California District Attorney Reopens 2009 Case Into Police Killing Of Oscar Grant

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California District Attorney Reopens 2009 Case Into Police Killing Of Oscar Grant

A district attorney in California has decided to reopen the case of Oscar Grant, a Black, unarmed man shot and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit police in 2009.

Attorney Nancy O’Malley from the Alameda County District made an announcement on Monday, Oct. 5, that her office would be taking another look at the case.

 Oscar Grant’s family has been pushing to have other BART officers take accountability for their involvement in the shooting for years.

Johannes Mehserle, the BART officer that pulled the trigger, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served a year in prison.

Anthony Pirone, who is seen on video forcefully pulling Oscar Grant off a train, was fired but didn’t face any charges.  The officer was accused of pulling Oscar Grant off the train so roughly that it sparked protests. He was also seen on camera kneeling on Oscar Grant’s neck while yelling racist remarks to him.

Screenwriter and director Ryan Coogler created a movie about the shooting, which was released in 2013, entitled “Fruitvale Station.” Michael B. Jordan played Oscar Grant.

You can watch a clip below.

Oscar Grant’s family has compared his death to that of George Floyd’s, an unarmed Black man who died after an officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.

Rev. Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant’s mother, recently spoke at Oakland’s Fruitvale Station where her son was killed saying,

“Oscar was denied full justice.”

Rev. Wanda Johnson says the officers did nothing to de-escalate the situation, which ultimately resulted in her son losing his life.

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Authored by: Demi Lobo