Mourners gathered at the funeral to pay tribute to Valentina Orellana Peralta, who was shot and killed by LAPD police in December while stalking a man in a department store. A 14-year-old girl died in the locker room in her mother’s arms.
“If it was a department store in a prestigious neighborhood, would you shoot like that? I wonder if this happened in a different area, with a different income level, with a different race, would people perceive it as a tragedy? [rather] what a parody? ” Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton said in a eulogy at Orellana Peralta’s funeral Monday at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, south of Los Angeles.
“It’s not okay to shoot so recklessly that a young teenage girl looking to make the American Dream come true who went shopping with her dear mom Soledad, perhaps getting a Christmas dress, ended up dressed for her funeral,” said Sharpton, noting that he and others have called for LAPD reform for decades, starting with the police beat Rodney King in 1991.
“We must pass new laws, we must create new teaching,” urged Sharpton, who delivered eulogies at the funeral. George Floyd, Stephon Clarke and others killed by the police. “They must be held accountable … Her life is important to us.”
December 23 police shot 24-year-old Danielle Elena Lopezwho, as shown in the video, attacked people with a bicycle lock at a Burlington store in North Hollywood. When the cops fired at him, a stray bullet pierced the wall of the locker room, police said, killing Orellana Peralta, who was hiding inside with her mother.
At a press conference a few days after her death, Orellana Peralta the family said the teenager liked to skateboard and wanted to become an engineer one day. The teenager moved to the United States just six months before her death, and her family left Chile in search of a better life in the United States.
“Valentina’s blood will not get away with the LAPD as they try to justify the unfounded actions that caused your 14-year-old angel to shed his innocent blood,” said civil rights lawyer Ben Crump. Funeral Monday, address to the parents of Orellana Peralta, Soledad Peralta and Juan Pablo Orellana Larenas. “Valentina is innocent.”
Los Angeles Police and the California Department of Justice are investigating the shooting. Los Angeles Police Officer William Jones, who shot Elena Lopez and Orellana Peralta, was detained. on administrative leave…
Protesters call for justice for Orellana Peralta was demanded to fire the officer and to bring charges against him.
At Monday’s funeral, family attorney Rahul Ravipudi denounced the life of a young girl who was “uselessly taken … by the very people who were tasked with protecting her.”
“It won’t be in vain,” said the lawyer, a child of Indian immigrants. “We will uncover this truth, hold accountable those responsible for her death, and implement changes that will make all Americans, all immigrants and everyone experience the same American dream, the one in which we raise our children in a place where we feel safe and protected. … This is Valentine’s reason.