05/11/2009

Calif. suspect's death subject of FBI probe

Jaxon Van Derbeken
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jerry Amaro complained to everyone he knew that Oakland police had beaten him.

Few people outside his own family believed the 35-year-old drug addict's story back in March 2000. It seemed no one ever would - he never lodged a complaint against police after being arrested in an undercover drug sting, his family found no witnesses to back his claim, and the lieutenant who led the operation denied that any beating had occurred.

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