Uncategorized January 8th, 2009

Said it before I’ll say it again…..Shit like this happens all the time mutherf’rs just got caught this time……Police in the bay have a long history of jacking young black men particularly on Bart for some odd reason…For a politically progressive place to stand for this baloney is madness….This will not be going away anytime soon……Classic American racism at it’s finest…..Cat’s are rioting in the streets of Oakland right now……This makes Rodney King look like a day at the beach…..Wonder why we call em pigs?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

Those words seem more important now than ever……I’m telling you it’s gonna get hot in the bay if they don’t handle this one correctly nuff said.
Oscar Grant

From The SF Chronicle:

BART shooting victim recalled with joy, tears
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, January 8, 2009

(01-07) 16:42 PST HAYWARD — After his daughter was born four years ago, Oscar Grant kept on driving around with two huge pink flags on his car that proclaimed, “It’s a girl,” until the material disintegrated.
He acted like an older brother to his sister, even though he was six years younger than her.
And he was such a dedicated fisherman that during a church trip, he dressed up in full angler’s gear, complete with jacket, hat and 15-foot deep-sea fishing pole.

Those were some of the remembrances shared Wednesday as more than 800 friends, relatives and community members turned out at a memorial service for Grant, 22, of Hayward who was unarmed when he was shot and killed early New Year’s Day by a BART police officer at the Fruitvale Station in Oakland.

The service was alternately somber and spirited. Many people wept as they went up to Grant’s open casket, adorned with flowers inside Palma Ceia Baptist Church in Hayward, which he attended since he was a child.
One woman wailed and was escorted outside. Later, the Rev. Ronald Coleman, buoyed by rousing gospel music, proclaimed, “Little Oscar was saved!”

Those who eulogized Grant did not address the shooting, which was captured on video by at least two BART riders and has stirred outrage among those who believe the incident was tantamount to an execution. At virtually the moment the service was getting under way, the lawyer and union representative for the officer who shot Grant, Johannes Mehserle, were submitting his resignation to BART officials.

Instead of voicing anger about his death, those closest to Grant spoke of his belief in God, his love of sports and his desire to someday marry Sophina Mesa, the mother of his daughter, Tatiana.

“To me, Oscar was a gift of life, the very apple of God’s eye,” said his aunt, Donna Smith, adding that Grant regarded her as “his second momma.”

Some of the recollections were light-hearted. Eugene Carter, a church deacon, recalled a fishing trip in Tracy in which Grant carried a bucket. Carter wondered what was inside and came face to face with a “big old turtle” that Grant had caught.
Asked what he was going to do with it, Grant broke into a big grin and proclaimed, “I’m going to go home and eat it!”

Carter also recounted the time Grant tried to paint his house. “From now on, if I want my house painted, I’ll call a professional,” he said, drawing laughter.
But Grant was also a serious man, speakers said, who always looked people in the eye and meant what he said.

Lita Gomez, Mesa’s sister, said “I want to challenge every young man here today: Let’s keep Oscar’s memory going. Make changes in your life, the changes that he was making in becoming a better man.” Her comments were greeted with applause.
Grant’s sister, Chantay Moore, 28, of Hayward, said her younger brother was protective of her, to the point of insisting that she change if she wasn’t dressed modestly when she went out.

“We know Oscar is in heaven,” Moore said. “We know he is in a better place. Anyone who knows Oscar knows he had your back to the end.”

Some wept as pictures of Grant with Mesa and their daughter were shown on a big screen. Laughter rippled through the crowd when they saw photographs of Grant fishing and playing the drums when he was little.
Leslie Littleton, deputy chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, read a statement in which the mayor expressed his condolences.

“Our entire community grieves at the loss of Oscar Grant III,” Dellums wrote. “I am profoundly saddened by the turn of events that resulted in the loss of a young man’s life which has left a family and a community in mourning. Our hearts and deepest wishes for peace go out to the families and loved ones of all the parties involved in this tragic event.”

This wont be going away it’s the worst shit i may have ever seen a Police officer do to another human being….Shit makes me mad to be the same color as that murdering cop….Shit’s gonna get tight in the bay if justice don’t get served…..what year is this….Anyways you slice this it was a execution…..

Just found this online like I predicted it’s gonna get hot in the Bay….No Justice No Peace

RIOTING IN OAKLAND | Police anger pours onto city streets as outrage over BART shooting violently erupts January 8, 2009
Posted by californiabeat in BART Police Shooting, East Bay.

Police officers in riot gear stand in front of a burning car on 13th Street in downtown Oakland Wednesday night as frustration over the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a BART Police officer violently spilled into the streets. (Photo courtesy: SF Chronicle/ SFGate.com)

By Tim Jue / Beat Staff Writer

A day of peaceful protests and somber remembrances for the man shot to death by a BART Police officer New Year’s Day was decimated by nightfall Wednesday when a rioting faction of demonstrators torched cars, sent objects flying through storefront windows and created fearful havoc on the streets of Downtown Oakland as public anger over the controversial killing of Oscar Grant, 22, turned violent.

The evening’s dangerous turn of events transpired when a group of 100 or so protesters broke from a peaceful rally at the Fruitvale BART station and began marching down International Blvd. towards Downtown Oakland. Traffic was interrupted, but there were no malicious acts of vandalism or violence being reported as the group marched.

Then television images showed a dumpster fire and a crowd ransacking an Oakland Police cruiser outside the former BART headquarters and Lake Merritt BART station at 8th Street and Madison Streets. A splinter group broke out the vehicle’s windows and severely dented the sides of the police car.

This splinter group, comprised of 50 or so people, marched down 8th Street overturning newspaper racks and throwing garbage cans into the roadway. Then they split up when they reached Broadway Street — some moved towards the Oakland Police headquarters, others tore through the Old Oakland District. Others, more peaceful in nature, staged a demonstration and sit-in at 14th and Broadway streets in front of Oakland City Hall.

More Complete and Continuous BART Shooting Coverage:

Breaking News Updates: BART shooting protesters start dumpster fire, vandalize Oakland police car (Jan. 7)
Oakland Councilwoman calls Grant shooting an “execution” | Drumbeat for criminal charges against BART cop intensifies (Jan. 7)
BART cop who shot, killed unarmed rider resigns (Jan. 7)
“He never texted back” | Family prepares for police shooting victim’s funeral as outrage goes national (Jan. 7)
$25 Million claim filed against BART as officer identified and new shooting video is made public (Jan. 6)
Criticism mounts as home videos show BART cop shooting, killing unarmed rider (Jan. 4)
OUR OPINION: PEOPLE ARE ANGRY: Damning home video and cover-up allegations keeps BART on the hot seat for shooting rider (Jan. 5)
Protesters re-enacted the killing of Grant. Some laid in the middle of the roadway, stomach to the pavement and hands behind their backs, much like how the deceased man appeared in numerous grainy cell phone camera videos that have surfaced showing the incident. Those videos, shown around the world, have generated widespread outrage of his killing by Johannes Mehserle, 27, who abruptly resigned from the BART Police Department Wednesday, allowing him to evade questions from investigators who were eager to speak with the former officer.

The deafening silence has fueled anger and mistrust of law enforcement, some protesters said.

At the small riot in Downtown Oakland Wednesday night, Oakland Police and reinforcements from other agencies, including BART Police, donned riot gear and deployed tear gas numerous times and a number of locations in hopes of dispersing the crowd. During a 10:30 p.m. press conference with reporters, Oakland Police said that 14 protesters had been arrested.

As of press time, more rioters were being arrested by police at 20th and Broadway streets, near the 19th Street BART station around 11:00 p.m.

Other rioters, determined to create trouble, went down 13th and 14th Streets in Downtown Oakland. Several cars were set on fire. Windshields were smashed, and the storefronts of local businesses were destroyed by the individuals.

The chaotic scene played out at the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant across from the Oakland Public Main Library when rioters broke out glass and set a vehicle ablaze nearby.

A television news photographer sustained minor injuries when someone tried to steal his news camera and subsequently assaulted him and destroyed his news gathering equipment when the effort failed.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums showed up to one of the main gatherings near City Hall and pleaded with protesters for patience and calm. He told reporters Wednesday night that he has asked the Oakland Police Department to launch their own, separate investigation into the BART Police shooting.

Today will mark one week since Grant’s shooting death at the Fruitvale station platform. The whirlwind of events, the release of the home videos, a firestorm of public outcry, and now violence and mischief has attracted worldwide attention and has received mostly critical reactions of the transit agency and the police officer who shot Grant to death while he laid on his stomach, unarmed and appearing to cooperate with authorities.

BART’s Board of Directors — the elected body which oversees the organization — are expected to get an earful from protesters who have vowed to crowd the meeting halls during a 9:00 a.m. meeting Thursday at transit district headquarters in Downtown Oakland. Many have become angered by the fact that Mehserle was allowed to go uninterviewed by investigators for days after the shooting incident. His resignation Wednesday and state laws that protect peace officers may allow him to avoid any questioning that could potentially leave critical questions — specifically why he shot and killed Grant — unanswered.

For many who have seen the video and still have questions about the justifiability of the shooting incident, it’s a disconcerting prospect.

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