Video footage shows hundreds protesting at Tuesday night’s Oakland City Council meeting
on September 19, 2012
This raw video was taken Tuesday night by Oakland North reporter Sam Rolens, inside the Oakland City Hall council chambers, as protesters disrupted a scheduled meeting in order to demand action and more information on the shooting death in May of a young man killed by an Oakland police officer.
The noisy protest broke out at 6:00 pm Tuesday evening, as family members of the young man, an 18-year-old Skyline High school student named Alan Blueford, were joined by many others in demanding that police provide a full report of Alan’s shooting on May 6.
Shouts of “Jail Killer Cops Now” and “Howard’s a Coward”—a reference to Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan—were yelled by members in the audience. But at 7:30 pm, council members announced the meeting would be adjourned early, and left without giving the family the police report that had been promised earlier in the meeting.
Some protesters then stood on tables and yelled at the empty dais, demanding that Jordan appear publicly at the meeting.
Oakland North reporter Angela Hart is pursuing more detail with police and city council officials about the situation at Tuesday night’s meeting. A longer report will be published on Oakland North this afternoon. Click the video player below to see camera phone footage of the meeting.
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