Cops Put "Hold" On Andres' Autopsy, Destroy Video Of Killing Him As He Knelt, Unarmed, Hands Up
The Sheriff's department has put a "hold" on Andres' autopsy. The hold could last for "months or even years."
Witnesses say police shot Andres as he knelt, unarmed, with his hands up. Afterward, Andres' employer says police broke all of his buildings' security cameras and took the DVR.
"Even if this is the last day I breathe, I'm not holding this back," said Andres' sister. "I feel it in my soul that my brother was murdered, and this was covered up."
According to Andrew Haney, Andres Guardado's employer and owner of the Freeway autobody shop where Andres was killed, the 18-year-old was on his knees with his hands over his head when a deputy shot him to death.
"He ended up getting on his knees with his hands above his head, and then the cops shot him," says Haney in a now widely shared video where he explains how the shooting went down.
According to the Manager, Andrew Haney, Andres was talking to a couple girls in their car when Sheriff’s drew guns, pursued, and killed Andres. Here’s him breaking it down. pic.twitter.com/oQyA8Gohrk— Memo Torres (@el_tragon_de_LA) June 20, 2020
Haney denies that Andres was armed. "In the year and a half I've known him, I've never known him to be armed. I've never known him to carry a gun."
"He's not a gang member, no criminal activity," Haney says of Andres, who worked 2 jobs while studying to become a registered nurse. Andres' family also denies that he was armed.
Witness Ayodele Titilayo writes that he did not see police retrieve a weapon from Andres' "body or from his hands."
Haney says that police then broke all of his buildings' security cameras and took the DVR, without first obtaining a warrant. The footage has not been released to the public or even acknowledged by the police, who have also not released body cam footage or acknowledged that Andres was shot 6 to 7 times in the back, as has been corroborated by multiple witnesses.
This is after LA county sheriff's deputy MURDERED Andres Guardado an 18 year-old Latino boy who was shot 7 TIMES on his knees, hands behind his head UNARMED.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) June 20, 2020
They broke all the cameras and took the DVR, which they pulled a warrant for.
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Now the Sheriff's department has put a "security hold" on Andres' autopsy.
"Since LASD placed a security hold on the case, the report and the cause of death cannot be released to the public," Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer for the LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office told CNN. According to Sarah, the hold could last "months or even years."
"The family of Andres Guardado demands answers. They demand accountability. They demand, and deserve, full transparency from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department regarding the facts surrounding the death of this young man," said the Guardado family's lawyer Adam Shea in a statement. "We will not rest until these facts are fully disclosed."
"Even if this is the last day I breathe, I'm not holding this back," says Andres' sister, Jennifer Guardado. "I feel it in my soul that my brother was murdered, and this was covered up."
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