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Thu, Oct 31, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Santa Rosa Teen Shooting Sparks Protests


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Pallbearers, many of whom were classmates of Andy Lopez, carry the casket at his funeral.
Rachel Dornhelm / KQED
Pallbearers, many of whom were classmates of Andy Lopez, carry the casket at his funeral.

More than a thousand protesters swarmed the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office headquarters this week, in response to the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy. Lopez was carrying a toy gun that resembled an AK-47 assault rifle. Protestors are calling for justice and greater transparency from local police, as the FBI launched an investigation into the case. We talk about the shooting and the community's response.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Eugene O'Donnell, professor of law and police studies at John Jay College in New York; and former NYPD officer and prosecutor
  • Paul Gullixson, editorial director of The Press Democrat
  • Rafael Vasquez, part-time professor at Santa Rosa Junior College; and club advisor for the school's Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanista de Aztlan, a student group which helped organize the protest

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