Richard Perkins was the 1,000th Person Killed by Law Enforcement in the US This Year. Cops Are Mum About the Contents of the Actual Video.
Thirty-nine year-old Richard Perkins, father of two, was the 1,000th person killed by police in the United States this year according to the Guardians's The Counted Project.
The narrative given by Oakland California police officials at a press conference last week is sketchy at best. The shooting took place on the night of November 15 at a gas station on the corner of 90th and Bancroft in East Oakland while officers were cracking down on sideshow activity. Richard Perkins's mother, Ada Perkins-Henderson, is a nearby resident of where the shooting took place. Officers concede that Perkins was not part of the sideshows but per usual, OPD sought to dehumanize the victim by only talking about a former charge he had while showing the media pictures of the pellet gun they allege he pointed at them out of the blue. Witnesses claim Richard never touched the pellet gun or pointed it at the officers. The officers who shot Richard all wore body cameras, however, police say they didn't have them on. The entire scene was captured and recorded by the gas station's video surveillance cameras that are a mere 15-20 feet away from where Richard was gunned down. Officers took that footage but have yet to disclose its contents.
On the groups Facebook page organizers with the Anti Police-Terror project ask "Why are they so quick to tout flimsy evidence which supports their narrative but are quiet about the actual footage?"
People can donate to the Perkins family funeral fund at https://www.youcaring.com/richard-perkins-473065