Family Rallies for Teen Hospitalized After Being Shot Deputies - NBC Southern California

Family Rallies for Teen Hospitalized After Being Shot Deputies

Loved ones are angry deputies did not first use a Taser on the teen, who was allegedly wielding a hammer and sharp object when authorites arrived



    While a 16-year-old boy underwent surgery after he was shot by deputies during a confrontation one night earlier, friends and family gathered at the site of the shooting to rally for justice. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (Published Monday, Jan. 20, 2014)

    A prayer vigil for a teen shot by deputies turned into a rally for justice when friends and family gathered in Highland Sunday night as the 16-year-old underwent surgery.

    "No justice, no peace" is what the group of more than 50 people chanted at the site where Joshua Alvarez, 16, was shot by deputies one night earlier for allegedly wielding a hammer at authorities.

    Sheriff's deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 7400 block of Rogers Lane about 10:36 p.m. Saturday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The caller told authorities that they feared for their safety and that a family member had a weapon.

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    A 16-year-old boy was shot by deputies in Highland after he allegedly attempted to attack them with a hammer and a sharp object Saturday night. Deputies responded to reports of a domestic disturbance when they found the teen walking away from the scene. Reggie Kumar reports from Highland for Today in LA Weekend on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
    (Published Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014)

    Responding deputies attempted to contact the boy, who was walking away from the scene. As they did, the Alvarez allegedly turned toward the deputies and attempted to attack them with a hammer and a sharp instrument, sheriff's officials said.

    A deputy fired his gun and shot the boy. Alvarez was later hospitalized and underwent surgery at Loma Linda University, Children's Hospital, said the boy's mother, Elizabeth Camacho.

    "He loves his brother, his sister, his mom, his dad, his cousins, everybody," said the teen’s cousin, Vanessa Camacho, over a megaphone at the rally Sunday night. "He is a good little boy, he is a kid.”"

    Alvarez was in a fight with his brother when authorities were called.

    "I wish I would have talked it out with him instead of argued with him," the teen’s brother, Augustine Alvarez, said of the argument.

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    The boy's mother said that a Taser or a less-lethal option should have been used instead of a gun.

    "I feel like they should have used a different force on him because he’s a minor,"  Camacho said. “I’ve been crying all night."

    The reason why the deputies did not use a Taser was under investigation. No deputies were injured in the incident. 

    Friends and family say the whole situation has made them lose all faith in law enforcement.

    "Now we are afraid of calling the cops, because, are they going to be shooting our kids?" said Alva Alvarez, Joshua’s aunt.

    Friends and family members planned to rally at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Monday afternoon to call for an independent investigation and cameras to be worn by officers.

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