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Watchdog: Follow the Money

California officials: Protests over police-involved shooting have cost $225,000

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Sonoma County has paid about $225,000 in overtime for law enforcement officers monitoring protests over the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday that the majority of the expense — about $207,000 through Dec. 31 — was borne by the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies in riot gear were deployed during protests that drew up to 1,500 people.

Santa Rosa police officers racked up about $18,000 in overtime through Dec. 10.

Lopez was fatally shot Oct. 22 while holding a toy rifle police say Deputy Erick Gelhaus mistook for an AK-47 assault rifle.

The shooting prompted community outrage and several demonstrations.

The teen's family has since filed a federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations.

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