Here's a statement from the Blueford family about their son's death:
Alan DeWayne Blueford was an 18-year-old senior at Skyline High School, preparing to graduate in June. He was the youngest son of Adam Blueford Sr. and Jeralynn Brown Blueford.
During the early morning hours of May 6, 2012, Alan was murdered by an officer – whose name has yet to be released – with the Oakland Police Department. His family is now seeking justice for his death.
Here is what we know:
• At or about midnight, May 6, Alan and two friends were standing on the corner of 90th and Birch Street waiting for “some girls in a white Chevy,” Alan told his father during a phone call.
• After the phone call, police officers approached Alan and his friends, with guns drawn. The police officers were called to respond to another incident, but decided to stop Alan and his friends when they saw them because they “believed the young men had a concealed weapon.”
• Alan ran down Birch Street from the police officers.
• Approximately two blocks down Birch Street on the 9200 block the officer chasing Alan murdered him by shooting him three times. The officer also shot himself.
• Although Alan had his brown wallet with his ID, Oakland Police Department never called to tell his parents he was shot and killed.
• Alan’s two friends were detained for over six hours. After their release, one of the young men had the traumatic task of calling Alan’s parents and telling them Alan was shot and killed by an Oakland police officer.
• Initial reports put out by OPD, stated that “a suspect” (Alan) and a police officer exchanged gun fire and the officer was shot in the stomach by the suspect and the suspect was shot by the officer. Both were said to have been rushed to Highland Hospital where Alan died and the police officer was expected to recover. OPD also included in their reports witness statements who said they saw Alan shooting. OPD reported that they retrieved Alan’s firearm at the scene.
• Later OPD changed their story to state that the officer was shot in the leg and an investigation was in process to determine whether the officer was wounded by “friendly fire.” Only one of the officers chased Alan.
• What we now know is that Alan Blueford never shot the police officer, at the police officer, or anyone else. OPD changed their story yet again, admitting and confirming that THE OFFICER SHOT HIMSELF.
• We also know that Alan was never rushed to Highland Hospital. Only the police officer. Alan’s body lay in the streets for approximately 4 hours.
• Alan was shot multiple times by the police officer.
• The family has reason to believe that Alan never had a firearm.
• The family has reason to believe that Alan never caused the officer to be threatened. Alan’s body can be described as a shorter stature – approximately 5 feet 6 ½ inches – and thin build, 140 pounds.
When Alan’s family learned of the claimed circumstances surrounding Alan’s death, we all knew that the facts were not true! Additionally, because they never called to confirm his death, we were sadly left with hope that the unnamed “suspect” was not Alan. He was a joy to many people. We are suffering a great loss.
Now OPD claims that the “victim” – no longer suspect – was a convicted felon on probation. His family will simply respond by saying felony probation does not describe Alan’s character. To describe Alan, you have to share that he 1) was a Christian; 2) worked with the disabled children at Skyline, one of whom described “Al” as his “best friend”; 3) began his mornings at Skyline High School by praying with his godmother and supervisor; 4) passed out candy at his grandmother’s every Halloween; and 5) was well known by his family and friends as a respectful young man.
But even more important is the fact that when the police officers decided not to respond to the call, but rather to bother Alan and his friends, all they knew is that they were three African-American young men. That’s why Alan was murdered.
Alan’s family is seeking justice for his death. We are determined to have this “incident” thoroughly investigated and all wrongful parties prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We ask that all of you support us by calling District 7 City Councilman Larry Reid, at (510) 238-7007.
As we embark upon this long journey, we rely on the grace and mercy of our Father God, through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. We find peace in scripture, specifically Genesis 50:20 (NIV): “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant if for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
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