Family of man killed by Los Angeles lawmaker calls for outside investigation

Family of man killed by Los Angeles lawmaker calls for outside investigation
The family of an 18-year-old man who was shot six times by the Los Angeles County Sheriff called for an independent investigation into his death on Saturday.

Andrés Gardado's sister said she wanted the California Attorney General's Office to investigate that her brother died in Garda Thursday night.

Even if this is the last day I take a breath, I'm not holding him back because I feel like my brother was killed in my soul, and it was covered, "the 22-year-old Jennifer Guardado told NBC Los Angeles.

US Rep. Nannette Diaz Barragan and Maxine Waters, both Los Angeles Democrats, joined the Guardado family in calling for an independent investigation.

"Another day and another black or brown boy was shot in the back by the police," he said in a joint statement. "These murders must stop. We demand it. The American people demand it."

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the choir and asked for the Office of the Inspector General to intervene.

I firmly believe that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) should conduct an immediate and independent investigation into the matter, and I urge the Sheriff Department to cooperate promptly and fully in this independent investigation by the OIG, "said Ridley-Thomas a statement. .

Gardado was working as a security guard in a body shop in Gardenia, his family said when he was killed. But officials said he was carrying a gun and not wearing a uniform.

Capt. Kent Wegener, who runs the Homicide Office, said officers initially saw Guardado talking in a car outside of a business. Gardaí "saw the officers" and "took out a gun" before fleeing, Wagner said at a press conference on Saturday.

Agents chased gardaí to the back of the building, where they shot him six times, Wegner said. He died at the scene.

Gardado's family said they shot him in the back. Wegner said the autopsy results would determine where he was shot.

Investigators said they recovered a modified .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol at the scene. According to Wegner, he had no mark or serial number and was not removed.

But Jennifer Gardado said on Friday that her brother had no weapon.

"They are not going to kill an innocent person and get away with it," he told the Associated Press. "There will be justice in this world."

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva promised not to leave "stone" in the ongoing investigation. He said surveillance cameras are being investigated and autopsy will be done in the coming days.

"The shooting is thoroughly investigated," he said on Saturday. "It is a deliberate process that can sometimes be very slow."

Andrew Henay, who runs a shop where race cars are made, said Gardaí was helping with security Thursday night when officers approached. Hanny said he hired Gardado because the business was having trouble with the people labeling the building.

Gardo "was not only a co-worker, he was a good friend," Hanney said. "Imagine it was your friend, your brother ... He is in a bad condition right now, completely in a bad condition."

The boy was a hard worker, ”Hanny said.

Gardo's death occurs at a time of heightened tension between people of color, particularly blacks and Latino, and law enforcement agencies. Villanueva was recently criticized for deputation who was fired for lying or using inappropriate force. The Los Angeles Times has denied publicly publishing malpractice records in the report.

On Saturday, Villanueva acknowledged the friction between her apartment and the residents, but warned that misinformation about Gardado's death was spreading.

"It doesn't serve the family well, it doesn't serve the community well and it just drives this entire cycle of conspiracy," he said. "Those people just have to slow down, stop, until the investigation runs its course."

He invoked rumors that Gardo had been "executed" by the sheriff's "dutyless" and asked for patience as his department's investigation continues.

Referring to the growing anti-police sentiment following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, he said, "We cannot portray the entire profession with a broad brush."

"There will be mistakes, bad things that will happen, criminal behavior in every profession, in all walks of life, and we have to hold people accountable when they cross the line," Villanueva said.

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