Repost From INDYBAY.org
By Jacob Crawford
In Oakland: 2000-2011 of the 89 reported “Officer Involved Shootings”, only 5 of the people shot were white.
On February 22nd, 2013, OPD, CHP and members of the Alameda Sheriff’s Department descended upon an apartment in West Oakland in search of a possibly armed man.
On this particular day, the neighborhood was West Oakland, the location was MacArthur Blvd and Market St. As police surrounded the property in question, the man who was inside and distraught, began breaking windows and yelling.
It was the perfect equation for what is known in police circles as “justifiable homicide”. If an officer can articulate how they were in “fear for their safety”, or the “safety of others”, then they know they can shoot with impunity.