Whenever some blatant abuse of a person of color’s civil rights occur at the hands of the Oakland Police Dept., Oakland’s own Attorney John L. Burris is most definitely about to be on the scene. And when he arrives, look out, because the honorable Attorney is gunning for the perps. He doesn’t tolerate police misconduct and violations of citizens’ civil rights very well. In fact he’s a tireless fighter for the rights of the Oakland’s “minority” people who find themselves the unfortunate victims of Oakland’s more brutal and corrupt police officers.
John L. Burris is the Oakland Bay Area’s premiere civil rights attorney, and our crusader for justice in the the ‘hood. He has fought numerous civil rights battles for some of the most celebrated sports figures all the way to the most unknown of the regular folks. Oscar Grant was one of those regular folks that ended up being known world wide because of his brutal victimization by the BART police.
If you watched any of the endless hours of news footage of Oscar’s case, you may recall the care, respect and protection that Attorney Burris gave to the Oscar Grant family as he guided them through the wrenching process of seeking justice for their murdered son. He was there with them to deal with the press, and he and his team were at work fighting long and hard for justice for the family.
Attorney Burris has of course fought many other high profile civil rights cases. Some of the well known people he has represented are: Barry Bonds, Tupac Shakur, Delroy Lindo, Dwayne Wiggins, Keyshawn Johnson, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Latrell Sprewell, Sports Agent Aaron Goodwin and former Chief of Police of San Francisco Earl Sanders and to name of few. In addition to fighting on the frontlines, Attorney Burris has also been a frequent legal analyst on Oakland’s KTVU Channel 2, and on other networks as well.
Interestingly, I haven’t found huge amounts of information on Attorney Burris, relative to his high profile. Maybe that speaks to a man who simply does his work without more fanfare than what’s required. There is an interesting bio of the Attorney at his own website. I have posted an excerpt here, with a link for you to continue reading at his own website.
John L. Burris formed the Law Offices of John L. Burris in 1985, after several years in private practice with the firm Harris, Alexander, and Burris in Oakland, California. He earned a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall and MBA from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business. He is best known for his work in the area of plaintiff’s civil rights over the last 25 plus years and as a legal analyst on Fox, MSNBC, Court TV, CNN and many local television and radio stations. His primary areas of focus for his practice include cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and criminal defense. His initial participation with police misconduct issues occurred in April 1979 when he was hired by the Mayor and the City Council of Oakland to conduct an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of 15-year-old Melvin Black and the entry into the Oakland office of the NAACP by Oakland police officers. He is the author of the book BLUE vs. BLACK: Let’s End the Conflict between Police and Minorities. Continue reading at his website