|Demonstration Oct. 25 against killing of Andy López by police officer in Santa Rosa, Calif.|
López was walking by an open field, where he and friends often played, carrying an air gun that shot plastic projectiles when an officer yelled at him. Within seconds, as López was turning around to see who was yelling, another officer fired eight bullets, seven of which struck the child.
The cop “should definitely be charged” said protest participant Alondra Guerrero, 14, a student at Santa Rosa High School. One student carried a sign saying, “Death penalty for BB gun?”
Students told the Militant that they are raising money to help López’s parents, who have led several protests.
A large memorial with photos of López and dozens of candles, flowers, a Mexican flag and balloons is at the site where he was killed. More protests are planned, including an “All Communities Mass Demonstration & Vigil” Oct. 30 sponsored by 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
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