700 Protesters March In Santa Rosa; 75 Arrested: Police

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SONOMA COUNTY, CA — Santa Rosa police officers arrested more than 75 people out after curfew Tuesday night and towed more than 20 vehicles following a protest of police brutality, police said Wednesday.

Hundreds gathered around 5 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot in the 700 block of Sebastopol Road to hold a vigil for Andy Lopez, a 13-year-old who was fatally shot in 2013 by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy while holding an airsoft gun resembling an AK-47 rifle.

By 6:20 p.m., the group had ballooned to roughly 700 people and the vigil turned to a protest of police brutality. Shortly afterward, people began marching down westbound Sebastopol Road toward the intersection with Stony Point Road.

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