Community Responds to U.S. Systemic Racism as Evidenced by the MURDER of Oscar Grant, then Reinforced by the Mehserle Verdict
On July 8th, 2010, former BART cop Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting and killing Oscar Grant on January 1st, 2009 in Oakland, California. Mehserle, who should have been convicted of MURDER, was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs and is now in custody. His sentencing is expected on Friday, August 6th. Involuntary manslaughter can carry 2, 4, and 6 years, with 10 added for a gun enhancement. The trial was riddled with injustice and bias in the cop's favor- no surprise.
The above video is: Reaction to Mehserle Verdict: Oakland, CA: 8 July 2010 from Oriana Bolden on Vimeo.
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a comment worth including:
“So I know everyone is upset about how the United Snakes of America chose to deal with this particular murder ... but you should not expect justice to come from an unjust system. You cannot expect the police to charge themselves with murder, when they do that as a business. They are diametrically opposed to us being treated as equals. The only thing that we can gain as a community, out of this particular case, is to look around at each other, to see who really has your back. To see who’s really down for you, when it comes down to the fight, right? The only justice that we’re gonna see in this case, is gonna come from the people that I’m looking at right here in front me.
"You should know about Gary King Jr. You should know about Anita Gay. You should know about Andrew Moppin. And know that this thing has been going on as long as there has been such thing as America. And know that the only way we’re gonna get out of it, is when we look at each other and realize that we’re going to have come up with our own solutions. We need to develop our own community system, based on the well being of each and every member of our community. So when you put pressure on these courts, just keep in mind, it’s only to wake your brother and your sister up.”