Fidel Molina is now in the third week of his hunger strike in downtown Chico. Even though he hasn’t eaten in 16 days (as of CN&R press time Wednesday), his spirits are up, he says, because of the community support he has received.
Molina charges that the Butte County District Attorney’s Office planned a cover-up that allowed a county sheriff’s deputy to get away with police brutality during a 2000 incident outside Gold Country Casino and for state witnesses in the later trial of his step-son, Andy Fulton Jr., to get away with perjury. He wants the state attorney general to investigate.
Molina now has the support of the Chico Peace and Justice Center. Director Sue Hildebrand said its board of directors decided last week that his case is their first priority.
“You can only survive, what, like three weeks without food, so we have to act now,” Hildebrand said. “We’re going to start sending letters to [Attorney General] Jerry Brown. The least he could do is look into it.”
Molina remains optimistic. “Even though the TV news refuses to cover me, it’s going real well,” Molina said. “Like I said last week, either they open an investigation or I’m going to die here in the park.”