SANTA ROSA (KCBS)— A crowd of over 100 protesters gathered at the courthouse in Downtown Santa Rosa Monday afternoon to make demands regarding last year’s fatal shooting by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
The public’s outcry continues over the boy’s October 22nd shooting by veteran sheriff’s deputy, Erick Gelhaus, 48. The demonstrators demanded that Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch release an investigative report conducted by Santa Rosa Police that was completed last month.
Protesters marching back towards the downtown courthouse from a vigil held at the Santa Rosa Police Department, confronted about a dozen or so police officers dressed and armed in riot gear. There were no initial reports of any physical altercations.
Gelhaus had stopped the teen for carrying what he said he thought was an assault weapon. The weapon in question ended up being a plastic airsoft BB rifle that resembled an AK-47.
After the incident, three separate investigations were launched. The Santa Rosa Police Department’s was the first to be released to the District Attorney. Ravitch has still not said whether or not she will release the information.