Riot Police Greet Protesters Marching Against Shooting of Boy With Fake Gun

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SANTA ROSA (LA Times) — Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle.

The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week’s killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times.

“Andy was a boy, he has [a] … toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.

Officers, including several who appeared to be carrying rifles, also lined the roof of the office.


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Officials in Sonoma County display two rifles. The rifle on the right is a replica of an AK-47 similar to the one Andy Lopez Cruz was carrying when he was shot and killed. (Credit: CNN)

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  • Richard_P

    So the teenager has a realistic looking assault rifle, and after Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine, etc. the cops should have waited for it to go click, squirt, or bang? I don't think so., Cops did the right thing after they ordered him to drop the weapon and he didn't comply.

  • FireStreak_I

    He shouldn't have been walking in public with that BB gun when it looks so realistic in the first place. that's one of the things each and every manual says when you buy a BB gun, not to mention that the bright orange tip that shows it's a toy was missing. I own a very realistic M4A1 airsoft BB gun and if i were to just paint the tip black I could pass it off as a really AR. It even weights as much as one and is full metal. All he had to do was drop the BB gun but instead he made a quick movement towards the officers with them not knowing it was a toy and the sad end result was that they shot him. you can't blame the cops with all the recent shootings happening everywhere, this was right after that boy in Nevada shot and killed his school teacher and shot 2 students.

  • OVNative

    It is very sad that this child was shot. But it is more sad that it had to happen in the first place. Officers cannot tell the difference between a replica (especially with the orange tip removed) and a real rifle, when standing at any distance away. If the boy had complied with officers, and simply put the "gun" on the ground when told to, then all of this could have been avoided.

    I feel sorry for the officer that was forced to use these measures in the first place, I can't imagine what he and his family must be going through right now.

    I also know the the boys family is suffering, and that the hurt they feel will never go away.

    My condolences go out to everyone involved in this tragic incident.

    Parents…… DON'T buy these things for your children. OR if you do, teach them safety measures, don't let them remove the tip, and make sure they aren't out carrying them around in public!!!!!!