PHOTOS: The March On Compton Sheriff's Station To Protest The Shooting Of Andres Guardado
Last Thursday's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado by an Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy has led to calls for an independent investigation by his family, many in the community and two members of Congress.
Hundreds of people spent their Father's Day marching from the auto body shop where Guardado was shot and killed to the Compton Sheriff's station where that deputy who fired six rounds is based.
Reporter Josie Huang and photojournalist Brian Feinzimer covered the protest for LAist.
Here are some key images and moments from the day.
Christopher Guardado addressed protesters in Spanish and English outside the auto body shop where his son was shot. It was Father's Day, and Andres had been dead for less than 72 hours.
"You know, I feel very very bad to talk. I don't feel very good you know," he said.
Christopher Guardado, father of #AndresGuardado, thanks protesters in Spanish and English. His son was killed less than 72 hours ago. "I'm feeling really bad to talk, you know?" pic.twitter.com/4BgelTgAGL— Josie Huang (@josie_huang) June 21, 2020
The family asked for a peaceful march to the sheriff's station. There were bikers, Aztec dancers and lowriders.
Once the marchers got to the Compton station, Guardado's father and cousin were among the speakers.
But tensions rose between deputies and protesters.
Protesters demanded to see footage of what happened to Guardado.
The Sheriff's Department has said that Guardado ran from two deputies and produced a firearm after they pulled up to the auto shop. His family says he was working as security.
Sheriff's officials have said there was nothing on the surveillance cameras they took. Sheriff Alex Villaneuva said he blamed L.A. County supervisors for not supporting his request for body cameras.
After facing down deputies for more than an hour, most protesters left. But then a confrontation erupted between deputies and a smaller group.
A small group of demonstrators seperated from the main group had an altercation with deputy's who fired what appears to be tear gas pic.twitter.com/7UipXR1P7Y— Brian Feinzimer (@bfeinzimer) June 22, 2020
Deputies fired teargas and non-lethal projectiles at those protesters. Devin Sejas was shot in the temple and the abdomen — he says — after he tried to stand between deputies and another protester who had been shot.
Sejas said he came to speak up for Guardado.
"A child got killed. He was a baby. My little brother just turned 19. My little sister turned 17. It could have been them."
Minutes later, Sejas watched as deputies arrested one of the protesters and moved the rest to the sidewalk. Meanwhile, miles away where Guardado was shot, people lay flowers and lit candles.
Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Nanette Barragán are calling on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate Guardado's death.