Witnesses: Oakland police shot man with hands up

September 27, 2011 5:37:51 AM PDT
Two witnesses say a man shot and killed by an Oakland police officer had his hands up.

The shooting happened late Sunday afternoon near 10th and Cherry Streets. According to The Bay Citizen, the mother of an 11-year-old boy says her son watched the shooting from a bedroom window. The boy says the man threw an object over the fence into their yard and left his hands raised. Police later said the object was a gun.

But a neighbor across the street tells The Bay Citizen he saw the suspect throw a bag of drugs over the fence -- not a gun -- and put his hands up before he was shot by an officer standing behind him. Oakland police and the Alameda County DA's office are investigating.