An unarmed man, Derrick Jones, was shot in East Oakland on Monday by Oakland Police Department officers. Given the reaction to the sentencing of the police-involved killing of unarmed Oscar Grant almost two years ago, the coals are still hot for a protest.
The group ‘By Any Means Necessary’ has planned a 3pm protest rally for today. It begins on Bancroft and Seminary, near Jones’ barbershop. It ends at the Fruitvale BART station — precisely where Johannes Mehserle killed Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009.
The Oakland Tribune has reported that Jones was shot in the front and not in the back, as previously reported.
Police maintain that Jones reached toward his waistband and that something metallic was seen. Police were responding to reports that Jones was assaulting a woman in a laundromat in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue at about 9:30pm on Monday, according to Bay City News.
Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Israel said it was not clear if Jones had been armed or if the metallic object was recovered at the scene.
Israel also said Jones was on parole for a gun violation and was previously arrested on charges related to illegal drugs, domestic violence and resisting arrest.