Andy Lopez

Andy Lopez Park
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

The Supreme Court decided Monday not to hear an appeal from Sonoma County that would have ended a civil suit brought against the county by the parents of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old boy shot by sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus in 2013. The decision opens the way for a trial to begin this fall or winter. KRCB news director Steve Mencher talked with filmmaker Ron Rogers about the decision. 

Rogers is at work on a documentary about the aftermath of the Lopez shooting.

Andy's Unity Park
KRCB/Steve Mencher

On what would have been Andy Lopez's 18th birthday June 2, a park opened in the Moorland neighborhood  to commemorate the thirteen-year-old shot by a sheriff's deputy in 2013. KRCB news director Steve Mencher has this audio postcard.

Saturday June 2 would have been the 18th birthday of Andy Lopez, who died 4 1/2 years ago in Sonoma County when a sheriff's deputy mistook his toy gun for a real one. His life and death still hang over the county today, as filmmaker Ron Rogers tells KRCB news director Steve Mencher. A park created in his honor opens Saturday.

Seeking Meaning in the Death of Andy Lopez

Jan 25, 2017

The fatal shooting of 13 year old Andy Lopez was shocking and polarizing. But documentary filmmaker Ron Rogers is more interested in what has happened in the neighborhood afterward.

When an editor comes on board to help complete the “Andy” film project, producer Ron Rogers says he or she will have plenty to work with.

Moorland Neighborhood Park Plans Take Shape

Dec 17, 2015
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  Plans for a new county park near the site of the Andy Lopez shooting have been drawn up and are heading for construction, prepared with extensive input from the neighborhood.

  There was also considerable discussion about incorporating a community center building in the small park site, but Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson says ultimately, that had to be left out.

Neighborhood Input Sought for Moorland Park

Sep 2, 2015

A series of workshops will begin in Santa Rosa’s Moorland neighborhood Thursday night, to gather ideas and priorities for designing a community park to memorialize Andy Lopez.

While it is clear that the current momentum to create a neighborhood park for Moorland is driven by the community’s response to the Andy Lopez shooting, Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson explains that the land for it has long been intended as a park site.

Task Force Recommendations on Accountability

Mar 6, 2015

  After 14 months, the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force convened by Sonoma County Supervisors has made public its varied policy recommendations. Today we conclude our 3-part series on their work with a look at the recommendations from the Law Enforcement Accountability subcommittee.

Task Force Recommendations on Community Policing

Mar 3, 2015

  After 14 months, the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force convened by Sonoma County Supervisors has made public its varied policy recommendations. Today we begin a 3-part series with a look at the ideas that came out of its subcommittee on Community Policing.

Uproar Halts Supervisors’ Session

Jan 27, 2015

Angry and impatient Andy Lopez activists loudly vented their frustrations before county supervisors yesterday afternoon, forcing an early halt to the public comment period.

The text of the letter to Sheriff Freitas is reproduced here, with his response below.

September 9, 2014

Re: Letter of Concern

Dear Sheriff Freitas,

Marching for Peace, Sustainability and Justice

Sep 24, 2014

  When a crowd of artists and advocates for peace, sustainability and justice marches through downtown Santa Rosa on Saturday, they will not be alone. The local action is part of a worldwide day of similar events, all instigated by a group with Sonoma County roots—100 Thousand Poets for Change.

Roseland Annexation inches forward

Sep 16, 2014
County of Sonoma

  Just about everyone involved thinks Santa Rosa’s annexation of Roseland from the county is a good idea whose time has come. But the process to accomplish that is moving at a very deliberate pace. 

The next meeting of the joint City/County Annexation Committee is scheduled for October 9th.

Open Space Funding for Roseland Projects

Aug 30, 2014
Mark Prell, KRCB

  Two key civic projects in Santa Rosa’s Roseland area have additional momentum behind them, with significant new funds from the Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District. The matching grants will support a community plaza and the Andy Lopez memorial park.

Image courtesy of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.

A community forum is schedule this evening, giving members of the public the opportunity to discuss the death of 13 year-old Andy Lopez and this week’s announcement that Deputy Sheriff Erik Gelhaus will not be criminally charged for the shooting. KRCB’s Danielle Venton spoke with Supervisor Zane to discuss the purpose of the forum. 

The forum will be held between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Hall, and is hosted by Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force. 

Police Killings Spur Call For Federal Investigation

Jun 24, 2014

  The US Justice Department is being asked to investigate the more than five dozen officer-involved fatalities in Sonoma County since 2000. That was the year an earlier US Commission on Civil Rights submitted its report on the 18 similar deaths in the previous decade.

    For attorney Isaak Schwaiger, a former Sonoma County prosecutor as well as a Marine who served in Iraq, a crucial pivot point in modern policing is the primacy now given to “officer safety.”

'Andy's Youth' Set March, Call for Transparency

Feb 17, 2014

There’s no school today, due to the President’s Day holiday, so a group of students have planned and organized another public demonstration in Santa Rosa. They’re calling themselves Andy’s Youth, and the event is centered on renewed calls for transparency in the investigations into the shooting death of Andy Lopez. Here’s more about it on today’s Exchange segment.

 Today’s march and demonstration is slated to get started at 1:30 pm in Old Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa.

ACLU Suggests Citizens REview Board Standards

Dec 26, 2013

  As the Task Force appointed by County Supervisors to study the creation of a citizen review panel to examine the use of deadly force by Law Enforcement officers, the local chapter of the ACLU has offered its support, and some recommendations. That’s the focus of The Exchange today.

Supervisors Weigh Responses to Lopez Shooting

Dec 4, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Creating a Community Task Force, lapel cameras for sheriff’s deputies, and the idea of  a park in southwest Santa Rosa were all endorsed by county supervisors yesterday, in response to the Andy Lopez shooting. But community healing still is a long way off.