Saturday, June 29: Bi-weekly JAB meeting, 100 Oak St, 11 am.
Join JAB at the City Council Budget Hearing, 5:30 pm, Thursday, May 23 to demand better priorities.
Oakland Police Dept. Budget Dominates the City Budget, Leaving Little for Social Programs to Stop Violence and Increase Safety -
The proposed budget advocates for 4 police academies over the next 2 years, increasing the number of officers and increasing OPD’s funds (which already monopolize 42% of the city’s budget) overall.
The starting Salary for Police is $69,000 and $98,000. Most cops make well over $120,000 in salary.
According to KTVU, The City of Oakland has paid out $57 million from 2001 to 2011 to victims of Oakland Police Abuse: the LARGEST amount of any city in California. They use our hard earned dollars to soak up the blood from their beatings and murders.
OPD is Racist and Unaccountable -
Even Ex-Police Commissioner, Federal Monitor Thomas Frazier Admits This:
Federal monitor Thomas Frazier’s review of OPD’s use of force incidents found a racist pattern. To quote a May 1st report, ”The total racial breakdown for the 61 use of force events reviewed is as follows: Black, 70%; Hispanic, 22%; White, 3%; Asian, 2%; and Other, 3%.”
Thomas Frazier’s report continues: “We were unable to find the pointing of a firearm necessary or justified in 29 instances of the 158 instances we assessed, due to the absence of any indication that the officer(s) or others faced imminent threat of harm. In addition, several events lacked justification for the initial detention that led to the pointing of the firearms.”
Frazier found that the cops who aren’t abusive cover for those who are, even when their abuses are unjustified: “And yet In all cases, the supervisory review found the officers’ use of force appropriate, objectively reasonable for a legitimate law enforcement purpose, and in compliance with OPD policy.”
The East Bay express reports that Federal Monitor Frazier wants to reopen several cases where cops covered up their brutality, especially around serial killers such as Patrick Gonzalez. But since the rot goes so deep, why stop at Gonzalez?
Justice for Alan Blueford!
We are a coalition fighting for justice for one of the many murdered people, 18 year old Skyline High school senior Alan Blueford. He was shot pleading for his life on the night of May 6th, 2012.
Our demand is that the city fire and charge Officer Miguel Masso with the murder of Alan Blueford.
Alan was racially-profiled; there was no reason for him to be stopped, much like the other incidents in the Frazier report.
Alan ran for two blocks and posed no threat to Officer Miguel Masso.
According to the Oakland police’s OWN report, multiple witnesses said Alan’s last words were “I didn’t do anything”.
Officer Miguel Masso shot himself in the foot and then claimed there was a gun battle where he was “shot in the chest.”
Police Chief Howard Jordan said that Alan Blueford was taken to the hospital, but after checking with the hospital we learned this was a lie as well.
Just like the Oakland Riders scandal where the police planted evidence, and just like in the case of Oscar Grant, the police have lied through their teeth, covered for each other and dragged their feet every step of the way. As Thomas Frazier says, “OPD’s internal affairs division is broken, supervisors cover for abusive and racist police, we need an independent investigation.”
Quan wants more academies for more police. But we don’t want to waste money training highly paid assassins and their silent accomplices. We say not a dollar more till they stop killing our children.
On the one year anniversary of Alan’s murder by OPD Officer Miguel Masso, we will honor Alan with a candlelight vigil. We will start at Sunnyside Park and walk to the site where he was murdered, at the 9200 block of Birch St. Candles will be provided.
Rest in power, Alan!
(Please park at Sunnyside Park, not on Birch St.)
The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition stands in solidarity with the
family of Kayla Moore, who died in the custody of the Berkeley Police
on February 13th, 2013. The Blueford family and their friends know
what it is like to be kept in the dark as to what happened to a loved
It has been more than two months since Kayla’s death, and the
Coroner’s report, completed within days of a death, has not been
released. It was two and half months before Oakland Police released
their ‘hold’ on the Coroner’s report in the death of Alan Blueford,
and even then the Blueford family had to pay $300 in blood money to
see the report.
It has been more than two months since Kayla’s death, and no police
report has been issued, despite the fact that all the officers
involved are back on duty. It was five months before Oakland handed
over a redacted police report to the Blueford family.
All families have a right to know what happened to their loved ones
without having the police cover up their lies and misconduct by
witholding information, as was the case with Alan Blueford and now is
the case with Kayla Moore.
The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition stands with the Moore family and
Berkeley Copwatch in demanding that the Berkeley Police Department and
the City of Berkeley turn over all relevant information on the death
of Kayla Moore to the Moore family and to the people.
Saturday, April 13, 1-5pm
Olive St. & Ritchie St., Oakland, CA
The Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition is hosting a community BBQ in Arroyo Park on Saturday, April 13th. We hope you’ll come out with friends and family to eat, play, and connect as we build the strength of our community.
Expect delicious home-cooked food, great music, powerful speakers, kid-friendly activities, a nurse’s station – all donated to this community event in honor of Alan Blueford, a Skyline High School student who was murdered by OPD Officer Miguel Masso almost one year ago on May 6th, 2012.
5pm Thursday 3/21 – Oscar Grant Plaza
This Thursday, March 21, join the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition and other members of the community as we hold a rally to express solidarity with the family of Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a 16-year-old murdered by the NYPD in Brooklyn. We recognize the rage in the community as this killing closely resembles so many other killings by police in Oakland, including the murder of Alan Blueford, but out of respect for Kimani’s family, we ask that this specific event not be a place for window smashing. We know that it is the police who generally bring physical violence and need no provocation, but we ask that participants come not with the intent to provoke that response but rather with their own expressions of solidarity for Kimani’s friends and family as well as the dozens of people who have been arrested in Brooklyn for protesting his killing.
Just before midnight on Saturday, March 9th, Kimani Gray was returning home from a baby shower. Two undercover police officers in an unmarked vehicle thought the group of young men Kimani was standing with looked “suspicious” (by which they mean Black) and jumped out with guns drawn. Although the officers claim that Kimani pointed a gun at them, witnesses have said there was nothing in his hands, and preliminary reports have shown that Kimani was shot in the back and side. Eerily reminiscent of Alan Blueford’s own last words, Kimani begged the officers not to shoot him, and after he had been shot cried out “Please don’t let me die!” The officers threatened to shoot him again and let him bleed to death on the sidewalk.
Much like Miguel Masso who killed Alan, the two officers who shot Kimani have a long history of violence. These police, Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, have previously cost the city of NY (meaning the taxpayers) $215,000 for abuses ranging from illegal stops to shoving a man’s face into a puddle to punching someone they stopped in the face to pulling off a suspect’s pants and underwear. Both officers had previously been involved in shootings (something we see here in Oakland as well with most shootings).
According to a lawyer for some of the people who sued Mourad and Cordova, “In each case, Mourad and Cordova attempted to cover up their misconduct by falsifying and fabricating evidence,” and all but one of the arrests were dismissed.
As usual, the Police have published their lies about what happened, inventing witnesses who no one else seems able to find (much as they did in Alan’s case), and as usual, the media has simply reprinted the lies straight from NYPD’s mouth as if they are truth.
The JAB Coalition does not accept these lies, we do not accept the racial profiling and stop and frisk policies that led to the two police jumping out on Kimani, and we do not accept the continued slaughter of young men of color with the platitude that police were just doing their job. If the job of the police is to provoke a response and then kill a teenager, then we do not need them to keep doing that job. Far from keeping the community safer, the police only bring more violence and more loss of life, and the people have had enough.
In solidarity with the people of East Flatbush, who night after night this week have come out to demand justice and to demand the truth, the JAB Coalition calls on the community to show our support for their cause as well as to continue our own calls for justice and truth. Officers like Mourad and Cordova, and officers like Miguel Masso must be fired, and they must be prosecuted for murder. No badge or uniform gives them the right to kill with impunity.
Justice for Kimani Gray!
Justice for Alan Blueford!
Justice for all victims of police violence!
Dear Mr. Frazier,
The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition[i] was created after the death of 18-year-old Alan Blueford at the hands of Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6th, 2012. Eight months after Alan’s death, investigation reports have not yet been completed, Officer Miguel Masso remains on paid leave, and justice has not been served. We seek redress for these wrongs.
The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition has made specific demands[ii] of Oakland and its Police Department regarding Alan’s death, two of which are directly in your purview.
Specifically, the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition demands that
- Officer Miguel Masso be fired from the Oakland Police force.
- The de facto ‘Stop & Frisk’ policies of the Oakland Police which ultimately resulted in Alan Blueford’s death be terminated immediately.
We note that the refusal of the Oakland Police Department to even consider these demands is evidence that they have no commitment to enforcing their own policies and are uninterested in fulfilling their obligation to protect the safety and civil liberties of those they interact with. Therefore we believe you need take action on these demands, and we request a face-to-face meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss these issues and other concerns we have about the Oakland Police.
Officer Masso must be fired because factual evidence exists that:
- he participated in an illegal ‘Stop & Frisk,’ precipitating Alan’s death
- he did not activate his lapel camera as required by OPD protocols[iii]
- he executed Alan Blueford, firing three shots at someone who was unarmed
- he lied after the fact about the events of May 5th & May 6
- he should never have been hired in the first place because of his NYPD record[iv]
- he refused a prisoner medical treatment, as documented by NYPD Internal Affairs[v]
- he is not psychologically fit to be a police officer, as evidenced by his own statements in the District Attorney’s report[vi].
The Compliance Director must be the one to fire Miguel Masso because:
- the investigation into Alan’s death has been a farce[vii]
- OPD, in light of their record, cannot be trusted to investigate one of their own
- the Oakland Police have rarely fired one of their own
The Compliance Director has the authority to fire Miguel Masso under the remit authored by Judge Henderson:
In addition to the reasons listed above, the Order authored by Judge Henderson provides the grounds and the authority for firing Miguel Masso. Specifically, the Order grants the Compliance Director authority to deal with racial profiling, illegal stops, problems with use of force, and personnel, as follows:
“The Compliance Director will have the authority to direct specific actions by the City or OPD to attain or improve compliance levels, or remedy compliance errors… (2) personnel decisions, including but not limited to promotions; engagement of consultants; assignments; findings and disciplinary actions in misconduct cases and use-of-force reviews;”
This language by necessity directs that the Compliance Director act to intervene where the OPD has, through its actions or omissions, failed to be in compliance with the professional standards set forth in the Complaint that led to Judge Henderson’s Order.
The Compliance Director must stop OPD’s racially motivated de facto ‘Stop & Frisk’ policies.
- Alan Blueford is dead because of racial profiling. The D.A.’s report and the officer’s statements therein are full of the racially biased codewords officers use (e.g. “baggy pants,” “waist band,” “hoodie”) to create “reasonable suspicion” for the stop of Alan and his friends.
- Unless these policies are ended, racial profiling will continue in defiance of the negotiated settlement agreement and Judge Henderson’s order. New York City’s experience shows that simply recording racial data about stops is not sufficient to change police behavior. (Cf. Daniels v City of New York[viii])
- Unless these practices are forbidden and violations sufficiently punished, police will continue to use any and every excuse to stop young men or color and terrorize them.
- Unless these policies are ended, more deaths like those of Gary King[ix] and Alan Blueford will inevitably happen.
- Unless these policies are ended, there will never be any possibility of community cooperation with police.
The Compliance Director must be the one to promulgate and implement policies which put an end to OPD’s de facto ‘Stop & Frisk’ protocols.
- OPD has shown that it is incapable of following its own best procedures and practices, let alone implementing additional ones.
- OPD has gone out of its way to hire as a consultant someone who believes that ‘Stop & Frisk’ is an effective policy tool, in direct opposition to Judge Henderson’s order and the Negotiated Settlement Agreement.
The Compliance Director has the authority to implement policies that put an end to de facto ‘Stop & Frisk’
The Compliance Director has the power and the responsibility to promulgate procedures that will stop racial profiling, thereby effectively halting OPD’s de facto Stop & Frisk policies, employed almost exclusively against young men of color. In particular, again quoting from Judge Henderson’s order
“The Compliance Director may, at his or her sole discretion, develop a corrective action plan for any task for which the Monitor finds Defendants to be out of compliance.”
“Within 60 days of his or her appointment, the Compliance Director will file a list of benchmarks for the OPD to address, resolve, and reduce… (2) incidents of racial profiling and bias-based policing;”.
We urge the Compliance Director to examine New York City’s proposed Community Safety Act[x] for ideas on how to create a constitutional environment for policing that will stop racial profiling and de facto ‘Stop & Frisk’ actions on the streets of Oakland. We encourage you to review Floyd v City of New York[xi], the ongoing lawsuit to curtail ‘Stop & Frisk’ in New York City, and to take note of the recent Federal District Court order instructing NYPD to cease and desist its ‘Stop & Frisk’ policies in and around private apartment complexes[xii].
Thank you for your time. We looking forward to meeting with you to further discuss how the civil rights of Oakland’s citizens can be protected and how Justice 4 Alan Blueford might be obtained. To contact us please call (510) 839-1200 and ask for Anne Weills or Dan Siegel.
The Justice for Alan Blueford (JAB) Coalition.
“Officers are required to turn their cameras on when they conduct a traffic or walking stop of a person”
[iv] Raphael Santiago v City of New York, Van Horn, Reveron and Masso, US District Court, Southern District of NY
[v] NYPD Internal Affairs Group #22, Investigating Officer’s Report, Case 07-0612, Bronx Case 07-050
“Mr. Santiago… asked one of the involved officers for medical treatment which was refused. A review of the Roll Call, pedigree information of the involved officers and the CCRB investigation led to the identification of PO Miguel Masso… as the officer who refused his request.”
JUSTICE FOR ALAN BLUEFORD
To: California Attorney General Kamala Harris
From: The Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition
We call upon you as the Attorney General for the State of California to prosecute Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso for the murder of Alan Blueford.
Alan Blueford was 18 years old and was about to graduate from Skyline H.S. in Oakland. Just after midnight, on May 6, 2012, Alan and two of his friends were waiting for some girls to pick them up on 90th Ave, when a car slowly pulled up with its lights off. It was an OPD vehicle. Alan ran. OPD Officer Masso gave chase. A few blocks later, Alan was shot and killed by Masso. Masso also shot himself in the foot. Over a dozen witnesses said that Alan had no weapon and posed no threat to the officer.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is derelict in her duties with respect to the Oakland Police Department. Despite the findings of continued non-compliance of the OPD by Federal Monitor Robert Warshaw, O’Malley has functioned as a rubber stamp for the OPD. She has failed to charge a single OPD officer for any criminal wrong-doing. Specifically on the killing of Alan Blueford, our coalition did a thorough analysis of the DA’s findings and found them to be biased, unprofessional and extraordinarily selective in its use of witness statements.
Some excerpts from our report:
“ALAN BLUEFORD SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN STOPPED.
Mr. Blueford’s stop and subsequent death were the result of racial profiling. The officers had no reason to stop these individuals other than their own racial prejudices. OPD statistics indicate that had the three individuals spotted across the street by Officers Masso and Fesmire been white, they would not have been stopped.”
“THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE BY OFFICER MASSO WAS UNJUSTIFIED, BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT ALAN BLUEFORD DID NOT HAVE A GUN WHEN HE WAS SHOT.
The DA’s report states: ‘Officer Masso fired a third round at Mr. Blueford, which he fired because Mr. Blueford was still looking directly at him with the gun in his hand.’ At this point — by everyone’s account — Alan was on the ground, lying flat on his back. Alan Blueford was mortally wounded by this third shot, and yet the only gun that could have been in Alan’s hand was found twenty feet away.” from where Alan lay, up an inclined driveway, ‘atop a pile of garden rocks’ and was only noticed several minutes later.”
We also call on you to reopen all the cases of OPD officer-involved shootings from the Riders case in 2003 to the present, due to the pattern of flawed and biased investigations which has shown an unprincipled relationship, lacking objectivity, between the D.A’s office and the Oakland Police Department which continues to lead to OPD officers being unjustly cleared and immune from criminal charges for brutality and murder.
Finally, we demand that you create a strategy and policy to end the criminalization of the Black and Brown Communities, stop the militarized Oakland Police Department from terrorizing Black and Brown Communities, and allow the Black and Brown communities of Oakland to exercise their right to political, social and economic self-determination.
We are holding a rally on Tuesday, March 5th at 3pm at Nancy O’Malley’s office at 12th and Oak St in Oakland. We demand that you announce the prosecution of OPD’s Miguel Masso for the murder of Alan Blueford.
See our website for our detailed analysis of the D.A.’s “investigative” report:
email us at: email@example.com
TUESDAY, MARCH 5th @ 3pm
Alameda County DA’s Office (Corner of 12th & Oak St.)
The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition & Many in the Oakland Community Call Upon California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and the Alameda DA’s office to:
1. PRESS CHARGES AGAINST OPD OFFICER MIGUEL MASSO FOR THE MURDER OF ALAN BLUEFORD due to the flawed and biased investigation carried out by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley which intentionally ignored clear evidence of a homicide and cover-up by the Oakland Police Department.
2. REOPEN ALL CASES OF OFFICER-INVOLVED KILLINGS FROM THE RIDERS CASE IN 2003 TO THE PRESENT, due to the pattern of flawed and biased investigations which has shown an unprincipled relationship, lacking objectivity, between the D.A.’s office and the Oakland Police Department, which continues to lead to Oakland Police Officers being unjustly cleared and immune from criminal charges for brutality and murder.
3. CREATE A STRATEGY AND POLICY TO END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF THE BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES, stop the militarized Oakland Police Department from terrorizing Black and Brown Communities, and allow the Black and Brown Communities of Oakland to exercise their right to political, social, and economic Self-Determination.
We demand answers!
We demand the truth!
We demand Justice for Alan Blueford!
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!