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Police Officer Responsible for Shooting Scott Campbell on Nov 2nd Identified
According to Boston Herald, Victor Garcia, Two time shooter for OPD has been taken off SWAT pending an investigation into the shooting of Scott Campbell on Nov 2nd
This is not Victor Garcia's first time firing at someone.
In 2001 Garcia shot and wounded Lanare Wise in East Oakland claiming he had brandished a weapon.
Then in 2010 not far from his first shooting, Garcia shot and wounded Bruce Rhodes claiming he thought Bruce was reaching for a gun. No gun was recovered.
But Victor Garcia is only one of OPD's many shooters assigned to Tango Teams and Shooter units that are ultimately responsible for using force against protesters.
Patrick Gonzales, 4 time shooter, Officer M Ziebarth, Officer D Burke, and Officer C Saunders are just a few of Oakland's Officers that have been involved in shootings, then assigned to monitor protests armed with guns loaded with less than lethal rounds, and even live ammunition.
These Officers are given the responsibility to carry these weapons because they have and will use them, and like Garcia, many of these officers have been involved in questionable shootings.
Shot by police with rubber bullet at Occupy Oakland