Special Coverage: The Andy Lopez Shooting

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.

Lopez mural goes up in Roseland

Three miles from where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy nearly a year ago, a mural of the boy went up Friday.

PD Editorial: Toys, replicas shouldn't look like real guns

No one has a constitutional right to purchase toy guns that look exactly like real AK-47s and other automatic weapons.

Peaceful Lopez protests a contrast to Ferguson unrest

Despite some similarities, the aftermath of tragic shootings of teens by law enforcement has played out differently on the streets of Ferguson and Santa Rosa.

Appointees on Sonoma County law enforcement task force to be paid

Sonoma County plans to pay the 21 members of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force $100 each for every meeting of the group they attend.

Close to Home: Deputy's return felt like 'slap in face'

On Monday night, members of the public packed the meeting of the Community Healing Subcommittee of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force.

Zane blasts sheriff over decision on Lopez shooter

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane is calling out Sheriff Steve Freitas for the way he handled the decision to return to patrol the deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez last year.

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