Oscar Grant Murder: Double Standard of Justice in Oakland

10Jun09

Oscar Grantoriginally published: 5th June 2009

The murder of a 22-year-old unarmed Black man, Oscar Grant, by a transit cop in Oakland during the early hours of New Year’s Day sparked national indignation.

Onlookers captured the shooting on cell phones, and their video footage was transmitted to millions via the Internet and TV.

Community members continue to demand justice for Grant, an apprentice butcher and the father of a 3-year-old, and an end to police brutality. But to win justice in this case and forestall future repression requires overcoming government resistance and demanding effective community control over the police.

Oscar Grant was one of several Black men taken off a train by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officers while appalled passengers shouted for police to stop. Grant was assaulted before being forced face down onto the platform by one cop, Tony Pirone, while another, Johannes Menserle, shot him at close range.

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