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Monday, October 13, 2014

O'Shaine Evans: Family Plans Candlelight Vigil Over Latest Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

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Tomorrow, marks one week since 26-year-old O'Shaine Evans was gunned down by San Francisco police officers, and his family is planning a candlelight vigil, hoping to draw attention to the most recent officer-involved shooting and answers about what happened that night. 

On Oct. 7, police beefed up patrols around the ballpark, anticipating lots of crowds and lots of crime due to the Giants game. While on patrol, some officers claim they saw a suspicious vehicle casing other cars in the area. Shortly after, they saw occupants get out of the suspect vehicle and break into a nearby SUV where they stole a laptop. 

Police say it was Evans who was driving the suspected vehicle. When police attempted to stop the car on the 400 block of Bryant, Evans allegedly pulled out a .380-caliber gun and pointed it toward the cops. 

Officer David Goff fired seven shot at Evans, killing him at the scene. A second person in the car was also shot and injured. 
A few days later, police held a town hall meeting to defend their actions. However, Evans family claim they were never invited — and they had some questions for the chief.  "Why weren't we informed of this meeting?" family member Massina Moore demanded to know. They had attended the meeting after hearing about it on a local radio station. 

Also, the family noted that Officer Goff had not been in uniform the night Evans was shot, rather he had been in a t-shirt. "So it's possible that someone in the nighttime would not be fully aware that this was a police officer following them," said Moore. 

Chief Greg Suhr publicly apologized to the family, but also pointed out that the officer had identified himself to Evans when he approached the car. So there was no mistaking, he said. 

What's more, they wanted to know why Evans' mother, Angela Naggie, still had not been able to see her son's body as this afternoon.  "We are told that we have to wait until the autopsy is done and the body is released to the funeral home," Moore said.

Moore said that the family would be contacting the NAACP, as they feel that Evans' killing was racially motivated. 

"The family has the right to express their concerns," SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza told SF Weekly. "The town hall is to give whatever information the department has. Keep in mind that this is still a pretty new investigation and ongoing. As for the body, that's in the medical examiner's office and not in our control. We will try to help the family with that."

Tomorrow, the family will gather at the intersection where Evans was killed and blow out candles at 9:32 p.m. p.m. — the exact the moment Evans was shot and killed.  

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