"I try to make a note of every time I feel true happiness, so when I feel hopeless I can remember the times that I danced alone in my living room."
imnotyourhero Submission, When the Snow Falls (via snowfallstogether)
"My only enemy is me."
Sonoma County DA announced on Monday that they will not be filing charges against Deputy Erick Gelhaus who shot a child through the heart, then 6 more times after the first fatal round, on October 22, in Santa Rosa, CA.
The young boy was walking down the street carrying a partially translucent plastic airsoft BB gun that resembled a rifle when he was spotted by Deputy Gelhaus and his partner Michael Schemmel.
Gelhaus ordered Lopez to drop his weapon, possibly confused because the orange tip on the toy was missing.
Lopez then began to turn towards the officer when the officer immediately opened fire, shooting to kill. Gelhaus told investigators that he could not remember if he identified himself as a police officer,
Seven bullets were fired at Andy Lopez within six seconds. The officer’s report claims that he shot Lopez after he turned towards him with the toy gun, despite bullet wounds in Lopez’s side (which supporters claim may indicate he was struck while turning).
The altercation lasted a total of 19 seconds from the call for backup to “shots fired”.
After the 8th grader was on the ground, having been shot repeatedly, the officers then handcuffed the child’s dead, lifeless body.
New information released yesterday indicates Lopez may have smoked weed in the hours before the incident, the report states that he would likely have had “impaired judgement, slowed decision making and increased mental processing time, particularly when having to deal with performance of sudden, unanticipated tasks, including decisions that require a quick response.”
Jonathan Melrod, attorney and extremely dedicated activist, said the decision was based on “patent lies.”
“The police feel that we, the community, are their enemy, they police us as though they are still in Iraq or Afghanistan.” he stated. He also said that using marijuana as an excuse is just a way to divert blame to the victim.
“Let’s assume there was THC. Does that justify executing Andy?” he demanded.
Gelhaus is ironically a firearms instructor, as well as a contributing writer to gun publications, despite having once accidentally shot himself in the leg in 1995 as he searched a teenager for weapons.
People gathered to protest the decision last night, and social media was full of cries of “You say justified- We say homicide!” and “Jailhouse for Gelhaus”.
Dozens of protests have been organized, mainly by other children who go by “Andy’s Youth”, and they have been passionate and intense. From crossing police lines to bravely face off with riot police, marching and storming city council with crosses representing police brutality victims, to shaming killer cops they run into along their marches… these kids have been truly inspiring.
A demonstration to protest the decision was scheduled at the “hall of injustice” for Tuesday at 1pm.
It has yet to be announced if Gelhaus will begin patrolling the streets once again. Lets hope he doesn’t.
Andy’s life mattered.
Yes, it did. This. has got. to stop.
They killing Black and Brown people left and right
what the fuck is this country
Oh my god I was waiting for this to be fake:
"New information released yesterday indicates Lopez may have smoked weed in the hours before the incident, the report states that he would likely have had “impaired judgement, slowed decision making and increased mental processing time, particularly when having to deal with performance of sudden, unanticipated tasks, including decisions that require a quick response.”
the news agency called him a “man”, he was THIRTEEN
our brown lives don’t matter in America
Why the fuck have we allowed this to happen time after time?
Imagine if this military police force occupied your neighborhood, how would you feel? If the police brought this type of presence to a white neighborhood, gun rights white folk would open fire and everyone would call it protecting the constitution instead of riots.
big shoutout and call out to all white people who learned about the civil rights and 60’s era and thought to yourself, damn white people back then sure were racists and sure stood by and did nothing while black people were being attacked and murdered in the streets and then you thought, if i lived back then that wouldn’t be me, i would have done something for sure, cuz i’m not racist.
well if today, right now, you aren’t doing anything, if you aren’t enraged, if you aren’t using your energy to raise awareness about what’s going on right now not just in Furgeson but all of this country, then you are those racist people “back then” who said nothing and/or perpetuated systemic racism.
i need you to recognize right now, that if you are saying or doing nothing, then you are contributing to the problem, and when future generations look back and think, “damn i can’t believe all those white people stood by and said nothing” they will be talking about those of us who are remaining silent right now. speak up or own up to your bigotry.
message me if you want resources or ways you can do something.