Oscar Grant Cousin Tony Jones Shot in the Back by Oakland Police, Attorney Waukeen McCoy Says He Was UNARMED
The attorney for an Oakland, California man seriously wounded after being shot in the back by police officers Sunday night says his client was unarmed.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the shooting victim, 24-year-old Tony Jones, is the cousin of Oscar Grant, the unarmed black man shot at point-blank range and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle while lying face-down on a train platform with his hands behind his back on New Year’s Day 2009.
Oakland police say an unnamed officer shot Jones, who they claim is a robbery suspect, in the 2000 block of 62nd Street after he walked away from a vehicle suspected of involvement in an area robbery. Jones was shot in the back and was seriously wounded. He underwent surgery on Monday and is currently listed in stable condition.
Police say a gun was recovered at the scene of the incident. But NBC Bay Area reports that attorney Waukeen McCoy said Jones was unarmed and as of Wednesday still has not been booked on any robbery charges.
“I talked to my son,” Betrina Works-Grant, Jones’ mother, told ABC 7. “My son said ‘Momma, the officers are lying. They watched me get out of the car. They watched me walk. Then they started speeding up and I took off running across the street and when I took off running and I heard the gun go pow, pow, pow.’ He said he was running with his hands like this [at his sides]. The police shot at him and shot him in his back. They never said they were the police.”
OPD spokeswoman Johnna Watson told reporters Jones was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of four felony charges: armed robbery, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm on a person.
Jones “has pain everywhere,” McCoy said of his client. “He can’t walk, he can move his legs but he hasn’t been able to walk or urinate by himself.”
McCoy says that he was prevented from visiting his client at Highland Hospital by Oakland police and Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies.
He also says that during that time Jones was interrogated by OPD inspectors despite asking for– and being denied– his constitutional rights to have an attorney present.
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