OAKLAND -- After being forced to cut short their third meeting in less than a year, council members said Wednesday they will no longer allow boisterous protesters to scuttle city business.
"It's absolutely unacceptable behavior," Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente said. "To allow this group of people to prevent the meeting to continue ... is just something that we cannot allow to happen."
The council barely got to start its business Tuesday, which was to include a presentation from Police Chief Howard Jordan on crime reduction strategies.
Supporters of a family whose son was killed by a police officer in May shouted down council members with chants of "Jail Killer Cops, Now" and "No Justice, No Peace" after the city failed to provide the family with a police report on the shooting.
The crowd included many Occupy Oakland supporters, whose loud and often expletive-laden demonstrations forced the council and the council's Public Safety Committee to cut short debates in December and May.
After Tuesday's meeting was adjourned around 7:30 p.m., several council members huddled with Jordan and City Administrator Deanna Santana to work out a plan for preventing future disruptions.
Council President Larry Reid said new policies would be in place next week, but he refused to discuss proposed tactics.
"Why should we telegraph how we're going to deal with the group beforehand?" he said.
Reid doesn't expect to significantly
More than 100 protesters nearly filled the council chambers Tuesday to support the family of Alan Blueford, an 18-year-old high school senior who was shot to death by a police officer.
Blueford's parents and relatives addressed the council demanding the police report on the incident.
Initially it appeared the Bluefords would get their wish. When called about the report, Jordan told city leaders that he could make it available, leading Reid to call a 10-minute recess and tell the family that Jordan was on his way with the report.
But Jordan soon learned that the case was still under investigation by the district attorney's office and couldn't be made available to the family.
Noting that the Bluefords have filed a lawsuit against the city, Jordan said "We're working with their attorneys to get them the documents they need when it's appropriate."
The chief also said that prosecutors will release a public report on the shooting after completing their investigation.
Blueford was shot in the 9200 block of Birch Street about 12:20 a.m. on May 5 after police approached him and other men. Police said that Blueford ran from the officers and that an officer gave chase and shot him after Blueford pointed a gun at the officer.
The officer, Miguel Masso, shot Blueford three times. A fourth round hit Masso's foot. Initially police reported that Blueford had fired at Masso, but the department later said that his gun had never discharged and that Masso had shot himself in the foot.
The family says police have released incorrect information about the shooting and have continued pressing authorities for answers.
In July, they protested outside the county's coroner's office demanding the autopsy report, which they quickly received.
Blueford's father, Adam Blueford, called Tuesday's episode with the city "par for the course" and wouldn't rule out returning when the council meets again in two weeks. "If we don't receive anything," he said, "we'll be back."
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