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Excellent video and commentary posted by Copwatcher on IndyBay. Have any of the targets for surgical arrests already been identified? From the Oscar Grant protest cordons, to the Moving Day chemical deployments, does this rush-and-snatch policy indicate a more individualizing approach to crowd control from OPD Chief Howard Jordan?
Stand Up to the Watchdogs of the 1%–Your Local Police Department!
1pm March from Oscar Grant Plaza at 14th & Broadway to Rally at Fruitvale BART
A major political movement was launched on January 1st 2009. Its catalyst was the police killing of Oscar Grant, a young, unarmed Black father executed by the BART police. This murder awakened a sleeping giant—Bay Area residents angry and frustrated at the continued abuse of power perpetrated by law enforcement. Oscar and all the young people that were attacked and terrorized by the BART police that night, in addition to the many victims of police brutality in the greater Bay Area, have become ingrained in our collective memory. Their lives are the unspeakable price we pay to live in a society based on racial injustice.
Not only do police serve the needs of the 1%, they have always existed to put down resistance in communities of color. But when other BART riders posted their video recordings of the murder of Oscar by BART officer Johannes Mehserle, the internationally-viewed footage led to a new form of resistance: Community Copwatching. Cellphones, cameras and a popular upsurge brought the first arrest, trial and conviction of a white officer for killing a Black man.
The movement that touched ground in January 2009–the organizing to address police terrorism–laid the ground work for the movement against the 1% here in Oakland. The polarizing disparity of wealth and the numerous police killings in our communities are inextricably linked. To unravel a system that forecloses homes, pushes our families into poverty and criminalizes our youth while gentrifying our neighborhoods, we need to not only address a system based on greed but a system that needs police brutality to survive and thrive through state terror.
On this 3rd anniversary of Oscar’s murder, lets take to the streets to show that Oscar Grant is gone but not forgotten. Oscar lives on in the memories of his family and friends and in our resistance to the police.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-239-3570
Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression
Bring the Ruckus
Action Alert from the Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression
PLEASE ATTEND THE TRIAL: Wednesday, November 23rd and resuming on Monday, November 28 at the United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Edward Chen’s courtroom for approximately 2 weeks.
Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby, has reported that the jury selection was completed in the civil rights violation lawsuit brought by Kenneth Carrethers against former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle and 4 other current BART cops for brutally beating him 6 weeks before Mehserle killed unarmed Oscar Grant.
Much like the Los Angeles murder trial against Mehserle, the jury consists of only white men and women and two Asian jurors. Similarly, Johnson stated that BART is back in court lying about the beating of Kenneth Carrethers.
The trial continues tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23rd and then resumes on Monday, November 28 at the United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Edward Chen’s courtroom.
Mesha Monge-Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation speaks out on the latest BART police killing. This is the fifth killing by BART police, as detailed by Mesha.
See SF BayView Newspaper, July 15, 2011
From CBS Local News:
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A class action lawsuit was filed against the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Monday alleging that they violated the rights of 150 people who were arrested after former BART police officerJohannes Mehserle was sentenced last Nov. 5.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court only hours after Mesherle, 29, was released from the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail about 12:30 a.m. Monday.
For a fuller report, see:
For Immediate Release: May 25, 2011
Contact: Cat Brooks (510) 703-1500
Rachel Jackson (510) 390-6420
On Wednesday, June 1st, Johannes Mehserle, the former BART officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the murder of unarmed Oscar Grant III, will go before Judge Perry for the first time since his sentencing on November 5, 2010. The purpose of the hearing is to both assess whether Mehserle has served enough of his two year sentence to be paroled and to appeal several aspects of his original conviction. The community of Oakland will respond accordingly: With Outrage.
“As far as we are concerned, Mehserle is a murderer,” said Rachel Jackson of the New Years Movement. “In the state of California, you can get more time for a DUI than he has served for the cold blooded murder of Oscar Grant. It is unacceptable and shameful.”
On Wednesday, June 1st, The Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant (CJOG) will hold a press conference at 3:00 pm outside of Grant Station (Fruitvale BART). The purpose will be both to denounce the release of Mehserle back on to the streets after serving only 1/3 of a too lenient sentence and to begin to mobilize the Oakland community for an organized response to Mehserle’s release on the day he walks out of Los Angeles County Jail.
“From the verdict to the sentencing, the system has continuously tried to withhold the information of the exact date in an effort to dilute the community response,” said Cat Brooks, co-chair of the ONYX Organizing Committee. “And each time they have failed. Just as we have on every important marker of this historic event, we will organize, mobilize and respond to the injustice of this racist system. And we will do it on the day he walks out of jail.”
Additionally, members of the CJOG will receive community members at both Grant Station AND at 14th and Broadway and will engage attendees in several outreach activities; including handing out hundreds of flyers BOTH on BART and throughout Oakland neighborhoods to inform and engage the whole of Oakland. Media and camera crews are invited and encouraged to join these activists as they make their way on the BART train and on foot to spread the word of Mehserle’s upcoming release and the community’s planned response.
“What we have found is that a lot of people don’t know he is getting out so soon”, said Kim Rorbach of the CJOG. “But once they find out, they are angry. Each turn of events in this case is like being repeatedly slapped in the face. He didn’t even really go to prison. He has sat comfortably in the Los Angeles County Jail being treated like a king. It’s disgusting.”
BART will purchase 130 more Tasers totaling $140,775 so that every one of the 240 sworn officers on the transit agency’s police force can come equipped with a stun gun.
See Denis Cuff for the Contra Costa Times, May 26, 2011:
From Davey D.