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LA County Board of Supervisors calls for independent investigation into sheriff's department shooting

June 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Los Angeles County Supervisors on Tuesday demanded an independent investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado by the LA County Sheriff's Department.

(CNN)The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday demanded an independent investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado by the LA County Sheriff's Department.

The motion, put forth by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, mandates that the Inspector General be provided with all evidence throughout the investigation as it is collected in the case.

Guardado was pursued by sheriff's deputies last Thursday after he reportedly displayed a handgun, looked toward the deputies and ran from the front of an auto body shop in Gardena, Captain Kent Wegener of the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau said during a Saturday press conference.

Guardado's family has said he was working as a security guard at the auto body shop.

The family, as well as the City of Compton, is demanding the sheriff's department provide more information about what happened.

The sheriff's department put a security hold on the coroner's case, preventing release of any information beyond the name and age of the deceased.

The new measure ensures the independent investigators are granted "immediate and full access to all evidence requested," including information from the coroner, according to Ridley-Thomas's motion.

Huntsman said his office requested video evidence relevant to the case but is still awaiting a response from the sheriff's department.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, LA Police Chief Michel Moore and District Attorney Jackie Lacey are expected to introduce a new proposal on Wednesday for a countywide task force aimed at investigating fatal law enforcement involved shootings.

Last weekend, protesters marching for justice for Guardado clashed with sheriff's deputies at the sheriff's station in Compton.

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