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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
      ( 10:44 PM ) Jackie  


There's a new kind of crime in Oakland.

According to witnesses, Terrance Mearis, a 20-year-old African American man, was asleep in a second floor apartment on October 5, 2003.

Two police officers entered the apartment without a warrant, without consent, and without any of the other conditions that would make their entry legal. They came upon the sleeping man and began to beat him. He begged for help and repeatedly asked why they were doing this. The officers did not answer that question.

As the beating continued, the witnesses heard one officer say "Shoot him!". After a brief silence a single gunshot rang out, followed by others.

Mr. Mearis was shot in the head. He is dead.

His crime?

Sleeping While Black.

Oakland just gets uglier every day.

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