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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
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08/27/2015 02:22:51 AM PDT ~ Updated: 7:55 PM PDT, Aug. 28, 2015
The Deadly 4th!
OAKLAND, Calif. (WCJB) --Oakland police are coming to the defense of an officer who shot and killed a man accused of attacking her with a metal bike chain early Thursday morning. "The suspect continued to advance, swinging the chain at the officer," said Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent at a news conference. "The officer drew her firearm and fired at the suspect, striking him."
A witness shared cellphone video with media sources, which caught the chaotic minutes after the incident.
In the video the man, who was still alive after being shot, can be seen moving his head and arms at times on the ground while a bystander is heard calling for help, "He's dying... Someone help him!"
The officer, identified as an 18-year-veteran of the force, is visibly shaken and bloodied. In the video you see her keeping her gun trained on the man while she radios for help.
Oakland resident Michelle Harris told media sources, "I ran out and then I see this man lying on the ground and I see the officer sitting on the side."
Harris says she heard the shots and recorded video on her cellphone that shows the suspect on the ground.
"She looked like she had blood on the side of her face," said Harris. "It looked like something did happen, but it was just too extreme."
Neighbors tell media sources the man was a regular in the neighborhood, often sleeping wherever he could. They note that sometimes he would be combative with those who tried to get him to move along.
Police say the officer went to a residential complex at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Van Buren Avenue to follow-up with the victim of an assault that was reported at about 6:45 a.m.
The victim told several officers who responded to the scene at about 7 a.m. that the suspect had been trespassing in the complex's garage. According to Whent, the suspect assaulted her when she asked him to leave. The victim sustained minor injuries, but didn't have to be hospitalized. Police say the suspect didn't use the metal chain in that incident.
Whent says the responding officers, who were working the overnight shift, took some initial information from the victim but couldn't find the suspect, so they left the area.
The female officer, who was beginning her day shift, did a follow-up interview with the victim. As she got into her patrol car to drive away the suspect, who she recognized from the victim's description, walked in front of her car. Whent says the officer got out of her car but "was immediately attacked by the suspect with a metal chain."
The officer suffered injuries to her head and face, but she is expected to be okay. She's been placed on paid administrative leave.
Some in the community are questioning the use of force in this incident.
"Instead of shooting him, they could've tasered him or maced him," Oakland resident Rebecca Ellis said. "I don't think what he did was worth his life being taken, just by knowing him personally."
Fellow Oakland resident Carrie Mason added, "It is kind of a disgrace that you have to shoot someone eight times over swinging a bicycle chain, or whatever the situation may be, it was not a cause to die."
Harris, who took the cellphone videos, agrees, "I think she should have used her skills a little bit more better (sic) to avoid the contact of the bike chain, where she wouldn't have to go so far to using her gun,."
Demonstrators held a demonstration and rally Thursday night to protest the shooting.
This was the sixth officer-involved shooting in Oakland and the fourth fatal one this year. On June 6, Demouria Hogg was shot and killed four blocks east of Thursday morning's shooting after police say he reached for a loaded handgun. On Aug. 3, Oakland officers shot and killed 49-year-old Antonio Clements after he allegedly wounded a sergeant with an AK-47. On Aug. 12, officers shot and killed 24-year-old Nate Wilks when police say he turned toward them with a gun while they were chasing him.
"I think it's completely outrageous," protest organizer Yvette Felarca said. "The Oakland police are out of control because they're on a rampage and it's clear that the Oakland police are trying to act as judge, jury and executioner in each one of these instances."
Police officials say the incident was recorded by the officer's body camera and they are reviewing that as part of their investigation.
"Assaults on police officers are up significantly this year," said Whent. "It's a very difficult time in this country to be a police officer."
Police said at the time it is unclear how old the man is, but he appears to be in his 20s. Neighbors told media sources it is possible he may have been mentally disabled.
08/21/2015 02:22:51 PM PDT ~ Updated: 5:12 PM PDT, Aug. 28, 2015
OAKLAND, CA -- The names of the three officers who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect on Aug. 12 in West Oakland were released Friday.
The officers were identified as seven-year veteran Jonathan Muniz, six-year veteran Jesse Lawless, and John Shackford, who has been on the force for one year, according to spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.
The trio on Aug. 12 shot at 28-year-old Nate Wilks during a foot chase on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at 27th Street. Wilks, a father of one who moved to San Francisco from Brooklyn, New York, a few years ago, was wanted for an armed robbery in Uptown last month. He refused to stop for police in East Oakland, leading them on a 7-mile chase to West Oakland where he crashed his car and attempted to carjack a driver, police said.
The release of the officer's names comes two days after Chief Sean Whent allowed selected reporters to view body camera footage of the deadly confrontation.
In footage shot from an officer running behind Wilks, officers can be heard yelling "drop it, drop the gun" several times. Wilks at one point turns around and runs toward an officer with what appears to be a pistol in his left hand. All three officers fire as Wilks is about 3 feet from one of the officers. Wilks was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A preliminary autopsy report found he died of gunshot wounds to the front of his body, police said Friday.
A loaded pistol police said Wilks was carrying but did not fire was found at the scene. It was earlier reported stolen.
Wilks' death is the third fatal shooting involving Oakland police since June 6.
Police have released the names of two officers who on Aug. 3 shot and killed 49-year-old sexual assault suspect Antonio Clements, including a sergeant wounded in the gunbattle with Clements. Clements was armed with an AK-47 rifle.
However, police have not released the officer's name who shot and killed 30-year-old Demouria Hogg June 6 near Lake Merritt. Police said Hogg, who was found passed out in his car with a loaded pistol on the passenger seat, was shot after he went for the loaded gun.
Posted: 6:32 PM EDT, Mon March 19, 2012 - Updated: 4:12 PM PDT, Mon March 19, 2012
"The evidence and testimony we have so far does not establish that Mr. Zimmerman did not act in self-defense. We don't have anything to dispute his claim of self-defense, at this point, with the evidence and testimony that we have."
-- Statement by Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee on why George Zimmerman has not been arrested for the killing of an unarmed African-American, 17 year old male.
Sanford, Florida (WCJB) -- Protesters upset about the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen rallied outside a local courthouse Monday, demanding the arrest of a neighborhood watch captain who told police he shot the teen in self-defense. Martin was carrying a drink and candy when George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain, called 911 to report a suspicious man, authorities said. The 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to confront him. But by the time police arrived, Martin lay dead with a gunshot wound in the chest, according to Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee (pictured left). Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense, authorities said, and remains free as the state attorney investigates. Police said he has not been charged because there are no grounds to disprove his story of what happened.
OPD Kills 2!
May 21, 2011 04:38 p.m. PDT Officers fatally shot the two men during an unspecified operation by police and drug enforcement agents, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Curran Avenue, between 35th and Coolidge avenues, in the Upper Fruitvale neighborhood. Officers arrived and spotted the vehicle occupied by Jackson and the two other men. They ordered the car to stop. Two of the men emerged from the vehicle with firearms, police said, and one fled into a nearby yard while officers shot the other two after a confrontation. Investigators did not identify the officers or any of the suspects. But family members identified one of the dead as Antoine Jackson, 30, a parolee who lived in El Cerrito with his girlfriend and their 5-year-old son. Jackson's family also identified the other man shot and killed by Oakland police Wednesday night as John Sloan. Neighbors said they had heard six to 12 shots ring out in rapid succession. Police officials, however, said none of the suspects had gotten off a shot.
OPD Lies & Kills Again!
March 8, 2011 OAKLAND, CA -- The two city police officers who killed an East Oakland barber after a foot chase last year were justified in believing the man had a gun and that their lives were in danger, a report by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office concluded. Police officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz followed their training and reacted reasonably when they shot an unarmed Derrick Jones, 37, nine times after he ignored their orders to show his hands as he was standing against a fence near the corner of Seminary Avenue and Trask Street, the report states. As a result, neither officer will be charged with a crime. "In the present case, both officers fired their weapons in the belief that they or their fellow officer was about to be shot by Mr. Derrick Jones," according to the report, written by assistant district attorney Richard Klemmer. "Their belief was actual and reasonable based on the circumstances, including the fact that Mr. Jones continued to conceal his hands and keep them in the area of his waistband." The killing occurred Nov. 8, 2010, sparking several protests as, once again, it highlighted concerns and anger from some in Oakland who continue to feel police are not being held accountable for killing suspects. It occurred just three months after a Los Angeles jury found former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter instead of murder for killing an unarmed passenger. Jones' family along with many activists called for criminal charges as they urged District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to charge the officers with murder. But O'Malley's office found that neither officer could be arrested or charged because both acted with reason when they decided to chase Jones and then shoot him after he ignored their orders to show his hands. "Given the totality of the circumstances as presented and corroborated by civilian witnesses and the physical evidence recovered, it appears that (the officers) actually and reasonably believed they were in imminent danger of great bodily injury or death," the report states. Jones' mother, Nellie Jones, said she was not satisfied with the report and continues to believe that her son did listen to police and was shot while both his hands were in the air. "This is ridiculous, I am appalled, I am very disappointed and I am hurt," said Jones, whose family filed a $10 million wrongful death claim against the city. "Every time they talk to someone, they tend to come up with a different story than what we are hearing." The events that lead to Jones' death began when Perez-Angeles and Daza-Quiroz were flagged down by a woman who said she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Jones. The woman, who the officers said appeared physically and emotionally harmed, told Perez-Angeles and Daza-Quiroz that Jones was at his barber shop on the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue and they found him there locking the front door, according to the report. When confronted by the officers, Jones ran away, keeping his hands in his waistband area, the report states. During the foot chase, the report states, the officers saw a shiny metal object in Jones's hand and believed it was a gun. The shiny object was later determined to be a scale. Eventually, the officers caught Jones and cornered him against a fence where two witnesses said they heard the officers yelling at Jones to show his hands, the report states. Jones ignored the commands, the report states, and instead "turned towards the officers, squared himself up and reached his left hand into the left pocket of his jeans where officer Daza-Quiroz observed a bulge." Both officers fired their weapons with Daza-Quiroz shooting Jones seven times and Perez-Angeles shooting him twice. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Klemmer concluded that both officers were "reasonable" in believing their lives were in danger given that they were responding to a domestic dispute and the woman reporting an assault appeared to have physical injuries. The officers also had the right to believe Jones was armed because he ignored their orders and appeared to be carrying a shiny object in a neighborhood known for gun violence, Klemmer wrote. "There is a lack of evidence to support a prosecution against either officer," the report states. Oakland attorney John Burris, who is representing Jones' family in its $10 million claim against the city, said he is not surprised by the district attorney's report. Burris said his office has also conducted an investigation and has found some witnesses who contradict what the officers and the witnesses in the district attorney's report said. "I am not certain this is that clear-cut," Burris said of the facts. "I certainly have conducted my own investigation and interviewed several witnesses who contradict those statements."
Posted: 02/08/2011 09:56:07 PM PST Updated: 02/09/2011 07:07:02 AM PST OAKLAND, CA -- The two officers who last November shot and killed Derrick Jones, a father and barbershop owner, will not be charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's office, sources said Tuesday. Late Tuesday, a spokeswoman from the district attorney's office said, "We are not commenting at this time." On Nov. 8, 2010 the unarmed 37-year-old was shot by two officers in the 5800 block of Trask Street after a brief foot chase. The officers were trying to detain Jones after a report of a domestic dispute. The officers involved were later identified as Eriberto Perez-Angeles, who has been with the department for three years and is also a member of the SWAT team, and Omar Daza-Quiroz, an officer for four years. The case has been under investigation for three months. The officers told investigators that Jones kept reaching toward his waistband and that at one point they saw a "shiny object" that turned out to be a scale. Police said such scales are often used to weigh drugs and a small amount of marijuana was found on Jones. February 9, 2011
This is proof that it is the "Official Custom & Policy" of the City of Oakland, Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office (the State) to kill unarmed black men under the pretense of "reaching for his waistband." Last week, OPD kindly asked the CAUCASIAN male (in the mist of a shooting spree and evasion of police pursuit) to drop his weapon ... before they resulted to lethal force. " ... [E]riberto Perez-Angeles, who has been with the department for three years and is also a member of the SWAT team, and Omar Daza-Quiroz ..." Sgt. Pat Gonzales is one of the TRAINING leaders of the OPD SWAT team. Accordingly, Sgt. Pat Gonzales has MURDERED three (3) unarmed black men under the pretense of "reaching for his waistband." Hector Jiminez MURDERED two (2) unarmed black men under the pretense of "reaching for his waistband." In Southern California and the California Department of Corrections (the State again) the Mexican Mafia has ordered all Southern Mexican gang members (Sur 13) to KILL Blacks (gang-bangers and law-abiding blacks) under a racist reign of terror. We know it's only a coincidence that Sgt. Pat Gonzales (Mexican) Eriberto Perez-Angeles (Mexican) Omar Daza-Quiroz (Mexican) Hector Jiminez (Mexican) and Jessica Borello (Mexican) have all killed unarmed blackmen. Shame on all you "N-Words" who work for the City of Oakland, Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office (the State). You aid the killing of your own race for a mortgage you can't afford. Barack signed all the foreclosed property over to Dianne's husband (Richard Blum) dba as C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE). Dianne and Richard are Jewish. A "N-word" is defined as an "Ignorant Fool." Harry J. Williby Editor-in-Chief Corrupt Justice™
Posted: 01/30/2011 07:11:30 PM PST Updated: 01/31/2011 10:26:48 AM PST OAKLAND -- A 39-year-old man fatally shot after pointing what turned out to be a replica assault rifle at officers Saturday in the Rockridge district was identified Sunday as Matthew Cicelski, a former Marine and father of at least one child. Cicelski, who lived in Oakland, was shot about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 5500 block of Taft Avenue on the front porch of his ex-girlfriend's home. He had been acting erratically in the neighborhood, marching up and down the street with the realistic-looking assault rifle and a knife and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, police said. He ran inside the woman's home when officers arrived on scene. Another woman who lives in the house ran outside screaming for help and officers could hear the ex-girlfriend also yelling for help, police said. As officers were about to go inside, they said Cicelski, who was wearing camouflage, suddenly burst out onto the porch and pointed what they thought to be a real assault rifle at them. Three officers fired, killing Cicelski. Police said Sunday that the rifle is still being examined by the crime lab to see what type of projectile it could fire, if any. Police also said that Cicelski and the woman had known each other for at least a couple of years and that officers had responded to calls in the past about problems between them. Police said Cicelski had an arrest record, including at least one arrest for battery, but it was not known Sunday if that was for any dispute involving the ex-girlfriend. Cicelski was said to have at least one child, and possibly three. None of them are with the woman living on Taft.
O.P.D. 187 In The "Safe" Neighborhood!
November 18, 2010 NEW ORLEANS, LA — A New Orleans police officer was laughing after he burned the body of an African-American male who had been gunned down [shot in the back] by police in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a fellow officer testified Thursday. The testimony came during the trial of officer Greg McRae and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, who are charged with burning the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover in a car after he was shot and killed by a different officer outside a strip mall on Sept. 2, 2005. Three other current and former officers also are charged in Glover's death. Lt. Joseph Meisch (pictured above, left) testified Thursday that he was standing outside a police station near the Mississippi River when he saw a car followed by a pickup truck driving on a levee. McRae (pictured above, right) was driving the car and Scheuermann was driving the truck, according to prosecutors. Moments after the car drove off the levee, Meisch saw a plume of thick, black smoke. Meisch didn't know who was driving the vehicles until McRae and Scheuermann ran toward him. Scheuermann had a blank look on his face, but McRae was laughing, Meisch said. (Rebecca Glover, aunt of Henry Glover, who police allegedly shot and later burned his body in a car in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, talks outside the courthouse where five New Orleans police officers are on trial in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)) "Laughing like somebody had just played a joke?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Knight asked. "It could have been humorous or nervous laughter," he said. Meisch said he asked what had happened, and McRae told him not to worry about it. "I got it," Scheuermann added, according to Meisch.
November 9, 2010 LOS ANGELES, CA - A Montebello man was among three former Marines in a group of five people arrested by federal agents on suspicion of selling illegal assault weapons to Florencia 13 (Mexican) gang members in the San Fernando Valley. The deal was carried out June 23, 2010 in the parking lot of a Pasadena post office, where suspected ringleader Adam Gitschlag, along with a former Marine and an active-duty Marine, met with a postal service supervisor, a Florencia 13 street gang member and two other men, then sold them the weapons for $6,000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday.
November 4, 2010 LAS VEGAS, NV — A Navy SEAL in California and men in Nevada and Colorado have been arrested and accused of smuggling machine guns from Iraq into the United States for resale on the black market, federal authorities said Thursday. The special forces SEAL, Nicholas Bickle, 33, of San Diego, Las Vegas resident Andrew Kaufman, 36, and Richard Paul, 34, of Durango, Colo., were arrested Wednesday in those cities, the U.S. attorney's office in Las Vegas said. A complaint filed Oct. 29, 2010 and unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses the trio of conspiring to smuggle and sell 18 weapons and 14 other firearms since June to an undercover federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in Las Vegas and Colorado. Bickle is accused of smuggling about 80 AK-47 weapons from Iraq or Afghanistan, including factory-made 7.62 mm Iraqi machine guns that the complaint said would be difficult or impossible to trace. Other weapons included Ruger handguns. "According to the other members of the organization, this was possible because Navy SEALs are not searched when returning from deployments," the document said. The investigation began on tip from a confidential informant who faced felony battery domestic violence and robbery charges in Nevada and is cooperating with authorities, the complaint said. Neither the informant nor the undercover agent is identified. Las Vegas-based ATF Special Agent Eric Fox alleges in the complaint that at least one of the accused coconspirators bragged that the guns were from the military in the Middle East and would be untraceable. The complaint cited text message and bank records, and said at least one sale involved 10 AK-47 rifles for $1,300 each, and six handguns at $300 apiece. The conspiracy charge alleges that Bickle, Kaufman and Paul engaged in firearms dealing without paying a special tax, possessed a machine gun that wasn't registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and transferred an unregistered machine gun. A statement from Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney in Las Vegas, said Bickle was due to appear Thursday in federal court in San Diego. Paul appeared Wednesday in federal court in Durango, and was ordered held pending another hearing Thursday, Bogden said. Kaufman was due Thursday before a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas. If convicted, each faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Navy Seal!
March 30, 2010 A little more than a year after the racially motivated killing of James Shamp, a 48-year-old black man (pictured left) the prosecution of his killers appears to be drawing to a close. Last week, Richard Bordelon, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, one count each of attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit murder, as well as admitting to special-circumstance allegations of drive-by murder, racial killing and that he was an active gang member at the time of the offense, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Daniel Akemon of the Hardcore Gang Division. The defendant confessed that the victim was killed because he was African American, officials with the district attorney's office said. Los Angeles police sources said the case was part of a larger series of incidents in which Latino gang members in the West Valley threatened blacks and sprayed racist graffiti. At Bordelon’s March 24 appearance, Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 47 years to life. The judge also ordered Bordelon to pay $14,386 in restitution for burial expenses and mental-health costs incurred by the victim’s family. According to police, Shamp, a husband and father of two, was taking out the trash at his job in Winnetka on Dec. 22, 2008, when a car carrying Latino gang members pulled up. A group of men approached him and shot him in the chest. Friends heard the shots and ran outside, where they found Shamp lying face down. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The same evening, authorities made three arrests in connection to Shamp's death — Bordelon; Martin Sotelo, 25; and a juvenile. Sotelo, the alleged driver of the getaway vehicle, is awaiting trial. The district attorney’s office has not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Sotelo is currently being held at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles. The juvenile conspirator admitted a juvenile petition for conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to a Division of Juvenile Justice facility. An additional arrest in the case was made May 21, 2009, according to district attorney officials. LAPD Topanga officers arrested Orlando Perez, a 25-year-old Latino, who was then charged as accessory after the fact to murder. Perez, of Canoga Park, pleaded no contest and admitted a gang association. He was sentenced to three years and four months in state prison. He is being held at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
Racist Gang Death! Oakland Police Dept. Sgt. Pat Gonzales
September 11, 2009 Sgt Patrick Gonzales is one of Oakland Police Department's most notorious killers. In 2001 Gonzales was accused of strip searching a young man in broad daylight and then dislocating his jaw; In March of 2002 he shot and killed Joshua Russell for supposedly be involved in an armed robbery; In June of 2006 Gonzales shot and wounded Amir Rollins for supposedly being armed with a shotgun; In September of 2007 Gonzales shot and killed Gary King who was unarmed; and On March 21, 2009 Gonzales after being shot in the shoulder shot and killed Lovelle Mixon (pictured below, center) as he and other Oakland Swat moved on the apartment Mixon was in. At the moment this murderer is being paid more then 200,000$ a year for terrorizing the residents of Oakland. The city of Oakland is expected to pay $1.5 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was shot in the back and killed by a police sergeant. Sgt. Pat Gonzales shot Gary King Jr., 20, of Oakland on Sept. 20, 2007, near 54th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland. King fit the description of a "person of interest" in a killing that happened the month before, and officers found a loaded gun on him after the shooting, police have said. But in their lawsuit, King's parents, Gary and Catherine King, said their son (pictured left) "did not pose a significant and immediate threat of death or serious physical injury" to police and that the shooting constituted excessive force. Gonzales "created the situation where deadly force was used," said the lawsuit, which named the sergeant, the city and former Police Chief Wayne Tucker as defendants. Among the plaintiffs was King's child, who was born last year.
The King Murder!
September 20, 2010 Oakland Police Officer, Sgt. Pat Gonzales (a Mexican), a 10-year veteran, shot and killed Gary King Jr., 20, about 5 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2007 near 54th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland (California). Gary W. King, 20, was shot twice in the back after authorities said he broke away from Sgt. Pat Gonzales during a struggle and appeared to twist and reach for the weapon. Gonzales told investigators King started to reach down toward his waistband. Gonzales tried to stop the movement and felt the gun. Anela Hobbs said she saw Gonzales use his Taser several times on King and saw King reach deep into his low-slung pants. Gonzales then let go of his braids, she said. King had turned to run away when the officer shot twice at him. "I don't know protocol. I don't know policy. I just know life," Hobbs said. "It was a lose-lose situation all around." Gonzales, a department firearms instructor and SWAT team member, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the previous two shootings, police said. One witness, Ailene Romero, said she never saw a gun, and Gonzales shot King as he was running away. "There were a lot of young people there, and people just started screaming," Romero said. At one point during the struggle, witnesses said, Gonzales held King by his braids as he tried to break free and escape. She questioned why the police would not aim for King's leg instead of shooting him fatally. Both practices are Oakland police policy in such cases. Thursday's shooting shocked witnesses, and a group of community members gathered Friday at the scene. Semir Jehar, who was working at a shoe and clothing store that day on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, ran outside when he heard the commotion. When outside, Jehar said he saw King cooperating, but when Gonzales tried to subdue King, he resisted and tried to get out of Gonzales's hold. "I thought the police officer maybe shot him with rubber bullets," Jehar said. "The police officer shouldn't have resorted to his gun." A memorial dedicated to King was growing on the median strip across from a liquor store near where the shooting occurred. "He laid there and died right in front of us," said Shamar Bell, who said he witnessed the shooting and said he had known King since grade school. He said he did not see the officer pat King down before detaining him. "(Gonzales) put handcuffs on him while he was on his stomach (in the street) in front of us," Bell said. "If he so feared for his life, why didn't he call for backup?" Romero said seeing King handcuffed after being shot was distressing. Lt. Ersie Joyner III said Gonzales made what is considered "an investigative stop" on King after he saw King exit a nearby store. King "was cooperative at first," Joyner said, and it was a "low-key situation." The situation escalated, however, and a struggle ensued. Joyner said Gonzales twice tried to use his Taser to subdue King, but apparently the Taser malfunctioned and had no effect on King. Joyner said King refused repeated commands by Gonzales to surrender. In June 2006, Gonzales shot and wounded 17-year-old Amir Rollins, who was armed with a sawed-off rifle on the 1800 block of East 25th Street, police said. In March 2002, Gonzales shot and killed Joshua Russell, 19, of Hayward after he and an accomplice tried to rob a man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant at 14th Avenue and East 12th Street.
The Florencia 13 (aka F13, Florence 13) gang is the largest single Hispanic gang in Los Angeles County according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and the mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa. The Florence 13 gang got its name from the major street, Florence Avenue, which runs east and west, parallel and between Imperial Highway and Firestone Boulevard. Many early members of the Mexican Mafia were recruited from the Florencia gang. Florencia 13 has a long history of being involved in drug trafficking in Los Angeles, where they have held a leadership position even in its already drug saturated area. They have been known to deal directly with both major African American drug distributors and Colombian and Mexican drug cartels. Like the other two super Hispanic gangs - 18th Street and the MS-13 - Florencia 13 is now primarily made up of undocumented (illegal) immigrants. They continue to finance themselves primarily through narcotics trafficking, although false document and identification mills are also a large source of income for all three gangs. Authorities believe that the Mexican Mafia has pushed Hispanic gangs (such as the F13) in the South and Central areas of Los Angeles to attack blacks at every opportunity, to take over control of drug trafficking in these areas, and to secure and maintain the Mafia's dominance. Their main rivals include the 38th Street Gang, all Watts Varrios, 18th Street, and the Play Boys Surenos. Their main African American rivals are the East Coast Crips. It is alleged that the Florence 13 gang has members in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit, Arkansas, Miami, Texas, Atlanta, Sinaloa and Mexico. Mexican Mafia Targets L.A. Blacks
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