Target: Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm
Goal: Demand justice for an innocent 13-year-old boy shot to death by the Santa Rosa police.
On October 22, 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD). He was carrying with him a toy gun, which the police mistook for a real weapon before opening fire. Lopez was shot seven times for nothing more than being outside with a toy. Demand justice from the police force for this boy’s senseless death and his grieving family.
Lopez was carrying a pellet gun, a relatively harmless toy which expels small plastic pellets. The police mistook it for an AK-47, immediately assessing him as a serious threat. What’s especially disturbing about this egregious mistake is that the police officers took only ten seconds between spotting the boy and opening fire. According to records, officers on the scene radioed in mention of a suspicious person and barely ten seconds later radioed again to say shots had been fired. That’s it. This child was given ten seconds of consideration before he was gunned down, taking seven shots to his defenseless body. Sixteen seconds later the officers called for medical assistance, but there was no point–seven bullets seemed to guarantee Lopez was already dead on the scene.
The F.B.I has been called in to assess the situation, determine what happened, and decide the course of events which will follow. Sign the petition below to demand justice from the Santa Rosa Police Department for the horrifying death of an innocent 13-year-old boy who was only carrying a toy.
Dear Chief Schwedhelm,
I recently heard about the shooting of Andy Lopez, which took place on October 22. While the F.B.I. is still investigating, the facts thus far seem to show that the SRPD shot and killed an innocent teen boy for carrying a plastic toy gun.
I understand the desire to protect your citizens from perceived threats, but according to records only ten seconds passed between initial contact with a suspected person and the time when shots were fired. That’s ten seconds between when the police spotted Lopez and when they riddled his body with seven bullets.
Andy Lopez’s life ended prematurely at 13 years old. This never needed to be the case. Hold your officers accountable and make sure this death is not in vain.
[Your Name Here]
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