Alan Blueford (1993-2012) was gunned down on the streets of Oakland, California by the police in the early hours of May 6th 2012, his body left to lay there for four hours, his family not informed. Like he was some stray dog. He was to graduate high school in June.
The police said that when they were on their way to answer another call they saw the suspect (Blueford) and two others standing at the corner of 90th and Birch Street at about midnight. The police “believed the young men had a concealed weapon,” so they stopped and got out of their patrol car with guns drawn. The suspect ran. One of the two officers ran after him. According to a witness the suspect ran down the street shooting his gun. The police said he shot the officer in the stomach. The officer returned fire. An ambulance rushed both to the hospital: the officer lived, the suspect died. A gun was found 30 feet (10m) from where the suspect was shot down.
Then the police said there were only four shots – three at the suspect and one at the leg of the officer, possibly from “friendly fire”.
And then the police said when the suspect pointed his gun at the officer, the officer fired three shots back but the suspect fired none. The fourth shot came from the officer shooting himself in the foot.
And, as it turns out, the ambulance took the officer to the hospital but not Blueford.
The police did not tell his family that he was dead, even though Blueford always carried ID. When his family went to the police station to get answers, they were made to wait in the lobby for two hours – and then were told that he died but little else: the police said it was still under investigation by internal affairs.
Blueford’s family doubts he had a gun. Even if he did the police themselves admit he did not fire one. And since he was running from the police it is unlikely he would turn to point it at the officer without firing. The family says he was shot in the back.
I know my son would never shoot a gun. My son is just getting his life together. He’s graduating. There’s hardcore criminals that don’t pull guns on a police officer. This is unimaginable.
Blueford is not the Perfect Victim. While he helped disabled children and wanted to become an X-ray technician, he was also on juvenile probation for a break-in in 2011.
MC Hammer has known Blueford since he was six and spoke at the protest at the police station a week later.
No arrest has been made.The police will not even say who the killer cop is, only that he or she is on paid administrative leave.
The case will be investigated by the Oakland police, both by their internal affairs department and a homicide detective, as well as the Oakland district attorney’s office.