Mothers In White Demand Justice For Slain Teen, Andy Lopez

Mothers in White, a group of women dedicated to halting police violence against innocent youths, have announced plans to converge on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting todau to demand justice for slain teen Andy Lopez, whose killing October 22 by a sheriff’s deputy has set off unabated protests and united the Anglo and Latino communities like never before in this northern California city. The renewed protests come days after a January 2 fire, lit in the early morning hours, destroyed a large memorial and shrine that had been built in honor of the 13-year-old at the vacant one-acre lot where Lopez was killed. Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, saying they suspect it was started by a candle. But the candles were located 20 feet from the altar and were contained in glass, and many locals have expressed doubt about the official police line, instead suggesting the fire was a case of possible arson.

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