Fire Cop Who Allegedly Shot and Killed Black Teen, Then Assaulted Another Person

Target: David Westrick, Chief of Hollister Police

Goal: Fire police officer who reportedly shot and killed a teenager, then allegedly assaulted multiple others.

Police officer Miguel Masso reportedly shot and killed Alan Blueford, an 18-year-old African American high school student, and he’s still being allowed to brutalize innocent people. In 2012, Masso had reportedly racially profiled the teenager he shot and killed. He then claimed that Blueford had shot him in the foot, only for it to later come out that Masso shot himself in the foot and lied about it.

Instead of being fired, Masso was only transferred to different police departments, even despite the numerous lawsuits stemming from reports of police brutality. One lawsuit, which occurred prior to the killing of Blueford, was filed against Masso after he reportedly beat and used a taser repeatedly on a detained man. The most recent victim was Earl Malanado, a 50-year-old man with COPD, who says that Masso dragged him out of his car, pinned his hands behind his back, and threw him to the ground. “While I was falling, he pulled my jacket up over my head so it was covering my face,” says Malanado. “So he had my hands pinned behind me, with his left knee on the back of my knees and his right knee on my right arm, pushing my face into the ground, with my jacket covering my mouth and nose.” Malanado says it caused him to panic, and he kept yelling, “I can’t breathe, my medication is in my jacket. I can’t breathe.” The victim was also reportedly refused medical treatment. Malanado went to a hospital after being released only to have an officer arrive and question him. The officer smirked and implied that everything was his fault, the victim said. The hospital staff reportedly had to insist that the officer exit the room and leave Malanado alone.

Masso has been transferred from department to department. He previously worked as a police officer for the Morgan Hill Police Department, New York Police Department, and with the Army as as a military police officer, according to a report. The authorities have clearly allowed this officer to severely abuse his power of position repeatedly. He should’ve been punished when he racially profiled and killed a teenager, but since the authorities failed to do their job, he’s only continued to allegedly harm more innocent people. Please sign this petition demanding that this reportedly violent cop be fired once and for all.


Dear Chief Westrick,

Miguel Masso, the officer who reportedly shot and killed a black teenager in 2012, has reportedly received multiple accusations of police brutality. Miguel was never fired or punished for killing the innocent teenager, he was only transferred to different departments. His newest victim, a 50-year-old man who suffers with COPD, says that Masso dragged him from his car and attacked him. According to the victim, Masso pinned his hands behind him, threw him to the ground, and covered his face with his jacket. The panicked victim says he told the officer he couldn’t breathe, but Masso didn’t listen.

This officer has been allowed to allegedly kill and wreak havoc on too many lives. We demand that he be fired and never allowed to work in a position of authority again.


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  1. Paulette Mirfield says:

    The majority of police are just. It’s this type that paints all of them. Police departments MUST NOT tolerate the bad apples and stop recycling them to other jurisdictions.

    • I used to believe that most cops are good. But I learned it’s not true.
      How do you think this killer Miguel Masso stays a cop? The others are all protecting him. No cop is saying a word about this killer/brutalizer in their midst. No cop reports on another or they are toast. That makes them complicit in the crimes of others, and not good people.
      Think about it.

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