05/05/2010

Neighbors outraged after Calif. cop shoots deer

Deer didn't have to die, Oakland police chief confirms

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said Tuesday that he was "unhappy" that an officer shot and killed a young deer in an East Oakland backyard over the weekend and promised an internal investigation into what led to the decision to open fire.

The deer, estimated to be about a year old, was shot in a backyard of a home on the 1700 block of 90th Avenue about 11 a.m. Saturday. The shooting was captured on video by Anthony Weems, 28, who was among many residents who were outraged Tuesday that police had killed the animal.

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