Group Protests Fatal Oakland Police Shooting

OAKLAND (BCN) — About 30 people gathered in front of the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland Tuesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of barbershop owner Derrick Jones by two Oakland police officers on Nov. 8.

Protesters then marched to Oakland City Hall.

They had planned to speak at the Oakland City Council meeting that had been scheduled for tonight but the meeting was postponed.

Oakland police said the two officers shot Jones, 37, after they responded to a report that he was assaulting a woman at a laundromat next to his barbershop in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue.

Police said Jones refused repeated orders to surrender and was reaching into his waistband, which the officers thought indicated that he was reaching a gun. But no weapon was found at the scene.

Yvette Felarca of the civil rights group By Any Means Necessary, which organized the rally, addressed the protesters Tuesday evening.

“We need to be the communicators of the truth of what happened to Derrick Jones,” she said.

“We need to cut through the lies and slander of Oakland police and other authorities who want to justify the criminal actions the officers undertook,” Felarca said.

Felarca and other protesters also spoke out against a bid by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle to be granted bail while he appeals his involuntary manslaughter conviction for fatally shooting unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry is slated to consider Mehserle’s bail motion at a hearing on Friday.

Felarca told people at the rally to “check your e-mails and text messages on Friday” to see if Perry releases Mehserle.

She said that if Mehserle is freed, “We’ve got to have some kind of a fight. We can’t let that happen.”

There were several rallies near Jones’ barbershop and the Fruitvale BART station after he was shot and killed, but the protest tonight is the first that’s been held in downtown Oakland.

“We want downtown to see us, and they will,” Felarca said.

She said By Any Means Necessary plans to organize another rally next Tuesday and have protesters speak at the City Council meeting that’s scheduled for that day.

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  • jeff

    Mothers of Oakland Teach your children this fact over and over. “Do Not resist or not follow the orders of a Police Officer ever.” Stay Alive ! Don’t run stop ! Also don’t take drugs, don’t where pants that are falling off where you have to pull at your waist band in the presence of a Police Officer. Don’t Join Gangs. Become a Police Officer Join the fight against utter stupidity and the people ( idiots ) who support them.

  • Gary

    It seems that some in Oakland would like to see it become a lawless place ruled by gangs. Mr. Jones was reaching into his waistband. What were the cops supposed to think? How can they assume that he was just pulling up his baggies when ganstas routinely shoot at anyone they feel like shooting at?

    Blaming law enforcement is a cop-out (no pun intended); reforming your community to the greater community’s standards would go a long way toward eliminating incidents like this.

  • rick

    cops go to the shooting range on a regular basis. why can’t they aim for a leg or arm, especially if their’s no weapon in sight. again, no compassion.

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