EDITOR: What a tragedy for the family of Andy Lopez as well as the deputy and his family. It is interesting to me that there is blame on the airsoft makers for making AK-47 look-alikes, blame on Hollywood for making violent movies, blame on the deputy for shooting a child. But why is a 13-year-old walking around with a look-alike AK-47?
Can you imagine what the deputy must be feeling right now? The age of someone does not matter if he or she is viewed as a threat, as in carrying an AK-47, and not obeying commands of the officer to put down the weapon. I really hope for some education for parents and adults to teach children responsibility. Look what the alternative can be.
Time for video
EDITOR: One of our representatives in Sacramento needs to introduce a bill requiring video monitoring for all law enforcement officers. It's the only way we can get truly unbiased information on what happened in any incident.
Studies have shown that when suspects know they are being videoed, they behave better.
These systems aren't free, but with every questionable and tragic incident costing the taxpayers millions in legal fees, the only real reason for not having such a system is that the police don't like the idea of the public looking over their shoulder.
EDITOR: I hesitate to judge the actions of the deputy who killed Andy Lopez because I do not know exactly what happened. I do not know what was in the deputy's mind at the time, or what was in his heart as he worked in the community. I've never been in his position.
It is unacceptable that a 13-year-old boy is shot while carrying a toy gun to a friend's house. I read that this deputy was following protocol and doing as he was trained. If that is the case, then the protocol and training have to change. I understand that things can happen quickly and that a deputy has very little time to act to potentially save their own life. Can we really expect untrained citizens (including children) to realize that their lives too are at risk and act appropriately to avoid being gunned down?