Police Kill Teen Over Bus Fare
Another police killing took place in the Bay Area over the weekend.
A 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police on Saturday.
Reports state the following:
The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. (Saturday, July 16) on Third Street and Oakdale Avenue when a 19-year-old man, who was believed to have been carrying a gun, was shot and collapsed on the sidewalk, police said.
A police spokesman said the shooting began after two uniformed officers conducted a fair inspection on a Muni light rail vehicle.
They detained the man on the platform, but he fled on foot.
During the foot pursuit, police said the suspect fired at the officers, and the officers fired back.
Witnesses had a different story and said police overreacted.
As the man was running he had his hands up in the air, and then hit the ground when he was shot, one witness said.
Police maintained that the man had a weapon and they searched the area for the firearm.
One bullet casing lay on the street, and police said it came from a gun that did not belong to the police officers.
Police said witnesses could have taken the victim’s weapon when the man collapsed, or the suspect could have thrown the gun somewhere during the pursuit.
The suspect was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and he later died from those injuries at 7 p.m. The officers were not injured.
This police shooting comes as the Bay Area is still recovering from the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant, and the BART killing of an unarmed man in July.
It seems to be open season on police killings in the Bay.
Graphic video footage from Saturdays incident is posted below, and a news reports is posted on the next page.