Civil rights groups are demanding the arrest and prosecution of a Los Angeles police officer whose stray bullet killed a 14-year-old girl during a meeting with a suspect at a Burlington Coat Factory store last month.
Protesters gathered outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters Sunday, urging the officer, who police have since identified as 42-year-old Officer William Jones, to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, according to local reports. .
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“There is nothing he can say and there is nothing I want to hear,” civil rights activist Najee Ali of Operation Hope told the newspaper. The city’s news service.
“In the end, we believe it was an accident, we believe he is sorry for what he did, but those feelings will not bring (Orellana-Peralta) to life again. For our coalition, it is about responsibility , “said Ali.
Jones and other officers had responded to the store in North Hollywood on Dec. 23 after receiving several 911 calls about an assault and possible shots. Police last week released video clips, radio transmissions and 911 calls from the meeting.
Jones fired three shots at Daniel Elena Lopez, 24, after he allegedly damaged property in the store, attempted to rob two women, leaving a female shopper bloody after an attack with a bicycle lock. Police later said Lopez, who died at the scene, was not armed with a firearm.
During the meeting, a stray bullet went through a locker room wall and fatally hit Orellana-Peralta, who was hiding inside with her mother.
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“This 14-year-old child who was supposed to be with his family today and enjoy the holidays … and we demand justice, and the justice we demand is that [L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón] file criminal charges against Officer Jones for holding him responsible for Valentina’s death, “a protester said during the protest. KABC-TV.
Jones was put on administrative leave after the shooting.
Several agencies, including the California Department of Justice, are investigating the shooting.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.