Memorial Pondered for NorCal Teen Slain by Police

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Local lawmakers are considering building a memorial park in the Northern California neighborhood where a teen was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Sunday that ( ) Sonoma County Supervisors will consider the memorial and several other possible responses to the shooting at its meeting Tuesday. Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez on the afternoon of Oct. 22 as the teen walked in the Santa Rosa neighborhood where he lived. Gelhaus told investigators he believed the Airsoft BB gun Lopez was carrying was an assault rifle.

The shooting led to numerous protests in the predominantly Latino community.

Along with the park proposal, the supervisors will consider creating a task force to explore police and community relations.

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