Over the last several days, the SSU community has grappled with the recent shooting death of Santa Rosa's thirteen year old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County sheriff's deputy, Erick Gelhaus. In addition to discussing this tragedy in the classroom, SSU students, faculty, and staff have also participated in conversations and activities in Santa Rosa. An integral part of the well-being of the larger regional community, SSU continues its legacy of civic engagement, service learning, and community leadership.
"We are a coalition of Sonoma County human rights and social justice groups who have come together to suggest that the US Civil Right Commission revisit Sonoma County in light of the recent killing of thirteen-year old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy on October 22. In 1998 the California Advisory Committee of the Commission came to Sonoma County for an all day hearing regarding a spate of questionable civilian killings in the 1990s and in 2000 issued a very comprehensive report which sided with the community concerns.