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Brent Probinsky, attorney for Nicolas Morales's brother: "It's one of the most horrible things I've ever seen in 30 years of being a lawyer. It's absolutely brutal and I would even say sadistic."  

Last Sunday's vigil in Immokalee in honor of Nicolas Morales was covered by a broad swath of Southwest Florida's leading media outlets, and even attracted the attention of the national Pacifica radio network, with in-depth coverage from Pacifica's flagship station out of New York City, WBAI. 

 

 

 

“…At the vigil Sunday, Morales Besanilla’s family members described him as a diligent farmworker, a provider and a peaceful man.

Jesus Andrade said Morales Besanilla, his stepfather, took great care of his mom, Olga Olvera Andrade, before she died in 2015. Andrade said his mom had diabetes and used a wheelchair, and his stepfather would cook and clean for them.

“After my mom’s death, he was never the same,” Andrade said.

Andrade said one of the things that hurts him the most about his stepfather’s death is the fact that Morales Besanilla’s son, Nicolas Morales Jr., 12, will grow up without his parents.

 

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“…People of all ages stood at the intersection of Main and 1st St., shouting chants as live music played. Community members held signs saying, “Justice for Nicholas,” and, “No more police violence.”

Karen Dwyer has been a resident of Collier County for more than 50 years. She said she has always been concerned about the farmworker community and the need for justice.“We need to all remember, in Naples, that Immokalee is a part of Collier County,” Dwyer said. “And we have an obligation and duty to help our farmworker community.”

 

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WBAI’s Paul DeRienzo covered the vigil and spoke with the family’s attorney Brent Probinksy

The radio story includes quotes from allies at the vigil, and then goes into audio from the dashcam video including the fatal moments of Nicolas’s death at the hands of the deputy. 

Probinsky walked DeRienzo through the analysis of the events that fateful night, and laid out the legal options ahead. “It’s one of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen in 30 years of being a lawyer. It’s absolutely brutal and I would even say sadistic.”  

 

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