Young Black Male Executed by Transit Police in San Francisco
I found this really disturbing story over on New America Media.
From the eye of a cell phone, an outraged and shocked public witnessed the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Oakland, Calif., by a police officer in the early morning hours of the first day of 2009. And now, as a result, a tragically common starting point of an American story — young black male killed by law enforcement — may be headed toward an uncommon ending point: justice being served.
On YouTube, and now local news stations that aired the cell phone videos, viewers watched a young Oscar Grant apparently pleading for his life, while belly-down on the ground with one officer’s knee on his upper back or head, and another officer around his legs area. That officer, without any obvious provocation, stands up, pulls out his gun, and shoots Grant in his back.
Thanks to the public and their trusty video cameras they were able to video tape this execution by the police or it could have been just another case explained away as a young man running from the police while reaching into his pocket for a gun which turned out to be just a cell phone.
And this isn’t the first time BART has been accused of using excessive/deadly force against civilians. An article from the San Francisco Bay Guardian Online from 1992 details several incidents of BART violating people’s rights.
Here is the video of the shooting. It’s graphic so please watch at your own discretion.