A family is demanding to see the autopsy for a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy in September. The family maintains the man was unarmed, but deputies have said the man pointed a gun during the confrontation. Crowds gathered to demand justice for the man, carrying signs that read “STOP KILLER COPS” and chanting for “justice now.” Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
The family of a 23-year-old City Terrace man killed by deputies in September marched Saturday for the release of his autopsy results and also calling for the arrest of a deputy involved in the shooting.
Carlos Oliva’s family said he was shot in the back by deputies while unarmed and riding a skateboard in East Los Angeles. But the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported after the shooting that Oliva pointed a gun at the deputies and that a firearm was recovered from the scene.
Community members, families of victims involved in officer-involved shootings and community organizations marched on the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s station Saturday to call for the arrest of Anthony Forlano, a deputy involved in Oliva’s shooting with a long record of discharging his firearm.
The march at Cesar Chavez and Mednik avenues remained peaceful as the family and dozens of others marched with signs that read "STOP KILLER COPS" and shouted for justice.
"I want justice for my brother," said Carlos' sister, Bianca Oliva.
Carlos’ family is also calling for the results of his autopsy, which they say has not yet been made available.
"We don't have an autopsy," Bianca said. "(Officials told us) it's on a security hold, and we don't know why."
Forlano has been involved in six shooting incidents prior to Carlos’ death, according to the Office of Independent Review. Forlano reported seeing firearms in three of those incidents, but none were found in those cases.
Forlano remains on administrative leave. The case is still under investigation.