Oakland City Council Meeting Disrupted

Protesters vowed to return to disrupt the next city council meeting, as well.

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    The Oakland City Council (shown here in an archive photo) was disrupted by protesters concerned about a police shooting involving an 18-year-old man in May 2012.

    Shouted down by rowdy protesters furious over the May police  shooting of Alan Blueford, the Oakland City Council adjourned its meeting  early Tuesday night with little of its agenda completed.

    Blueford, 18, was shot and killed in the 9200 block of Birch  Street after police said he ran from police in the 1900 block of 90th Avenue  just after midnight on May 6.

    Police initially reported that Blueford had been killed in an  exchange of gunfire that injured the officer. However, the following day  police said that while a gun believed to be Blueford's had been recovered, it  had not been fired, and the officer's injury to his foot was self-inflicted.

    Police said Blueford was transported to a hospital, where he died.

    Several members of Blueford's family appeared before the City  Council Tuesday night, disputing the police account and pleading with council  President Larry Reid to help them uncover more information about Blueford's  death by releasing the police report.

    "We still don't have a police report, Mr. Reid, I thought you were  going to help us," Jeralynn Blueford, Alan's mother, said. "You don't know  what it's like to bury your baby."

    "The story has changed so many times, and we can't stand for it,"  she said, referring to the police retraction that an exchange of gunfire had  injured an officer. She also disputed that her son had ever been transported  to a hospital.

    Other family members also demanded that the city produce the  police report from the night of their son's death, and in response Reid said  that Police Chief Howard Jordan was on his way to City Hall with the report.

    After Blueford's family spoke, the council worked its way through  a long list of speakers outraged over the police handling of the Blueford  shooting, finally cutting off the public comment portion of the meeting by  calling a 10-minute recess.

    When the meeting resumed about 30 minutes later, Councilman  Ignacio De La Fuente was chairing the meeting and announced that Reid was  outside speaking with Blueford's family.

    The council attempted to move on with the agenda, beginning with a  recommendation to declare Oakland an International City of Peace and Sept. 21  as Oakland's International Day of Peace, but were consistently interrupted.

    The audience in the crowded chamber booed and began chanting "No  justice, no peace" and "jail killer cops," drowning out any discussion by  councilmembers. Reid then returned briefly shortly before 7:30 p.m. to  abruptly adjourn the meeting. He said the next meeting would be in two weeks.  Protesters vowed to return then.