The Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy at the center of a controversial officer-involved shooting last year in which a 13-year-old boy died will be returning to patrol.
A group of protesters gathered Saturday afternoon and blocked traffic on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa to show their disapproval with the Sonoma County prosecutors’ decision not to file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez in October.
Protesters Call For Removal Of Sonoma D.A. After Decision To Not Charge Deputy In Andy Lopez’ Fatal Shooting
Dozens of protesters rallied at the Sonoma County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon to denounce District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s decision to not charge sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus with the murder of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
Andy Lopez had marijuana in his blood that might have impaired his judgment and slowed his decision-making at the time the 13-year-old was killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in October, according to the teen’s autopsy results.
There will no charges pressed against a Sonoma County deputy in the fatal shooting of a teenage boy in October, according to a press release that appears to have been prematurely released by the district attorney’s office.
Civil rights activists and a group of surviving family members of police-related deaths are calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Sonoma County for what they call “an epidemic of deadly force by police”.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has identified Michael Schemmel as the second sheriff’s deputy who was present at the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez in October.
Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said Tuesday her investigation of the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus will continue past today’s 90-day “guideline” to determine if any violations of criminal law occurred.
A crowd of over 100 protesters gathered at the courthouse in Downtown Santa Rosa Monday to make demands related to last year’s shooting by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
The Santa Rosa Police Department has completed its investigation of the Oct. 22 shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus.