Justice for Andy Lopez Cruz! (d. 2013-10-22; Santa Rosa) [link]
Justice for Andy Lopez – Jailhouse 4 Gelhaus!
Justice Protestors to March Behind Lopez Coffin through Downtown Santa Rosa Streets To Federal Bldg. to Demand DOJ Investigation, Families of 5 Victims of Police Related Deaths to speak – Half Moon Bay, Santa Rosa, Dublin, San Francisco.
Rally Saturday 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Sq. downtown Santa Rosa.
Justice protestors in Santa Rosa will again take to the streets tomorrow in mass numbers to protest DA Ravitch’s whitewash and full exoneration of Deputy Gelhaus - who shot and killed 13-year old Andy Lopez on October 22, 2013 asAndy walked on a public thoroughfare with a toy airsoft gun. Within 10 seconds of pulling up on Andy, 7 of Deputy Gelhaus’ bullets riddled Andy’s body snatching his young life.
Residents of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County are furious and deeply outraged at the continuing pattern and practice of police misconduct that is blessed and green lighted by the district attorney’s office. In 2000 the Department of Justice Commission on Civil Rights issued an official report blasting the Sonoma County Sheriffs Department and the Santa Rosa police for a pattern of excessive force and prolonged misconduct, including an inordinate number of civilian deaths.
Sine that 2000 Report – 64 more Sonoma County residents have died in police-related incidents. “This is an evil epidemic that continues unabated and a never ending threat to live at the hands of law enforcement and the district attorney’s office. Since the murder of Andy on Oct. 22nd, we’ve experienced 5 additional deaths in police related incidents – almost 1 per month! Jill Ravitch’s whitewash of Gelhaus’ responsibility for killing Andy flashed a green light for law enforcement that she has their back. All a cop has to say to justify a killing is that he or she was afraid for their lives no matter how young the victims. That’s bullshit and condones murder of innocent civilians.”
The rally at Old Courthouse Square will include speakers who are surviving family members of other area victims of police violence, such as the shooting of Alejandro Nieto in San Francisco, Oscar Grant’s family from Oakland, Oscar Herrera the father of Oscar Herrera gunned down in the families home on May 5th when his mother was shot as well, family members of murdered 18-year old Yanira Serrano killed June 3d in Half Moon Bay and family members of DeVillena Estella Allan - a US Marine killed by Palm Springs police.
Following the rally, Justice protestors will take their anger into the streets of downtown Santa Rosa to let all the wine-county tourists and downtown shoppers know that Sonoma County streets are no longer safe for civilians. The marchwill wind its way behind a coffin symbolizing the 64 Sonoma County deaths since 2000. At the Federal Building at 777 Sonoma Ave. Protesters plan to leave behind the image of the 64 Sonoma County residents who have died since 2000. Look down to see their images on Saturday. Their deaths will not be forgotten.