top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Mon Aug 3 2009 (Updated 08/12/09)
Oakland Police Murders Brownie Polk
Mon Aug 3 2009 (Updated 08/12/09)
Oakland Police Murders Carpenter In East Oakland
On Saturday, August 1st, an Oakland police officer shot and killed carpenter and handyman Brownie Polk at a liquor store in East Oakland. Police claim he was threatening people, but employees and other witnesses have contradicted the police account and say they didn’t call the police.

“He was not some drunk that was wielding an ax, walking around threatening people,” Tiffany Townsend told KTVU. “He didn't do that. He carried tools with him all the time. Your car would be broke on the side of the road and my uncle would see you and help you.”

A store employee also told KTVU that “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.”

Polk's 16-year-old son is now left without either parent since his mother died three months ago from cancer.

photoPhotos of Vigil | Serial Killers of the Oakland Police Department Strike Again

Other recent police shootings and homicides in Oakland: Parnell Smith | Lovelle Mixon | Oscar Grant | Gary King | Jerry Andrew Amaro
04/26/17 International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California Labor & Workers | Central Valley | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | California | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/26/17 9th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in Humboldt County Says Don't Mourn, Organize! Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Indymedia | North Coast04/24/17 Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting Front Page | Labor & Workers | Indymedia | U.S. | International | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/23/17 How Berkeley Cops Helped Alt-Right Trolls with No Permit Stage Their Rally Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | California | U.S.04/22/17 Demanding Justice for the Police Murder of Diallo Neal Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | California04/22/17 The Future of Our Nation's Wild Horses is Uncertain Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | U.S. | Animal Liberation04/20/17 Campaign Against Those Without Homes in Santa Cruz Grows More Repressive, Even in the Rain Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/19/17 California Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate State's Money Bail System Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | California | Government & Elections04/19/17 New California State Legislation Honors The Dignity Of Transgender Prisoners Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | LGBTI / Queer | Indymedia | California04/18/17 Tens of Thousands in Over 150 US Cities Demonstrate Against Trump on Tax Day Front Page | Central Valley | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | North Bay / Marin | North Coast | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/17/17 Anarchists and Antifascists Clash with Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis, and Trump Supporters Front Page | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | California | U.S. | Immigrant Rights
Related Categories: East Bay | Police State and Prisons | Front Page
International Longshore Workers Union's May Day 2017 Rally and Port Shutdown ILWU Local 10 MayDay Committee Tuesday Apr 25th 9:17 PM
Ben Carson needs to oppose the proposed $6.2 billion budget cut to HUD Lynda Carson (1 comment) Monday Apr 24th 12:40 AM
Solidarity with Bay Area Antifascists Facing Repression some anarchists (1 comment) Sunday Apr 23rd 7:35 PM
Justice for Diallo Neal Rally Antoinette Gaggero (1 comment) Friday Apr 21st 10:29 AM
How Berkeley Cops Helped Alt-Right Trolls with No Permit Stage Their Rally Anonymous / IGD (1 comment) Thursday Apr 20th 10:29 PM
Stop Urban Shield: All Out to Berkeley City Council AROC (3 comments) Thursday Apr 20th 5:57 PM
Liberated Lens special film screening: Awake, a Dream From Standing Rock Liberated Lens Film Collective Thursday Apr 20th 4:26 PM
More Local News...
[ × close ]
People's Park 48th Birthday Party DJ Mouse Tuesday Apr 25th 1:09 PM
Media Bull on Syria DJ Mouse (2 comments) Tuesday Apr 11th 2:26 PM
Media Gas Attack on Syria DJ Mouse (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 4th 2:28 PM
London Gladio B Op & SF's Frankenstein Mayor DJ Mouse (1 comment) Tuesday Mar 28th 2:58 PM
NATO target lawyer Lynne Stewart, RIP...3-21-17 Mouse Report DJ Mouse (1 comment) Tuesday Mar 21st 2:59 PM
Vault 7 Hastings Postmortem...3-14-17 Mouse Repost DJ Mouse (1 comment) Tuesday Mar 14th 2:56 PM
Saving Mena Bridge...3-7-17 Mouse Report DJ Mouse (1 comment) Tuesday Mar 7th 2:24 PM
Suicided to death...Dr. Kelly...oil war press...2-28-17 Mouse Report DJ Mouse (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 28th 3:59 PM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]