A young mother shot by school police in California was expected to be removed from life support at the weekend, her brother said.
The arrested man, known by family members as 18-year-old Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez, was preparing to be released before being removed from life support, a move that allowed her siblings and mother, her brother Iran Rodriguez, to speak at a news conference Friday.
“We used to be six, now we’re five,” he said of his brothers and sisters.
Manuela Rodriguez also survived with her five-month-old baby, according to family representative Luis A. Carrillo.
Long Beach Unified School District identified this principal as Eddie F. Gonzalez, assigned to Jan. 10. District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said Gonzalez was placed on paid leave, and the Los Angeles County attorney general’s office and Long Beach city police were involved in the shooting investigation.
A police officer was driving a school security vehicle near Milikan High School on Monday afternoon when he came across a fight between Manuela Rodriguez and an unidentified 15-year-old girl, Long Beach police said in a statement.
Manuela Rodriguez knew the girl and started fighting, the department said. When the principal intervened, he jumped into a car with an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy “involved in the attack,” police said.
The video shows the principal at the driver’s side, appearing to be trying to get the young people to stop or to volunteer, when he ran, the tires squealing. The officer pulled out a weapon and fired a shot from the back of the fleeing car.
Paramedics took Manuela Rodriguez to Long Beach Medical Center in critical condition, Carrillo said. .
The shooting comes as people across the country are reflecting on the performance of school police during a major police reform operation that erupted after the assassination of George Floyd and the mayor of Minneapolis in 2020.
Carrillo said the officer had violated a state law stating: “Police must not shoot a car while moving.”
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Long Beach Superintendent Jill A. Baker stated in a letter to parents and staff that the chief “will be held accountable for the established standards in their profession.”
Carrillo sent a letter to California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Wednesday, requesting a national investigation. They also said they thought the police should be arrested.
“This guy doesn’t care about carrying a badge and a gun,” he said. “He shot an unarmed 18-year-old girl without justification.”
The justice-demanding protest of Manuela Rodriguez is scheduled for Sunday in Long Beach.
His brother Oscar Rodriguez said Friday that the family had no part in planning the event.
“All I want is for him.” [the officer] to see how justice feels, “he said.
Todd Miyazawa involved.