Andy Lopez Supporters Protest Return of Santa Rosa Deputy Who Shot, Killed Teen

NBC Bay Area | December 11, 2013

Rowdy protests in Santa Rosa Tuesday against the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy outside in October led to vandalism at the Sonoma County jail and one arrest, the sheriff’s office said.

The crowd of about 80 to 100 people gathered outside Santa Rosa City Hall just before 5 p.m. then marched to the jail. A door window of the main jail lobby was broken including by protesters who were young children, ages 4-10.

The protesters used wooden protest signs and crosses to vandalize the door but left after a dispersal order and marched to the sheriff’s main office. They attempted to move police barriers in front of the office but did not break through and then dispersed.

Deputies made one arrest for suspicion of violation of probation and obstructing a police officer. That person was identified by the sheriff’s office as Jose Godoy, 24, of Santa Rosa. He was stopped leaving the scene in a vehicle and booked into jail.

Earlier, more than a dozen speakers attended the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon to protest the return to work today of the Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

Their appearance was part of a Day of Resistance to the Reinstatement of Deputy Erick Gelhaus. He reported back to work this week for desk duty in the armory, but hopes to eventually return to work, according to his attorney, Terry Leoni.

Gelhaus previously was on leave since Oct. 22, the day Lopez was killed.

Among the speakers were several members of “Women in White.”

“Do you know what Sonoma County Justice means,” asked Dara McCuistion of Santa Rosa. “It means you kill a Mexican kid and you get two months paid vacation and your job back.”

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2 Comments for “Andy Lopez Supporters Protest Return of Santa Rosa Deputy Who Shot, Killed Teen”

  1. shaquanda

    would be great if that same crowd of 80-100 protestors went to the home of gangbangers when THEY shoot dead some innocent teenager or child or girl.. yeah so what police shoot the occasional gangster.. can hardly blame them given the constant threat they are under.. fact is for ever person a police mistakenly shoot or innocently ki*l.. gangsters have ki*led 1,000 if not 5,000 .. yet never does a crowd of 100 people go to that gangsters house ot protest.. its easier to put crap on police for making a usually innocent mistake which is highly regretful and sometimes wrong and on the rare occasion even done with some malice.. but again i stress police are there to help in most cases and given the absolute warzone that streets are becoming it is inevitable that police will ocblankionally get it wrong.. like i say.. gangsters get it worng daily.. kil#i*gg kids, football starts, scholars and even parents from your own communities.. maybe its time you all got together and protested the gangs.

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