Kenneth French, a 32-year-old non-verbal man with a learning disability, was shopping with his parents at a Costco in Los Angeles when an encounter with an off-duty LAPD officer, Salvador Sanchez, ultimately left French and his parents shot. French died on the scene.
According to his family, French was a "gentle giant" – not known for violent tendencies. Store security footage appears to show French's father attempting to get between French and Sanchez after his son made physical contact with Sanchez to explain that it was a misunderstanding and that he was disabled. Sanchez claims he was knocked unconscious by French, even though after the incident he was only found to have minor injuries.
Currently, the LAPD is carrying out both an internal and criminal investigation into what happened that day at Costco, though they have chosen to neither arrest nor suspend Sanchez. Why are law enforcement officers given such leeway when anyone else would have been put in jail?
Add your name to this petition to demand justice for French and his family by calling on the LAPD to fire and arrest Sanchez and to carry out a full criminal investigation.
French did not deserve to die and his killer should not be able to avoid the consequences just because he's a cop!