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BART Police Shoot and Kill Man at Fruitvale BART Station
by wick
Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 11:25 PM
here are some photos from the action at fruitvale bart and the further actions in downtown oakland.

§fruitvale bart station
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§oscar grant signs
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§oscar grant sign fruitvale bart
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§children at candle vigil
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§cop ready to pounce
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§14th and broadway
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§enter mayor ron dellums
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§dellums speaks angry protester
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§ron dellums overcome by crowd
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§police try to persuade ron dellums from group
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§cop mentions he wishes mcdonalds was open
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§dellums grieves
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§why mcdonalds was closed
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§first witnessed arrest
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§burnt car
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§sweet dreams are made of these
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§ib's smashed
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§city cars smashed
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§tear gas follows
by wick Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009 11:25 PM


Comments  (Hide Comments)

by wick
( w ) Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 12:13 AM
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by wick
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 8:33 AM
outrageous, disgusting. mistake or murder, all of the police should be held accountable for their actions.
a man was killed, why? More than one of those officers are responcible.
by anarchist
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 11:50 AM
do not stop brothers , go on to smash any authority against freedom. Oscar - Alex - kids at Palestine police/state everywhere justice nowhere.
solidarity from Greece
by Justice for Peace
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 11:55 AM
In case anyone isn't aware, BART police have killed before.

Doesn't anyone remember Jerrold Hall? There've been more.

The Mercury link above has video of the cop shooting Oscar Grant. It has only a PARTIAL list of the people who've been killed by BART police. This does not include the many more who have been hurt, injured, disabled, falsely accused and imprisoned, etc. etc. Some of us just AVOID BART because we don't feel safe or welcome there.

What environmental and social justice advocates need to point the finger at, beyond the long glaring problems with BART police (highest paid, worst trained, least accountable in the state) is the ENDEMIC RACISM of BART.

As fares go up, the highest paid BART execs drive expensive cars to work from far away and have a total disconnection from the reality of people who are dependent on transit. Someone needs to shine a BRIGHT light on what's going on at the top and how they're spending OUR transportation dollars.

BART was conceived as an upper class express to the financial district for a white-only clientele. BART continues to gobble up the limited transportation dollars that would better help the ALL get around, to fund an overpriced system full of corruption and kickbacks.

Let us not forget how racist and violent the transportation system is. Air pollution: in the poor neighborhoods. Lack of access: in the poor neighborhoods. Disproportionate deaths for pedestrians in cities: in the poor neighborhoods. Who's in the poor neighborhoods: disproportionately people of color. It's an institution. Turn it on its head.

Why aren't people shutting down the freeways in protest of cancer, asthma? Those deaths are just as cold blooded as what happens again and again at BART.

Let's get real!

This is not meant to be reformist. It's strategic. Nobody should live in a traffic sewer.

The culture of BART that allows police to kill again and again comes from the same culture that refuses to serve the public and maintains major disparities which ALSO kill, in MUCH LARGER NUMBERS.