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Thu Sep 8 2011Raheim Brown Supporters Protest Barhin Bhatt as Chief
Thu Sep 8 2011Community Can Claim Victory in Removing Raheim Brown's Killer as Chief of OUSD Police
On August 24th, family and supporters of Raheim Brown Jr. once again gathered at Oakland Unified School District headquarters to demand that OUSD police officers Barhin Bhatt and Jonathan Bellusa, the officers responsible for the murder of Raheim Brown, be fired and charged with the killing. This time, though, the anger was even more intense as it was learned less than a week earlier that the superintendent and school board had not only ignored the repeated previous pleadings of community members, but had promoted Barhin Bhatt (Raheim's shooter) to interim chief of the school police upon the previous chief's sudden retirement when racist and threatening comments of his became public.
On September 6th, James Williams, a former Oakland Housing Authority police officer, was appointed as the new interim chief to replace Bhatt. While community members who have been confronting the school board since early this year can claim a victory in having Bhatt removed as chief, the initial demands that Bhatt and Bellusa fired and prosecuted remain, with the ultimate goal of removing all armed police officers from Oakland schools.
Protests are expected to continue until the community's demands are met. The next OUSD school board meeting is Wednesday, September 14th, at 1025 Second Avenue in Oakland.
Read More with Photos | Interview with Lori Davis, Mother of Raheim Brown Jr, and Anne Weills
Previous Related Indybay Feature: Justice for Raheim Brown Jr Demanded at OUSD Board Meeting
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