Dec 23, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Valentina Orellana-Peralta. Valentina was shot and killed in front of her family when shots were fired by a police officer responding to an incident at a department store.
The video published by the LAPD a year ago, prompted the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch its own investigation under AB 1506, a bill I coauthored in 2020, that gives the DOJ the authority to initiate its own investigation of officer involved incidents.
I am continuing conversations with the DOJ in connection to the pending case resolution to achieve justice on the behalf of Valentina and her family. As they mourn the loss of Valentina, I send them my thoughts and heartfelt sympathies.