Cop Shoots East Oakland Man

An Oakland cop shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man inside an East Oakland liquor store over the weekend, according to the Trib. Police also said a video from an in-store security camera verified the cop’s version of events. But police could not say definitively why the police officer, whose name they refused to release, chose not to subdue the man with her Taser. Family members of the slain man, Brownie Polk, said he lived in the neighborhood for thirty years, had a 16-year-old son, and was a handyman who often carried tools with him. A store clerk added that Polk used to hang out in the store all the time and was “no problem customer.”

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