Adam Blueford, father of Alan Blueford, addresses the crowd of about 50 supporters outside the Eastmont substation for the Oakland Police Department.

Blueford family rallies supporters outside Eastmont police station

on September 30, 2012

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.

3 Comments

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  3. Dan on October 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I don’t understand I guess. I read that he was in the middle of a drug deal..which led the officers to confront them..they even noticed something in the waistband of his pants..he took off running..he was persued by an officer, the teenager fell and in doing so aimed the gun at the officer twice. The officer even said that scared him to death. Why shouldn’t he shoot? I have tried to look at this from both sides but I just don’t see how the officer did anything wrong. He did what anyone would do in that situation :defend yourself. It makes no difference if teen didn’t fire or if there were no bullets. The officer didn’t know. WHAT AM I MISSING? I don’t get it. WHY IS THE FAMILY SO IRATE AT THE OFFICER FOR DEFENDING HIMSELF? Please, I’m not being an asshole, is there something I missed?



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