PHOTO ESSAY: Choice & Consequence

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: Monica Villa stands in front of city officials, including the Chief of Police Norm Andrade, in dark suit, during the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of a Merced City Council meeting in 2012. Villa is known for shouting out the last words of the pledge, "and justice for all," and on this night she made her cry especially loud. She showed up to the meeting visibly angry and with an injured arm. She told leaders that she and another transient suffered injuries in an attack by two men and a woman at Applegate Park. She claimed police officers were not responding adequately to her crime report. One man, Terry Pitman, later faced charges in a related criminal case. (TIMES PHOTO BY JONATHAN WHITAKER)

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