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Jailhouse for Gelhaus March
by Alex Darocy (alex [at] alexdarocy.com)
Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
The family of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old killed by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22, marched with supporters from downtown Santa Rosa to the Sonoma County Hall of Justice on November 5. They are demanding an independent investigation be conducted into the killing of Andy, and that District Attorney Jill Ravitch arrest Gelhaus immediately. The family and supporters also want the location of Andy's killing, an empty lot on Moorland Avenue, to be turned into a memorial park in his honor. [Top video: a representative of the Lopez family speaks after meeting with the Sonoma County District Attorney. Scroll down for photos, audio, and more videos.]
Marchers followed a truck with an effigy of Gelhaus shackled in hand cuffs mounted on it. The Hall of Justice was heavily guarded by Sonoma County Sheriffs when the group arrived, but several organizers, including a representative of the Lopez family, went inside to meet with the District Attorney privately.

In addition to calling for a grand jury investigation into the shooting, community members say they are conducting their own investigation. They say sheriffs should have known that the possibility of children playing with toy guns existed in that neighborhood. They claim authorities were warned the day before Andy was shot about children playing with toy guns at the same lot where Andy was killed by Gelhaus.

More demonstrations seeking justice for Andy Lopez are planned. Community members will protest at a campaign fundraiser for District Attorney Ravitch's re-election on December 3 at 4:30pm at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. A protest during Thanksgiving vacation is also being planned so that the area's youth won't have to skip school to attend.


For more information about Andy Lopez, see:

Justice For Andy Lopez
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Andy-Lopez/662773033753360

March For Andy Lopez
http://www.facebook.com/marchforandylopez


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
§Friend of Andy Lopez
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
§Youth Speak
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
§2014 Gubernatorial Candidate Cindy Sheehan
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
§Organizer Jonathan Melrod Speaks When Arriving at the Hall of Justice
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
§David Douglas of BAMN
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
Douglas, from Santa Rosa, is an organizer with BAMN - Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary.
§Oscar Grant Family Attorney John Burris
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
§Kris Kelley, Sister of Mario Romero
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
Kris Kelley, sister of Mario Romero who was killed by Vallejo police.
§Cyndi Mitchell, Sister of Mario Romero
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
Cyndi Mitchell, sister of Mario Romero who was killed by Vallejo police.
§Jordan of the Chickenfoot Ranch and Activist Center
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
Jordan of the Chickenfoot Ranch and Activist Center leads an "I Am Andy Lopez" mic check.
§What Now?
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§Death Penalty for Nazi Racist Pig Erick "Broke Back" Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§The Jailhouse For Gelhaus! RIP Andy!
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§Cindy Sheehan
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§This Cannot Be Justified
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§Marching Through Downtown Santa Rosa
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§Marchers Followed an Effigy of Deputy Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§Just A Kid, Not A Man!
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:27 PM
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§Jailhouse for Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:33 PM
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Jailhouse for Gelhaus
§Jailhouse for Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:33 PM
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§Sonoma County Hall of Justice
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:35 PM
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Jailhouse for Gelhaus
§Jailhouse for Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:35 PM
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§Sujey Cruz and Rodrigo Lopez, Parents of Andy Lopez
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:36 PM
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§Jailhouse for Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:37 PM
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§Jailhouse for Gelhaus
by Alex Darocy Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013 8:38 PM
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§Jailhouse for Gelhaus
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Transparency Now
Saturday Nov 16th, 2013 7:47 AM
Communities fear law enforcement. The recent killing of Andy Lopez has made this more evident. A Citizen's Review Board is needed to restore faith in law enforcement and promote transparency.

To:
Sonoma County Supervisors,
A Citizen's Review Board is needed for Sonoma County law enforcement.The recent killing of Andy Lopez has made this more evident. A Citizen's Review Board is needed to restore faith in law enforcement and promote transparency.
http://www.change.org/petitions/andy-lopez-sonoma-county-citizen-s-review-board-sonoma-county-law-enforcement
by Autumm Woods
Sunday Jul 13th, 2014 7:56 AM
It is a proven fact the legal system here in Sonoma county is controlled by persons acting out in a very illegal and inhumane manner,and this has been happening for many many years. Justice walks while money talks and too many back door deals within the court system and sherrifs',all working together and keeping their crimes well hidden. Keep working for justice people and wake up to the whole picture. There have been many beatings and many murders by our local sherrifs which have NOT been exposed in Sonoma County. There is alot of drug abuse (meth and cocaine) as well ,which is like pouring gasoline on a already burning fire! Protest and do it for ALL victims of their crimes and a better future for all of us . TIME FOR A CHANGE IN SONOMA COUNTY!!