Groups demand arrest of LAPD officer who allegedly shot dead 14-year-old
Civil rights groups demand the arrest and prosecution of a Los Angeles police officer whose stray bullet killed a 14-year-old girl during meeting with a suspect at a Burlington Coat Factory store in the month last.
Protesters gathered outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Sunday and demanded that the officer, whom police have since identified as 42-year-old officer William Jones, be charged with manslaughter in the death by Valentina Orellana-Peralta, according to local reports. .
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“There is nothing he can say, and there is nothing I want to hear,” said Najee Ali, civil rights activist for Operation Hope. City News Service.
âIn the end, we think it was an accident, we think he’s sorry for what he did, but those feelings won’t bring (Orellana-Peralta) back to life. For our coalition, he it’s about responsibility, âsays Ali.
Jones and other officers responded to the North Hollywood store on December 23 after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding an assault and possible gunfire. Police released video clips, radio broadcasts and 911 calls from the encounter last week.
Jones fired three shots at Daniel Elena Lopez, 24, after allegedly damaging property in the store, attempting to rob two women and leaving a customer bloodied by an attack with a bicycle lock. Police later said Lopez, who died at the scene, was not armed with a gun.
During the encounter, a stray bullet went through a locker room wall and fatally hit Orellana-Peralta, who was hiding inside with her mother.
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“This 14 year old, who should be with her family today to enjoy the holidays … and we demand justice, and the justice we demand is that [L.A. County District Attorney George GascÃ³n] lay criminal charges against Agent Jones to hold him responsible for Valentina’s death, âa protester said at the protest, according to KABC-TV.
Jones was put on administrative leave after the shooting.
Several agencies, including the California Department of Justice, are investigating the shooting.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.