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BART Station Reopens Following Police Protests

BART Station Reopens Following Police Protests

Demonstrators clash with police during street protests in reaction to the conviction of Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, Calif. , Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal sho

The Oakland Tribune

November 12, 2010

OAKLAND — Men, women, children. Black, white, Asian and Latino. All stood together Thursday afternoon to decry the shooting of Derrick Jones, a barber killed by police Monday night.

“They don’t know what kind of person they killed,” his brother, Frank Jones, said as people began gathering for the rally. He stood outside Derrick Jones’ barbershop, Kwik Cuts, on Bancroft Avenue. “It just doesn’t make sense,” said Frank Jones, who is an Oakland city employee.

Oakland police had been sent to the barber shop on a domestic violence call. Police said officers shot Jones after chasing him from the barbershop because he reached for his waistband, prompting them to think he was reaching for a weapon.

Jones was unarmed.

“People can talk about making a mistake, but at the end of the day Derrick is not coming home. A son is gone,” said Ammar Saheli, Jones’ brother-in-law and pastor of the West Oakland Church of Christ.

The family said Jones was well-known in the East Oakland neighborhood. He grew up on 79th Avenue and had been cutting hair since he was 17. He had become a father two years ago. His father, also named Frank Jones, worked for Oakland for 34 years until retiring several years ago.

The family said they won a harassment case against the Oakland Police Department in the 1980s that resulted in the firing of two officers. Police had accused Derrick Jones of stealing a motor-scooter that his father had given him, the family said.

“It seems like ever since then we have been targeted,” said the younger Frank Jones.

The death immediately prompted comparisons to the killing of Oscar Grant III, who was unarmed when former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle shot him in the back at the Fruitvale BART station. The crowd, flanked by police, marched to the station, where the rally continued.

“Oscar Grant, D. Jones. We won’t let them kill our own!” the crowd chanted.

“Oakland is a different place now,” said Ben Lynch of the By Any Means Necessary organization, which organized the rally. “We’re going to fight against every incident of police brutality in Oakland by organizing community power.”

Law enforcement agencies including the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office were on standby to assist Oakland police. BART police stood guard at the entrance of the station, which was shut down for about an hour.

Grant’s uncle, Cephus Johnson, addressed the rally and called the two-year prison sentence given Mehserle “a license” for police to kill African-American men. “The whole system is criminal,” he said, and called on the crowd to change it. “We need to put a stop to this.”

The rally ended without incident at 6 p.m. Jones’ family and friends repeatedly cautioned the crowd to remain calm and avoid violence and vandalism, although some stores and restaurants in the Fruitvale Plaza still closed down when the crowd approached the station.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    If you look at the policelink website and the forums you will see the most hateful and vile things said about Grant. This is a police related website with police officers commenting on various stories.

    In reference to the Grant shooting, officers in these forums call Grant horrible names. They call for Mehserle to be given no prison time and even call him the victim.

    Just as example of the hate found in these forums by police officers is the following comments made by a member under the profile name of
    Robocop33. He calls Grant a POS (Piece Of Shit) and a gang banger.

    Robocop33 makes the following comments.

    "I agree that this former Officer should get the minimum and hopefully probation. There was nothing intentional in this and he was just trying to do his job and screwed up big time. As someone else said, he probably should not have become a LEO but he did. Blame that on the hiring and weeding out process. The fact that the Officer happened to be white and the POS was black has, or should have nothing to do with it at all. The POS was a gang-banger with a long rap sheet and involved in basically inciting a riot as there were three or more people fighting. He then actively resisted arrest and was fighting with Officers when this young and inexperienced Officer grabbed the wrong pistol. I also saw tapes of this incident and there were at least two gang-bangers there with weapons, one being a plainly seen stub-nose pistol. In the totality of this incident it is really this Officer who is the victim."

  • 041711141420_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Do these people think the officer doesn't think about the fact he may be taking a life when he shoots someome? For those LEO's you know that every decision you make there are thousands of thoughts going throughout your head at once. The officer probably had the mentality its either him or me. The officer has a family to go home to. he has kids, parents, brothers, sisters, etc. I wonder what the city of Oakland would do if the police just left the city un-protected. Then we will see how much the take the cops there as a threat rather than a hero.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Tough to be a cop in Oakland

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Let ot all play out.......officers state of mind!!!!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    If it was a righteous shoot it will all come out in the investigation. You simply cannot be in the officer's shoes. If you were at the exact same spot you might interpret differently.

  • Dscf2012_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Maybe he shuoldn't have run?

  • Me2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He was a great guy. He doesn't deserve to die--Well maybe he should follow instructions...

  • Iii_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The bottom line is that Grant and Jones brought about the circumstances that led to their death by not following police orders. That might be a cold statement, but it's true. Listen to the police how hard is that?

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