Nobody gets a pass on this one. As the state of Claifornia trys to wait this one out the citizens of Oakland are not having it. Oscar Grant and his execution at the hands of the Oakland Bart officers will not be swept under the rug end of story. It’s going to get hot in the bay this summer when this finally goes to trial.
OSCAR GRANT PROTESTERS SWARM BART STATION
By Angela Woodall
Posted: 04/08/2010 07:42:11 PM PDT
Updated: 04/09/2010 11:00:53 AM PDT
More than 100 activists swarmed into the Embarcadero BART station Thursday afternoon to protest what they said was the transit agency’s ongoing mishandling of the Jan. 1, 2009, fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III.
Nearly two dozen armed BART police were on hand to keep trains running without disruptions. No delays were reported, but one person was arrested about 5:30 p.m.
“We are extremely experienced and have been very successful in dealing with all kinds of protests, including anti-war, immigration and student demonstrations,” said BART spokesman Linton Johnson in a prepared statement posted on the BART Web site. “We have plans in place to prepare for virtually any scenario the protesters throw at us.”
The attempt to disrupt service proved unsuccessful, but the group calling itself “Oakland for Justice” captured the attention of some commuters and the media. They chanted “Justice for Oscar” on the platform, then boarded a train for the Montgomery Street station, where they continued to chant. Some protesters rode to the Powell Street station.
BART had recommended the Montgomery station as an alternative to the Embarcadero station to commuters who wanted to avoid the protest.
Demonstrators called for the firing and arrest of BART police Officer Anthony Pirone, who has been on paid leave since former Officer Johannes Mehserle shot Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward resident, at BART’s Fruitvale station in Oakland.
Mehserle has been charged with murder. His trial was moved to Los Angeles County and is expected to begin in June.
The protest comes just weeks after acting BART police Chief Dash Butler fired Officer Marysol Domenici. She and Pirone were the first officers on the scene Jan. 1, 2009, at the Fruitvale station in response to a call that a fight had erupted on a BART train.
Mehserle shot Grant while trying to handcuff the unarmed man, who was lying facedown on the BART station platform. Mehserle’s lawyer has said Mehserle meant to stun Grant with a Taser but grabbed his gun by mistake.