Officials: Lopez Marches Have Cost $225K

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Sonoma County has paid about $225,000 in overtime for law enforcement officers monitoring protests over the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday that the majority of the expense - about $207,000 through Dec. 31 - was borne by the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies in riot gear were deployed during protests that drew up to 1,500 people.

Santa Rosa police officers racked up about $18,000 in overtime through Dec. 10.

Lopez was fatally shot Oct. 22 while holding a toy rifle police say Deputy Erick Gelhaus mistook for an AK-47 assault rifle.

The shooting prompted community outrage and several demonstrations.

The teen's family has since filed a federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations.


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