Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins held a press conference early Wednesday morning in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin. The armed teenager was shot an killed by a Berkeley police officer Tuesday night at the Mobil gas station in the 6800 block of North Hanley Road.
Surveillance video from the gas station was released close to eight hours following the shooting.
“Let me first thank all of the city who responded last night to protect the property.” Mayor Hoskins says the City of Berkeley is grateful for the officers who put their lives on the line everyday.
He does not believe this is a racially motivated shooting. “We are different from the City of Ferguson.” According to the mayor, “Jumping to conclusions without investigating is not acceptable.” He believes that close to 90 percent of officers do their best to serve and protect the community.
The mayor says there are 31 officers in Berkeley. Of those officers, 18 of them are African American. According to Hoskins, it does not appear that the police officer initiated this shooting.