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Oscar Grant.

If you haven't yet heard about the New Years' Day murder of Oscar Grant, you should. The long story short is that a BART police officer shot and killed a young man who was handcuffed, on the ground, and had another officer standing on his neck. It happened at a crowded BART station full of people with cameras, and there's *a lot* of footage floating around the internet. It's so disturbing, I don't even have words to explain how disturbing it is. The site I linked to lists five ways you can get involved, even if you don't live in the Bay Area.


ETA:
I've made the correction re: BART police. Thanks to all who alerted me to the mistake.

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indigokare
Jan. 8th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
i live in oakland, not far from the riots. there are helicopters like mad over my house right now.

actually, it was BART police who killed him. not oakland police.

Edited at 2009-01-08 05:26 am (UTC)
hopita
Jan. 8th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure, because the article I linked to phrased it both ways. Thanks for the info.
furious_mold
Jan. 8th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
This bothers me a lot.
bishopjoey
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
That distinction...
between Oakland Police and BART Police is an important one. Doesn't make Mr. Grant any less dead, but the jurisdictions are different. My guess is that general and community involvement training programs differ between them.

Of course, it's the Oakland PD that's now taking the brunt in keeping the peace.

What a sad and disturbing start to the year.
_aqualung_
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm in your old predicament. My dad's ancient aging desktop can't handle video well. I'm going to google a text atory
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