Tony Ray Jones, a 24-year-old man shot and wounded by Oakland police in February, filed a $10 million federal civil rights suit against the city Wednesday. Jones is the cousin of Oscar Grant, the BART passenger killed by a transit agency police officer in 2009.
According to the complaint, Jones was unarmed when he shot by Oakland Police Officer Cesar Garcia on February 19th, 2012. The complaint points out at the time of the shooting, Garcia was under a 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 stepped out of their vehicles in Oakland. The suit alleges those scenes are “eerily similar to Mr. Jones’ case.”
“After reviewing the police report, it is patently obvious that this shooting was unjustified, and that the police department has been working feverishly in an attempt to cover the illegitimacy of the shooting,” Jones’ attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said in a prepared statement.
The lawsuit alleges that officers violated Jones’ civil rights and intentionally inflected emotional distress on him.