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South City Community Holds Rally for Teen Fatally Shot by Police

More than 75 people from South San Francisco, and others from the East Bay and around the Bay Area, gathered late Thursday afternoon in honor of Derrick Gaines.

Family and friends of a South San Francisco teenager who was fatally shot in a confrontation with police over the summer marked his 16th birthday Thursday with a rally and march near the scene of the shooting.

Family members contend that Derrick Gaines was wrongfully targeted and unjustifiably killed by a South San Francisco police officer who confronted Gaines and another juvenile at around 9 p.m. on June 5.

According to police, Gaines and his friend appeared to be acting suspiciously, and when the officer asked them to stop, Gaines' friend complied but Gaines continued to walk away and then pulled a gun from his waistband.

Police said the officer felt threatened and shot the 15-year-old in the neck. He died at a hospital later that night.

In August, an investigation headed by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office concluded that the shooting was justified, and the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing.

To read more about the rally, visit South San Francisco Patch.

dan webb September 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
What a joke!!!!! 15 y/o kid out late with a gun and runs from a cop and pulls the gun..... I support the police officer.
Clayton Plake September 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
The DA's report not only shows Derrick NEVER PULLED A GUN, but that multiple eyewitnesses have stated there was no way Cabillo could have seen the gun to begin with. The report also shows that Derrick was on the ground, unarmed, and incapacitated when he was shot. THIS COMPLETELY FLIES IN THE FACE OF WHAT THE SSFPD ORIGINALLY CLAIMED. But, of course, none of that appears to be--rather conveniently--newsworthy. People: educate yourselves!
Chris Kiely September 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Is the DA's report posted somewhere?
Rob Chapman September 21, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Only someone who's guilty of a crime runs from a cop. Every time one of these thugs gets shot, people rally in support of the criminal. Yeah, that makes sense.

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