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Still No Justice For Oscar Grant

Submitted by on November 6, 2010 – 3:02 pm8 Comments
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One would think that by now the community would see an inkling of justice in the case of Oscar Grant. After being fatally shot in the back by a BART officer on New Year’s Day in Oakland back in 2009, the community has been begging for the swift hand of justice to deal the  Bay Area Rapid Transit officer responsible for the shooting a mighty blow. When the case went to trial, officer Johannes Mehserle was hit with Involuntary Manslaughter. The city of Oakland was upset and had every right to be.

When the sentencing for Mehserle took place in a California court, many thought the sentencing judge would do more than the minimum when it came to jail time. But once again, the system let us down as Mehserle was handed a sentence of two years jail time with credit for 146 days served and 146 days good behavior. Which, in essence, means the man responsible for shooting another man in the back while he lay face down will get away with murder.

A conviction for involuntary manslaughter normally carries a four-year sentence, but the judge had the option of adding an “enhancement” that could have made the sentence 14 years because a firearm was used in commission of a crime.

Mehserle, who was on duty as a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer when the shooting occurred, said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun. The jury acquitted him of the more serious charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

To put this in perspective, Johannes Mehserle will do about as much time as T.I., who had guns but never shot a single person. Where exactly is the justice in that? Let’s just say T.I. shot someone in self defense. I’m quite sure he would do more time than Mehserle. It’s a sad day for minorities everywhere to know their lives are only worth a year in prison just as long as the man killing them in a police officer.

And now the law has the nerve to tell the people to remain calm? Do they realize the damage that’s been done? The relationship between people of color and the police will forever be fractured. The people of Oakland (and everywhere else) have every right to protest. If a window gets broken, trust me, it’s a whole lot better than shooting an unarmed man in the back.

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  • Alex Beattie says:

    If a civililan killed a policeman accidentally, would Judge Perry sentence the civilian to two years, and include time already served and credit for the civilian’s good behavior subtracted from the two years’ sentence, beca;use it was only an accident and the civilian hadn’t meant to do it?

    I doubt it.

  • Jordan River says:

    This is devastating. My heart goes out to Oscar Grant, his friends and family. I hope you’re all safe and well.

    I hope the community stays strong and doesn’t give up on this until that cop gets a rightful punishment. While I believe that this is an issue that hits hard in the black community, we ALL need to remember that together we stand, and divided we will fall.

    I hope no one got hurt after last night’s protest.

    Stay strong, and replace the fear with love.

  • Stop hate says:

    Robocop33 is the profile name of a policelink.com member that makes the following comments in reference to an article on the website entitled

    White Ex-transit Officer’s Sentence Sparks Protest

    It is a story about the judge sentencing the officer Johannes Mehserle in the Oscar Grant killing.

    “These bastards, (sorry PL but that is what they are), would not be satisfied unless he was given the death penalty! This Officer should never have been charged, much less tried and convicted. It was a tragic accident that never would have happened if the POST that was shot had simply submitted to arrest, or better yet, had not been involved in the illegal activity in the first place. This has already destroyed the life of a fine young man who put his a$$ on the line to help the very people that convicted him. FOR SHAME! I say declare Marshal Law and stop this immediately!”

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/147422-white-ex-transit-officers-sentence-sparks-protest

    This is just one example of the hateful comments posted by members of policelink. It is tolerated.

    The comments range from saying it was Grant’s fault he got killed to
    the officer should have never been found guilty because Grant was a criminal. Some even blame his family for raising a criminal

    I have already contacted policelink and robocop33 and told them what I think…I believe all these hateful comments should be taken off the site…

    Tell policelink what you think at
    [email protected]

  • Dale says:

    The funny thing is all you blacks, I mean niggers are just making things worse for yourselves right now by rioting and protesting. You are making borderline racist people like me want to jump the fence and become 100% against blacks and what they stand for. I feel this incident was a accident as much as you niggers feel it was murder! cmon…who in their right fucking mind would knowingly shoot someone in their back to murder them in front of a train full of cars? It was totally an accident. Just so happens it was to a black man(nigger) that was starting trouble in the first place with his buddies(which is why the cops were called there for in the first place, lets not forget that!) and all the sudden its a huge racist deal! [email protected] you that are trying to put this innocent cop away for life! and good for those who want justice for Oscar Grants accidental killing because you got it! actually I feel he only should have received 2 weeks not 2 years but hey! The judge and a full 12 persons jury seen it as I did so go fuck yourselves Oakland and everyone else who supports this was a murder!

  • MISTEEK says:

    THE SAD PART IS IS THAT JUDGE PERRY SAID IN COURT THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT RACE AND THAT WE SHOULD BE PROUD WE HAVE OBAMA AS PRESIDENT. ANOTHER THING I HEARD IS THAT HE SAID HE COULD MAKE THIS THING LAST 5 YEARS IF HE WANTED TO. WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS SYSTEM. JUST LISTEN TO THAT SHOW ISSUES AFTER DARK ON THE RADIO THEY INTERVIEW THE FRIENDS FATHER. THIS STUFF WOULD SHOCK YOU. HOW RACIST THIS SOCIETY IS.AND THEY SAY THAT RACISM DOESNT LIVE

  • MISTEEK says:

    DALE SHUT UP ….U LIKE MANY OTHER DONT KNOW THE CASE AND HIS BACK GROUND DUMB A HE WAS CONVICTED ON OTHER CHARGES A FEW WEEKS BEFOOOOREEEEEE THIS HE SAW A KID ON A BIKE DECIDED TO CHASSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THE KID DOWN AND USE THAT SO CALLED TAZER HIM. HE HAS ANOTHER CHARGE PENDING FROM A FEW YEARS BACK ON SOME ABUSE CHARGE. AND IN HS HE ASSULTED A WOMEN SO WHAT WERE U SAYING YEAH I THOUGHT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. AND IF U STILL DONT GET IT TURN AROUND THE SITUATION AND LOOK AT IT N A DIFFERENT VIEW…..SMH

  • Porky D. says:

    This is a disgusting case, no two ways about it. It would seem that in America a black man’s life is worth about half a dozen dogs, after all that’s how many pitbulls Michael Vick killed in order to get his two years and he wasn’t even filmed doing it.

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