Twenty-three year old, unarmed Jacorey Calhoun was killed on August 3, 2014. In addition to nine Oakland Police Officers who were already in pursuit of Calhoun, the Alameda County Sheriff, which once had jurisdiction over Oakland, was called for backup. Calhoun was killed in the 1500 block of Acalanes Drive in East Oakland. Derek Thomas, the Sheriff who respond to the back up call, shot Calhoun seven times after his K-9 dog apprehended him. Calhoun laid in his own blood for hours before he was pronounced dead. Derek Thomas was also involved in two additional incidents involving excessive force.
Police said Calhoun was a suspect in a home invasion and was driving a stolen car. However, the car belonged to Calhoun’s girlfriend, who said her car was not stolen. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said investigators are not releasing additional information.
The location of Calhoun’s death was Sobrante, a community in East Oakland. The community is separated from the rest of the city by railroad tracks and the San Leandro Creek. Once known as a white-only community now a location where police brutality is common.
The Outsider reports that outside agencies including the California Highway Patrol and Alameda County Sheriffs are now responsible for more of the visible incidents of police violence in Oakland than the OPD. While the OPD boasts of a decrease in shootings, the agencies they employ continue to kill Oakland residence- primarily African American men.
Jacorey Calhoun's case is being investigated the the District Attorney's Office and the Sheriffs Office.