A teenage mom shot by a college police officer in California was anticipated to be taken off life assist this weekend, her brother stated.
The sufferer, recognized by members of the family as Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez, 18, was being ready for organ donation earlier than removing from life assist, a transfer authorized her siblings and mom, her brother Iran Rodriguez stated Friday at a Friday information convention.
“We had been six, now we’re 5,” he stated of his brothers and sisters.
Manuela Rodriguez was additionally survived by her 5-month-old child, in accordance with household legal professional Luis A. Carrillo.
Lengthy Seashore Unified Faculty District recognized the officer as Eddie F. Gonzalez, employed Jan. 10. District spokesperson Chris Eftychiou stated Gonzalez was positioned on paid go away, and the Los Angeles County district legal professional’s workplace and Lengthy Seashore metropolis police had been concerned in a assessment of the capturing.
The officer was driving a college security car close to Millikan Excessive Faculty on Monday afternoon when he came across a battle between Manuela Rodriguez and an unidentified 15-year-old lady, Lengthy Seashore police stated in a press release.
Manuela Rodriguez knew the lady and began the battle, the division stated. As the college officer intervened, she hopped in a automobile occupied by an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy “additionally concerned within the assault,” police stated.
Video reveals the college officer on the passenger aspect of the automobile, apparently attempting to get the youngsters to cease or give up, when it sped off, tires squealing. The officer drew his weapon and opened fireplace from behind the fleeing car.
Paramedics took Manuela Rodriguez to Lengthy Seashore Medical Middle in important situation, Carrillo stated. .
The capturing comes as individuals throughout the nation are reconsidering the effectiveness of college police amid a bigger police reform motion that arose within the aftermath of George Floyd’s homicide by a Minneapolis metropolis officer in 2020.
Carrillo stated the officer violated the district’s coverage, which states: “Officers shall not fireplace at a transferring car.”
NBC Information was unable to seek out contact data for Gonzalez.
Lengthy Seashore Superintendent Jill A. Baker stated in a letter to folks and workers that the officer can be “held accountable to the established requirements of their occupation.”
Carrillo despatched a letter to California Lawyer Normal Rob Bonta on Wednesday, requesting a state investigation. He additionally stated he thought the officer ought to be arrested.
“This man has no enterprise carrying a badge and a gun,” he stated. “He shot an unarmed 18-year-old lady with out justification.”
An illustration calling for justice for Manuela Rodriguez was scheduled for Sunday in Lengthy Seashore.
Her brother Oscar Rodriguez stated Friday that the household had no half in organizing the occasion.
“All I need is for him [the officer] to see what justice seems like,” he stated.
Todd Miyazawa contributed.