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Oscar Grant Rebellion Declares Demands Despite Army of Police, Oakland City Hall, 1/31/09: video
Saturday's "Justice for Oscar Grant! Oakland City Hall Rally" was met by a small army of police determined to shut down any demonstration by those demanding accountability for police abuses. Nevertheless, over 50 people braved their way past the military gauntlet to attend. Demonstrators moved from the designated meeting location in front of City Hall to the BART entrance across Broadway, knowing that BART would shut down the 12th Street station in response. Surrounded by cops and noting that "shit will go down on our schedule, it doesn't have to go down on theirs," speakers proceeded to issue demands of police and city officials.
Accompanying photos can be found at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/31/18567399.php and http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/01/18567424.php
Apologies for incomplete and low-quality video. It was a bit of technical work to get this much posted.
Demands for Justice:
1 - successful prosecution and conviction of Mehserle
2 - suspend and investigate all other officers present on BART platform
3 - public investigation into past and present abuse by BART police and administration's role in cover-ups
4 - release all arrested protesters and drop all charges
5 - implement and fund economic development and youth programs to repair relationships with communities of color
6 - abolish the BART police
7 - DA Tom Orloff resign
8 - Tony Pirone, who punched Oscar Grant and held him down, resign or be fired immediately. BART police chief Gary Gee resign or be fired immediately
How we ain't askin', by the implicit "or else" of fucking shit up
Drop the Charges! Support the over 130 Arrested during the Oscar Grant Protests: Friday, February 6th, and Monday, February 9th. Stay tuned to the Indybay calendar for more: http://www.indybay.org/calendar/