OAKLAND — Dozens of protesters came to Wednesday’s Oakland school board meeting to speak out against the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Raheim Brown by a school district police officer on Saturday night.
“My son was murdered by your police officers,” said Lori Davis. “I want to know who killed my son. I want all the information.”
Brown and a 20-year-old woman were parked on Joaquin Miller Road with their hazard lights on when they were approached by a pair of Oakland Schools Police officers who had been patrolling the area outside of a Skyline High School dance at a park facility, Oakland Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna said. Police said Brown and the woman were in a stolen car but that they didn’t know it at the time.
Police said Brown, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, began to stab one of the officers with a screwdriver, prompting the other officer to shoot him. But family members and other protesters said Wednesday that the story didn’t make any sense, and argued it was being used to cover up a senseless shooting.
Demonstrators with The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) called for an independent investigation, for the officer to be fired, and for the district’s police force to be disbanded.
“First we have BART police killing people. Now we have Oakland school police killing people,” said Jabari Shaw, a member of the Black Student Union at Laney College. “We hope you do the right thing: calling for an investigation and getting him fired.”