Family, friends, and supporters are mounting calls for answers in the shooting of ELAC student, Steven Rodriguez, by Monterey Park police in front of Carl's Jr. last month.
Rodriguez had roots in the Alhambra area. The Pasadena Star-News reports that he attended Marshall Elementary School, Garvey Intermediate School and San Gabriel High School.
Monterey Park police officers responded to reports that Rodriguez was smashing in the windows of a Carl’s Jr. restaurant and shot him 10 times when he exited the building holding a pipe and swung it at an officer.
Monterey Park Police Chief Jim Smith said in a brief statement at last Wednesday’s Monterey Park City Council meeting that the incident was “tragic for all involved," Eastern Group Publications reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department and the Los Angeles District Attorney Justice System Integrity Division are investigating the case, according to standard practice in officer involved shootings.
Attending the council meeting were family, friends and supporters of Rodriguez still dressed in the black attire they donned for his funeral service in nearby Montebello earlier that evening.
Alhambra-based political activist Carlos Montes spoke in support of Rodriguez during public comment.“Causing a disturbance or breaking windows in my opinion is not a death sentence. In my opinion, the police overreacted to a situation that could have ended in a simple arrest,” he said, adding that an independent investigation of the incident should be conducted.
Daniel Rodriguez, Steven's older brother, told the Star-News that community members and charity organizations have come forward to help, raising $1,700 at a car wash on Saturday. Rodriguez said the family plans to use the money for the non-profit.
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