OAKLAND -- The family of an 18-year-old high school student shot and killed by a police officer received the coroner's report not long after they demanded it during a news conference Thursday morning.
On the steps of the Alameda County Corner office, the family called for the release of the autopsy report on Alan Blueford, which they received later in the day but would not say what was in the report.
"I cannot bring Alan back ... but I do deserve as his mother to know what happened to my child," said Jeralynn Blueford, who was joined by Blueford's father, cousin and legal adviser, during the news conference. "Reports are all that we have, and we would like answers."
The family said that they had been stonewalled by the coroner's office and the police despite multiple requests for the report.
"We understand their wanting as much information as possible, but due to the ongoing investigations, both internally and by the District Attorney's Office, we have been unable to share as much as they would like," said Johnna Watson, Oakland Police Department spokeswoman.
The district attorney would not comment.
The Blueford family said OPD had previously told them that the report would be available in six to 12 months and it would cost $321.
"It is absolutely contemptible that the city of Oakland and the Alameda County Coroner's office have added to the tragedy and pain felt by the Blueford family by engaging in what can only be described as a conspiracy to cover up, suppress information about Alan's death and slander him in the meantime," said attorney Dan Siegel, former legal adviser for Mayor Jean Quan and supporter of the Blueford family.
Conflicting reports have spread that Blueford was shot in the back during an early morning confrontation with police in the 1900 block of 90th Avenue on May 6.
However, police said and the Blueford family attorney admitted that Blueford was not shot in the back. The family said at the news conference that Blueford was shot three times by Officer Miguel Masso, who also shot himself in the foot during the incident.
In addition, police have said that Blueford, who was on juvenile probation for burglary, pointed a gun at police after he ran from a group of men who were approached by officers.
Blueford's parents are contesting claims that his only "crime was being black and standing on the street corner." He was planning to graduate from Skyline High School in the spring.
The family also wants Masso fired and prosecuted for Blueford's death and legislation repealing the police officers' bill of rights, a demand that elicited cheers from the small audience. Masso remains off duty due to his self-inflicted injury.
With the report, the Blueford family's lawyer, John Burris, said that they may pursue a lawsuit against the city.
"They (city officials) have caused us some uncertainty," said Burris. "We're trying to get to the bottom of this."
Staff writer Paul T. Rosynsky contributed to this report.