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Oakland Protest Demands Justice for Derrick Jones
by Jonathan Nack
Thursday Nov 11th, 2010 10:48 PM
Impromptu shrine to Derrick Jones in front of his barbershop on Bancroft Ave. in Oakland.
November 11, 2010
photo: Jonathan Nack
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Oakland Protest Demands Justice for Derrick Jones

by Jonathan Nack November 11, 2010

OAKLAND – Less than a week after thousands protested the verdict in the Oscar Grant case, http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/11/05/18663245.php hundreds protested in Oakland for justice for Derrick Jones, another unarmed Black man killed by police.

Jones, 37, was shot and killed by two Oakland Police officers on November 8. Jones was a father and owned a barbershop in East Oakland. He was well known and liked in his community. http://sfbayview.com/2010/what-part-of-killed_unarmed_black_man-murder-doesnt-opd-understand/

Police claimed they thought they saw Jones reaching for a weapon. Jones had no weapon and had committed no crime. Officers said Jones ran away when they approached him.

The protest began this afternoon at 3 p.m. with a rally in front of Jone's barbershop on Bancroft Avenue, in Oakland. As the first hundred people gathered to hear speakers, the mood of the crowd was outrage mixed with grief and solemn determination.

Following the initial rally, protesters marched down International Boulevard to the Fruitvale BART station. Oscar Grant was killed on the platform of this station by BART Police Office Johannes Mesherle in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009.

Officer Mesherle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the killing Grant and was sentenced to two years of prison on November 5. Both the verdict and the sentencing sparked community outrage.

The rally at the Fruitvale BART, which was conducted at the entrance to the station, was double the size of initial rally. BART closed the station in response. A line of police in riot gear stood in front of the station's closed gate.

Numerous family members and friends of Derrick Jones attended the protest, including Jones' parents.
§Folks gather for openning rally
by Jonathan Nack Thursday Nov 11th, 2010 10:48 PM
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Bancroft Ave. in Oakland, November 11, 2010
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§Woman speaking at rally
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Bancroft Ave. in Oakland, November 11, 2010
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§Speaker at Fruitvale BART
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Fruitvale BART station, Oakland, November 11, 2010
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§They closed Fruitvale BART
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Fruitvale BART station, Oakland, November 11, 2010
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§Crowd at Fruitvale BART
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Fruitvale BART station, Oakland, November 11, 2010
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by Justice Now!
Saturday Nov 13th, 2010 4:14 PM
The speaker is Cephus' Bobby' Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle. It is good to know that they are involved and showing solidarity.
by Student of the facts
Saturday Nov 13th, 2010 10:41 PM
Jones pulled a metal object from his waistband. No one disputes that fact.

We demand police wait until fired at! Forget the fact that the guy ignores orders to stop. Forget the reason for the 911 call, choking a woman.

Of course, nearly everyone understands you obey police orders to stop. Put your hands up. But Jones served five months in state prison last year for a gun charge, was on parole, dealt drugs out of his haircut and BBQ shop, and had a drug scale and weed on him. He tried to run away, ditch the evidence at the same time, and hope police would just shout and run slower than him.

His buddy at the shop was at the protest and arrested just after -- for possession of cocaine base for sale.

We demand that police ignore the information in 911 calls, wear white gloves, and conduct interviews at the convenience of the suspect.

by A
Sunday Nov 14th, 2010 5:51 AM
The police took 5 days to produce evidence that justified shooting Dee Dee Jones. They could've produced the evidence earlier, but waited... why? The "evidence" shows that police "made a mistake". For all we know, the police had enough time to PLANT EVIDENCE after getting their defense ready and planting a "metallic object" to stack the evidence in favor of the officers "making a mistake" just like Mehserle's bullshit story. The police did that to cover up their real crime. The real crime was that Derrick Jones was shot to death by cops knowing that he was unarmed. I don't believe it was a mistake.
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