Blueford Family Calls Report "Unprofessional"
The family of an Oakland teenager killed by police last May calls the investigation of the incident biased and unprofessional. A report from the Alameda County District Attorney concluded the officer involved had reason to believe Alan Blueford was about to shoot at him.
John Burris is an attorney for the Blueford family. He says the DA's report discounts witness statements that differed from those of police. “All evidence, every fact pattern that was there was interpreted in such a way as to give the benefit of the doubt to the officer," Burris said.
The Blueford family also says the officer's decision to approach Blueford and two friends for "looking nervously at the officers" was racial profiling.
“I’m not trying to say that the DA had to prosecute him," said Walter Riley, a family legal advisor. "But I'm saying the DA totally disrepected us by failing to give us a critical analysis.”
The Blueford family is pursuing a federal civil rights lawsuit for wrongful death, and may ask for a state investigation.