First Step to Justice in the Oscar Grant Case — BART Cop arrested for murder

January 14, 2009

To know us is to know that we are a couple of brothas that are always running our mouths and letting our opinions fly. This is one of the few times where we take off the jokester hat and put on the horned rim glasses and slip on our professorial coat with the leather patches on the elbow and get down to business.

Every long journey begins with a single step. That is a mantra that I repeat to my History class and on the hoop court to my players all the time. Anything that is work fighting for is worth the effort, no matter how long it takes to make it right. Some nights, even when you say it, it can be hard to believe. Today is not the case. In the Oscar Grant case, the arrest is the first step to providing justice to Oscar and his family and loved ones.

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer arrested on suspicion of murdering an unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform early New Year’s Day, waived extradition at a Nevada hearing and will be returned to Alameda County sometime today.

Mehserle, 27, appeared stoic as he was brought into a Douglas County, Nev., courtroom. Clad in a navy-blue jail jumpsuit and his hands and feet shackled, he said, “I’d like to waive extradition,” when asked what his intentions were by Judge Paul Gilbert.

First, why would the writer use the term stoic? Lets look at the definition that is provided by wordnet.com

# a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno; “a Stoic achieves happiness by submission to destiny”
# seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive; “stoic courage”; “stoic patience”; “a stoical sufferer”
# someone who is seemingly indifferent to emotions
# pertaining to Stoicism or its followers

Now, most of the connotations of the word are used to desire actions that we would consider heroic. There is nothing heroic to shooting a young black male in the back, who was lying face down, with another officer restraining him.

This is a hero

I would have used the bat... that is why you are a better man, because you could turn the other cheek.  I would be turning the other end of the bat on the racists...

I would have used the bat... that is why you are a better man, because you could turn the other cheek. I would be turning the other end of the bat on the racists...

So is this (even though its a TV show that has pretty much jumped the shark, since they, like BART kill black people)

Why do they always kill off the black heroes in this show?  Of course, the older black guy in this picture has been killed

Why do they always kill off the black heroes in this show? Of course, the older black guy in this picture has been killed

This is not

Deliverance treatment will be too good for you in the prison.  I would tell you and others going to prison, Dont drop the soap!, but for you, drop the soap all the time...

"Deliverance" treatment will be too good for you in the prison. I would tell you and others going to prison, "Don't drop the soap!", but for you, drop the soap all the time...

Second, as professional writers, I would think that they would know the power of their word choice.  Why make a killer seem human?  Those traits of stoicism is not one that I would assign to him.  Are these women stoic?

Here are some more brainwashed PUMAS Charles Manson followers Leslie Van Houton, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel

Here are some more brainwashed PUMAS... Charles Manson followers Leslie Van Houton, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel. Yes WE CAN! I did it because I knew that Hillary wouldn't be elected in 2008!

Nope..I thought (at least hope) not

The hearing lasted about five minutes. Mehserle’s attorney, Christopher Miller, declined comment but said he would hold a news conference at his Sacramento office at 3 p.m. today.

What are you going to say at the news conference?
Lawyer: My client was under a lot of stress at work, wondering how he was going to pay for a new child, even though the Entry-Level Rate: $6336/month for a BART officer.

He mistakenly grabbed his gun, instead of his tazer, as he just wanted to torture the suspect, not kill him…

Mehserle, a Lafayette resident, was arrested Tuesday evening at a home on Skyland Drive in the Zephyr Cove area near Lake Tahoe, authorities said.

“We were contacted by authorities in the Bay Area, and all we did was to help locate the suspect,” Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said today.
IN case you didnt know what happened, the SFGATE.com finished the story

The ex-officer is being held in connection with the shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old supermarket worker from Hayward who was lying facedown after being pulled off a BART train by police investigating a fight.

An Alameda County judge signed an arrest warrant alleging murder, and Mehserle surrendered without incident, authorities said. He is being kept in a segregated area of the jail facility and is on a precautionary health and welfare watch, authorities said.

Now, why are we worried about his health and welfare, when he clearly wasn’t concerned about Oscar Grant? Put him with the other inmates and lets see if his rights will be protected. Even inmates have a hierarchy and I am sure that most will find him not worthy of protection.

Sources said Mehserle was in Nevada because he feared for his safety after death threats were made against him.

Why do you think that people wanted to see you dead?  Didn’t you think about that when you got so frustrated with Oscars attempts to play peacemaker that you got your gun out and shot him?  I know you must be wondering where your cop buddies are now, like the one collecting the cell phones in a thinly veiled attempt to control all the information to spin it to protect you..

The shooting, which was recorded by passengers in videos widely circulated on the Internet and television, prompted public outrage, and some viewers said that the shooting appeared to be an execution. Some city and community leaders have joined protesters in denouncing BART’s handling of the investigation.

Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. today to discuss the case.

BART officers had detained Grant and several other passengers at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 as they investigated a fight aboard a train from San Francisco. Passengers with cellular phone cameras captured footage that shows Grant lying facedown when he was shot.

In the videos, Mehserle appears to be trying to put cuffs on Grant, and Grant appears to be struggling, when Mehserle suddenly pulls his service weapon from his holster and fires one shot into Grant’s back.
See the video here…

Mehserle declined to speak to BART criminal investigators after the shooting. Then last Wednesday he resigned rather than answer questions from BART’s internal affairs division.

His departure came the same day Grant was buried and a peaceful protest at the Fruitvale BART Station erupted into violence in downtown Oakland. Demonstrators set cars on fire and broke windows at dozens of businesses. By night’s end, police had arrested 105 people.

Another protest is still scheduled for 4 p.m. today outside Oakland City Hall.

Protests are the one way that people can show their displeasure with the system. In keeping with the theme of the protesters of the 50’s, hopefully we will keep it peaceful, since tomorrow is the actual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The ballot is more powerful than the bullet...get out and VOTE!

The ballot is more powerful than the bullet...get out and VOTE!

3 Responses to “First Step to Justice in the Oscar Grant Case — BART Cop arrested for murder”

  1. Ronin Storm said

    I don’t pray for a Heaven.
    I plead for a HELL for people like Mehserle.
    That Rat-Bastard needs to burn in HELL.
    And not because he pulled his gun or shot Oscar. Accidents happen. If if was one. But instead b/c he is a coward. Cowards run away. Hide. Duck behind attorneys.
    Any REAL MAN would have apologized and come clean form get-go.

  2. […] or Amadu Diallo or Sean Bell (no relation, but we are all related…) but clearly we are not.  Oscar Grant, which we blogged about here happened. It’s easy for some to forget the racial struggles that have happened here in the […]

  3. […] Here is a guy trying to work a similar rouse. Hopefully, for Oscar Grant, his family and friends, excuses like that will not work. Barrett went on to question Gates’ credentials, called him a “God damned fool,” […]

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