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Oakland Police DIDN'T shoot?
On February 22nd, 2013, OPD, CHP and members of the Alameda Sheriff's Department descended upon an apartment in West Oakland in search of a possibly armed man.
It's happens almost everyday in Oakland. Oakland Police surround a building, in search of someone they claim "may be armed".
On this particular day, the neighborhood was West Oakland, the location was MacArthur Blvd and Market St. As police surrounded the property in question, the man who was inside and distraught, began breaking windows and yelling.
It was the perfect equation for what is known in police circles as "justifiable homicide". If an officer can articulate how they were in "fear for their safety", or the "safety of others", then they know they can shoot with impunity.
To the surprise of onlookers, OPD did not shoot the man. Any guesses as to why?