WINDSOR, Calif. —
I don’t think they are going to be able to sweep this murder-by-cop under the rug. And, in fact, the city is beginning to back away from the unqualified endorsement of the murder as a justifiable police action.
Aside from functioning as a marker of just how deeply America has been transformed into a police state, these sort of police slaughters also highlight the difference between what is considered acceptable self-defense on the part of the cops – shoot to kill at the slightest provocation, or no provacation at all – versus shooting Trayvon Marton because he’ssitting on your chest and slamming your skull into the pavement after breaking your nose and knocking you down, which we are supposed to consider murder.
UPDATE: A much bigger protest march today
“March for Andy” Protests, Funeral for Andy Lopez, Boy With Replica Rifle | NBC Bay Area
UPDATE: Name, details of shooter released:
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy who fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez last Tuesday as 48-year-old Erick Gelhaus.
Gelhaus is a 24-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who was assigned to the day shift patrol at the time of the shooting. He is also a field training officer and firearms instructor in policy and procedure, safety and the use of force, Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Duenas said.
An instructor in firearms policy? What policy? Kill first, ask questions later?
One of the deputies twice ordered Andy to drop the weapon, according to a witness, police said.
The teen was about 20 or 30 feet away from the deputies with his back toward them when he began turning around with what one deputy described as the barrel of the rifle rising up and turning in his direction, police said.
One deputy then fired several rounds, striking the boy at least once, Henry said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sounds like cold-blooded murder to me. Two cops, crouching behind their cop car, and the kid hasn’t even seen them yet. They start yelling at him, he turns to see what’s going on, and they gun him down before he ever sees them.
The fatal wounds were in his right hip and chest. He hadn’t even turned all the way around before they killed him.
The only way this sort of thing happens is when cops are far more concerned about their own safety than any other issue.
This one cop may end up facing some minor disciplinary measures if public protest continues to swell, but I think he ought to face the same charges that George Zimmerman did: Second degree murder (under color of law) and first degree manslaugher.