SANTA ROSA -- Officials in a San Francisco Bay Area county where a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old boy have endorsed work on a memorial park for the slain teen and voted to add lapel cameras to deputies' uniforms.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors supported the measures and other proposals intended to restore trust in law enforcement and local government at its meeting on Tuesday in the wake of Andy Lopez's shooting, The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reported.
Lopez was shot and killed by Sonoma County sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus on Oct. 22 as the teen walked in a Santa Rosa neighborhood. Gelhaus told investigators he believed the BB gun Lopez was carrying was an assault rifle. There are no videos of the shooting.
The shooting has led to numerous protests in the mostly Latino community, including one on Tuesday outside a fundraiser for Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. The District Attorney's Office will decide if Gelhaus should be charged criminally. Protesters say Gelhaus opened fire without ample warning and have demanded criminal charges.
In addition to the lapel cameras and park, supervisors on Tuesday also supported a community task force to study citizen oversight of law enforcement and launched an internal review of police training on the use of force, the Press Democrat reported.
They also supported legislation that would more closely regulate the look of BB, pellet and airsoft guns. The cameras are estimated to cost about $250,000.