Woman shot by school safety officer to be disconnected from life support, family says

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According to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez was shot by a Millican High School security officer on September 27 following a physical altercation between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl.

“An incident occurred in the area of ​​Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue this afternoon. Preliminary information indicates that one of our school security officers discharged his duty weapon,” Millican High School said in a statement. Statement Posted on his website on the day of shooting.
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In a statement to Granthshala, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), which is currently investigating, said that at approximately 3:12 p.m. on Monday, September 27, “LBPD officers opened fire in the area of ​​Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue.” Responded in this regard. One hit shooting.”

The school safety officer had responded to an “off-campus” incident, Long Beach Unified School District’s director of public information Chris Afticchio told Granthshala in an email.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the school security officer was driving when he noticed a physical altercation between an 18-year-old female suspect and a 15-year-old female juvenile victim who happened to be on the road,” the LBPD statement said.

Police said Rodriguez and two others involved in a brawl attempted to escape in a four-door sedan when a school security officer approached the vehicle and shot at it as it accelerated sharply, Rodriguez, who was in the front passenger seat. The other people in the car were a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old male, police said.

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Bystander recorded incident

Lawyers for Rodriguez’s family say the driver of the vehicle was Rodriguez’s partner and the father of her 5-month-old son, and that the other passenger was his teenage brother at the time of the incident.

A video shot by a bystander, obtained by Granthshala, shows the officer on the passenger side of the car approaching the vehicle and drawing his weapon.

“I just want justice for my sister,” Rodriguez’s brother Iran Rodriguez said on Friday. “She didn’t deserve it, no one deserves it.”

The school safety officer was hired by the school on January 10 this year and “no disciplinary problems or complaints were filed against him,” Efficio said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave until the results of the investigation, Efficio confirmed to Granthshala. Efficio said school security officers are employees of the district, not any police department. He said school security officers undergo more than 600 hours of state-mandated peace officer training, and officers were up to date on that, including twice-yearly firearm training.

City ‘heartbroken’, says mayor

Rodriguez’s family has retained attorney Luis A Carrillo to represent him. In a letter to California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Carrillo said the officer’s actions were “reckless” and that Rodriguez was “shot inappropriately.”

“This officer had no justification for using lethal force against Ms. Rodriguez because Ms. Rodriguez did not pose an imminent threat to the officer after she shot the officer,” the letter said.

Rodriguez’s mother, Manuela Sahagun, told reporters during a monitor Wednesday for her daughter that her heart was “shattered” and she did not want any mother to go through what she was going through.

Long Beach City Mayor Robert Garcia said in a tweet that the city was “heartbroken” by the tragic incident.

“The city is saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting of Mona Rodriguez by the Long Beach School District Safety Officer. We are praying for her family. While the officer was not an employee of the city, we are working with the LA County DA to investigate.” are,” Garcia said.

The cause of the controversy that led to the shooting is being investigated, the Long Beach Police Department confirmed to Granthshala. The LBPD said the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office would also conduct an independent investigation into the incident. The Long Beach Unified School District is cooperating with the LBPD on this investigation.

Rodriguez was not enrolled in high school as a student, Efficio told Granthshala. But Efficio said she was previously enrolled in another school in the district.

Rodriguez is currently at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and is scheduled to be disconnected from life support this weekend, her family said Friday.

end-of-life protocol

Long Beach Medical Center told Granthshala it could not comment on Rodriguez’s condition according to HIPAA rules, but shared his end-of-life protocol for patients considered brain dead.

“When a patient is pronounced dead by neurological criteria, it means that the patient has a complete and permanent loss of brain function. The condition is irreversible, with no chance of recovery, and often a catastrophic injury. or caused by an event.

“Under California law, two physicians must independently complete their examination of the patient and come to the same conclusion as loss of brain function in order to declare the patient dead by neurological criteria. After any such declaration, The family is notified, and by law, granted a period of accommodation to allow time for the family to grieve and gather loved ones,” it said.

Mona’s family said on Friday that her organs would be donated.

According to a family statement shared by Carrillo, “Iran Rodriguez said in a press conference that his organs would be donated to the needy as he wishes.”

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