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It's just been announced that the BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle, who stood over 22-year-old Oscar Grant, as he lay face down on a BART platform at 2 a.m. New Year's with dozens of other passengers watching and, thankfully, recording with their cell phones, and shot him point blank in the back, has been arrested in Nevada. The DA in Oakland had finally issueda warrant.
It took nearly two weeks to charge the killer of Oscar Grant, unarmed father of a 4-year-old daughter, but the 105 protesters arrested last Wednesday, Jan. 7, during the rebellion that lit up Oakland with the rage of young
people demanding an end to police terrorism and officials' silence and complicity were charged immediately. Of the three or four charged with felonies that night, the only journalist was our own Minister of Information
JR, accused of felony arson. The charge is bogus: He lit no fire; he was there with his community, photographing and reporting on their righteous fury. The police, who know him well as their most outspoken critic, confiscated his camera.
He's out of jail now, and this is his story, just posted at www.sfbayview.com and www.blockreportradio.com. Get involved - JR's story will tell you how, and more events are listed in the Bay View's online calendar - and check sfbayview.com for several other stories and videos on the execution of Oscar Grant; more (on this and countless other topics) are being posted daily. If you like them, digg 'em or use one of the other icons
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Oakland rebellion: Eyewitness report by POCC Minister of Information JR
Only when Oakland's rage over the execution of Oscar Grant broke out into a full rebellion on Wednesday, Jan. 7, did authorities, after nearly a week of silence, take this police murder seriously. Still, Oakland youth took the
brunt as police used military equipment such as this tank-like hummer to put down the rebellion - while Mayor Ron Dellums promised police restraint. - Photo: Brooke Anderson, IndyBay
During the first Wednesday of 2009, downtown Oakland was physically rocked by the justified fury that the rebellions brought out in response to the police killing of 22-year-old unarmed Black male Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot at the Fruitvale BART station while he was face down, being restrained by two officers, in front of dozens of witnesses New Year's morning.
For me, that day of protesting started at the Fruitvale BART station with a peaceful rally that was organized by members of the Bay Area's activist community. Speakers included Crea Gomez, a community non-profit advocate, local rappers like Zion of Zion I and Mistah FAB, as well as concerned community members like myself who were appalled at the police murder. I was there as a member of the Black community demanding justice for the police murder of Oscar Grant, as well as I was in attendance as a journalist on assignment.