Protesters Rally to Protest Killing of 13-year-old Boy with Pellet Gun

By Associated Press | 

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- A funeral is being held for a 13-year-old California boy on the same day hundreds of people protested the teen's fatal shooting by a sheriff's deputy.

Deputies in helmets stood guard Tuesday at barricades that kept the protesters away from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office in Santa Rosa.

Speakers called for justice for Andy Lopez and denounced police brutality. The rally remained peaceful and there were no arrests.

Lopez was shot by a Sonoma County deputy on Oct. 22. Authorities say the deputy mistook a pellet gun Lopez was carrying for an assault rifle.

The shooting is being investigated by the FBI, police and prosecutors.

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