The headline caught my eye and it was with total disgust that I began to read the following: “Prosecution says white policeman deliberately shot black victim.“ My very first thought was “bullshit”…oh for sure, beyond a horrible event, the killing of Oscar J. Grant, 22 years old on New Years Day 2009. Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle (the bay area rapid transit has its own police force to police the BART system), 28 years old was charged with murder. The scenario could not be worse for all involved.
But murder? This young officer had been on for less than two years and it would appear that he shot this kid by sheer accident. He says he thought he had reached for his taser and was shocked when it turned out to be his gun. Bad training? Poor supervision? 100% for sure. Murder? Bullshit. Now had it not been for Oscar J. Grant’s bad behavior, could it be that these two would never have met? …I think not. I have vivid memories of riding that very same route and at times holding my breath as the train would stop at certain stops through Oakland. Why you ask? Simple, some of those stops depending on the time of day are a nightmare! …
For anyone or any group that would believe former officer Mehserle set out to murder this kid in front of dozens of witnesses and other officers you’d have to have bad logic and even worse fantasies. And the cry for justice is nothing more than a cry for revenge. …Did this poor young man ever have any previous negative contact with the police? If he did will that come into play in the wishful thinking and planning of the crucifixion of this former young officer who resigned the following day? Another interesting thing is this, the trial had to be moved to Los Angeles for fear of riots in Oakland…no that is not the reason, it was due to finding a jury pool that had not been “tainted” in the Bay Area. …
Wanda Johnson, Oscar J. Grant’s mom was outside the courthouse, “our hope is that this does not continue to happen to the brown and black races.“ …when the criminal element of any color is performing, I wish the police could bump up their averages as to being present more often. And we could all hope that people of any race aren’t accidentally killed by a poorly trained officer of any race.
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June 15, 2010
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