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Police Shooting Ruled Justified in Oakland Lawsuit

April 02, 2013  | 

Two Oakland police officers didn't do anything wrong when they shot and killed a hair-salon owner who was carrying a scale that the pair mistook for a gun, a federal jury ruled Monday in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the man's widow.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz smiled and hugged their attorneys after a jury in U.S. District Court in Oakland, after deliberating for less than a day, ruled that they had not used unreasonable force against Derrick Jones, 37, when they shot and killed him in November 2010.

The officers said they had thought Jones was reaching for a gun just before they opened fire after a foot chase. Jones actually had a small, silver-colored scale.

The jury found that Jones' widow, Lanell Monique Jones, who sought $10 million in her lawsuit, had not proved that her husband's civil rights were violated. She said afterward that she would appeal.

Tags: Oakland PD, Civil Rights Cases, Lawsuits


Comments (4)

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Jim A @ 4/2/2013 6:29 PM

There were no winners here. EVERYONE lost. I am sure the officers would like to take it all back, but Mr. Jones was the one that was responsible for the outcome.

G. Albert @ 4/1/2013 10:31 PM

A greatful handshake without a "Smile" would probably have been more appropriate. Glad the officers met no harm. A scale..you're right Jim, everyone lost.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/3/2013 11:08 AM

Good officer safety. Why Mr. Jones, was running from the police with a shining object at night I guess we will never know.

martyb @ 4/4/2013 1:21 PM

I have a real hard time with this case and others like it.
1.) If during the incident the officers believed they were responding to the probable threat of a subject armed with a deadly weapon which endangered teh public and themselves and they used deadly force to stop the treat.

2.) If the officers were found to be within their department's guidelines for the use of deadly force and were cleared at teh department level.

3.) And since its "Crazy California" and the Oakland/Alemeda brand of "Californication" where the Po-Po is guilty until proven not really guilty until the District Attorney says they are not. And the DA says it's justified use of force.

Why oh why are we entertaining his "Estranged" widow with these bogus civil rights cases and are we the people even going to allow her to apeal a case with "No Merit"?

The poor cops were not smiling with giddy happines. It was more a pained smile of relief that they had done their jobs, protected each other and the public from what appears to be real criminal and are going to be able to go back to their jobs and earn a living for their families again without the threat of losing it to the dregs of society.

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