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Family Of Andres Guardado Are Asking For The Autopsy Report Be Released

Update July 8, 2020, 11:15 a.m. PST: The family of Andrés Guardado has received an independent autopsy report in the young man’s death. After weeks of demanding answers, the report ordered by the family found that Guardado died from multiple gun wounds to the back.

An independent autopsy reports that Andrés Guardado died after being shot in the back.

The report found that Guardado was shot five times in the back by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy Miguel Vega, according to the LA Times. The family was compelled to pay for their own independent autopsy because a “security hold” was placed o the official autopsy from the LA Country Coroner.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, according to the LA Times and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department officials are not commenting on the progress. However, Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro told the LA Times that the “security hold” on the official autopsy would be lifted in the coming weeks.

“I know there’s people that want answers, but when you conduct a thorough investigation sometimes you need to protect the integrity of future statements you might be getting,” Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro told the LA Times.

Update: On June 18, Andrés Guardado was shot and killed by officers of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The 18-year-old was working as a security guard at an auto mechanic shop when he was killed. Two weeks later, the family is demanding the autopsy report.

It’s been two weeks since Andrés Guardado was killed by LASD officers and the autopsy still hasn’t been released.

Guardado was working as a security guard for an auto repair shop when he was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. The death sparked protests in southern California demanding justice.

“He told me he was going to come back home and eat some tacos dorados, but he never came back home. My family and my community feel destroyed because we still don’t know anything. We don’t know what happened with my son,” said Elisa Guardado, Andrés’s mother, in Spanish during a press conference.

The family is demanding the release of Andrés’s autopsy, which has recently been delayed. A security hold was placed on the autopsy just two days after the head of the homicide bureau, Capt. Kent Wegener, said the autopsy would be released to the public. It’s been about a week and the family demands to see the autopsy for closure and to know what happened to their loved one.

Original: Friends and family are demanding answers after an 18-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy. The man, identified at Andrés Guardado, was working as a security guard when he was shot and killed by an LASD deputy. The killing has set off protests and national outrage.

Andrés Guardado was killed by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy and the community is demanding answers.

According to reports, Guardado was working as a security guard in Gardena, California when LASD officers drove by. The officers claim that Guardado was not wearing a security guard uniform when they drove by the auto repair shop and that he had a gun.

His death is sparking outrage in California because it is another example of police brutality. Protesters have taken to the streets in major cities demonstrating for weeks. The protesters are demanding severe police reform to save the lives of Black and brown people killed by the police.

The nation is taking notice and demanding some action to bring justice.

Those who knew Guardado are casting a lot of doubt on the story being pushed by the police. The case has drawn the attention of national and local politicians demanding something to be done to fully investigate Guardado’s death.

“Another day and another Black or Brown kid has been shot in the back by police,” Reps. Nanette Diaz Barragán and Maxine Waters, both from Los Angeles, said in a joint statement. “These killings must stop. We demand it. The American people demand it.”

Videos of the store owner sharing what happened are circulating on social media.

According to the shop owner, the sheriffs came to the shop and took the tapes and recording equipment with the footage. This was done before a warrant was issued for the equipment. In the video, the shop owner shows the damage done to the cameras.

The shop owner claims that the officers were not wearing body cameras. Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva acknowledged the importance of all officers wearing body cameras.

The story from the police and the story from the shop owner and family are very different.

The discrepancies have led to protests against the police adding to the growing unrest from Americans against police brutality. States and cities across the country have started to take steps to wrangle in the numerous police departments.

“I firmly believe that an immediate and independent investigation must be conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) into this matter, and I urge the Sheriff’s Department to immediately and fully cooperate with this OIG independent investigation,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said in a statement.

People are protesting to demand justice for Guardado.

As more and more people join in the fight to radically reform the police, the country gets closer to ending over-policing. Guardado is not the first and won’t be the last questionable killing of a person of color by police in the U.S. Rest in peace, Andres.

READ: Protests Erupt After Police Kill A Mexican-American Teenager In Mexico

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Another day, another tragic COVID-19 related death. On November 3rd, a Los Angeles comedian Joe “El Cholo” Luna passed away from the coronavirus.

Throughout his battle with COVID-19, Luna documented his struggle through social media.

Just two days before he passed away, Luna posted a video on Instagram chronicling his COVID-19 journey. He shared the video with his followers for “educational purposes”. In the video, Luna got extremely candid about the realities of the deadly illness.

“Let me tell you, man, when I would hear people talk about what COVID did to them, I always said to myself, ‘You know what? I doubt it’s that bad’,” he says in the video. “I’ll tell you guys right now, I’ve been putting up a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last week or so, man. This COVID shit is no joke.”

Luna described his symptoms: losing his taste and smell, fainting, having trouble breathing, fevers, chills, chest pains. He also contracted pneumonia. At one point, he even lost consciousness.

Luna explained that he had been discharged from the hospital a few days ago simply to be taken back to the hospital via an ambulance. “I ended up passing out,” he said in the clip.

He also revealed that his mother, his girlfriend, and his children had tested positive for the virus. His mother was also hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Luna was a diabetic and had previously lost both of his legs due to the disease. According to him, COVID-19 hit him especially hard due to his preexisting conditions.

Luna’s family and community mourn the loss of a vibrant man who had been full of humor and light when he was alive.

“We are currently all mourning him because not only was he a great son, dad, hubby but also a best friend to many of us,” wrote Blanca Castro on his GoFundMe page.

She continued: “He fought hard after losing both legs to stay ok. He fought hard with the everyday pain. He was my comedian superhero. Even when he was hurting he managed to put a smile on our faces.”

Because of his father’s bright spirit, his family insists on celebrating his death the way he would have wanted: with humor. “For his funeral, he doesn’t want anyone crying so we’re going to put together a show because that’s what he would have wanted,” said his son, Jose Talavera, to Fox 11 News. “He wanted people to be laughing and having fun,” said Talavera.

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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President-elect Joe Biden is currently putting together his cabinet. People have celebrated his choices so far byt Angelenos are taking to the streets in anger over one: Mayor Eric Garcetti. Protesters are highlighting Mayor Garcetti’s résumé when it comes to homelessness in Los Angeles.

#BlockGarcetti protests have filled LA streets for the past seven days.

Protesters are urging the President-elect Joe Biden not to appoint LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to his cabinet. The mayor was floated as potentials for the Department of Housing and Urban Development or Department of Transportation. On both counts, protesters claim that Mayor Garcetti has been a failure to the city.

On Thanksgiving Day, protesters chanted outside of Mayor Garcetti’s home. Two protesters were arrested after police declared the protest an unlawful assembly.

Protesters are pointing to Mayor Garcetti’s record on homelessness in the city as the biggest disqualifier for the position.

Black Lives Matter is responsible for the unrelenting demonstrations against LA’s mayor. They have organized daily protests to bring attention to the climbing death toll of homelessness in the City of Angels.

Homelessness has been a major issue in Los Angeles. In 2017, General Dogon protested Mayor Garcetti in person. The homelessness activist was given an award by the mayor and he took the opportunity to call out Mayor Garcetti for his homelessness track record. Dogon reminded those watching of Mayor Garcetti’s lack of work on Skid Row, a strip of downtown LA notorious for homelessness.

The pandemic has exacerbated the homeless crisis in LA.

Americans are facing mass evictions as the economy continues to suffer and no federal plan has offered rent forgiveness. Unemployment remains high as the virus continues to rage in the U.S. Los Angeles County recently went back into a three-week lockdown to stop the rampant spread of Covid.

Covid numbers in Los Angeles have been spiking drastically. Cases have tripled and hospitalizations are increasing rapidly. On Nov. 19, the county reported more than 5,000 cases of the virus.

After seven days of protest, the demonstrations seem to be going strong.

Covid restrictions in the county have pushed people back to their homes with little more to do than scroll social media. With the new restrictions, people are free to demonstrate against the possibility of Mayor Garcetti joining the Biden administration.

READ: Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Budget Cut To LAPD But Critics Say It Isn’t Near Enough

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