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The Socialist Workers Party has condemned the justification of Deputy Vaughn Allen's shooting of Stevie Man-zanares as a product of phony investigations that led to a cover-up and whitewash of the incident.

"The appointment of a panel of prosecutors, who are closely tied to the cops, to investigate an incident of police misconduct was virtually guaranteed to produce a whitewash," the party press release said. "The gunning down of Stevie Manzanares for the alleged crime of shoplifting is part of a growing pattern of police abuse against working people worldwide."The party asked unions, civil rights and women's rights organizations to take up the fight for justice and push back police violence.