Through tears, Jeralynn Blueford made a promise on behalf of her son, who was fatally shot in May by an Oakland police officer. “Alan cannot speak, so I’m going to speak for Alan,” she said to a crowd of about 50 protesters on Saturday at the Eastmont substation of the Oakland Police Department. The OPD’s “job is to protect and serve—I was not served and Alan was not protected. We are about standing for justice.”
The Blueford family, friends and other members of the Justice for Alan Blueford coalition gathered Saturday to speak out about the officer-involved shooting death of the 18-year-old Skyline High School senior. Though it has been six months since the teen’s death, family members said they have yet to receive a police report detailing the incident.
After each speaker, the protesters, with upraised fists, chanted “Justice for Alan!” and “Peace and power!” When Adam Blueford, Alan’s father, mentioned Miguel Masso, the police officer who shot his son, the crowd murmured in discontent, and some pumped signs with Alan Blueford’s face and the message “OPD You can’t hide! We charge you with HOMICIDE!”
In mid-September, when the family and their supporters went to the most recent city council meeting to demand answers, the large protest prompted city officials to shut down the meeting. Now the Bluefords’ supporters are planning to march Tuesday from the District Attorney’s Office to the upcoming city council meeting.
“We’re not going to stop until we get justice for our son,” said Adam Blueford.