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Mehserle gets murder charges!!!
by justice for Oscar Grant
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 3:42 PM
Judge Clay didn't buy the BS that the killer's fellow BART cops and defense attorney Raines were shoveling. Mehserle will be tried for murder! This is huge. The struggle still has a looong way to go, but this is a victory we can all feel good about. Charges could have been reduced or even dropped in the preliminary hearing which ended today after three weeks of testimony and video.
More details to come shortly.

Background on preliminary hearing:

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by Gabe Meyers
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 4:18 PM
This is very good news that Mesherle will have to face the charge of murder. This is huge and a big victory, but there is alot more that needs to be done. This testimony by Tony Pirone, further shows that he too was involved in comitting violence upon Oscar Grant and that he is an acessory to murder. Charges should be brought against him by the DA's office and he should be fired from BART, as well as the other police officers who testified, because their testimony of events that night has been boderline perjury. For Oscar Grant to fully recieve justice, all of the police officers who were involved in his death and in trying to cover it up need to be charged and put on trial. We still do have a long way to go and much work needs to be done, but the decision by the judge today is good news and big step in the right direction.
by Zachary RunningWolf
( zacharyrunningwolf [at] yahoo.com ) Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 5:15 PM
I have been in the large protests in the beginning when we march to the BART police station which I was shot with a rubber bullet. The protesters were demonized by the media and spineless politicians (Mayor Dellums) but these protests helped in securing the arrest of a White officer guilty of shooting a Black BART rider, Oscar Grant, on heard of, victory number one. As the preliminary trial begun our numbers began to dwindle but not our conviction and a sad realization we may not have enough people on the streets to put the correct amount of pressure on the court (Judge) to get the reasonable charge of murder but we did, Victory number two. I have been part of the longest urban tree-sit in US history where a small band of people defied the University of California at Berkeley (A nuclear superpower) for 648 days. With these two events I hope we can get more people out on June 18th for the trial and get more people off their asses to care the community. See you on the 18th
by A
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 5:47 PM
We certainly do have a long way to go and you pretty much covered everything else that I was going to say.

As for the REVOLUTION COMMENT I too want to see the downfall of the American system of governance and finance. But you know, organizing people for a revolution as hardcore as you may be isn't very feasible due to human nature it self. Americans can put up with a lot of shit from their government before they go ballistic and start setting fires to government buildings and fighting street battles with the police with Molotov cocktails and sticks. There's not enough discontent for the masses to really want revolution. America is a corporate dictatorship for now providing plenty of people with moeny to eat still but when the money runs out, banks close, and people go hungry the revolt will begin and then it will go quickly from corporate dictatorship to military dictatorship, i.e. MARTIAL LAW NAZI STYLE WITH TANKS IN THE STREETS AND MARINES CRAWLING EVERYWHERE NOCKING DOWN DOORS AND TAKING NAMES

YIEEKES
So you see whether we rise up or not the future will always be bleak :(

As long as we continue to put up with fascism we'll be free.

-A-
by a
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 5:49 PM
never be free i meantm sorry bout that, hahahaha you know what i mean
by Michael Lyon
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 6:26 PM
Take a look at the San Jose Mercury News article
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12519840/

Raines, Mehserle's lawyer wanted to get the Taser defense into the Preliminary Hearing record without exposing his client to prosecutor's questions so he had Mehserle's partner Pirone on the stand. But apparently this backfired, because Pirone's testimony aroused suspicions in the Judge's mind which only hearing Mehserle himself on the stand might allay.

Good work, Defense attorney Raines!
by 51@
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 8:09 PM
Lets celebrate this victory! if it weren't for the community taking to the streets on january 7th they'd have never charged this bastard with a damn thing. lets fucking party tonight at 14th and broadway, downtown oakland!
by friend of family
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 8:15 PM
there is reason to celebrate, for sure

but keep your cool

while jan 7th served it's purpose when there was no justice being pursued, now it would be counterproductive as it could set things back just when justice is actually moving forward. there's still a chance the trial could get moved out of Alameda. don't give anyone a reason to do that. if we can get to june 18th while keeping things peaceful by and large, mehserle will be tried for murder right here in oakland where he should be
by PunksUndead
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 8:46 PM
While this is very good news, I see no reason to celebrate. I will celebrate when he is convicted and not until then.
by poster
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 10:08 PM
Well said> No need to get out of control and have a set back like having the trial moved. There still is a way to go and we don't give a reason for injustice to happen.
by annie ninimus
Thursday Jun 4th, 2009 10:30 PM
I think y'alls worries should be reserved for our ill-advised painter comrade Gabe up there, and not to anyone getting together with their friends tonight to celebrate a major accomplishment for all of us who've been organizing on this.

props everybody. BAMN, POCC, NJNB, O100, everyone out on the 7th, heck even the RCP and the Black Muslims, alla yall deserve a round of applause. mad props.
by Gabe
Friday Jun 5th, 2009 1:03 AM
Annie,

Why should people save their worries about me and why am I so ill advised?
by KeepYoWits
Friday Jun 5th, 2009 12:20 PM
Whoever mentioned it above it right, don't fuck everything up by going out to downtown oakland and doing unecessary shit because you will just give them reason to move the trial and you know they are itching to do that.

SO DON'T FUCK IT UP FOR THE GRANT FAMILY.

But yea..if you want to go smash and celebrate then go ahead, but we can have a long conversation about it and how it was a horrible idea after they move the trial somewhere mesherle friendly.
by saw it coming
Friday Jun 5th, 2009 10:41 PM
Lawyer for ex-BART cop to seek new venue

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press Writer

Friday, June 5, 2009

(06-05) 20:21 PDT San Francisco, CA (AP) --

The lawyer for a former Bay Area transit police officer ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man said Friday he intends to file a change of venue for his client.

Defense Attorney Michael Rains said he does not believe Johannes Mehserle will get a fair trial in Alameda County. He cited two judges' comments that they did not believe his defense that he accidentally grabbed his pistol instead of his stun gun.
by an anarchist
Saturday Jun 6th, 2009 4:04 PM
I believe there are other ways to celebrate the cop getting murder charges against him than smashing things. Remember the murder charges would not have occurred if it was not for the rebellion. We must keep up that pressure.
The smashing things can wait until after he gets his change of venue to a more "white" place, or until he gets off. All the thigns are "if" they happen., of course.