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Blueford v. City of Oakland

Blueford v. City of Oakland

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JOHN
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BURRIS,Esq./StateBar#69888BENJAMINNISENBAUM,Esq.lStateBar#222173
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LAWOFFICESOFJOHN
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BURRISAirportCorporateCentre
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7677OakportStreet,Suite1120Oakland,California94621
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Telephone:(510)839-5200Facsimile:(510)839-3882
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AttorneysforPlaintiffs
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHENORTHERNDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA
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CaseNo.
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-03791
DAMBLUEFORD,individually,andasco-
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successor-in-interesttoDecedentALAN
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BLUEFORD;JERAL
YNN
BLUEFORD,individually,andasco-successor-in-interestto
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DecedentALAN,BLUEFORD;
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CITYOFOAKLAND,amunicipalcorporation;)
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HOWARDJORDAN,inhiscapacityasChiefof~PolicefortheCITYOFOAKLAND;MIGUEL)
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MASSO,individuallyandinhisofficialcapacity)aspoliceofficerfortheCITYOFOAKLAND;)
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andDOES1-25,inclusive,)
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COMPLAINTFORDAMAGESFORVIOLATIONSOFCIVILRIGH'fSANDWRONGFULDEATHJURYTRIALDEMANDED
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Plaintiffs,
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vs.
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Defendants.
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INTRODUCTION
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OnMay6,2012,DefendantOfficerMIGUELMASSOshotDecedentALANBLUEFORDto
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deathwhenMr.BLUEFORDwasontheground.DefendantOfficerMASSOshotDecedentthree
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timesontheground,andalsoshothimselfonetimeintheleg.Mr.BLUEFORDdidnotpresenta
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legitimatethreattoDefendantOfficerMASSOwhenDefendantOfficerMASSOshot
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COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES
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Mr.BLUEFORD.Mr.BLUEFORDdiedfromthegunshotwoundsatthesceneoftheshootin.DefendantOfficerMASSOandoneotherOaklandPoliceDepartmentofficersparkedt~eeventsleadingtotheshootingshortlybeforewhentheydetainedMr.BLUEFORDandtwofri+dSwithoutcauseinviolationoftheircivilrights.DefendantCITYOFOAKLANDsubsequentlyfalselyclaimedMr.BLUEFORDdischargedagunwhilefleeingfromDefendantOfficerMASSO'silJegaldetention.However,thegunshotfalselyattributedto
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BLUEFORDwasinfactDefendant6fficer
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MASSOshootinghimself,withhisowngun,inhisownleg.Mr.BLUEFORDneverdiSChargl'daweapon.AllgunshotsthatstruckMr.BLUEFORDwereblatantlyunreasonable,excessiveuse.offorceagainstamanwhohadfallentothegroundandwhowasclearlyunarmedafterfallingtoJheground.
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JURISDICTION
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ThisactionarisesunderTitle42oftheUnitedStatesCode,Section1983.Jurisdiction
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isconferreduponthisCourtbyTitle28oftheUnitedStatesCode,Sections1331and1343.THe
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unlawfulactsandpracticesallegedhereinoccurredintheCountyofAlameda,California,whichis
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withinthisjudicialdistrict.
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PARTIES
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2.PlaintiffADAMBLUEFORDisthefatherofandtheco-successor-in-interestto
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DecedentALANBLUEFORD,whohadnochildren.Hebringsthisactiononhisownbehalf~dasco-successor-in-interesttohisson,DecedentALANBLUEFORD.
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3.PlaintiffJERALYNNBLUEFORDisthemotherofandtheco-successor-in-interestto
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DecedentALANBLUEFORD,whohadnochildren.Shebringsthisactiononherownbehalfandasco-successor-in-interesttoherson,DecedentALANBLUEFORD.
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4,DefendantCITYOFOAKLAND("CITY")isamunicipalcorporation,dulyorganize
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andexistingunderthelawsoftheStateofCalifornia.Underitsauthority,theCITYoperatesth1OaklandPoliceDepartment.
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5.Atalltimesmentionedherein,DefendantHOWARDJORDAN("JORDAN")w~s
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employedbyDefendantCITYasChiefofPolicefortheCITY.Heisbeingsuedinhisofficial
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COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES
 
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capacityasChiefofPolicefortheCITY.6.Atalltimesmentionedherein,DefendantMIGUELMASSO("MASSO")was
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employedbyDefendantCITYasapoliceofficerfortheCITYOFOAKLAND.HeisbeingsuedindividuallyandinhisofficialcapacityasapoliceofficerfortheCITYOFOAKLAND.
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7.PlaintiffsareignorantofthetruenamesandcapacitiesofDefendantsDOES1through
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100,inclusive,andthereforesuethesedefendantsbysuchfictitiousnames.PlaintiffsareinformedandbelieveandthereonallegethateachDefendantsonamedisresponsibleinsomemannerfortheinjuriesanddamagessustainedbyPlaintiffsassetforthherein.PlaintiffswillamendtheircomplainttostatethenamesandcapacitiesofDOES1-25,inclusive,whentheyhavebeenascertained.
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8.Inengagingintheconductdescribedherein,Defendantpoliceofficersactedunderthe
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coloroflawandinthecourseandscopeoftheiremploymentwiththeCITY.Inengagingintheconductdescribedherein,DefendantpoliceofficersexceededtheauthorityvestedinthemaspoliceofficersundertheUnitedStatesandCaliforniaConstitutionsandaspoliceofficersemployedby
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DefendantCITY.
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STATEMENTOFFACTS
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OnMay6,2012,shortlyaftermidnight,DecedentALANBLUEFORD,an18-year-
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oldSkylineHighSchoolstudent,andtwofriendswereon90
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AvenuenearBirchStreetinOakland.TheywalkedtowardsBooker'sGroceryandLiquorstorelocatedat194490
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Avenue.Plaintiffsallegethatnoneoftheyoungmenwerewantedbythepoliceatthattimeofthisincidentbeforebeingstoppedbythepolice.Allthreeofthemen,includingDecedent,werereadilyrecognizableasAfrican-American,andallthreewerearoundthesameageasDecedent.AlthoughDecedent
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onfelonyjuvenileprobation,noneoftheOaklandPoliceDepartmentofficersinvolvedinthismatter
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wereawareofDecedent'sprobationstatus.
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10.AsthethreemenwalkedtowardthestoreatthecomerofBirchAvenueand90
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street,DefendantMASSOandofficerDoe1inamarkedOaklandPoliceDepartmentvehicle,drovepastthem,drivingtowardBooker'sGroceryandLiquorstoreandthensuddenlyexecutedau-tr.DefendantMASSOandOfficerDOE1thenacceleratedquicklyandthenabruptlystoppednear
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