Moms and Dads, if you live in Sonoma County California, don’t let your kids play with toy guns. The penalty is death.
Andy Cruz, age 13, was walking along the street probably playing games in his own mind. He was carrying a toy gun but was not menacing anyone. Sheriff’s deputies spied him, stopped their car, took cover and let off a barrage of shots into his little body, killing the child.
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission, noting that the County had experienced eight deaths-by-cop within the last three years, had already urged the establishment of a police review board. The community outraged over yet another police shooting began demonstrating for such a board.
The penalty for the unauthorized murder of a child? The deputies were put on paid leave. That’ll show them!