SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Prominent San Francisco Civil Rights attorney, Waukeen McCoy, filed a ten million dollar lawsuit today in Federal District Court, Northern District of California, Case number CV-12 1416 MEJ against the City of Oakland on behalf of 24-year-old Tony Ray Jones, who was shot in the back by an Oakland Police Officer Cesar Garcia on February 19, 2012, while he was unarmed. Jones is the cousin of Oscar Grant.
According to the complaint, Garcia happens to be under criminal investigation for the unjustified shooting of two unarmed African-American males in May 2011. Thirty-year-old, Antoine Jackson and twenty-three-year-old John Sloan were fatally shot by Garcia and his unit partner after they stepped out of their vehicles in Oakland, a scene eerily similar to Mr. Jones' case.
Mr. Jones' complaint against the City of Oakland and Officer Cesar Garcia allege violations of various Constitutional and statutory civil rights, including violations of Jones' Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful detentions, unlawful arrests, and the use of unreasonable force. It further alleges assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress for the stress and humiliation Jones has suffered following this senseless act of police brutality. A notice of tort claim was filed with the City of Oakland, but was subsequently denied on March 2, 2012.
"After reviewing the police report, it is patently obvious this shooting was unjustified, and that the police department has been working feverishly in an attempt to cover the illegitimacy of the shooting," stated Mr. McCoy. McCoy further commented that Garcia's brother Wencesiao Garcia, a fellow officer on the force, was the first to arrive at the scene the night Jones was shot. Mr. McCoy adds, "It all just seems very odd. Why would Garcia's brother be the first to arrive on the scene and remain there for nearly four hours or longer? It just does not make sense, and it is our opinion that the evidence was tainted and tampered with at the scene."
Meanwhile, Jones remains in the custody of the Alameda County Sheriff and is being held at the Santa Rita Jail, in Dublin, California. Mr. Jones pretrial hearing in his criminal case is currently scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 2012. At this time, the trial date has not been set in his civil case.
SOURCE Law Offices of Waukeen McCoy