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Protesters condemn fatal police shooting in Danville

Family attorney says eyewitness disputes officer's account of events before Tyrell Wilson's death

Dozens of protesters marched through Danville on Sunday, coming out to condemn the death of 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson, who died after he was shot by a Danville police officer on March 11.

The march culminated at the Danville Police Department where protesters spoke of Wilson and called for justice. (Photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Wilson's family, social justice advocates and community members gathered for a walking rally that ended outside the Danville Police Department headquarters, where attendees spoke of Wilson and called for justice.

Wilson, a Black man living unhoused near the freeway in Danville at the time of the shooting, was shot by Danville police Officer Andrew Hall at the intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon on March 11.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office alleges Wilson advanced knife-in-hand toward Hall, who was responding to a report that Wilson was throwing rocks from an overpass onto Interstate 680. Wilson succumbed to his injuries at the hospital during the next week.

"I want to start off by saying Tyrell, he was a good kid," said Wilson's father Marvin, who is a 31-year law enforcement veteran. "I loved that boy to death."

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"A lot of people that I work with, our main goal first thing -- if it takes 15 minutes, if it takes an hour -- (is to) de-escalate. These younger officers, deputies they're trigger-happy. And the thing is they're not just going after people like me, they're going after people that have mental issues going on and a lot of this can be solved by deescalation and they are not doing that," Marvin Wilson added.

Protesters began their march at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sycamore Valley Park and Ride, near which Tyrell Wilson had been living outdoors, before marching through the town to the police station while accompanied by a police escort that cleared the roads ahead of them.

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Wilson's family, also spoke at the protest and contested police's claims revolved around the shooting, stating that he has been in contact with an eyewitness that directly contradicts the sheriff's office accounts.

"After hearing all that I have heard about Tyrell, he was a decent man, polite and kind," Burris said. "I want to say this, the witnesses that I have interviewed have said that Tyrell did not have a knife in his hand at the time and he was not attempting to strike police, Tyrell's hands were up ... and he was shot and it was a kill shot, directly to his face."

"For those of you in this community who knew that he was homeless, some of you knew him from that environment and you knew what a kind and respectful person he was, so this issue that the police claim that he had a knife and he tried to attack with a knife seems totally out of character," he added.

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Sheriff's spokesperson Jimmy Lee declined to comment on the allegations.

On the day of the shooting, investigators released a photograph with their press release which they said showed Wilson approaching the officer with a knife. The photo (which had the subject's face blocked out by editing software) appeared to be pulled from a police body camera; the video footage of the incident has not been released.

Hall, who has worked as a sworn law enforcement officer for 7-1/2 years, is employed as a sheriff's deputy and assigned to Danville PD under the town's contract with the county for police services. He is on paid administrative leave while Wilson's death is being investigated by the county's sheriff's office and district attorney's office.

Hall is the same Danville police officer who fatally shot 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda at close range while Arboleda tried to drive around police vehicles trying to block his path in downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018. Burris also represents Arboleda's family, which has sued over his death.

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Protesters condemn fatal police shooting in Danville

Family attorney says eyewitness disputes officer's account of events before Tyrell Wilson's death

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Tue, Mar 30, 2021, 5:24 pm

Dozens of protesters marched through Danville on Sunday, coming out to condemn the death of 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson, who died after he was shot by a Danville police officer on March 11.

Wilson's family, social justice advocates and community members gathered for a walking rally that ended outside the Danville Police Department headquarters, where attendees spoke of Wilson and called for justice.

Wilson, a Black man living unhoused near the freeway in Danville at the time of the shooting, was shot by Danville police Officer Andrew Hall at the intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon on March 11.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office alleges Wilson advanced knife-in-hand toward Hall, who was responding to a report that Wilson was throwing rocks from an overpass onto Interstate 680. Wilson succumbed to his injuries at the hospital during the next week.

"I want to start off by saying Tyrell, he was a good kid," said Wilson's father Marvin, who is a 31-year law enforcement veteran. "I loved that boy to death."

"A lot of people that I work with, our main goal first thing -- if it takes 15 minutes, if it takes an hour -- (is to) de-escalate. These younger officers, deputies they're trigger-happy. And the thing is they're not just going after people like me, they're going after people that have mental issues going on and a lot of this can be solved by deescalation and they are not doing that," Marvin Wilson added.

Protesters began their march at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sycamore Valley Park and Ride, near which Tyrell Wilson had been living outdoors, before marching through the town to the police station while accompanied by a police escort that cleared the roads ahead of them.

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Wilson's family, also spoke at the protest and contested police's claims revolved around the shooting, stating that he has been in contact with an eyewitness that directly contradicts the sheriff's office accounts.

"After hearing all that I have heard about Tyrell, he was a decent man, polite and kind," Burris said. "I want to say this, the witnesses that I have interviewed have said that Tyrell did not have a knife in his hand at the time and he was not attempting to strike police, Tyrell's hands were up ... and he was shot and it was a kill shot, directly to his face."

"For those of you in this community who knew that he was homeless, some of you knew him from that environment and you knew what a kind and respectful person he was, so this issue that the police claim that he had a knife and he tried to attack with a knife seems totally out of character," he added.

Sheriff's spokesperson Jimmy Lee declined to comment on the allegations.

On the day of the shooting, investigators released a photograph with their press release which they said showed Wilson approaching the officer with a knife. The photo (which had the subject's face blocked out by editing software) appeared to be pulled from a police body camera; the video footage of the incident has not been released.

Hall, who has worked as a sworn law enforcement officer for 7-1/2 years, is employed as a sheriff's deputy and assigned to Danville PD under the town's contract with the county for police services. He is on paid administrative leave while Wilson's death is being investigated by the county's sheriff's office and district attorney's office.

Hall is the same Danville police officer who fatally shot 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda at close range while Arboleda tried to drive around police vehicles trying to block his path in downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018. Burris also represents Arboleda's family, which has sued over his death.

Comments

Don M
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 31, 2021 at 7:21 am
Don M, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 31, 2021 at 7:21 am

So proud of people standing up for what is right. This man's murder needs to be investigated. The situation casts a blight on a good community and this officer should be punished if proved he acted recklessly and without regard for human life. And let hope it doesn't take 2 plus years like it is taking for the other person Officer Hall killed.


Don M
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 31, 2021 at 7:36 am
Don M, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 31, 2021 at 7:36 am

Also isn't it interesting that last week people were calling Mr. Wilson a thug and belittling his family (I think the statement was it was all about the money and where were they when he sleeping on a park bench) and it turns out Mr. Wilson's father was a law enforcement professional. Also I think Jennifer called me a criminal enabler so if I am and I was enabling the son of a law enforcement professional then I guess Jennifer is calling law enforcement professionals criminals. I hate when people make blanket statements to condemn a whole group of people.
For those that don't understand the challenges of dealing with mentally ill people it is always a difficult situation. Officer Hall by his last two experiences certainly doesn't and most of the people who condemned Mr Martin last week certainly don't. They just looked at the color of the man, considered him a criminal and killed him. Shame on them


Peter
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 31, 2021 at 7:36 am
Peter, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 31, 2021 at 7:36 am

This is the 2nd time that this officer has responded with a “shoot first” mentality and killed a human being!
Let’s remove him from the force and invest the saved salary in De-escalation training.


Paul Clark
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 31, 2021 at 3:44 pm
Paul Clark, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 31, 2021 at 3:44 pm

I think it is long past time for The Town of Danville to "reconsider" its relationship with the Sheriff's Department, and do, as our "next door neighbors" in San Ramon have done, and set up a Danville Police Department that has no ties to the Sheriff. With a force that lives here, is part of our community, and is trained to behave in a manner prescribed by we who live here.
With this, the second "questionable shooting" by what is essentially a sheriff's deputy in Danville, one has to wonder if the Sheriff's "use of force training" is what serves the best interests of the citizens of Danville.
The record of the Sheriff's Department, with respect to its "stewardship" of our police department is rife with questionable activities. For example, a Danville Officer was found guilty of "working with" a divorce attorney and a private investigator to "entrap" men who were in the process of a divorce. Arresting men who had been gotten drunk in a local bar by women working for the attorney. There was also another deputy attached to the County Drug Task force who was arrested and charged with illegal drug and weapons sales next door in Alamo.
And looking to the time during which San Ramon was also a "contract city," the killing of a woman in that city by "deputies" who had been directed to her home by concerned relatives because she was under stress. They were supposed to be there to "check on her" but ended up killing her when she made the mistake of picking up a kitchen knife.
And it always follows the same pattern. The "use of force" is "found to be justified" when, in point of fact, if any one of us had acted in a similar fashion, we would most likely be serving a lengthly term in state prison.
We are not a "poor" Town! We should be able to pay for a home-grown Police Department. And judging from the way in which our current "Sheriff's Substation PD" operates, our very lives may well depend on making a change in who we entrust with our personal safety.


D
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Danville
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:26 am
D, Danville
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:26 am

This "good kid"(32 years old) was throwing rocks at cars from the overpass, and could have killed people. When the police arrived, he refused to follow their command, and instead escalated the situation by pulling out a knife and advancing on the police officer, who only shot him once in self defense. The fact that this "good kid"s dad was allegedly a police officer for over 30 years but let him live on the streets homeless rather than take him in shows that even his dad, allegedly a veteran police officer, was so afraid of having him in his house that he refused to take him in. His own dad, allegedly a police officer, knew what a danger his son was, to the point he refused to let him live with him, and instead had him be homeless as he could not control his own son. But yet his dad expects a complete stranger to somehow control his "good son" who pulled a knife and advanced on the officer.

I actually have more contempt for the dad than the son. The dad knew what a safety risk his son was, was so afraid of him he made him live on the streets rather than take him in, and yet he now suddenly attacks the poor officer who was confronted with his son coming at him with a knife, and the dad comes to Danville to lecture us on how bad our law enforcement is, hoping to financially cash in on his "good son". Shame on him! His dad is the last person who should be holding press conferences and rallies and lecturing us, calling our officers racist. Race has nothing to do with his incident. This incident is about a bad seed 32 year old, who was so dangerous his own dad, allegedly a veteran police officer, was afraid to have him live with him, so instead he lived on the streets. On those streets this bad seed attempted to harm innocent people by throwing rocks from the overpass, and then this bad seed ignored a lawful command and instead escalated the situation by going at the officer with a knife. Danville & our police are not racist. Time for his dad & lawyer to face facts.


Don M
Registered user
Danville
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:56 am
Don M, Danville
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:56 am

Congrats D, best racist rant of the year. And clearly you have zero regard for life and for the struggles of the mentally ill and their family. Stay in your bubble, you may be the next danger to our community.


Paul Clark
Registered user
Danville
on Apr 1, 2021 at 8:55 am
Paul Clark, Danville
Registered user
on Apr 1, 2021 at 8:55 am

To Don M,

I could not agree with you more. It's sad that we have Law Enforcement "boot lickers," but they are a sad fact of life in our current mix of people. I am an inveterate supporter of the police. But I will not turn my back on LEOs who have so little regard for human life that they will behave like "officer" Hall. It takes a "special kind of person" to have so little regard for human life. He must have a level of remorselessness that is foreign to normal human beings. And per my last post, it is long past time for the Danville Police Department to be a stand alone agency, not beholden to the county sheriff. The whole idea of "contracting" for our law enforcement was a bad idea when Danville incorporated, and it's never gotten any better.


Artsyone
Registered user
Danville
on Apr 2, 2021 at 9:14 am
Artsyone, Danville
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 9:14 am

Right on commenter with the bad seed statement. Negotiate with someone coming at you with a knife?! I don't think so. Vast majoring of people with mental illness are nonviolent, non assaultive. We don't want to stereotype. Bet those defending the perpetrator wouldn't want to have been driving on the freeway below the rock throwing. Our police and sheriffs protect us, and thank goodness so. If an unarmed layperson was charged at with a knife it would be a very bad scene.


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:11 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:11 am

@ Don M,

The shooting incident is an ongoing investigation, yet Don M said the police officer committed a murder. In Don M's words: "This man's murder needs to be investigated."

The incident is being investigated Don M. Maybe you should wait until the facts come out before listing the incident as a murder. This incident could be a justifiable homicide.




Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:33 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:33 am

@ Don M,

Today 04/02/2021

Suspect exits his car wielding a knife and was shot by the United States Capitol Police. Suspect charged officers. Suspect deceased. The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect used a knife Don M.


Don M
Registered user
Blackhawk
on Apr 2, 2021 at 7:46 pm
Don M, Blackhawk
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 7:46 pm

Really Malcolm Hex. Are you really that clueless. The guy used his car and killed a
Police officer. Of course he was killed You are working too hard to try to justify what happened in Danville. Go to church and pray for your soul this Easter weekend.


2BConsidered
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 2, 2021 at 8:31 pm
2BConsidered, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 8:31 pm

I realize it is not Monday morning, but perhaps we should wait until the investigation is over. As we see in so many of these cases, there are usually many more issues to consider when you have ALL the evidence in front of you...

The majority of the original cases used in the press as social justice example cases were later found justified after all facts were brought forward.

I guess for some, they want to force the results on Monday morning.

For me...I was never a quarterback:)


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:48 pm
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:48 pm

Apparently Don M has no patience. He casts aspersions, including inaccuracies, in his rants. Moreover, it appears he allows his temper to get the best of him.


Don M
Registered user
Danville
on Apr 6, 2021 at 8:15 am
Don M, Danville
Registered user
on Apr 6, 2021 at 8:15 am

Yes Malcolm I do have a temper about this especially when a new video comes out that continues to validate my point Web Link

Also I do have patience about this because everyday this story get worse for Officer Hall. You and your ilk continue to condemn the victim yet it just gets worse for Officer Hall. Let the investigation keep playing out.


Kjgamble
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 6, 2021 at 9:33 am
Kjgamble, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 6, 2021 at 9:33 am

Wait till ALL of the facts are in before casting doubt either way. So quick to judge...everybody wants to jump on a bandwagon and start crusading. Calm down and wait for the facts!


Paul Clark
Registered user
Danville
on Apr 6, 2021 at 1:02 pm
Paul Clark, Danville
Registered user
on Apr 6, 2021 at 1:02 pm

While it is certainly true that the officer deserves the normal "presumption of innocence until proven guilty," One has to wonder just why the County DA's Office still cannot come to a conclusion on the first individual that Hall shot to death over two years ago? Their delay in closing their investigation and reporting their findings to the citizens of Danville, leaves one wondering if perhaps the game plan here is to run out the clock hoping that everyone has a sufficiently short memory and will hopefully forget all about it. The other thing I find interesting, is Danville being awarded "Safest city in California" by some security firm. I guess they don't count "officer-involved shootings" in their evaluations. The Town needs to re-evaluate the use of the County Sheriff's Office to "run" our PD. We can do better with our own Police Department, with a Chief who reports to the Town Manager and/or The Town Council, as opposed to The Sheriff.


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 7, 2021 at 9:21 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 7, 2021 at 9:21 am

Well Don, there you go again...

You stated the following: “ You and your ilk continue to condemn the victim yet it just gets worse for Officer Hall.”

Oh, so you know for a fact the deceased is a victim? Sounds like a rush to judgment on your part Don. Until the investigation is completed, there is neither a victim or suspect.

By the way, I never condemned anybody. I said you should wait until the facts come out before listing the incident as a murder. If anything, you are the one who has already condemned the officer for - as you previously stated - the murder of the deceased.

One thing for sure Don, if you were selected as a potential juror, you would be the first person bounced out of the courtroom during voir dire.


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