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Black Oakland Firefighter Says White Cop Detained Him, Kids



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    An Oakland firefighter, who is black, says an Oakland police officer, who is white, held him and his two sons at his own fire station, believing they were burglars.

    Keith Jones told reporters that he and his sons Trevon, 9, and Keith II, 12, had left a Raiders game at Coliseum and were returning to their car, parked at the East Oakland fire station where Jones works.

    Jones was "securing the station" after fire crews responding to an emergency had left a door open when a visitor arrived at about 10:45 p.m.: a police officer, who told Jones and his sons to put their hands up, according to reports.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jones says the cop was "basically in a shooting stance" when he ordered Jones and his sons to put up their hands.

    Jones says he identified himself as an Oakland firefighter but the police officer, who did not draw his weapon, kept his hand on his firearm and ordered the Jones family to keep their hands up.

    "I'm pretty much thinking he's going to shoot me," Jones told reporters. His sons thought the same thing, the newspaper reported.

    After a few minutes of a stand-off, the police officer allowed Jones to show his firefighter ID, the newspaper reported, and the incident ended without tragedy or further escalation.

    The incident was captured on the officer's wearable camera, according to reports.

    Race relations and the behavior of police are hot topics in America after the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last month.

    That case had echoes of the fatal shooting of unarmed Oscar Grant by a BART police officer at the Fruitvale Station in East Oakland, not far from Jones's fire station.

    Jones said race was the reason why he had a gun on him.

    "I think they [police officers] view black males as a threat," he told reporters.

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