Trial Underway Involving Police Who Shot Oakland Barber
An unusual federal trial got underway this week in Oakland. It involves two police officers who, in November 2010, shot and killed Derrick Jones, an East Oakland barber. The officers answered a domestic violence call from a woman who claimed Jones had tried to strangle her.
When police tried to question Jones, he fled. The officers have said they thought Jones was reaching for a gun when they opened fire. As it turned out Jones had a small scale in his pocket. Police later said it was the kind used to weigh marijuana.
Derrick Jones' widow filed a federal civil lawsuit, and she's seeking unspecified monetary damages. Highlights of the trial so far include tape from one of the officers after the shooting explaining why he used his gun instead of a taser.
Host Stephanie Martin talks with reporter Thomas Peele, who is covering the trial for the Bay Area News Group.