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Readers respond to Lopez park proposal

  • Protesters and community leaders are calling for a park to be created at the empty lot at Moorland and West Robles avenues where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who reportedly mistook the boy's airsoft BB gun for an AK-47. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

EDITOR: It looks as if there will be a park to memorialize Andy Lopez. If Sonoma County and its cities build a park for every person killed or injured without justification by law enforcement, we will be a very green county.

The middle-aged man who was angry, aggressive and brandishing a weapon at his house in Fountaingrove got all night to calm down while police waited (“Fountaingrove standoff ends in arrest,” Oct. 11). Andy Lopez didn’t get enough time to understand what was happening before a sheriff’s deputy shot him dead. There has been too much injustice in Sonoma County. We need the same justice for everyone, rich and poor.

To prevent future unjust killings, we desperately need a civilian review board. This was recommended years ago by an outside investigation of police violence here. When justice for victims depends on investigations by fellow county law enforcement and the district attorney, who is dependent on law enforcement, we will not get honest investigations.

BARRIE ANN MASON

Santa Rosa

No taxpayer money

EDITOR: Is the county really contemplating spending more than $100,000, or any money at all, for a park for Andy Lopez? Until the unfortunate shooting, most of the community had never heard of Andy Lopez. Is he someone who volunteered his time helping deliver meals to people? Did he visit rest homes and read to people or do anything good for his community?

He was just a 13-year-old boy carrying a BB gun that looked like an AK-47. He shouldn’t have had that gun in the first place. There are so many more people who have been contributing members of society and are more deserving. Have there been protests for these other people that have disrupted people’s businesses and the traffic flow? The answer is no.

If the protesters want to donate their money to do something nice to remember Andy, let them. But the taxpayers’ money should not be spent on a park for Andy.

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