[Ppnews] Article on Berkeley shooting
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Wed Aug 24 08:57:56 EDT 2005
Berkeley Daily Planet, Aug 23, 2005
Suspect: Sketch Doesnt Fit By J. DOUGLAS ALLEN-TAYLOR
The attorney for the Oakland man briefly arrested for the 1970 slaying of a
Berkeley police officer says a composite drawing made of the suspected
killer at the time of the murder has no resemblance to the way Styles
Price appeared during that time. These are not minor differences. They are
Price, 56, a retired high school educator, was arrested by Berkeley police
on Aug. 10 for the murder of officer Ron Tskukamoto, the man for whom the
Berkeley Public Safety Building was named. Price was released two days
later after the Alameda County District Attorneys office said there was
not enough evidence to bring Price to trial.
While there are no pending charges against Price, the retired Berkeley
police lieutenant coordinating the case, Russell Lopes, told the San
Francisco Chronicle at the time of Prices release that We are absolutely
sure, beyond any doubtreasonable or otherwisethat [Price] cold-bloodedly
killed Ron. Were going to prove it. It aint over.
Morris Jacobsen, the Alameda County Deputy district attorney assigned to
the Tsukamoto case, said that his office is not investigating the case.
It is presently in the hands of the Berkeley Police Department, Jacobsen
said. The procedure is for the police department to collect evidence and
then present it to our office. Until that time, we are not involved.
Price has repeatedly denied that he was involved in the Tsukamoto shooting.
According to Prices Oakland attorney, William DuBois, Prices arrest by
Berkeley police was partly based upon a confession from Don Juan
Graphenreed, 56, of Oakland. Berkeley police say they believe Graphenreed
was the getaway driver during the murder. Graphenreed was also released
from jail without charges being filed.
Last week, DuBois released the 35-year-old composite drawing of the alleged
Tsukamoto shooter to buttress Prices claim of innocence. DuBois said the
drawing came from a copy of the Aug. 22, 1970 issue of the San Francisco
Lt. Lopes has said that the composite drawing is one of the factors which
has convinced him that Styles was the shooter. He has also said that his
office has a computerized age regression drawing that advances the
composite drawing 35 years, and resembles Price as he currently appears.
They keep saying this is the spitting image of Styles, DuBois said. But
Ive seen photographs of my client contemporaneous with the Tsukamoto
murder. Theres no resemblance between my client and the original composite.
Price pointed out one major discrepancy between himself and the drawing of
the alleged Tsukamoto shooter. While the composite shows a man without
glasses, Price said that he has worn prescription lenses constantly since
he was 10.
My eyesight is 2,400-plus, Price said. What the normal person can see at
400 feet, I can only see at 20 feet. Im extremely nearsighted. I literally
have to hold something up to my nose to read it. I wouldnt be able to make
out someones face 10 feet in front of me.
The composite drawing was based on statements made by a motorcyclist who
was stopped by Tskukamoto on the night of the police officers killing. The
witness was reportedly within a few feet of both the officer and the killer
while they held a brief conversation shortly before the shooting. That
witness died several years later in an automobile accident.
At a press conference at DuBois office last week, Price said that in no
way do I resemble the assassin of Tskukamoto.
Price said that he remains very concerned that the Berkeley police may
re-arrest me. This has caused me continual paranoia and emotional unease.
Since no formal charges have been brought against me, its like a sword
hanging over your head. I feel if they can do it to me, they can do it to
Price said he has never been convicted of any crime, and has lived what he
calls a blameless life. He said that he is consulting with his attorney
about possible legal action.
Meanwhile, Prices sister, Anola Price Small, released a statement from the
Price family to the Tskukamoto family, stating that my family expresses
sympathy for you. We cannot believe that the Berkeley Police Department
would advance their own agenda using your grief. This is so egregious and
unkind as to be unbelievable. Why they would present false hope to your
family and accuse an innocent person is beyond comprehension. I believe,
without knowing your brother, that he would not want an innocent person to
go to prison for his murder.
Small called her brother a productive member of the Oakland community who
has spent his entire life as a civil rights activist trying to correct
discrimination and racism. He is a pacifist who would never harm a fly, let
alone walk up to another human being and shoot him point-blank. Those that
know Styles throughout our community know that this is not in his character
to commit a crime like this.
Small is married to the physician of the author.
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