Man Shot By Cops Had Dropped Gun

The man who was shot to death last week by two Oakland police officers had dropped his gun and may not have fired it at all, according to the cops’ own attorney. The revelation, reported in the Chron over the weekend, directly contradicts the official version of events from the Oakland Police Department. The department had claimed that the victim, Parnell Smith, had been in a gun battle with Officers Phong Tran and Scott Hewitt before they shot him. Earlier reports that Smith was a rape suspect also turned out not to be true.

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