas.”

Now, a public art project and new documentary are remembering Santos and the impact of his death.

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