Courthouse News Service
September 14, 2011
SAN ANTONIO – A 14-year-old boy got into a fight at a school bus stop and the school district’s police officer responded by shooting him to death, the boy’s mother says. She says the cop had been reprimanded 16 times in the previous 4 years, suspended without pay 5 times, and “recommended for termination for insubordination,” but the school kept him on the force “without remedial training.”
Denys Lopez Moreno sued the Northside Independent School District, of San Antonio, the district’s Chief of Police John Page and the alleged shooter, Daniel Alvarado, in Federal Court.
Lopez says her son, Derek, got into a fight with another boy at a school bus stop and punched the other boy once, in November 2010.
“Defendant, Alvarado, having responded to a call regarding a bus with a flat tire, witnessed Derek strike the other boy. He ordered Derek to ‘freeze.’ Derek hesitated and then ran from defendant Alvarado,” according to the complaint.
School cop kills a student
September 14, 2011
Denys Lopez Moreno filed a lawsuit in Federal court last Thursday against the Northside Independent School District of San Antonio, the district’s Chief of Police John Page and Daniel Alvarado for the death of her son.
In the lawsuit, Moreno states that the civil rights of her 14-year-old son, Derek Lopez, were violated in November of last year. Officer Alvarado pursued her son onto the property of a nearby homeowner where the officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.
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According to reports, Officer Alvarado saw Lopez punch another student at a school bus stop off-campus. Lopez fled after being asked to freeze and the alleged victim was put in the patrol car.
Against his supervisor’s wishes, Alvarado sped off in his patrol unit in pursuit of Lopez, according to dispatch recordings. A neighbor witnessed Lopez hurdling a fence and hide in the shed in the back yard. When the resident dialed 911 and told a neighbor, the neighbor ultimately led Alvarado to Lopez with his firearm drawn.
No one actually witnessed the shooting, but the suit states that Alvarado charged to the shed, swung the door open and opened fire.
In a police report, Alvarado wrote that the door flew open, striking him in the face, however no one other than himself can recall seeing any facial injuries on the officer after the shooting.
Alvarado went on to write “the suspect bull rushed his way out of the shed and lunged right at me. The suspect was literally inches away from me, and I feared for my safety.” Now that suspect, a 14-year-old boy, is dead.
According to the autopsy, the bullet went into the Lopez’s chest and ricocheted off his pancreas, colon, right liver and left kidney and exited the teen’s stomach.