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Protesters condemn fatal police shooting in Danville

Family attorney says eyewitness disputes officer's account of events before Tyrell Wilson's death

Dozens of protesters marched through Danville on Sunday, coming out to condemn the death of 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson, who died after he was shot by a Danville police officer on March 11.

The march culminated at the Danville Police Department where protesters spoke of Wilson and called for justice. (Photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Wilson's family, social justice advocates and community members gathered for a walking rally that ended outside the Danville Police Department headquarters, where attendees spoke of Wilson and called for justice.

Wilson, a Black man living unhoused near the freeway in Danville at the time of the shooting, was shot by Danville police Officer Andrew Hall at the intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon on March 11.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office alleges Wilson advanced knife-in-hand toward Hall, who was responding to a report that Wilson was throwing rocks from an overpass onto Interstate 680. Wilson succumbed to his injuries at the hospital during the next week.

"I want to start off by saying Tyrell, he was a good kid," said Wilson's father Marvin, who is a 31-year law enforcement veteran. "I loved that boy to death."

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"A lot of people that I work with, our main goal first thing -- if it takes 15 minutes, if it takes an hour -- (is to) de-escalate. These younger officers, deputies they're trigger-happy. And the thing is they're not just going after people like me, they're going after people that have mental issues going on and a lot of this can be solved by deescalation and they are not doing that," Marvin Wilson added.

Protesters began their march at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sycamore Valley Park and Ride, near which Tyrell Wilson had been living outdoors, before marching through the town to the police station while accompanied by a police escort that cleared the roads ahead of them.

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Wilson's family, also spoke at the protest and contested police's claims revolved around the shooting, stating that he has been in contact with an eyewitness that directly contradicts the sheriff's office accounts.

"After hearing all that I have heard about Tyrell, he was a decent man, polite and kind," Burris said. "I want to say this, the witnesses that I have interviewed have said that Tyrell did not have a knife in his hand at the time and he was not attempting to strike police, Tyrell's hands were up ... and he was shot and it was a kill shot, directly to his face."

"For those of you in this community who knew that he was homeless, some of you knew him from that environment and you knew what a kind and respectful person he was, so this issue that the police claim that he had a knife and he tried to attack with a knife seems totally out of character," he added.

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Sheriff's spokesperson Jimmy Lee declined to comment on the allegations.

On the day of the shooting, investigators released a photograph with their press release which they said showed Wilson approaching the officer with a knife. The photo (which had the subject's face blocked out by editing software) appeared to be pulled from a police body camera; the video footage of the incident has not been released.

Hall, who has worked as a sworn law enforcement officer for 7-1/2 years, is employed as a sheriff's deputy and assigned to Danville PD under the town's contract with the county for police services. He is on paid administrative leave while Wilson's death is being investigated by the county's sheriff's office and district attorney's office.

Hall is the same Danville police officer who fatally shot 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda at close range while Arboleda tried to drive around police vehicles trying to block his path in downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018. Burris also represents Arboleda's family, which has sued over his death.

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Protesters condemn fatal police shooting in Danville

Family attorney says eyewitness disputes officer's account of events before Tyrell Wilson's death

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Wed, Mar 31, 2021, 3:43 pm

Dozens of protesters marched through Danville on Sunday, coming out to condemn the death of 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson, who died after he was shot by a Danville police officer on March 11.

Wilson's family, social justice advocates and community members gathered for a walking rally that ended outside the Danville Police Department headquarters, where attendees spoke of Wilson and called for justice.

Wilson, a Black man living unhoused near the freeway in Danville at the time of the shooting, was shot by Danville police Officer Andrew Hall at the intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon on March 11.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office alleges Wilson advanced knife-in-hand toward Hall, who was responding to a report that Wilson was throwing rocks from an overpass onto Interstate 680. Wilson succumbed to his injuries at the hospital during the next week.

"I want to start off by saying Tyrell, he was a good kid," said Wilson's father Marvin, who is a 31-year law enforcement veteran. "I loved that boy to death."

"A lot of people that I work with, our main goal first thing -- if it takes 15 minutes, if it takes an hour -- (is to) de-escalate. These younger officers, deputies they're trigger-happy. And the thing is they're not just going after people like me, they're going after people that have mental issues going on and a lot of this can be solved by deescalation and they are not doing that," Marvin Wilson added.

Protesters began their march at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sycamore Valley Park and Ride, near which Tyrell Wilson had been living outdoors, before marching through the town to the police station while accompanied by a police escort that cleared the roads ahead of them.

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Wilson's family, also spoke at the protest and contested police's claims revolved around the shooting, stating that he has been in contact with an eyewitness that directly contradicts the sheriff's office accounts.

"After hearing all that I have heard about Tyrell, he was a decent man, polite and kind," Burris said. "I want to say this, the witnesses that I have interviewed have said that Tyrell did not have a knife in his hand at the time and he was not attempting to strike police, Tyrell's hands were up ... and he was shot and it was a kill shot, directly to his face."

"For those of you in this community who knew that he was homeless, some of you knew him from that environment and you knew what a kind and respectful person he was, so this issue that the police claim that he had a knife and he tried to attack with a knife seems totally out of character," he added.

Sheriff's spokesperson Jimmy Lee declined to comment on the allegations.

On the day of the shooting, investigators released a photograph with their press release which they said showed Wilson approaching the officer with a knife. The photo (which had the subject's face blocked out by editing software) appeared to be pulled from a police body camera; the video footage of the incident has not been released.

Hall, who has worked as a sworn law enforcement officer for 7-1/2 years, is employed as a sheriff's deputy and assigned to Danville PD under the town's contract with the county for police services. He is on paid administrative leave while Wilson's death is being investigated by the county's sheriff's office and district attorney's office.

Hall is the same Danville police officer who fatally shot 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda at close range while Arboleda tried to drive around police vehicles trying to block his path in downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018. Burris also represents Arboleda's family, which has sued over his death.

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sanity
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Mohr Park
on Apr 1, 2021 at 9:46 am
sanity, Mohr Park
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

A "Nice Kid" doesn't throw rocks onto the freeway from a bridge endangering innocent people.


Willy
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Old Towne
on Apr 1, 2021 at 9:48 am
Willy, Old Towne
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on Apr 1, 2021 at 9:48 am

In my point of view if a Police Officer tells you to do something, you best do it or you will be subject to what the Officer feels is best way to handle the situation!


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

I think all statements here are true.

From the report if this person was throwing rocks off an overpass, police intervention is warranted. If this person attacked a police officer with a knife that officer can defend him/herself with lethal force, and it can also hold true we should strive for preservation of life of all parties. Just because the officer was justified in lethal force doesn’t mean that was the best choice.

The community imo, is right to ask how we don’t let someone die that brings a knife to a gunfight.....the adage has been stated for generations, and if the known outcome is one always beats the other, then there should be a way to win without someone dying.

That said I’ll always tell my kids, don’t give a police officer a reason to shoot you, they deal with bad guys all day and don’t know you from them, do what they say. They will protect themselves as they should be allowed to


Kathleen Ruegsegger
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Vintage Hills
on Apr 1, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 2:26 pm

“ . . . a shot to the face” is not how this should have been handled. A leg, an arm (maybe the one with the claimed knife?); he didn’t need to die. As the father said, de-escalation deserves some thought here.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 1, 2021 at 8:52 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 8:52 pm

Kathleen,
Officers are not taught to send warning shots, it escalates the altercation more so than stops it (yes death is the ultimate escalation), officers are taught to hit center mass or headshot. I think when facing a knife assault here you question why no stun gun / taser selection.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Apr 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Certainly agree, but the knife was a question mark in the article at least. It is just mind boggling to me what police are trained to do (and not trained to do).


Bay Area Native
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Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 2, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Bay Area Native, Pleasanton Valley
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 1:37 pm

Screenshots from the video have been released. There is no doubt he had a knife in his hand with the blade extended. John Burris threw gasoline on the fire by repeating the false narrative that the knife is disputed. People need to be held accountable for intentionally making inflammatory comments for political and/or financial gain.

Another police officer was murdered today while defending our Capital. Where is the outrage? Where are the protests?


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Apr 2, 2021 at 3:04 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 3:04 pm

I did say to my spouse that people are nuts regarding the dead officer.

And I’ll certainly stand corrected on the knife, but not the shooting—or at least not where he was shot (assuming that is true as well).


Michael Austin
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 2, 2021 at 9:08 pm
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Bay Area Native:
Where is the outrage? Where are the protests?

MSNBC reported the Capitol Police killer was White. That was not true.

The Capitol Police killer was a follower of prominent Democrat Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam.

No outrage, no protest!


A.F.Soby
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Mission Park
on Apr 7, 2021 at 11:16 am
A.F.Soby, Mission Park
Registered user
on Apr 7, 2021 at 11:16 am

It might be worthwhile for citizens to attend a Citizen's Police Academy or at least apply to do some ride alongs with a local police officer. It is instructive to experience what police officers are facing on a daily basis to keep a community safe. Social media has led to some disturbing trends such as trial by video and a declaration of guilt before all facts are known.


Mike Davis
Registered user
Carriage Gardens
3 hours ago
Mike Davis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
3 hours ago

"I want to start off by saying Tyrell, he was a good kid," said Wilson's father Marvin, "I loved that boy to death."

"A lot of people that I work with, our main goal first thing -- if it takes 15 minutes, if it takes an hour -- (is to) de-escalate. These younger officers, deputies they're trigger-happy. And the thing is they're not just going after people like me, they're going after people that have mental issues going on and a lot of this can be solved by deescalation and they are not doing that," Marvin Wilson added.

"Wilson, a Black man living unhoused near the freeway in Danville"

So, Marvin, you loved him so much that you couldn't stand having him live with you, and now he's living under the freeway? And you had his entire life to deescalate his mental issues and failed, but now you expect the police to do what you failed at for decades in seconds?

Go collect your paycheck somewhere else.


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