US cops shoot boy carrying toy gun

(CALIFORNIA) TIP): A 13-yearold California boy carrying a replica of an assault rifle to a friend’s house was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy who believed the gun was real, authorities said. The incident took place in Santa Rosa, Northern California, on October 21, a day after a 12- year-old boy killed a teacher at a Nevada middle school with a gun he also used to take his own life. The Santa Rosa boy’s father said his son, Andy Lopez Cruz, a middle schooler who played the saxophone and liked basketball, was shot while on his way to a friend’s house with a pellet gun . “It’s not right what they did to my son,” said the father, Rodrigo Lopez as he sat with family and friends outside Santa Rosa City Hall in a quiet protest. The incident took place against a backdrop of growing concern about officer-involved shootings in California, where a spate of such incidents prompted protests in 2012.

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