• Matt Esnayra

18-year-old woman shot by LB school officer will be taken off life support, attorney says

Mona Rodriguez. Courtesy GoFundMe.

An attorney representing the family of Mona Rodriguez, an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the head by a Long Beach Unified School District safety officer, says she will be taken off life support on Friday.

Why it matters:

The Rodriguez shooting comes a year after the death of George Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, which sparked widespread condemnation of police brutality.

  • The school safety officer has been facing criticism for his use of force in deciding to fire his gun into a moving car.

  • The family's attorney, Luis Carrillo, said Mona is brain dead and that the family decided to remove her from life support, per Fox 11.

  • Rafeul Chowdhury, Rodriguez's boyfriend and father to her five-month-old son, told the media at a press conference outside of Long Beach Memorial Hospital, "I want justice for my girl, my baby momma, the love of my life."

Keep this in mind:

Although the officer's name has not been made public, Long Beach Unified spokesman Chris Eftychiou said on Thursday that the district is attempting to announce the officer's identity and term of service, per the Post.

Context: According to the Long Beach Police Department, a school safety officer was driving and saw a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl near Millikan High School and attempted to intervene.

  • When Rodriguez, a male adult, and a teenager attempted to flee in a 4-door gray sedan, the school safety officer approached the sedan and fired his gun in the rear passenger side window hitting Rodriguez in the head.

What they're saying:

  • Vice Mayor Rex Richardson wrote on Twitter, I’ve followed this tragic incident over the past few days. It is truly disturbing and heartbreaking. My sympathies are with the family of Mona Rodriguez and the Millikan High School community. Schools and guns don’t mix."

  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia writes that "The city is heartbroken over the horrific and tragic shooting of Mona Rodriguez by a Long Beach School District safety officer. We are praying for her family," and continues the emphasize that the officer "was not a city employee."

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