18-year-old Latino Security Guard Was Just Doing His Job. Police Shot And Killed Him.
"The police came up, and they pulled their guns on him. He’s got a clean background and everything. There’s no reason," said Andrew Heney, owner of the autobody shop where 18-year-old Andres Guardado was employed as a security guard.
On the evening of June 18th, 18-year-old Andres Guardado was shot and killed by police while patrolling the Freeway autobody shop where he was employed as a security guard.
"We had a security guard that was out front because we had just had certain issues with people tagging and stuff like that," said Andrew Heney, owner of the autobody shop where Andres Guardado was employed. "And then the police came up, and they pulled their guns on him and he ran because he was scared, and they shot and killed him. He’s got a clean background and everything. There’s no reason."
According to Andres' uncle, police shot Andres seven times in the back, witnesses say Andres was kneeling with his hands over his head.
Police, by their own admission, shot Andres without any context, without his posing a threat, without knowledge of any crime having been committed. Video of the autobody shop shows that after the incident, security cameras were broken and footage taken.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said Thursday that deputies claim they observed Andres produce a handgun before running away. Deputies pursued, and "that's when the deputy-involved shooting occurred."
Although a handgun was recovered at the scene, family members told reporters they do not believe that Andres was armed.
Information has not yet been released about how many deputies fired on Andres, who may not have been wearing a properly labelled uniform.
"I lost a part of me, it’s empty, and I’m never gonna have him back," Andres' sister told reporters.
"I’m never gonna see him, he’s never gonna talk to me, I’m just, I can’t, I just can’t believe this happened to my brother. It really hurts me."
This is the second fatal shooting in two days by Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies, who on Wednesday killed Terron Jammal Boone, the half-brother of 24-year-old Robert Fuller, the black man found hanging from a tree last week in Palmdale.
A vigil is being held this evening in Los Angeles to "Denounce Sheriff Terrorism on Black & Brown Community."
The "shoot first, ask questions later" police policy, and the qualified immunity that allows them to get away with it, must end.
Police must be held accountable.
The time is now.