Santa Rosa Park Could Be Named for Andy Lopez, Teen Shot By Deputy

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 Sonoma County Supervisors will consider the memorial and several other possible responses to the shooting at its meeting Tuesday, while protesters are expected to be out Tuesday evening to demand the District Attorney file charges against the deputy who killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez. That protest is timed to coincide with a political fundraiser for DA Jill Ravitch at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus shot  Andy 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.

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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.

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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