Alan Blueford Would Have Graduated High School in June 2012

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By Dady Chery
Haiti Chery

Eighteen-year old high-school senior and Oakland resident Alan Blueford was shot to death by police on May 6, 2012 under curious circumstances. The policeman who killed Blueford was also shot, but the origin of this officer’s wounds, his type of injury, and even his name were initially shielded by the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights as numerous versions of the incident were disseminated from the police to the press.

According to Alan’s father Adam Blueford:

“When they told me my son had exchanged gunfire, I knew it wasn’t Alan they were talking about…. I’ve heard so many stories since then that I couldn’t believe and now I want the truth.”

It was the Oakland community that ultimately identified Blueford’s shooter. He turned out to be former military man Miguel Masso who lived more than 100 miles outside the city. Officer Masso was discovered to have shot himself in the foot and to have received treatment for his injury even as young Alan Blueford was left on the ground for 4 hours to die.

Alan’s parents were not informed of his death until 6 hours after the shooting and 2 hours after they arrived at the police station to inquire after their son. The family is now joined by members of the clergy, labor unions (SEIU 1021, ILWU), Occupy Oakland, Dignity & Resistance, International Socialist Organization, and Oakland residents in demanding justice for Alan Blueford.

On Wednesday May 23, 2012, a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church wound up spilling outside the building and turning into a spontaneous protest when Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan appeared to exploit the occasion for damage control rather than information sharing. To add insult to injury, one of the protesters, Chris Moreland, was later jailed and not released until the following Saturday.

Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference on July 19, 2012 (Credit: Allie Kossack)

The reluctance to release information continues today. On July 19 the parents were forced to organize a press conference to demand the police and coroner’s reports that had still not been released to them.  Here is what Alan’s mother said:

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012.

I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am now trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness.

This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.

I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt due to this senseless tragedy.

I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together.

I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The coroner’s report was finally issued after the press conference and payment of $326 in autopsy fees by the Bluefords. Such fees are normally waived for homicide victims; however Alan’s shooting continues to be labeled a “justifiable use of deadly force.”

According to the coroner’s report, Blueford never shot at the officer (had no gunpowder residue on either of his hands), although he was shot three times. As ever, the victim — and not the shooter — was treated as the criminal and examined for drugs and alcohol. None was found.

The Blueford family and the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding:

  • That Officer Miguel Masso be dismissed from his post and prosecuted for murder.
  • That Oakland Police Department Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for the numerous lies that were told to the press and to the Blueford family.
  • That the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights be repealed.
  • That there be an end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.

Action: Tuesday July 31, 2012 5:00 p.m. rally at 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Action: Family of Alan Blueford speaks to the Oakland City Council: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 5:30pm, City Hall, 14th & Broadway.  For more info, see justice4alanblueford.org

References:
Press conference: I am the Mother of Murder Victim Alan Blueford, originally posted at Daily Kos
Press release: Blueford Family Demands Coroner’s Report

Sources: Haiti Chery | Press conference photos and videos by Allie Kossack | Thanks to Justice4AlanBlueford and SF BayView for publication

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Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

“I Am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford.”

By J.P. Massar

Justice4AlanBlueford via Daily Kos

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

 

Yesterday morning, July 19th, 2012, Alan Blueford’s mother, father and niece, and their attorneys Dan Siegal and Walter Riley, spoke at a press conference held on the steps of the Alameda County Coroner’s office. They decried the murder of 18 year-old Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. In support at the press conference were friends of the family, numerous Occupy Oaklanders and other activists who seek Justice 4 Alan Blueford.

The family had been stonewalled about the entire case by the City Administration after testifying at a City Council meeting several weeks ago, despite pledges of support by at least one City Council member. The issue at hand was the refusal by the Coroner’s office to release the autopsy report on Blueford’s death, which the Coroner reported had had a “hold” placed on it at the request of the Oakland Police Department. Only after intense pressure over the course of the last month culminating in this press conference was the family able to obtain a copy of the report — after being forced to pay $326 in “fees”. The report was finally issued in the afternoon after the press conference had ended.

… the family couldn’t get the report until it paid a total of $326 in fees, an amount he said is the standard cost for autopsy fees. ((Sheriff’s spokesman)) Kelly said the coroner’s bureau sometimes waives the fees for families of homicide victims but Blueford isn’t considered to be a homicide victim because Oakland police believe that shooting him was a justifiable use of deadly force.

The following is the only information that I am aware of that is public from that report at this time (Dan Siegal is a well know civil rights attorney, along with having been Mayor Jean Quan’s advisor until he resigned over the tear-gassing of Occupy Oakland on October 25th).

HobgoblinOfCommunism @OakScott

A note from Dan Siegel on the coroner’s report: no drugs/alcohol were in Alan Blueford’s system and no gunshot residue was on his hands.

An Alameda County coroner’s report obtained by ABC7 News confirms an Oakland teenager killed by police in May never shot at officers. 18-year-old Alan Blueford was shot three times by police during a pursuit, apparently for pointing a gun at officers.KGO-TV, San Franciso

Below is video of the press conference, a transcription of Alan’s mother’s statement, and more thoughts on this tragedy.

Press Conference, Part I.

Alan’s mother begins speaking at 1:00.

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012. I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am not trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness. This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt to this senseless tragedy. I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together. I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The Blueford’s are concerned not only about what happened to their son. They have be able to see beyond a family tragedy to recognize the systemic injustice of a system that treats being a young black male standing on a street corner with friends as probable cause. In that light the Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding not only that the officer involved be fired and charged with murder, but also

 – That OPD Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for lying to the Blueford family.

– An end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.

– The repeal of the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Press Conference, Part II

Anyone who has read my numerous diaries on the subject should understand that the Oakland Police are a bunch of thugs, run by a bunch of thugs and overseen by a bunch of cowards; they cannot be trusted to report the truth about anything.

As Dan Siegal and Walter Riley go on to document later in the press conference

The family has gotten nothing but lies, distortions and stalling from the OPD.

The police reported that Alan had shot Officer Masso. They lied. The police reported that Alan had been taken to Highland Hospital after he was shot. They lied. The police who approached Blueford and his friends claim that they had seen Alan with either a concealed weapon or drugs — from inside a police car from a distance in the middle of the night! It seems likely to me that they lied about what they saw but the code of silence amongst police will insure that we will never know the truth.The police claim a weapon was found near Alan’s body, that Alan had pointed it at Masso and that is why the officer shot him. But in light of OPD’s record for planting evidence there is more than enough reason to suspect that this gun — of which no information other than it’s existence has been released — is a product of Masso’s comrades quick thinking rather than being in Alan’s possession before Masso gave chase.

Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, said, “Our position is that he didn’t have a gun and there’s no evidence we’ve seen to support that allegation.” – KTVU

As Dan Siegal notes, the Oakland Police, the Oakland City Council, and the Alameda County District Attorney are hoping that with enough delays subterfuge, and smears the Blueford family will give up their quest for justice. They hope that years down the road the Bluefords will agree to quietly settle a lawsuit regarding the wrongful death of a son the world has forgotten.And, let’s face it, history has so far judged these powers-that-be correct. The rage that in the past has accompanied the gunning down of the most recent victim by OPD has always dissipated. Like Gary King, Derrick Jones and multiple others before him, Alan Blueford may fade, overtaken by the next unjust killing in a cycle that leaves those in Oakland who care impotent, frozen by coverups and long-delayed reports that inevitably, ultimately, exonerate those police involved.

The Blueford family has vowed not to let this happen.

“They’re obviously playing a game here. They want this issue to go away. They figure by delaying the reports that we will then lose interest and go onto something else. That’s not going to happen,” Siegal said. – CBS San Francisco

They cannot fight City Hall, the police and the District Attorney alone, but with a determined team of lawyers, friends, people who understand that nothing will change unless action is taken, and organized Occupiers standing with them, they may just stand a chance of making a difference.

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Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference.

If you are local, and would like to support this effort, come to the Justice 4 Alan Blueford BBQ and Speakout tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:00 PM in Arroyo Park in East Oakland (77th & Krause). Or plan to attend the rally on Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM in Oscar Grant Park.

Photo and video credits: Kossack Allie123 took the picture and filmed the videos.

Originally posted at Daily Kos

http://justice4alanblueford.org/2012/07/20/i-am-the-mother-of-murder-victim-alan-blueford/

Press Release: Blueford family demands coroner’s report
Posted on July 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012

FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS GATHER TO DEMAND JUSTICE 4 ALAN BLUEFORD, INCLUDING RELEASE OF POLICE AND CORONER’S REPORTS

Family members of Alan Blueford, a 18-year-old Skyline High student who was shot and killed by Oakland police on May 6, gathered at the Alameda County Coroner’s Office to demand justice and accountability from the city.

Joined by members of clergy, SEIU 1021, ILWU, Occupy Oakland, Dignity & Resistance, International Socialist Organization and other residents who support their call for justice, they demanded the release of the Police and Coroner’s reports on Alan and the firing and prosecution of Miguel Masso, the police officer who killed him.

The family is also demanding that Police Chief Howard Jordan and other members of OPD be held accountable for the multiple lies they have spread both to the press and to the family directly related to the circumstances surrounding Alan’s death and the medical care he supposedly received.

“When they told me my son had exchanged gunfire, I knew it wasn’t Alan they were talking about,” said Adam Blueford, Alan’s father. “I’ve heard so many stories since then that I couldn’t believe and now I want the truth.”

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford campaign is also seeking to change laws that enable police brutality in Oakland and elsewhere, including stop-and-frisk–which may not be a formal policy but is a regular tactic used by police nonetheless–and repealing the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights. They are also looking to expose the lack of accountable at all levels of the OPD.

“The Oakland Police Department is making an unprecedented effort to suppress information about Alan Blueford’s death,” said Dan Siegel, formal legal adviser to Mayor Jean Quan and a supporter of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford campaign. “We know they have a lot to hide, and it will eventually come to light.”

Upcoming actions in the campaign include a community BBQ at Arroyo Park in Oakland on Saturday, July 21, from 1pm – 4pm, as well as a rally at 14th and Broadway at 5pm on Tuesday, July 31.

For more info, see www.justice4alanblueford.org.

UPDATE: After the press conference, the coroner’s report was made available to the family. It revealed that Alan did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system and there was no gunshot residue found on either hand.

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“I Am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford.”

By J.P. Massar
Justice4AlanBlueford via Daily Kos

 

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

 

Yesterday morning, July 19th, 2012, Alan Blueford’s mother, father and niece, and their attorneys Dan Siegal and Walter Riley, spoke at a press conference held on the steps of the Alameda County Coroner’s office. They decried the murder of 18 year-old Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. In support at the press conference were friends of the family, numerous Occupy Oaklanders and other activists who seek Justice 4 Alan Blueford.

The family had been stonewalled about the entire case by the City Administration after testifying at a City Council meeting several weeks ago, despite pledges of support by at least one City Council member. The issue at hand was the refusal by the Coroner’s office to release the autopsy report on Blueford’s death, which the Coroner reported had had a “hold” placed on it at the request of the Oakland Police Department. Only after intense pressure over the course of the last month culminating in this press conference was the family able to obtain a copy of the report — after being forced to pay $326 in “fees”. The report was finally issued in the afternoon after the press conference had ended.

… the family couldn’t get the report until it paid a total of $326 in fees, an amount he said is the standard cost for autopsy fees. ((Sheriff’s spokesman)) Kelly said the coroner’s bureau sometimes waives the fees for families of homicide victims but Blueford isn’t considered to be a homicide victim because Oakland police believe that shooting him was a justifiable use of deadly force.

The following is the only information that I am aware of that is public from that report at this time (Dan Siegal is a well know civil rights attorney, along with having been Mayor Jean Quan’s advisor until he resigned over the tear-gassing of Occupy Oakland on October 25th).

HobgoblinOfCommunism @OakScott
A note from Dan Siegel on the coroner’s report: no drugs/alcohol were in Alan Blueford’s system and no gunshot residue was on his hands.

An Alameda County coroner’s report obtained by ABC7 News confirms an Oakland teenager killed by police in May never shot at officers. 18-year-old Alan Blueford was shot three times by police during a pursuit, apparently for pointing a gun at officers.KGO-TV, San Franciso

Below is video of the press conference, a transcription of Alan’s mother’s statement, and more thoughts on this tragedy.

Press Conference, Part I.
Alan’s mother begins speaking at 1:00.

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012. I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am not trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness. This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt to this senseless tragedy. I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together. I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The Blueford’s are concerned not only about what happened to their son. They have be able to see beyond a family tragedy to recognize the systemic injustice of a system that treats being a young black male standing on a street corner with friends as probable cause. In that light the Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding not only that the officer involved be fired and charged with murder, but also

 – That OPD Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for lying to the Blueford family.
– An end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.
– The repeal of the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Press Conference, Part II

Anyone who has read my numerous diaries on the subject should understand that the Oakland Police are a bunch of thugs, run by a bunch of thugs and overseen by a bunch of cowards; they cannot be trusted to report the truth about anything.

As Dan Siegal and Walter Riley go on to document later in the press conference

The family has gotten nothing but lies, distortions and stalling from the OPD.

The police reported that Alan had shot Officer Masso. They lied. The police reported that Alan had been taken to Highland Hospital after he was shot. They lied. The police who approached Blueford and his friends claim that they had seen Alan with either a concealed weapon or drugs — from inside a police car from a distance in the middle of the night! It seems likely to me that they lied about what they saw but the code of silence amongst police will insure that we will never know the truth.The police claim a weapon was found near Alan’s body, that Alan had pointed it at Masso and that is why the officer shot him. But in light of OPD’s record for planting evidence there is more than enough reason to suspect that this gun — of which no information other than it’s existence has been released — is a product of Masso’s comrades quick thinking rather than being in Alan’s possession before Masso gave chase.

Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, said, “Our position is that he didn’t have a gun and there’s no evidence we’ve seen to support that allegation.” – KTVU

As Dan Siegal notes, the Oakland Police, the Oakland City Council, and the Alameda County District Attorney are hoping that with enough delays subterfuge, and smears the Blueford family will give up their quest for justice. They hope that years down the road the Bluefords will agree to quietly settle a lawsuit regarding the wrongful death of a son the world has forgotten.And, let’s face it, history has so far judged these powers-that-be correct. The rage that in the past has accompanied the gunning down of the most recent victim by OPD has always dissipated. Like Gary King, Derrick Jones and multiple others before him, Alan Blueford may fade, overtaken by the next unjust killing in a cycle that leaves those in Oakland who care impotent, frozen by coverups and long-delayed reports that inevitably, ultimately, exonerate those police involved.

The Blueford family has vowed not to let this happen.

“They’re obviously playing a game here. They want this issue to go away. They figure by delaying the reports that we will then lose interest and go onto something else. That’s not going to happen,” Siegal said. – CBS San Francisco

They cannot fight City Hall, the police and the District Attorney alone, but with a determined team of lawyers, friends, people who understand that nothing will change unless action is taken, and organized Occupiers standing with them, they may just stand a chance of making a difference.
Photobucket
Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference.

If you are local, and would like to support this effort, come to the Justice 4 Alan Blueford BBQ and Speakout tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:00 PM in Arroyo Park in East Oakland (77th & Krause). Or plan to attend the rally on Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM in Oscar Grant Park.

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Photo and video credits: Kossack Allie123 took the picture and filmed the videos.

Originally posted at Daily Kos

 

Oakland police chief confronted & shut down at Justice 4 Alan Blueford townhall

Davey D
Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner Blog

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

“I Am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford.”

By J.P. Massar

Justice4AlanBlueford via Daily Kos

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

 

Yesterday morning, July 19th, 2012, Alan Blueford’s mother, father and niece, and their attorneys Dan Siegal and Walter Riley, spoke at a press conference held on the steps of the Alameda County Coroner’s office. They decried the murder of 18 year-old Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. In support at the press conference were friends of the family, numerous Occupy Oaklanders and other activists who seek Justice 4 Alan Blueford.

The family had been stonewalled about the entire case by the City Administration after testifying at a City Council meeting several weeks ago, despite pledges of support by at least one City Council member. The issue at hand was the refusal by the Coroner’s office to release the autopsy report on Blueford’s death, which the Coroner reported had had a “hold” placed on it at the request of the Oakland Police Department. Only after intense pressure over the course of the last month culminating in this press conference was the family able to obtain a copy of the report — after being forced to pay $326 in “fees”. The report was finally issued in the afternoon after the press conference had ended.

… the family couldn’t get the report until it paid a total of $326 in fees, an amount he said is the standard cost for autopsy fees. ((Sheriff’s spokesman)) Kelly said the coroner’s bureau sometimes waives the fees for families of homicide victims but Blueford isn’t considered to be a homicide victim because Oakland police believe that shooting him was a justifiable use of deadly force.

The following is the only information that I am aware of that is public from that report at this time (Dan Siegal is a well know civil rights attorney, along with having been Mayor Jean Quan’s advisor until he resigned over the tear-gassing of Occupy Oakland on October 25th).

HobgoblinOfCommunism @OakScott

A note from Dan Siegel on the coroner’s report: no drugs/alcohol were in Alan Blueford’s system and no gunshot residue was on his hands.

An Alameda County coroner’s report obtained by ABC7 News confirms an Oakland teenager killed by police in May never shot at officers. 18-year-old Alan Blueford was shot three times by police during a pursuit, apparently for pointing a gun at officers.KGO-TV, San Franciso

Below is video of the press conference, a transcription of Alan’s mother’s statement, and more thoughts on this tragedy.

Press Conference, Part I.

Alan’s mother begins speaking at 1:00.

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012. I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am not trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness. This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt to this senseless tragedy. I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together. I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The Blueford’s are concerned not only about what happened to their son. They have be able to see beyond a family tragedy to recognize the systemic injustice of a system that treats being a young black male standing on a street corner with friends as probable cause. In that light the Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding not only that the officer involved be fired and charged with murder, but also

 – That OPD Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for lying to the Blueford family.

– An end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.

– The repeal of the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Press Conference, Part II

Anyone who has read my numerous diaries on the subject should understand that the Oakland Police are a bunch of thugs, run by a bunch of thugs and overseen by a bunch of cowards; they cannot be trusted to report the truth about anything.

As Dan Siegal and Walter Riley go on to document later in the press conference

The family has gotten nothing but lies, distortions and stalling from the OPD.

The police reported that Alan had shot Officer Masso. They lied. The police reported that Alan had been taken to Highland Hospital after he was shot. They lied. The police who approached Blueford and his friends claim that they had seen Alan with either a concealed weapon or drugs — from inside a police car from a distance in the middle of the night! It seems likely to me that they lied about what they saw but the code of silence amongst police will insure that we will never know the truth.The police claim a weapon was found near Alan’s body, that Alan had pointed it at Masso and that is why the officer shot him. But in light of OPD’s record for planting evidence there is more than enough reason to suspect that this gun — of which no information other than it’s existence has been released — is a product of Masso’s comrades quick thinking rather than being in Alan’s possession before Masso gave chase.

Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, said, “Our position is that he didn’t have a gun and there’s no evidence we’ve seen to support that allegation.” – KTVU

As Dan Siegal notes, the Oakland Police, the Oakland City Council, and the Alameda County District Attorney are hoping that with enough delays subterfuge, and smears the Blueford family will give up their quest for justice. They hope that years down the road the Bluefords will agree to quietly settle a lawsuit regarding the wrongful death of a son the world has forgotten.And, let’s face it, history has so far judged these powers-that-be correct. The rage that in the past has accompanied the gunning down of the most recent victim by OPD has always dissipated. Like Gary King, Derrick Jones and multiple others before him, Alan Blueford may fade, overtaken by the next unjust killing in a cycle that leaves those in Oakland who care impotent, frozen by coverups and long-delayed reports that inevitably, ultimately, exonerate those police involved.

The Blueford family has vowed not to let this happen.

“They’re obviously playing a game here. They want this issue to go away. They figure by delaying the reports that we will then lose interest and go onto something else. That’s not going to happen,” Siegal said. – CBS San Francisco

They cannot fight City Hall, the police and the District Attorney alone, but with a determined team of lawyers, friends, people who understand that nothing will change unless action is taken, and organized Occupiers standing with them, they may just stand a chance of making a difference.

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Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference.

If you are local, and would like to support this effort, come to the Justice 4 Alan Blueford BBQ and Speakout tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:00 PM in Arroyo Park in East Oakland (77th & Krause). Or plan to attend the rally on Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM in Oscar Grant Park.

Photo and video credits: Kossack Allie123 took the picture and filmed the videos.

Originally posted at Daily Kos

http://justice4alanblueford.org/2012/07/20/i-am-the-mother-of-murder-victim-alan-blueford/

Press Release: Blueford family demands coroner’s report
Posted on July 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012

FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS GATHER TO DEMAND JUSTICE 4 ALAN BLUEFORD, INCLUDING RELEASE OF POLICE AND CORONER’S REPORTS

Family members of Alan Blueford, a 18-year-old Skyline High student who was shot and killed by Oakland police on May 6, gathered at the Alameda County Coroner’s Office to demand justice and accountability from the city.

Joined by members of clergy, SEIU 1021, ILWU, Occupy Oakland, Dignity & Resistance, International Socialist Organization and other residents who support their call for justice, they demanded the release of the Police and Coroner’s reports on Alan and the firing and prosecution of Miguel Masso, the police officer who killed him.

The family is also demanding that Police Chief Howard Jordan and other members of OPD be held accountable for the multiple lies they have spread both to the press and to the family directly related to the circumstances surrounding Alan’s death and the medical care he supposedly received.

“When they told me my son had exchanged gunfire, I knew it wasn’t Alan they were talking about,” said Adam Blueford, Alan’s father. “I’ve heard so many stories since then that I couldn’t believe and now I want the truth.”

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford campaign is also seeking to change laws that enable police brutality in Oakland and elsewhere, including stop-and-frisk–which may not be a formal policy but is a regular tactic used by police nonetheless–and repealing the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights. They are also looking to expose the lack of accountable at all levels of the OPD.

“The Oakland Police Department is making an unprecedented effort to suppress information about Alan Blueford’s death,” said Dan Siegel, formal legal adviser to Mayor Jean Quan and a supporter of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford campaign. “We know they have a lot to hide, and it will eventually come to light.”

Upcoming actions in the campaign include a community BBQ at Arroyo Park in Oakland on Saturday, July 21, from 1pm – 4pm, as well as a rally at 14th and Broadway at 5pm on Tuesday, July 31.

For more info, see www.justice4alanblueford.org.

UPDATE: After the press conference, the coroner’s report was made available to the family. It revealed that Alan did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system and there was no gunshot residue found on either hand.

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“I Am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford.”

By J.P. Massar
Justice4AlanBlueford via Daily Kos

 

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

 

Yesterday morning, July 19th, 2012, Alan Blueford’s mother, father and niece, and their attorneys Dan Siegal and Walter Riley, spoke at a press conference held on the steps of the Alameda County Coroner’s office. They decried the murder of 18 year-old Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. In support at the press conference were friends of the family, numerous Occupy Oaklanders and other activists who seek Justice 4 Alan Blueford.

The family had been stonewalled about the entire case by the City Administration after testifying at a City Council meeting several weeks ago, despite pledges of support by at least one City Council member. The issue at hand was the refusal by the Coroner’s office to release the autopsy report on Blueford’s death, which the Coroner reported had had a “hold” placed on it at the request of the Oakland Police Department. Only after intense pressure over the course of the last month culminating in this press conference was the family able to obtain a copy of the report — after being forced to pay $326 in “fees”. The report was finally issued in the afternoon after the press conference had ended.

… the family couldn’t get the report until it paid a total of $326 in fees, an amount he said is the standard cost for autopsy fees. ((Sheriff’s spokesman)) Kelly said the coroner’s bureau sometimes waives the fees for families of homicide victims but Blueford isn’t considered to be a homicide victim because Oakland police believe that shooting him was a justifiable use of deadly force.

The following is the only information that I am aware of that is public from that report at this time (Dan Siegal is a well know civil rights attorney, along with having been Mayor Jean Quan’s advisor until he resigned over the tear-gassing of Occupy Oakland on October 25th).

HobgoblinOfCommunism @OakScott
A note from Dan Siegel on the coroner’s report: no drugs/alcohol were in Alan Blueford’s system and no gunshot residue was on his hands.

An Alameda County coroner’s report obtained by ABC7 News confirms an Oakland teenager killed by police in May never shot at officers. 18-year-old Alan Blueford was shot three times by police during a pursuit, apparently for pointing a gun at officers.KGO-TV, San Franciso

Below is video of the press conference, a transcription of Alan’s mother’s statement, and more thoughts on this tragedy.

Press Conference, Part I.
Alan’s mother begins speaking at 1:00.

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012. I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am not trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness. This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt to this senseless tragedy. I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together. I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The Blueford’s are concerned not only about what happened to their son. They have be able to see beyond a family tragedy to recognize the systemic injustice of a system that treats being a young black male standing on a street corner with friends as probable cause. In that light the Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding not only that the officer involved be fired and charged with murder, but also

 – That OPD Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for lying to the Blueford family.
– An end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.
– The repeal of the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Press Conference, Part II

Anyone who has read my numerous diaries on the subject should understand that the Oakland Police are a bunch of thugs, run by a bunch of thugs and overseen by a bunch of cowards; they cannot be trusted to report the truth about anything.

As Dan Siegal and Walter Riley go on to document later in the press conference

The family has gotten nothing but lies, distortions and stalling from the OPD.

The police reported that Alan had shot Officer Masso. They lied. The police reported that Alan had been taken to Highland Hospital after he was shot. They lied. The police who approached Blueford and his friends claim that they had seen Alan with either a concealed weapon or drugs — from inside a police car from a distance in the middle of the night! It seems likely to me that they lied about what they saw but the code of silence amongst police will insure that we will never know the truth.The police claim a weapon was found near Alan’s body, that Alan had pointed it at Masso and that is why the officer shot him. But in light of OPD’s record for planting evidence there is more than enough reason to suspect that this gun — of which no information other than it’s existence has been released — is a product of Masso’s comrades quick thinking rather than being in Alan’s possession before Masso gave chase.

Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, said, “Our position is that he didn’t have a gun and there’s no evidence we’ve seen to support that allegation.” – KTVU

As Dan Siegal notes, the Oakland Police, the Oakland City Council, and the Alameda County District Attorney are hoping that with enough delays subterfuge, and smears the Blueford family will give up their quest for justice. They hope that years down the road the Bluefords will agree to quietly settle a lawsuit regarding the wrongful death of a son the world has forgotten.And, let’s face it, history has so far judged these powers-that-be correct. The rage that in the past has accompanied the gunning down of the most recent victim by OPD has always dissipated. Like Gary King, Derrick Jones and multiple others before him, Alan Blueford may fade, overtaken by the next unjust killing in a cycle that leaves those in Oakland who care impotent, frozen by coverups and long-delayed reports that inevitably, ultimately, exonerate those police involved.

The Blueford family has vowed not to let this happen.

“They’re obviously playing a game here. They want this issue to go away. They figure by delaying the reports that we will then lose interest and go onto something else. That’s not going to happen,” Siegal said. – CBS San Francisco

They cannot fight City Hall, the police and the District Attorney alone, but with a determined team of lawyers, friends, people who understand that nothing will change unless action is taken, and organized Occupiers standing with them, they may just stand a chance of making a difference.
Photobucket
Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference.

If you are local, and would like to support this effort, come to the Justice 4 Alan Blueford BBQ and Speakout tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:00 PM in Arroyo Park in East Oakland (77th & Krause). Or plan to attend the rally on Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM in Oscar Grant Park.

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Photo and video credits: Kossack Allie123 took the picture and filmed the videos.

Originally posted at Daily Kos

 

Oakland police chief confronted & shut down at Justice 4 Alan Blueford townhall

Davey D
Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner Blog

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

“I Am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford.”

By J.P. Massar

Justice4AlanBlueford via Daily Kos

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

 

Yesterday morning, July 19th, 2012, Alan Blueford’s mother, father and niece, and their attorneys Dan Siegal and Walter Riley, spoke at a press conference held on the steps of the Alameda County Coroner’s office. They decried the murder of 18 year-old Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. In support at the press conference were friends of the family, numerous Occupy Oaklanders and other activists who seek Justice 4 Alan Blueford.

The family had been stonewalled about the entire case by the City Administration after testifying at a City Council meeting several weeks ago, despite pledges of support by at least one City Council member. The issue at hand was the refusal by the Coroner’s office to release the autopsy report on Blueford’s death, which the Coroner reported had had a “hold” placed on it at the request of the Oakland Police Department. Only after intense pressure over the course of the last month culminating in this press conference was the family able to obtain a copy of the report — after being forced to pay $326 in “fees”. The report was finally issued in the afternoon after the press conference had ended.

… the family couldn’t get the report until it paid a total of $326 in fees, an amount he said is the standard cost for autopsy fees. ((Sheriff’s spokesman)) Kelly said the coroner’s bureau sometimes waives the fees for families of homicide victims but Blueford isn’t considered to be a homicide victim because Oakland police believe that shooting him was a justifiable use of deadly force.

The following is the only information that I am aware of that is public from that report at this time (Dan Siegal is a well know civil rights attorney, along with having been Mayor Jean Quan’s advisor until he resigned over the tear-gassing of Occupy Oakland on October 25th).

HobgoblinOfCommunism @OakScott

A note from Dan Siegel on the coroner’s report: no drugs/alcohol were in Alan Blueford’s system and no gunshot residue was on his hands.

An Alameda County coroner’s report obtained by ABC7 News confirms an Oakland teenager killed by police in May never shot at officers. 18-year-old Alan Blueford was shot three times by police during a pursuit, apparently for pointing a gun at officers.KGO-TV, San Franciso

Below is video of the press conference, a transcription of Alan’s mother’s statement, and more thoughts on this tragedy.

Press Conference, Part I.

Alan’s mother begins speaking at 1:00.

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012. I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am not trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness. This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt to this senseless tragedy. I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together. I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The Blueford’s are concerned not only about what happened to their son. They have be able to see beyond a family tragedy to recognize the systemic injustice of a system that treats being a young black male standing on a street corner with friends as probable cause. In that light the Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding not only that the officer involved be fired and charged with murder, but also

 – That OPD Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for lying to the Blueford family.

– An end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.

– The repeal of the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Press Conference, Part II

Anyone who has read my numerous diaries on the subject should understand that the Oakland Police are a bunch of thugs, run by a bunch of thugs and overseen by a bunch of cowards; they cannot be trusted to report the truth about anything.

As Dan Siegal and Walter Riley go on to document later in the press conference

The family has gotten nothing but lies, distortions and stalling from the OPD.

The police reported that Alan had shot Officer Masso. They lied. The police reported that Alan had been taken to Highland Hospital after he was shot. They lied. The police who approached Blueford and his friends claim that they had seen Alan with either a concealed weapon or drugs — from inside a police car from a distance in the middle of the night! It seems likely to me that they lied about what they saw but the code of silence amongst police will insure that we will never know the truth.The police claim a weapon was found near Alan’s body, that Alan had pointed it at Masso and that is why the officer shot him. But in light of OPD’s record for planting evidence there is more than enough reason to suspect that this gun — of which no information other than it’s existence has been released — is a product of Masso’s comrades quick thinking rather than being in Alan’s possession before Masso gave chase.

Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, said, “Our position is that he didn’t have a gun and there’s no evidence we’ve seen to support that allegation.” – KTVU

As Dan Siegal notes, the Oakland Police, the Oakland City Council, and the Alameda County District Attorney are hoping that with enough delays subterfuge, and smears the Blueford family will give up their quest for justice. They hope that years down the road the Bluefords will agree to quietly settle a lawsuit regarding the wrongful death of a son the world has forgotten.And, let’s face it, history has so far judged these powers-that-be correct. The rage that in the past has accompanied the gunning down of the most recent victim by OPD has always dissipated. Like Gary King, Derrick Jones and multiple others before him, Alan Blueford may fade, overtaken by the next unjust killing in a cycle that leaves those in Oakland who care impotent, frozen by coverups and long-delayed reports that inevitably, ultimately, exonerate those police involved.

The Blueford family has vowed not to let this happen.

“They’re obviously playing a game here. They want this issue to go away. They figure by delaying the reports that we will then lose interest and go onto something else. That’s not going to happen,” Siegal said. – CBS San Francisco

They cannot fight City Hall, the police and the District Attorney alone, but with a determined team of lawyers, friends, people who understand that nothing will change unless action is taken, and organized Occupiers standing with them, they may just stand a chance of making a difference.

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Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference.

If you are local, and would like to support this effort, come to the Justice 4 Alan Blueford BBQ and Speakout tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:00 PM in Arroyo Park in East Oakland (77th & Krause). Or plan to attend the rally on Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM in Oscar Grant Park.

Photo and video credits: Kossack Allie123 took the picture and filmed the videos.

Originally posted at Daily Kos

http://justice4alanblueford.org/2012/07/20/i-am-the-mother-of-murder-victim-alan-blueford/

Press Release: Blueford family demands coroner’s report
Posted on July 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012

FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS GATHER TO DEMAND JUSTICE 4 ALAN BLUEFORD, INCLUDING RELEASE OF POLICE AND CORONER’S REPORTS

Family members of Alan Blueford, a 18-year-old Skyline High student who was shot and killed by Oakland police on May 6, gathered at the Alameda County Coroner’s Office to demand justice and accountability from the city.

Joined by members of clergy, SEIU 1021, ILWU, Occupy Oakland, Dignity & Resistance, International Socialist Organization and other residents who support their call for justice, they demanded the release of the Police and Coroner’s reports on Alan and the firing and prosecution of Miguel Masso, the police officer who killed him.

The family is also demanding that Police Chief Howard Jordan and other members of OPD be held accountable for the multiple lies they have spread both to the press and to the family directly related to the circumstances surrounding Alan’s death and the medical care he supposedly received.

“When they told me my son had exchanged gunfire, I knew it wasn’t Alan they were talking about,” said Adam Blueford, Alan’s father. “I’ve heard so many stories since then that I couldn’t believe and now I want the truth.”

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford campaign is also seeking to change laws that enable police brutality in Oakland and elsewhere, including stop-and-frisk–which may not be a formal policy but is a regular tactic used by police nonetheless–and repealing the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights. They are also looking to expose the lack of accountable at all levels of the OPD.

“The Oakland Police Department is making an unprecedented effort to suppress information about Alan Blueford’s death,” said Dan Siegel, formal legal adviser to Mayor Jean Quan and a supporter of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford campaign. “We know they have a lot to hide, and it will eventually come to light.”

Upcoming actions in the campaign include a community BBQ at Arroyo Park in Oakland on Saturday, July 21, from 1pm – 4pm, as well as a rally at 14th and Broadway at 5pm on Tuesday, July 31.

For more info, see www.justice4alanblueford.org.

UPDATE: After the press conference, the coroner’s report was made available to the family. It revealed that Alan did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system and there was no gunshot residue found on either hand.

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“I Am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford.”

By J.P. Massar
Justice4AlanBlueford via Daily Kos

 

Since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there have been closed to 30 Black or Brown people shot and killed by law enforcement or in the case of Trayvon, wannabe law enforcement. Many of these shootings have been highly questionable, meaning the person killed was unarmed or there are strong conflicting statements from either the police or witnesses.

Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland Police on the evening of May 6, 2012. He was out with his buddies at night, unaware that he was under martial law. He would have graduated from High School in June (Credit: Facebook).

Here in Oakland, California, the shooting death Alan Dwayne Blueford is one such killing. Oakland police have been very shady with the stories they put forth to the public. It seems like a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, cast seeds of doubt and cover up their own mistakes.. Initially police said they were in a shoot out and Blueford shot the officer in the stomach.. Later the police said Blueford shot the officer in the leg. Next the police said that it was possible the officer was shot in the leg by another officer in a case of friendly fire. Finally it came out that the officer shot himself. He shot himself in the foot.

Many believe the officer shot himself after he killed Blueford and saw the young man was unarmed. The police then double back and said a gun was recovered, the community has yet to see any evidence of finger prints, gun residue etc. Many have concluded it was the officer planting a gun near the scen.. This would not be unusual in a city that in the past 10 years has had to shell out over 58 million dollars in wrongful death shootings and police brutality incidents. This would not be far-fetched in a city that was home to a rogue group of cops known as the Riders who were found to routinely plant drugs and guns on suspects. One of the Oakland Riders is a still a fugitive at large.

Adding to all this was the fact that Blueford was left to on the ground for 4 hours to die while the officer who lied and then finally admitted to shooting himself was treated. The public still does not know the name of the officer thanks to California’s Policeman’s Bill of Rights which prevents the public from knowing the name of officers involved in these and other brutality incidents. Community investigators have revealed the officer who murdered Blueford is Miguel Masso a former military man who lives in Los Banos which is more than 100 miles outside of Oakland.

Blueford’s parents were not aware of their son’s death for more than 6 hours. They went down to the police station were treated like crap and not told for more than 2 hours. Their mistreatment led to the unusual move by Chief Howard Jordan to meet and apologize to the family.

In an attempt to do more damage control, OPD held a town hall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church. Folks showed up only to discover the police chief would only answer questions that were pre-written. This annoyed folks to no end. Then he seemed ill prepared or unable to answer basic questions. He also hawked what many saw as blatant lies. This led to more than half the room turning their backs on the chief and throwing up fist.

The chief cut the meeting short and left the building with angry residents in tow. They got at him and let him know that there needs to be accountability and the community would not stand for his lies. The chief was definitely embarrassed. Later that night we learned Oakland police came after one of the community members shown in the video holding a bullhorn, Chris M. They claimed he assaulted an officer at the church. If that was the case when and where did that happen and why not arrest him on the spot?

Here’s a video of last night’s Townhall Meeting and dispersal. Please note I’m trying to re-render this so the quality is better. *quick note… here’s the better quality video of last night’s confrontation.

 

 

Yesterday morning, July 19th, 2012, Alan Blueford’s mother, father and niece, and their attorneys Dan Siegal and Walter Riley, spoke at a press conference held on the steps of the Alameda County Coroner’s office. They decried the murder of 18 year-old Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. In support at the press conference were friends of the family, numerous Occupy Oaklanders and other activists who seek Justice 4 Alan Blueford.

The family had been stonewalled about the entire case by the City Administration after testifying at a City Council meeting several weeks ago, despite pledges of support by at least one City Council member. The issue at hand was the refusal by the Coroner’s office to release the autopsy report on Blueford’s death, which the Coroner reported had had a “hold” placed on it at the request of the Oakland Police Department. Only after intense pressure over the course of the last month culminating in this press conference was the family able to obtain a copy of the report — after being forced to pay $326 in “fees”. The report was finally issued in the afternoon after the press conference had ended.

… the family couldn’t get the report until it paid a total of $326 in fees, an amount he said is the standard cost for autopsy fees. ((Sheriff’s spokesman)) Kelly said the coroner’s bureau sometimes waives the fees for families of homicide victims but Blueford isn’t considered to be a homicide victim because Oakland police believe that shooting him was a justifiable use of deadly force.

The following is the only information that I am aware of that is public from that report at this time (Dan Siegal is a well know civil rights attorney, along with having been Mayor Jean Quan’s advisor until he resigned over the tear-gassing of Occupy Oakland on October 25th).

HobgoblinOfCommunism @OakScott
A note from Dan Siegel on the coroner’s report: no drugs/alcohol were in Alan Blueford’s system and no gunshot residue was on his hands.

An Alameda County coroner’s report obtained by ABC7 News confirms an Oakland teenager killed by police in May never shot at officers. 18-year-old Alan Blueford was shot three times by police during a pursuit, apparently for pointing a gun at officers.KGO-TV, San Franciso

Below is video of the press conference, a transcription of Alan’s mother’s statement, and more thoughts on this tragedy.

Press Conference, Part I.
Alan’s mother begins speaking at 1:00.

I am the mother of murder victim Alan Blueford. 18 years old. On May 6th, 2012. I cannot begin to tell you what this has done to my life, to my family. My life has been shattered, and I am not trying to put together the pieces of my life, after the loss of my baby son. Alan was a good boy. We were very close. ??? our joy and our closeness. This was the time of year of celebration in Alan’s life when he was graduating Skyline High School. Alan didn’t make it to graduation day, but his father and I were there to see his diploma, because of the senseless murder that took place on May 6th.I am asking today for the police report, for the coroner’s report. I don’t want another mother, another family member, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, to feel the pain that we have felt to this senseless tragedy. I’m asking today because I, as his mother, his parents deserve to know what happen to our baby. We’ve been asking for over two months, and all that we’ve gotten is mistreatment.  We’ve been told different stories. They’ve done everything against us and not nothing to support us.

The police department is here to protect and serve. I have not got any service. Today we ask for information so that we may have a chance to come to grips with this and have the opportunity to place the scattered pieces of our life back together. I cannot bring Alan back. He is gone on to rest in Jesus. But I do deserve as his mother to know what has happened to my child.  Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers.

Thank you.

The Blueford’s are concerned not only about what happened to their son. They have be able to see beyond a family tragedy to recognize the systemic injustice of a system that treats being a young black male standing on a street corner with friends as probable cause. In that light the Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition are demanding not only that the officer involved be fired and charged with murder, but also

 – That OPD Chief Howard Jordan be held accountable for lying to the Blueford family.
– An end to stop-and-frisk and other police practices of racial profiling.
– The repeal of the California Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Press Conference, Part II

Anyone who has read my numerous diaries on the subject should understand that the Oakland Police are a bunch of thugs, run by a bunch of thugs and overseen by a bunch of cowards; they cannot be trusted to report the truth about anything.

As Dan Siegal and Walter Riley go on to document later in the press conference

The family has gotten nothing but lies, distortions and stalling from the OPD.

The police reported that Alan had shot Officer Masso. They lied. The police reported that Alan had been taken to Highland Hospital after he was shot. They lied. The police who approached Blueford and his friends claim that they had seen Alan with either a concealed weapon or drugs — from inside a police car from a distance in the middle of the night! It seems likely to me that they lied about what they saw but the code of silence amongst police will insure that we will never know the truth.The police claim a weapon was found near Alan’s body, that Alan had pointed it at Masso and that is why the officer shot him. But in light of OPD’s record for planting evidence there is more than enough reason to suspect that this gun — of which no information other than it’s existence has been released — is a product of Masso’s comrades quick thinking rather than being in Alan’s possession before Masso gave chase.

Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, said, “Our position is that he didn’t have a gun and there’s no evidence we’ve seen to support that allegation.” – KTVU

As Dan Siegal notes, the Oakland Police, the Oakland City Council, and the Alameda County District Attorney are hoping that with enough delays subterfuge, and smears the Blueford family will give up their quest for justice. They hope that years down the road the Bluefords will agree to quietly settle a lawsuit regarding the wrongful death of a son the world has forgotten.And, let’s face it, history has so far judged these powers-that-be correct. The rage that in the past has accompanied the gunning down of the most recent victim by OPD has always dissipated. Like Gary King, Derrick Jones and multiple others before him, Alan Blueford may fade, overtaken by the next unjust killing in a cycle that leaves those in Oakland who care impotent, frozen by coverups and long-delayed reports that inevitably, ultimately, exonerate those police involved.

The Blueford family has vowed not to let this happen.

“They’re obviously playing a game here. They want this issue to go away. They figure by delaying the reports that we will then lose interest and go onto something else. That’s not going to happen,” Siegal said. – CBS San Francisco

They cannot fight City Hall, the police and the District Attorney alone, but with a determined team of lawyers, friends, people who understand that nothing will change unless action is taken, and organized Occupiers standing with them, they may just stand a chance of making a difference.
Photobucket
Parent Adam Blueford, Attorney Walter Riley, and niece Tanesha Blye, at the press conference.

If you are local, and would like to support this effort, come to the Justice 4 Alan Blueford BBQ and Speakout tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:00 PM in Arroyo Park in East Oakland (77th & Krause). Or plan to attend the rally on Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM in Oscar Grant Park.

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Photo and video credits: Kossack Allie123 took the picture and filmed the videos.

Originally posted at Daily Kos

 

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