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Oakland, Ca Fruitvale Bart Station Shooting. Full Video and interview with Karina Vargas
by via GioSifaTaufa
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 3:26 PM
A home video has surfaced showing the events surrounding the shooting death of 22-year-old man by police at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland early New Year's day. A copy of the videotape was provided Saturday to CBS 5 by the woman who captured the scene on camera.

Karina Vargas told CBS 5 that she was making the tape available so the public would know what transpired shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday at BART's Fruitvale station when Oscar Grant was shot.

The video, that Vargas said she shot on a brand new camera she received for Christmas, would seem to support previous witnesses accounts that Grant was laying on his stomach with his hands behind him on the train platform when a single shot was fired by a BART officer.
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According to Vargas, Grant was not resisting when the gunshot was fired. Vargas said she was standing only about 5 feet away from the shooting scene. She also said she resisted an officer's attempt to confiscate her camera.

Vargas, who said she was on her way home from a New Year's celebration along the Embarcadero in San Francisco when she witnessed the shooting, contended that Grant's "rights were definitely violated" by police.

BART officials have said Grant was unarmed and implied the shooting was an accident, saying the officer's gun discharged while he and four other officers responded to reports that two groups of young men were fighting on a train that had come from San Francisco and was en route to the Dublin/Pleasanton station.

Grant's family in Hayward has formally hired attorney John Burris to look into the circumstances surrounding his death.

The Oakland attorney, who has filed numerous lawsuits against police departments on behalf of family members of people who have been shot and killed by officers, scheduled a Sunday morning news conference to discuss developments in the case.

"It's an outrageous set of facts. My sense is clear that this was an unjustifiable shooting," Burris said based on witness statements, but prior to the videotape being made public. "There were no movements and he was not trying to overrun the police officer. A gun cannot discharge accidentally, you have to have your finger on the trigger."

"When conduct like this occurs, there is a price to pay," he added. "Police have to be held accountable when they engage in this kind of unlawful conduct."

BART officials have not released the name of the officer who shot Grant. They said the officer has worked for BART for nearly two years and was placed on administrative leave following the shooting.

The Alameda County District Attorney's office is handling the official investigation into the shooting. The D.A.'s office has not commented on the case.
§R.I.P. Oscar Grant
by via GioSifaTaufa Monday Jan 5th, 2009 3:26 PM
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§OAKLAND POLICE KILL MAN AT BART STATION *CAUGHT ON TAPE*
by via JewelzTV Monday Jan 5th, 2009 4:39 PM
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The shot is heard fired at 1:04. You can clearly see that the man is ALREADY restrained on the ground when the shot was fired.

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§RAW FOOTAGE Police Murder Unarmed Man at Fruitvale BART STATION
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A home video has surfaced showing the events surrounding the shooting death of 22-year-old man Oscar Grant by police at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland early New Year's day.

BART officials have said Grant was unarmed and implied the shooting was an accident, saying the officer's gun discharged while he and four other officers responded to reports that two groups of young men were fighting on a train that had come from San Francisco and was en route to the Dublin/Pleasanton station
§Oscar Grant
by RIP Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 3:03 PM
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§Oscar Grant III
by RIP Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 8:41 PM
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§Oscar Grant and his child
by RIP Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 12:25 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by LUCY510
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 4:44 PM
THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN NO MORE

OAKLAND POLICE ARE BAD,
OAKLAND POLICE NOT GOOD
OAKLAND POLICE NEEDS TO CHANGE CHIEF
OAKLAND POLICE NEED TO CHANGE
OAKLAND POLICE NEEDS MORE TRAINING
OAKLAND POLICE ARE STUPID
OAKLAND POLICE NEEDS TO STOP TAKE ILEGALS PERSONS CAR'S AWAY FROM STREETS AND TAKE CARE THE REAL CRIME
OAKLAND POLICE NEEDS STOP PROSTITUTION
OAKLAND POLICE NEEDS STOP DRUGS
OAKLAND POLICE NEEDS HELPS FROM GOD!!
by via ktvu
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 4:46 PM
OAKLAND: Mike Mibach Reports Reactions From BART Officials Over New Video Of Fatal Shooting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltqpP8pXriw
by all eyes on the cops
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 12:50 AM
The human thing to do is care enough to not let them take your neighbors, like Karina did by stepping forward to record the arrest. I hope I am that strong next time I see a police stop. Cell phone camera, camcorder, disposable, whatever: if we all recorded every police stop we saw, that would help, but when they kill there are no words or courts that can make it alright. We would be recording so we knew the truth and so the cops knew we were watching. Video tape can't convict a cop, just ask Rodney King, but we can raise the costs when they commit their atrocities. I am so sorry for the family and the daughter. Thanks again Karina.
by Jason
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 11:23 AM
The police were under a huge amount of stress from the angry mob made apparent by your video. Why were so many people approaching the Police, yelling and screaming at them? Does that mean some one deserved to get shot? No but it's sure easy to see how some thing could have gone wrong. I don't see how this could be called murder, more of an accidental death under a high pressure situation. The police officer who used the fire arm should be prosecuted for sure though for stupidity.
by furious
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 12:48 PM
jason, is it an 'angry mob' because they're young black and brown people? violent police activity creates chaos and confusion (and righteous rage for that matter). it looked to me like people we're trying to see what was happening, look out for their brothers, create some kind of check on a police system that brutalizes unchecked, with police officers that commit violent racist acts every day. i was proud to see people trying to see what was happening, since so many of us shy away from police power. check that shit.
by Mayor of Concord
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 12:59 PM
There stories have changed a few times since the shooting took place. First they were happy that there was no video footage from the BART cameras then personal videos were released and now they have to stop all communication about the situation. The officer clearly shoots the man in the back in the video. Maybe he was confused and didn't know he had a gun in his hand but that's an accident that will cost BART $25 Million dollars.
by angry.tired.furious
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 1:42 PM
I am surprised people didn't get more upset. Where are our Greek-like riots and burning cop cars?
I can't believe it is illegal to stop the police from making such horrible mistakes!

Cops often hurt people under high stress situations, because they are scared. That is why they shouldn't have those weapons. They are emotional human beings after all.

Does anyone know of any solidarity protests, public speeches, or the what not?

by greek riot
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 2:55 PM
I'm a greek riot from athens so excuse my funny english. I's about to give u people an advice. Organize yourselves, inform people somehow, make everyone feel the danger from the police, make things happening.
Use speech and fire, start attacking the police everywhere. If there is any fire inside the people of your community, it will make it explode.
by T.P
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 5:28 PM
Open fire is not a good advice, it just incite to violence. Parents might care of what their young boys and girls are doing at the street. If you see the video, police officers were under pressure with these men fighting in front of them, could you do something right in that conditions? Think a little bit.
by dirt
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 5:46 PM
The possibilities of the police maybe provoking the riot are endless but someone might beat them to the punch. could see a RodnyKingalloveragain ! People are very angry.
by (A)
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 10:03 PM
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demand-justice-for-oscar....

ill be there comeing from san jose
every one that dosent know tell, get people pissed ignite that flame in every ones hart, make tomarow a day the police will not forget
-AloveAFA
by anon (A)
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 11:11 PM
we need direct action to stop police, we need to look at whats going on in greek and take it across the sea and bring it here solidarity with them,

the police killed a young man there and now they just killed a young man here we hold the same capitalist facist police state they do and its time to take our streets back for a free humanity!
by AntiFa Hooligan
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 11:38 AM
We need to rise up... When the riots start its citizens vs. the state. Protect your fellow citizens. fuck the police. All cops are bastards.
by Tuesday, January 6th
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 1:44 PM
Listen to this interview!
http://kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=30310
by eyes on the police
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 5:21 PM
The BART Officer’s name is: Johannes Mehserle.
by infowars
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 5:35 PM
A friend of Grant’s [the man killed by BART cops] who was with him on the crowded Oakland train station platform at the time of the shooting said Grant pleaded with officers not to harm him.

“Oscar yelled, ‘You shot me! I got a four-year-old daughter,”‘ said Fernando Anicete. “Oscar was telling us to calm down and we did. We weren’t looking for any trouble.”

http://www.infowars.com/?p=7007
by Outraged
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 7:19 PM
What has been going on in greece as well as oakland has deeply saddened me as it should everyone. Police have been abusing power for as long as they have been around. These recent deaths in greece as well as in oakland should remind us that we need to show the police they aren't that powerful. We should treat them like they treat us. We need to get angry and show them this isn't ok. I hope that everyone shows support at demonstrations for this.
by ANN
( bigmommy91 [at] cox.net ) Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 7:40 PM
OH MY GOD WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO? THIS IS SO AWFUL.I LIVE IN LAS VEGAS NV AND MY SISTER CALLED ME AND TOLD ME TO LOOK ON THE INTERNET.I WAS APPALED.THE POLICE NEED TO BE STOPPED.GUN HAPPY COPS NEED NOT BE ON THE STREETS.NOW WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO THIS FAMILY.I/M SORRY NOT GOOD ENOUGH.A FOUR YEAR OLD IS WITHOUT A FATHER BECAUSE OF SOME GUY WHO PROBABLY DON'T HAVE A FAMILY.
SHAMEFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by t-baby
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 8:44 PM
This was a unfortunate accident that could have been avoided had the officer not gone for his taser/gun in a situation that did not pose a threat. People who are out in the street vandalizing the city of Oakland in protest of the shooting should realize that this is not the way to handle this situation. Wait until the trial is over before wanting to destroy your own neighborhood. Vegelante acts serves no purpose
by a TG person
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 9:51 PM
Hey yo:
Everyone participating needs to wear face masks>(period)
SFGate is NOW posting pics with people vandalizing cop cars and their faces can be seen.
Wear freaken masks or handkerchiefs etc. It can bite you in the ass later on....
Or at least chase away SFGate photographers. The photogs name is Frederic Larson / The Chronicle
Get him the hell out of there. He has to wear a press pass, and you can see his name on it....
Bust him down. He is a NARC.
by Citizen-Smith
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 10:37 PM
"chase away SFGate photographers. The photogs name is Frederic Larson / The Chronicle
Get him the hell out of there. He has to wear a press pass, and you can see his name on it....
Bust him down. He is a NARC." - and do the the same as Israel is doing in Gaza and keep the press out?
NARC - nark n. Slang.
A law enforcement officer who deals with narcotics violations.
This officer was sick to pull his gun out. shoot the young man like a deer. Who the hell he thank he is. The other bart officers should arrest him or oakland police. This murder. with witness,Why is not arrested. This man is not above the law. We the people must protest this crazy incident, We the public never put ourselves in fear of a local agency or anyone. We must rise and take action. NOW.
by MOTHER OF SEVEN CHILDREN
( sandradaneshinia [at] sbcglobal.net ) Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 7:33 PM
It is true that there are some police officers that try to do the right thing and know how to address and approach situations. But do not give the excuse that because being under pressure it's okay to shoot an individual in the back while he's face down on the ground with his hands in hand cuffed behind his back, and say "IT WAS AN ACCIDENT". Now someone's life is lost the family of Oscar Grant is hurting, and his baby is left with out a father. THERE IS NO WAY IT CAN BE MADE RIGHT.

I can only say that I pray that nothing like this should ever happen to one of my children. In the bible it says "AN EYE FOR AN EYE" "A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH" "AND A LIFE FOR A LIFE". That officer who took that young man's life should pay with his life. And that would be closure for me if something like that would ever happen to one of mine.

The other question is why did the other officers try to cover it up by trying to take the camera from Ms. Vargas? Are they also killers? From what I saw not one officer made an attempt to correct this something is wrong very wrong. Also that officer's face should be all over the news paper, media, and the internet and the others who were involved and let justice take its course. PEOPLE WAKE UP.
by ~Alabaster Dog
Sunday Jan 11th, 2009 1:14 AM
This is absolutely HORRIBLE.
My condolences to this YOUNG MAN'S family and friends.
Here we are HERE IN AMERICA- and we have a scene like some WAR ZONE over seas!
Beautiful.
He was WAY too young to die. Astrologically- THAT was The Day his ticket was going to be punched.
But man- this kind of stuff has been going on for TOO LONG- I have been a victim of cop abuse because of doing absolutely NOTHING- while my rights were being violated by some jerk- it seems like to cops grab the one that presents less of a danger much too often.
It usually winds up getting swept under the rug without so much as an article in the paper or online- I have witnessed it first hand when they blew a guy away in our backyard in a tree house- NOT ONE ARTICLE ANYWHERE.
WHY?
Because NOBODY HAD IT ON FILM.
They lied and swept it under the rug- it was a blip on the radar- except in the minds of those that witnessed the event.
These are not COPS- they are TERRORISTS- call is what it is- TERRORISTS!

This man DID NOT DIE IN VAIN.
I thank God for all the people who shot this footage- I know I have been told to lower my cam while filming events- there's a VERY good reason why they don't want you to be filming- AND BABY WE'RE LOOKING AT IT!
Mr Grant, I know it wasn't by choice you had to give your life for justice, and I thank you for it.
And Ms Varga (and the others who shot footage)- RIGHT ON GIRL! RIGHT ON!
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN CHANGE THE ABUSE- people who are in positions of authority need to respect their power and not display ABUSE of Authority- I'm sick to DEATH of being harassed by HOTDOGS with guns and badges!
If you get a HOTDOG on the force THAT'S the guy who should be put in SHORT PANTS ON A 10 SPEED AND ONE OF THOSE STUPID HELMETS- NO GUN NO BADGE- PERIOD.
BEFORE a situation like this has to happen- with An armed HOTDOG- sadly, it eventually WILL.
Not ALL COPS are ABUSERS- but guys like this- is WHY every cop has feel his life is in danger every minute of the day- guys like this- WHO NEEDS THEM? Certainly NOT the people who pay their checks!

It amazes me that half the country has not yet even seen any of this footage nor heard about the story- we did because we're from the Bay Area living out-of-state- so our friends have called us- they are appalled and so am I.

I can imagine the family having to deal with the grief of losing one they love AND also have to calm the angry masses down. Please respect their wishes.
The way to go about getting the results you SEEK- is not by rioting or harming others around you- but by getting EXPOSURE with COMPOSURE.

Youtube and Indybay are doing are doing an awesome job as far as getting the WHOLE picture across- KUDOS!
We need to be seeing this on CNN and splashed interviews EVERYWHERE-
This ABUSE OF AUTHORITY HAS GOT TO STOP- these guys are WAY TOO OUT OF CONTROL- and only by exposing the bullies- does it ever stop.
HUMAN DIGINITY AND DECENCY MUST COME FIRST- but THIS is what we should expect when we give it first?
NO WAY!
I realize it's a vicious circle- cops treat people like scum- and so people act like scum. But where can we draw the line?
I have watched these videos over and over- on slow and enlarged- this is just MADNESS- so uncalled for.

OSCAR DID NOT DIE IN VAIN- WE ARE HIS JURY EVERYONE WHO WITNESSES THIS WE ARE HIS VOICE-
TIME FOR CHANGE.
PS KEEP THOSE CAMS ROLLING PEOPLE- it's the only way.

Peace

~White Wolf in Oregon
by Andy Malroes
Monday Jan 12th, 2009 9:22 AM
Take to the streets it's the only way this vicious fascist super state will stop killing inocents domesticaly and internationaly. The same day to other young black men were shot by police one was suspected of stealing a car he's now in hospital with a bullet in his liver. Another was shot in New Orleans 14 times and twelve of those entered through his back. He was shot by 7 undercover policemen. They were not investing him he was on his way to his families home. The official story is that he fired on them first. This however does not make sense as he has no police record and no way of identifying them as police. Take to the streets and stop trying to act like Greece make your own revolution!
by Andy Malroes
Monday Jan 12th, 2009 9:30 AM
man suspected of theft was in his parents driveway the car belonged to the parents. Suspected case of racial profiling. Man was also complyingwith police requests when his mother who was trying to explain the situation to the pigs was thrown against the garage door. The victim then demanded to know what the cop was doing at which point he was shot. Links between all three cases 1. All early 20's 2.Black 3.killed by cops 4.all innocent 5.all on new years day. You make your own conclusions
by October 22nd Coalition, Seattle affiliate
( oct22seattle [at] hotmail.com ) Sunday Jan 18th, 2009 3:40 PM
Not only was this police killing one of at least three around the country in the first few hours of 2009 (Adolph Grimes in New Orleans, Miles Murphy in Seattle), but it's the tip of an iceberg that's much bigger than most people - even many activists - realize. Here is a link to the Department of "Justice" website that lists "Justifiable homicides" by police each year (and their definition for what is "justifiable" is "the killing of a felon by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty", so apparently the DoJ thinks once a person is convicted of a felony they are subject to being killed "justifiably" at any time for the rest of their life):

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/tables/justifytab.htm

Take the decade of the 1990s: they list 3,876 such cases. Meanwhile, in the same decade we documented over 2,000 cases of homicides by police or negligent jail personnel, and in maybe only half of them could police contort the facts to claim the homicide was "justifiable". So a rough estimate is that if the DoJ listed "unjustifiable" homicides by police (and we'll likely never know which is which - they only give numbers, not names/dates/locations), there'd be maybe twice that number in total - or around 8,000, and that works out to over TWO PER DAY! Note that we do give names/dates/places/etc. Here is our website:

http://www.stolenlives.org

[Note that, when clicking "Read the cases", the links going to each state's list are broken :-( ]

Police aren't here to "enforce the law"; if they were, they'd be breaking down the door of half the boardrooms in the U.S. to arrest the corporate criminals responsible for orders of magnitude more harm to society than street crime. They're here to enforce capitalism, pure and simple. They're basically lawless.
by Chris Meyers
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 10:28 PM
Are we going to show our outrage over the shooting death of four Oakland police officers? Are we REALLY openminded and wanting justice and change for ALL? Or are we filled with bias and pseudo-intellectual rhetoric designed for our own spurious agenda and desire for avant-gardism?