Maria Macias, Sister of Ismael Lopez, Who Died In An Officer-Involved Shooting in Long Beach, Vows To Be Her Brother's Voice

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Ismael Lopez
It won't bring her brother back, but Maria Macias says she thinks she'll feel a little better if she gets to meet the Long Beach police officer who fatally shot her brother, look him in the eye and ask him a question.

"I want to meet the cop and ask him why. Why did he shoot? Did he have a bad day that day?" Macias says, when speaking of the officer-involved shooting last month that left her 29-year-old brother Ismael Lopez dead. 

Officers responded to an "unknown trouble" call around 8 p.m. on August 26, according to the Long Beach Police Department's press release about what led up to the shooting. As the officers began to approach that scene, they got word of "a group of male Hispanic gang members fighting in front of the Superior Market, a business nearby, and that someone had been shot in the stomach." At that scene, police saw two suspects who allegedly fled from the officers. An officer, whose name hasn't been released, opened fire after one of the suspects did something that made the officer "fear for his safety and/or the safety of the other officers."

One of the bullets entered Lopez's torso and he died at the scene, the press release says, adding that Lopez was not armed.

Macias says her brother was in the area that evening because he heard that a friend of his was in a fight and came to check up on him. She says she's "very disappointed" in the police department. "They haven't called us. They make us feel like my brother was worth nothing. He was a human being." 

Doug Kauffman of the Long Beach Campaign to Stop Police Violence says he thinks Lopez's death is indicative of a larger problem. "There are a lot of issues involved that are highlighted by this case. One is the racial profiling in Long Beach. Seeing a bald-headed Latino, the cop immediately thought, 'gang-banger.'" 

Macias, who says her brother had no gang affiliation, says she had heard rumblings about the police department in the past, but always dismissed them. "I always try to give everybody the benefit of the doubt. I've always given people chances. Now I feel like, 'Wow, everything they said about the Long Beach Police Department is true.'" 

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Maria Macias, Lopez's sister, at a press conference Friday
Lopez's family, who has filed a civil lawsuit against the Long Beach Police Department, held a press conference on Friday to raise awareness about the case.

Citing the pending litigation and the department's "ongoing investigation" into what happened that night, spokeswoman Lisa Massacani said the Long Beach Police Department has "no new information to release." 

Macias says she wants better training for officers and justice for her brother -- something she's made her own mission. "I'm a fighter. They thought they killed some supposed gangster with no family. They have no idea what they're up against. He has a voice and I'm his voice."

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19 comments
Mariamacias1976
Mariamacias1976

Until you lose a loved one you will never know the pain. regardless if you are white, Mexican, or any other race we are still human beings ... but there is ALWAYS some stupid ass people that have nothing better to do in life then to Judge others. GET A LIFE STOP BEING BITTER FROM THE SOUNDS OF IT DONALD YOU NEED GOD IN YOUR LIFE BECAUSE YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHEN HE WILL COME FOR YOU!! OH THAT'S IF HE ACCEPTS YOU.... BUT I WILL SURELY KEEP YOU IN PRAYER

lorena
lorena

I'm always here for you Maria, don't pay any attention to those who are ignorant, they only want to bring you down because they have no purpose in life or a life at all. You have a great heart and a great purpose, there will be justice for your brother just keep Your head up and ignore all the negativity people may bring.

jim
jim

It is clear by reading the comments here that there are a lot of racist cops in the LB PD and their families.  These are the same folks that posted hatefull shit when Doug Zerby got murdered and I know some of them are cops  and a cop son posting these.  LB PD needs to be exterminated.

Ian_Smith
Ian_Smith

Screw you bitch.  I'm glad your violent beaner brother is dead and I hope you are next.

no baldies
no baldies

This happened on August 26 and they already have the civil lawsuit going?

Yep, let'$ all gue$$ what thi$ i$ all about..??..

I wonder if young, innocent Ismael had something, like say, meth in his system.?.?.

Donald
Donald

I love how people blast the PD and say we need to do away with LBPD. Yea, that's definitely California's biggest problem. Not the cockroaches that are sneaking into our house from our filthy neighbor. Destroying this once beautiful state. I can't go anywhere now without picking up some garbage left by our non-american friends.

Smith
Smith

Fuck you stupid bitch, you might be the next one...........................

Jimmy-purple
Jimmy-purple

I bet you are the son of a cop...because of how you talk.  But anyhay...you hate beaners? better move to China because we rule California dude.  Check out the statistics.

Mariamacias1976
Mariamacias1976

fuck you Ian ..... one day you will be Judged until that day see u in hell....

Brooke
Brooke

It clearly states in the article that he was UNARMED... How do you know he was violent??? And why are you so angry, we are all brothers and sisters no matter what race or color. Calm down, all you sound is ignorant!

Jim
Jim

Because that is the only way to get a legitimate investigation. The DA's "investigation" of Zerby is still going on - there have been at least two more questionable shootings (including this one) by the Long Beach PD since that time. If neighboring agencies were capable of a fair investigation, or the FBI were willing to investigate, you wouldn't see a civil case start so quickly.

Young Ismael was not a young innocent, but he was never a gang member, never committed a violent crime and never did meth. Even if he did have drugs in his system, would that justify shooting an unarmed man trying to put his hands up?

Jimmy-purple
Jimmy-purple

K cop,listen here: Long Beach PD is violent and I pray that YES they sue so that some of the money  comes out of your pocket too.  The PD has the same standard "he pointed a gun at me"  "He was a gang member" or "He turned in a threatening manner"  all from the book of lies that McDonald has.Long Beach is going to hell in a hand baskek and I hope the families of the murdered Zerby and Ismael will spend their millions elsewhere not in la COUNTY. ps JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS DRUNK OR ON DRUGS it does not justify being murdered. Ofcourse when you are the child or relative of a cop , you don't have to worry about getting shot in the LB.

Love A Beaner..

Brooke
Brooke

you don't know this man.. I don't see anywhere in the article that he was a gang member or had a weapon or was violent..There havebeen a slate of Police involved murdr, beatigns and tasings against innocent people in this country, if that was your brother or son maybe you would be making the same comments.

Jim
Jim

One does not rule out the other - burglars and abusive cops are both a problem. In Zerby the cops snuck up on a guy holding a water nozzle and shot him without warning - he had no weapon. After an argument with his girlfriend Jonathan Cabrera opened the door to cops pointing guns in his face. Out of reflex he slammed the door. When his girlfriend asked who was at the door he said the police - we need to go talk to them. As she was getting dressed to step outside police fired multiple rounds through Cabrera's window hitting him twice - he had no weapon. Ismael Lopez was standing in a driveway when a motorcycle officer pulled up, drew his weapon and fired multiple rounds hitting him in the upper chest and killing him. The trajectory of the bullet shows Ismael was putting his hands up and he had no weapon. The police accuse him of running from the fight - only problem is Ismael was handicapped and couldn't run. He has never been in a gang and never been accused, let alone convicted, of a violent crime. We have all seen what happened in Fullerton... how long before Long Beach realizes they have a problem?

Donald
Donald

54% of the state, with 5% of the wealth. Ruling for sure esse

Mariamacias1976
Mariamacias1976

thank you Brooke for being a human being. may God bless you..

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