Paul J. Young
City News Service
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Several dozen people protested outside the Riverside County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday, demanding that the region's top prosecutor reconsider his decision not to file criminal charges against an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a developmentally disabled man and wounded his parents during a confrontation in the Costco warehouse store in Corona.
"Mr. (Mike) Hestrin doesn't need a grand jury to file charges,'' Benjamin Wood, a co-organizer of the downtown Riverside demonstration that at one point drew more than 50 people, told City News Service. "I think the fact that the guy was a police officer is why he's getting favorable treatment. This is not the way a civilian would have been treated.''