Classmates and friends of thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez carried his casket into a Santa Rosa, California, church for his funeral Tuesday. The boy was carrying a fake rifle with he was shot eight times by police and killed earlier this week.
Some in Lopez's community believe the police misjudged killing the young man and hundreds of protestors took to the streets yesterday, CNN's Dan Simon reports.
One man, Ronald Cruz, 41, said, "We're here to say a badge is not a license to kill. We demand that the cops be jailed. We have no confidence in the police or politicians."
Investigators from another police department are still reviewing the case, but thus far seem to be defending the deputy, Eric Gelhaus, a 24 year veteran, saying that he had to quickly act based on the perceived threat.
Complicating matters, the replica, called an airsoft rifle, did not have an orange cap on the end of the barrel, which is required by law to be put on toys.
But protestors say this is the case of an overzealous deputy.
CNN's Chris Cuomo asked Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck about the scenario on "New day" and how the officers describe the action took place within ten seconds.
Houck confirmed that these situations escalate quickly and said, 'You don't have time to think... Your mind is like a computer. All different scenarios are going out in that short ten second period and if you don't react quickly, you might be dead, your partner might be dead, or somebody else on the street might be dead."
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