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1st Annual Conference for Mothers: “Helping Hearts 2 Heal”

Together we can ascend past our pain and begin the process of healing so that we can reclaim our power as Mothers.

Together we can ascend past our pain and begin the process of healing so that we can reclaim our power as Mothers.

We have all experienced similar circumstances of loss and pain. During the Mothers “Helping Hearts 2 Heal” we will be coming together with mothers and family members within our communities who share the same experiences and the same pain.
This will be a day dedicated to healing and empowerment! Together we can ascend past our pain and begin the process of healing so that we can reclaim our voices and resources to establish a national program agenda for the empowerment of mothers/families to become agents of change in our community.

Miguel Masso: Wanted for Murder

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Letter to OPD Compliance Director Thomas Frazier

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.


[iii] http://informant.kalwnews.org/2011/03/lapel-cameras-are-now-part-of-oakland-polices-uniform/

“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.”

Letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris

2/27/2013

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: http://justice4alanblueford.org

email us at:  alanblueford@yahoo.ca

VIDEO: Documentary about Alan Blueford

Alameda Labor Council resolution in support of Justice 4 Alan Blueford

RESOLUTION ON JUSTICE FOR ALAN BLUEFORD 

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas two new reports by a federal monitor criticized the OPD’s handling of officer-involved shootings and Occupy Oakland protests;

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, who was about to graduate from Skyline High School, was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:

  1. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
  2. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
  3. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
  4. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months and the police report for 5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and implies that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Whereas Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declared she will not charge Officer Masso for the killing of Alan Blueford. Her report shows strong bias as, for example, relying on Masso’s statement that Alan was standing when he first shot him; despite 11 out of 12 witness statements to the contrary;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Alameda Labor Council pass a resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford and  demand that the Federal Monitor and Compliance Director appointed by Judge Henderson take strong action against OPD including:

  1. Stopping the OPD from racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
  2. Instituting stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
  3. The firing of Officer Masso;

Further be it resolved that the Alameda Labor Council demand that the Alameda County District Attorney immediately charge Officer Masso with murder.

Finally be it resolved that the Alameda Labor Council send this resolution to U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, ALC affiliates, the California Federation of Labor, and the AFL-CIO, for concurrence and action.

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Racial profiling in Oakland

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UNITE HERE Local 2850 Resolution

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth and Oakland resident who was about to graduate from Skyline High School, was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:

1. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
2. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
3. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
4. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, the police report for 5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and indicates that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Therefore, be it resolved that Unite Here, Local 2850 pass this resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford, demanding:

1. An end to OPD’s racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
2. Stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
3. The firing of Officer Masso, and charging him with murder.

Further be it resolved that Unite Here, Local 2850 call on its members to support and attend upcoming coalition events in support of Justice for Alan Blueford.

SF Labour Council resolution in support of Justice 4 Alan Blueford

Adopted unanimously by SAN FRANCISCO LABOR COUNCIL, Jan. 14, 2013

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas two new reports by a federal monitor, criticized the OPD’s handling of officer-involved shootings and Occupy Oakland protests;

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, who was about to graduate from Skyline H.S., was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:
A. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
B. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
C. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
D. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, and the police report for5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and implies that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Whereas Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declared she will not charge Officer Masso for the killing of Alan Blueford. Her report shows strong bias as, for example, relying on Masso’s statement that Alan was standing when he first shot him, despite 11 out of 12 witness statements to the contrary;

Therefore, be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council pass a resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford and demand that the Federal Monitor take strong action against OPD including:
1. Stopping the OPD from racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
2. Instituting stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
3. The firing of Officer Masso;

Further be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council demand that the Alameda County District Attorney immediately charge Officer Masso with murder.

Finally be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council send this resolution to U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, SFLC affiliates, the Alameda Labor Council, the California Federation of Labor, the AFL-CIO, for concurrence and action.

Submitted by Marcus Holder, ILWU Local 10; David Welsh, NALC 214; Carl Finamore, IAMAW, Air Transport Local Lodge 1781; Alan Benjamin, OPEIU Local 3; Allan Fisher, AFT 2121; Rodger Scott, AFT 2121; Alysabeth Alexander, SEIU 1021.

Essentially identical resolutions have been passed by ILWU 10 Executive Board and General membership meetings, SEIU 1021 Executive Board, the Oakland Education Ass’n Representative Council (on 12/3/12) and Unite Here 2850 Executive Board (1/7/13).

December 18: Honoring Alan Blueford


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Communities, Families, Students and Labor Unite to Stop Police Brutality and Racial Profiling

Keynote Speaker: Angela Davis

Tuesday, December 18 From 7pm – 9pm, Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland One block from Lake Merritt BART station

Tickets are $10 general/$5 student and low-income. Available at http://honoringalanblueford.brownpapertickets.com/ or at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds go to Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition (JAB). Donations are tax deductible. http://www.Justice4AlanBlueford.org for more information.

Join noted author and activist Angela Davis with Adam and Jeralynn Blueford in honoring their son Alan Blueford for what would have been his nineteenth birthday. Alan was murdered by OPD officer Miguel Masso on May 6, 2012, just weeks before he was to graduate from Skyline High School in Oakland.

This event will bring together family members of victims of police brutality with important activists from across the country to both honor our fallen youth and chart a course for stopping the epidemic of racial profiling and police abuse especially targeting Black and Brown communities.

Speakers include:

Jeralynn and Adam Blueford, Constance Graham, Damien Ramirez, Clarence Thomas, Crystallee Crain, Jack Bryson, C.D. Witherspoon, Fred Hampton, Jr., Tim Killings, Dan Siegel and more, plus cultural performances.

Sponsored by: Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition (JAB) and the Laney Black Student Union.