PODCAST: The aftermath of the shooting of Mona Rodriguez by a school safety officer

:16 – As her family prepares to take her off life support, the shooting of Mona Rodriguez by Long Beach Unified School Safety Officer Eddie F. Gonzalez continues to spark concern. Mike Guardabascio covers the School District for the Long Beach Post. He also has small children who attend school in Long Beach. He gives us his perspective on last week’s events.

17:39 – A protest took place on Sunday in front of the Long Beach Police Department. The event was organized by activist Najee Ali. He and several other people spoke to the press about what they want to see from this point. The first to speak was Valerie Garcia, a family friend of Mona’s boyfriend who said she’d helped raise Mona. She understands that Mona should not have gone up to the school for a fight and she addresses that in her speech.

The family of Mona Rodriguez was not present, and a spokesperson for the Rodriguez family said they were not working with Najee Ali, and he did not speak on their behalf.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.