COMPTON, Calif. - Protesters braved the midday heat on Saturday to rally in support of Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old security guard shot by LA County Sheriff Deputies out of the Compton Station.
The officers say the gun they recovered at the scene was in Guardado’s hand when one of the officers fired five rounds.
Both the LA County Coroner’s report and an independent autopsy requested by his family confirm that the shots hit Guardado in the back.
Sheriff investigators have already confirmed thatGuardado’s gun was never fired, and the attorney for the deputy who did the shooting says Andres was on the ground, lying face down, but that he “reached for the gun” when the officer holstered his weapon to handcuff him.
Guardado’s family was not at this rally, which was much more peaceful than prior ones.
The approximately 100 person group listened to speakers and held five seconds of silence, one for each bullet that hit Guardado.
The officer who shot his gun is supposed to be interviewed by Sheriff investigators next week. The office of the Inspector General has requested to be present at the interview, but say that Sheriff Villanueva has declined, saying he would have his own independent inspector.
The Sheriff making no further comments on the incident, after the coroner released his autopsy, despite orders not to do so, saying that transparency was necessary.