(Sacramento, CA)…”The California NAACP is astounded yet again at the police misuse of deadly force inflicted on another African American man. Oakland Police Department has a history of Black men suffering indignation and unnecessary death at the hands of police officers. This time, unarmed 37-year old Derrick Jones was gunned down by police and shot no less than five times. Final statements reveal Mr. Jones was unarmed but police said he had a metal object, yet to be identified.
According to George Holland Oakland Branch NAACP President “While the police tried to demonize this victim as being a parolee with a criminal past; family, friends, and church members paint a different picture. He was a small businessman, owner of a local barbershop. He was the father of 2-year old, Demi, who he brought to work every day while her mother was at work. This was a human being who did not deserve to be gunned down.”
“The California NAACP once again steps forward to monitor this very virulent situation. The NAACP calls for a fair, balanced and thorough investigation that will bring justice to this victim in the African American community. This situation will be monitored closely by the NAACP and we expect and demand transparency in this investigation; and at the same time that the police and district attorney handle this case in an expeditious manner,” says California State President Alice Huffman
The CA NAACP is calling for an immediate meeting with Mayor Ron Dellums, Mayor-Elect Jean Quan, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts, and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.
The Oakland Police Department has been under investigation for several years and under court orders to make changes in their administration of justice regarding police misconduct. We will be discussing with our Oakland Branch follow-up actions in response to the death of Derrick Jones. Actions to be considered include public meetings to investigate remedies that the Oakland Police Department has or has not taken to remedy police misconduct; setting a meeting with the California Attorney General; and, encourage an immediate Grand Jury convening to consider indictments.
Quite Frankly, the California NAACP is fatigued at continually looking at police brutality cases; however, we can never rest. We must now get justice for citizen Derrick Jones.