FBI Agrees To Oakland Chief’s Request To Probe Shooting By Officers

OAKLAND (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation agreed Wednesday to a request from Oakland’s police chief to investigate last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed man by officers, according to the Oakland Police Department.

OPD spokeswoman Holly Joshi said the federal investigation would look at whether the two officers involved in the incident, whose names haven’t been released, were following the department’s policies and procedures as well as state and federal rules regarding the use of lethal force.

Chief Anthony Batts on Tuesday had asked for the independent civil rights probe because of public outrage over the death of 37-year-old Derrick Jones. Police and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office also were conducting an internal investigation of the shooting.

Jones’ mother said she believed police murdered him.

According to police, two officers responding to a report of a woman being assulted Nov. 8 opened fire on Jones, near his barbershop in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue, after he appeared to reach for a weapon in his waistband as he ran and refused orders to surrender. The object turned out to be a small electronic scale along with a small amount of drugs.

The 37-year-old Jones had been on parole after serving five months in prison last year on an illegal gun possession conviction.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Jones’ shooting came just days after former Bay Area Rapid Transit police Officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison for shooting unnamed passenger Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009.

Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in July.

Joshi said a federal investigation into a police shooting “is not entirely abnormal.” There were two other federal probes in Oakland in the last five years, and Batts, who has been Oakland’s chief for only 14 months, called for federal investigations several times when he was the police chief in Long Beach.

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  • Zack Debarco

    So let me see if I got this straight, an ex-con witha gun possession prior(s) wields and object at the cops and they shoot him fearing for their and the publics safety. I think that having someone else investigate this shooting is a good idea, however I am fearful that the findings will not wash with the Oakland mentality. People get killed everyday in Oakland and not too many people seem to care. Cops doing their job however get thrown under the bus by Orloff the DA and the rest of the political elite.

  • Coached

    Zack, clearly you don’t live the way some of the Oakland residents do! Yes most Police officers are good cops, but there are a lot that aren’t! The distrust of Police is a big deal in Oakland. Just because he was an ex-con doesn’t mean he was a Killer! Police have procedures they must follow, do the all the time? No! This is a tragic event, as pointed out he also was a business man. The papers love to print con/ex-con and whatever else they can dig up! Bottom line here Someone Died! Now lets find out if it was the right action by the Police!

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