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Special Coverage: The Andy Lopez Shooting

Supervisors back civilian oversight of law enforcement

Sonoma County supervisors took a big step Tuesday toward the establishment of an independent auditor's office charged with reviewing incidents involving sheriff's and probation department personnel.

Lopez task force unveils civilian review model

Some members of the public seek stronger language, more power for a proposed oversight body of Sonoma County law enforcement, unveiled at a meeting Monday night.

Tense meeting kicks off planning for Lopez memorial park

State and county officials were repeatedly interrupted at a Saturday meeting by activists who have been calling on the county to take some kind of action against the deputy who shot Lopez.

Boxer proposes tighter regulation of toy guns

The move by Sen. Barbara Boxer comes in the wake of California’s move to tighten rules on toy guns, a law spurred by the October 2012 shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

Lopez mural moved to new location

A mural of Andy Lopez that was mounted last fall on the side of a vacant Roseland gas station now can be found on the side of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County.

County acquires land for Lopez park

Acquisition of the property will allow the county to quickly begin the park development process, which will include substantial input from Moorland residents, officials said.

County could take over parcels for Lopez park within 2 weeks

The owner of two parcels totaling about 4.2 acres missed a deadline to pay back taxes, Sonoma County officials said Wednesday.

Lopez panel urges diversity in police hiring

Hiring more Latinos and women in law enforcement, training them better and providing additional options for using force are among the draft recommendations of a Sonoma County task force on local policing.

Lopez panel seeks Moorland deputies

The deputy pilot project was among the first recommendations Monday from a county-appointed task force studying law enforcement issues in wake of 2013 shooting death of Andy Lopez.

NAACP awards low grades to local agencies on race issues

The Sonoma County chapter of the NAACP released a withering report card on race this week that gauged community opinions on how local agencies address bias and racism.

200 gather to remember Lopez on anniversary of fatal shooting (w/video)

A community potluck and prayer service was held Wednesday at the Moorland Avenue lot were the 13-year-old was killed in 2013.

County moves to buy land for Lopez park

Sonoma County’s supervisors opened a process Tuesday that could lead to the county acquiring land for a memorial park for Andy Lopez for far below market value.

Lopez task force: Shooter's return to patrol prevents healing

The families of three people who died during confrontations with Sonoma County law enforcement officers gave powerful testimony Monday before a county-appointed task force about how they were treated after their loved ones were fatally shot.

A year after Lopez shooting, community still waiting for memorial park (w/video)

One year after Andy Lopez was shot by a sheriff’s deputy, neighborhood residents are still wondering if a more permanent memorial to the teen — in the form of a park — will be built.

Close to Home: How Lopez tragedy changed Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley: Reflecting on the Andy Lopez shooting, our community demonstrated a commitment to peaceful demonstrations while respecting the rights of others.

Close to Home: Anniversary of a community tragedy that still hurts

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and community activist Mary Moore reflect in a Close To Home commentary on the shooting death of Andy Lopez as the one year anniversary approaches.

Remembering Andy Lopez, One Year Later

Andy Lopez, 13, was an eighth-grade student at Lewis Opportunity School in Santa Rosa who was shot by Deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22, 2013.

Lopez-inspired gun restrictions now law

Nearly a year after the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez, Gov. Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will impose the most stringent restrictions on BB guns and toy firearms of any state in the nation.

Lopez task force panel wants deputy off street duty

The county-appointed panel asked Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas to rethink his decision to put Deputy Erick Gelhaus back out patrolling the streets.

Marin County D.A. offers ice cream for toy guns, video games

Marin County’s top prosecutor said Thursday he hopes to avoid a shooting similar to the one that killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa last year by offering to exchange toy guns for free ice cream.

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