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Activists protest decision in Andy Lopez killing

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- Activists in Northern California are protesting a decision to not file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/1m4YEeM) reports about 200 protesters staged a rally in downtown Santa Rosa on Saturday to denounce the decision by Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch.

On Monday, Ravitch announced her office cleared Deputy Erick Gelhaus of any criminal responsibility for shooting Lopez on Oct. 22 as he walked near his home in Santa Rosa.

Ravitch says Gelhaus mistakenly believed the teen's pellet gun was an assault rifle and the deputy feared for his life.

The district attorney's report cited autopsy results showing that Lopez had smoked marijuana before the shooting, and a medical expert concluded the drug likely impaired the teen's judgment.

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