Stand With Vanae And Leilani
Organized by: SATX 4
On September 2, 2016—BCSO Officer Cynthia Hernandez (Badge #1725) was dispatched to assist with a disturbance outside of Whataburger, located at 7725 West FM 78, San Antonio, TX. Officers dispersed the crowd outside and then entered to disperse the crowd inside the restaurant. At that time, Officer Hernandez came into contact with two 17-year-old Black girls, Vanae Wright and Leilani Green, who were customers of Whataburger. Officer Hernandez’s lack of judgment, aggressive attitude, and subsequent actions led to the unlawful arrest of both 17-year-olds. Vanae and Leilani spent over 12 hours in jail until they were bailed out by their parents. Since the arrest, the Bexar County Sheriff Office has yet to fire officer Cynthia Hernandez. While they seek to protect the officer involved, they have made it clear who they protect and serve by refusing to protect and serve Vanae and Leilani. As a community, we stand with Vanae and Leilani. This fund will cover all aspects of legal support for Vanae and Leilani--to include reimbursement of bail and court fees. This page is managed by SATX4. A grassroots organization exposing systemic racism. SATX4 demands the following: • Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert and Bexar County Sheriff Pamerleau immediately and publically address the community regarding Officer Cynthia Hernandez’s behavior, including her history with the community, any complaints filed, and disciplinary actions taken, and • Commissioner Calvert and Sheriff Pamela terminate Officer Cynthia Hernandez. Officer Hernandez’s actions illustrate the history of state sanctioned violence against the Black community. This stops today. We must protect our communities, especially our children, and demand justice for all Black lives.