01-15-2009, 04:18 PM #1
CA - BART officer shooting of Oscar Grant, 22, Oakland
I don't know of if anyone is following this, but its a situation that has been ongoing, the officer is now charged with murder. and is awaiting extradition from Nevada.
Multiple protests are going on, because this man was shot in cold blood, while face down on the pavement, with hands in handcuffs. Many are turing out for peaceful protests, but they later turn violent.
"OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle did meet with investigators probing the New Yearís Day fatal shooting of a Hayward man but chose to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination, officials said Monday.
BART general manager Dorothy Dugger and transit police chief Gary Gee told an afternoon news conference that Mehserle was questioned within three hours of the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III, but quickly asked for an attorney, refusing to cooperate."
http://www.ktvu.com/news/18464504/detail.htmlBe Kind to yourself, you are worth it!
01-15-2009, 06:02 PM #2
I am suprised this is not getting any discussion!Be Kind to yourself, you are worth it!
01-15-2009, 07:34 PM #3
I've been following the story. I was dumbfounded when the officer said he thought he was pulling his tazer out of its holster and not his gun. Number one (and I realize the adrenaline was probably high), couldn't he tell just by the feel between a gun and a tazzer. Once he placed it on the young man's back didn't he notice that it wasn't his tazer. Didn't any of the officers try to tell him or at least move it away once they saw it was the gun? So many questions. I don't buy that it was just an accident though.
01-15-2009, 07:54 PM #4Registered User
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I have been following this case closely. It is crazy, the whole thing! I have mixed feelings about it. After watching the videos, the look on the officers face makes me believe that it was an accident. He looked shocked (to me) when the weapon was discharged, he recoiled more than someone who knows they are shooting a gun does, and he looks around confused at the other officers etc. That said, I have no idea why he felt the need to pull anything in the first place. Some have speculated that he thought it was his tazer, but there were plenty of police there to subdue Grant. He did look like he was resisting, but not to the point where the officers couldn't control him. Of course, I wasn't there and don't know what was going on either.
His actions after the shooting make me angry. Refusing to meet with investigators or pleading the fifth when they did talk to him really left them with no choice but to charge them with murder as they did. I believe ultimately, he will be convicted of some form of manslaughter. I believe he does need to pay for what he did, accident or not.
As for the rioting, it makes me mad because I feel like it undermines whatever point people are trying to make. Not to mention, people are destroying their own communities. On the flip side, notice how the media didn't bother to show up and have people's voices be heard UNTIL the riots started. At least that is the only coverage I saw.
This is a horrible situation all around!
One last thing, lizziebeth, where did you see that he said that he thought it was his tazer? Everything that I have read has said he has made no statements or reports whatsoever. I believe the tazer thing is speculation...
01-15-2009, 09:13 PM #5
I have been following too, but since WS is really pro LE I didn't want to bring it up (I am not anti LE! Just think this deserves prosecution, which might not be popular here). IMO this will go second degree.
Lizzybeth, I thought in the video I saw he drew the gun and fired from a distance of a foot or so?? Didn't lean over and put it in his back.
Right now I am not buying the "I thought it was a tazer" story. There was NO reason to taze the young man on the ground, restrained, hands behind his back and with another officer on his neck. Very sad and very big step back for LE in that community.
01-15-2009, 09:19 PM #6
Joga, just read your comments more thoroughly. I don't think he was resisting. Even if he squirmed a little, is that really "resisting"? The other young man against the wall is within inches of him. There wasn't a lot of room to move.
I agree about the riots, some people feel that is the only way to make a point.
I also haven't heard of any statements from the cop. IMO he is going to use the tazer excuse no matter what. What else can he say??? Watching the video is so surreal. I had to watch it several times and still couldn't comprehend I just saw a man shot in the back by a cop. I guess it is a small blessing he didn't see it coming, although I think he might have lived for a little while since one eyewitness said he was in obvious pain.
01-16-2009, 01:24 AM #7Registered User
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chicago...the reason i said it looked like he was resisting was because it looked to me like they were having trouble getting his hands out etc. and it took the two of them to keep him down. That's just the way I see it from the videos, and other than the fact that he shot him in the back, the videos are so open to interpretation.
that's funny about not wanting to put it up on this board because i did the same thing! i really wanted to hear what people here had to say, but I didn't want people to think I was le bashing, esp. being a newb!
and you are right, he was standing up when he shot him. so sad....all around.
01-16-2009, 08:52 AM #8
I heard it on the television. It was after it first happened, before the riots. After the officer started getting death threats is when I think he decided he should take the fifth and get a lawyer. I suppose if I only heard it on television then it doesn't necessarily make it fact. I can go back and try to find a link.
01-16-2009, 08:57 AM #9
I went back and looked for a link but could only find ones where people are discussing that they think that might have been his excuse. No, it didn't come directly from the officer. There's a big discussion about it on snopes.com. One of the posters says that the feel of a tazer gun is much the same as a glock. Still (and I didn't view the video because I knew I wouldn't be able to get it out of my head), if he was standing away from the young man as you guys have stated then he couldnt have possibly thought it was his tazer. Doesn't a tazer have to come into contact with the body?
01-16-2009, 11:06 AM #10
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01-16-2009, 11:59 AM #12Registered User
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I have watched the video several times and it is shocking. I donít understand how it could have been an accident. The victim had his hands behind his back and was restrained. There was another officer that was kneeling on his back. There were many other officers there standing around. I donít see why a tazer or gun needed to be drawn at that pointÖ much less fired!
I also donít see why he would have shot him in cold blood though purposely setting out to murder the victim and ruin his own life. He was in a public transit station, there were other officers around (and one was kneeling where he shot the victim) and a crowd of bystanders that were yelling at them and filming. None of it makes any sense to me.
I wonder if the officer just snapped? His adrenaline was flowing, the crowd was yelling, he felt threatened and scared and he just snapped. Not everyone can handle the mental strain of being a cop. I would be interested to know if he has any other incidents of over reacting (another words: flipping out on people) in domestic situations or other stressful situations that were not reported. That still does not make a lot of sense to me but it is the only theory that I can get on board with right now .
Such a pointless shooting and too many lives ruined over a split second decision. I feel sorry for the family of the victim and the family of the officer.
01-16-2009, 02:13 PM #13
Thank you, I didn't know that the difference in how a stun gun and a tazer works.
I think he snapped too. He was angry and his adrenaline was high. He may have never been in a situation like that. Of course, there are some police officers that seem to think they can get away with doing stuff like that. They don't care if anyone is watching because they're the law.
01-16-2009, 04:05 PM #14
I've been pretty obsessed with this case and was surprised it wasn't on Weblseuths sooner. When this story originally broke it was that a cop had shot a restrained victim - pretty appalling. But then they started releasing the videos and the cop looked surprised/stunned after the shot. So I thought okay, it was not intentional. My SO is former LE and he said the taser feels similar to a gun - so giving him the benefit of the doubt I thought given the stressful situation he was in he reached for the wrong weapon and made a tragic, fatal error. However, given the fact that he refuses to cooperate and hasn't said one word about that night to any investigating office - I'm wondering why that is. If it was an accident why not try to mitigate some of the damages and say it was an accident? Clearly he did it - just explain what happened. But nope - he's keeping his mouth shut. What's really sad is he has a newborn baby - born just a day or two after this incident. I want to know what was in his mind when he shot Oscar Grant- and we may never know. Like Scott Peterson - if this goes to trial- he could never say a word and we'll never know. As far as the rioters, sadly there will always be those factions who use any excuse to vandalize and loot - and this situation has provided it until the next one comes up.This too shall pass
01-16-2009, 04:16 PM #15This too shall pass
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