LA Supervisors Call For Independent Investigation Into Fatal Deputy Shooting In Gardena
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors today called for an independent investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado by a sheriff’s deputy last week.
The vote follows weekend protests over the shooting of Guardado.
The supervisors asked the inspector general, civilian oversight board and coroner to devise a plan to “ensure the truth is uncovered.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva called the move political grandstanding by the motion’s author Mark Ridley-Thomas — and promised his department will conduct a fair investigation into what he called a tragic shooting:
“Everything we do is subject to oversight. Everything we do follows the rule of law.”
Guardado’s parents say their son was working as a security guard and it remains unclear what prompted the deputy to open fire.
The sheriff’s department has blocked the release of the autopsy while it investigates the case.
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