Hey Intelligent Ladies!
On May 6, 2012 another senseless killing happened to one of our bright youth. Alan Blueford, 18 year old high school student, was shot and killed by an Oakland Police Officer.
Alan Blueford was hanging out outside with two friends when they were were approached by Oakland Police Officers. The officers assumed one of the teens were carrying a concealed weapon by simply looking at them. A chase began and Blueford was shot three times.
This event has sparked outrage and protests in Oakland, CA, with family members and community activists.They are calling for a thorough investigation of the incident that evening.
The family believes the Police Department and the media are trying to assassinate the character of their son. Alan Blueford was a bright student with a 3.0 GPA and hoped to become an X-ray Technician. The family claims he would never have been carrying a handgun.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
“The Bluefords were also angry that police ignored their requests for information early May 6 as they sat in the department lobby.
‘The anger I feel about the treatment we received and the character assassination of this child is unbearable,’ said Jeralynn Blueford. ‘It’s almost too hard to take.’
Bolton said the chief had apologized for the wait and has directed that a commander be summoned to meet with such families in the future.”
The Bluefords have hired civil rights attorney John Burris to represent them as they seek answers regarding the death of their son. Oakland native and family friend MC Hammer recently spoke out at a rally calling for justice for Alan Blueford.
“Hammer, a well-known rapper, entrepreneur, and actor, spoke at a rally in front of the police station, saying he knew Blueford since he was a child because he was a ‘dear friend of my children.’ ‘The character assassination won’t stand,’ Hammer said. ‘Alan was a good kid.’ The police must be held accountable, he said. ‘How (can) the penalty for fleeing (be) death?’”
So Ladies, do you feel like the Oakland Police Department were justified in shooting alan Blueford? How can we stop these senseless shootings?