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Andy Lopez protest targets Ravitch fundraiser

Beating on drums, pans and blowing on plastic stadium horns, about 150 activists protesting the shooting death of Andy Lopez picketed a re-election event Tuesday evening for Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch.

The demonstration was staged at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa, where Ravitch was holding a pasta-feed fundraiser. The action is aimed at putting pressure on Ravitch to bring charges against the sheriff's deputy who shot and killed the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy.

"We're here to send a message to the D.A. that we are not happy how she has addressed this issue," said Donny Williams, part of a local group called the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez.

"Essentially, she needs to make this a priority, being that a 13-year-old was killed," Williams said.

Inside the event, in one of the building's side halls, Ravitch supporters ate to the constant din of protesters outside. Every now and then, a protester banged on a window or closed door.


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