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Witnesses Dispute Story In Officer-Involved Oakland Shooting
by reposted
Sunday Aug 2nd, 2009 8:38 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Investigators at Oakland police are trying to piece together what happened Saturday night when an officer shot and killed an Oakland man she said was armed with a hatchet. Some witnesses and family of the man say he was a neighborhood handyman and carpenter, and was not causing a disturbance.
“You could see her charging her gun at Brownie telling him to put his ax down while he was at the store,” said Tolin’s store employee Riad Elhai. “[The ax] was in his hand facing the floor... She was telling him to put his ax down. He would just tell her, ‘For what? I didn't do nothing'. And when he was trying to walk out the store… that's when she started to shoot the gun at him.”
Store employees claim they never flagged down police and say Polk was not causing trouble.
Polk leaves behind a 16-year-old son. His mother died just three months ago from cancer so he is now left without parents. Polk's family says they want to get to the bottom of what happened.

by n/a
Monday Aug 3rd, 2009 3:16 PM
...according to the tv news that is linked, the cops took the surveillence footage....
by wanagi
Monday Aug 3rd, 2009 5:38 PM
Just another sugar-coated coward claiming that they feared for their life.
by don't need a weatherman
Monday Aug 3rd, 2009 5:39 PM
first, they won't release it to anyone outside of OPD. the DA will do nothing with it

in a couple of years, after some FOIA request wins in the courts, OPD will say that the tape disappeared or was accidentally destroyed. oops. and cops never pay a price for destroying evidence

bart cops stole a video from a passenger on january 1st, promising to make a copy and return it to its rightful owner, which they never did. fortunately, that video was shown in court and revealed all the bart cops to be violent and racist liars
by Bay Area Member
Thursday Aug 6th, 2009 12:26 AM
Somebody said there was going to be one this Sat. Anybody have any info on who is organizing it?
by anon
Friday Aug 7th, 2009 1:36 PM
Oscar Grant, Parnell Smith, and now Brownie Polk. Public executions of black in our community has to stop! What are we going to do about it? Can anyone find the names of the officers involved? What is the exact location of the shooting and can any witnesses be contacted?