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Helen Christophi / Courthouse News Service

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) Oakland police say a black man “brandished a firearm” before they riddled him with bullets, but his daughter says in a lawsuit that Richard Perkins was merely tossing away a toy pistol to get rid of it when police killed him without a word of inquiry. What’s certain is that Oakland police killed Richard Hester Perkins Jr. at Bancroft and 90th avenues at around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2015, after “sideshows” of “automotive stunts” had concluded. Perkins’ daughter, TDP, suing through her mother Andrea Dupree, says her father merely “removed an Airsoft toy pistol from his clothes to get rid of it before approaching any closer to the officers.” The complaint continues: “As Mr. Perkins was dropping the toy pistol, one of the defendant officers yelled something to the effect of ‘He’s got a gun!’ and without warning, defendants [Joseph] Turner, [Jonathan] Cairo, [Joshua] Bernard, and [Allahno] opened fire on Mr. Perkins, causing at least 15 bullet wounds to his body.” Perkins died where he lay, and “all defendants were wearing body cameras but failed to activate their cameras until after decedent was shot,” his daughter says in the complaint. … “This particular case raises an overarching issue that American police these days are trained to shoot too soon before an immediate threat ever materializes,” her attorney Michael Haddad told Courthouse News. “That’s not the law.” … “That’s legally wrong and morally wrong,” Haddad said. “We expect more when government is going to take a life.”

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